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Posted: 11/16/2010 6:40:29 AM EST
I just purchased a LCP yesterday. I bought some range ammo to break her in, but I was wondering what carry ammo to buy. I was looking at maybe the Federal Premium Personal Defense 90 grain. Good choice or not?
Link Posted: 11/16/2010 6:50:13 AM EST
I'd say its a good choice. I wouldn't hesitate to carry it.

I'm running Hornady critical defense. 90gr
Link Posted: 11/16/2010 10:10:11 AM EST
Speer Gold Dots here. I run them in about everything and they function fine.
Link Posted: 11/16/2010 10:44:32 AM EST
I'm having trouble finding any thing in .380 right now.
Link Posted: 11/16/2010 2:11:00 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/16/2010 2:11:12 PM EST by ballen2221]
Hornady Critical Defense here as well....
Link Posted: 11/16/2010 2:54:04 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/16/2010 3:23:03 PM EST

Originally Posted By AR_Shorty:
I'm having trouble finding any thing in .380 right now.

It is pretty plentiful online. If you are looking locally, it is a little harder sometimes. Seems to come and go like the seasons.


Link Posted: 11/17/2010 8:16:40 AM EST
Originally Posted By bcauz3y:
I'd say its a good choice. I wouldn't hesitate to carry it.

I'm running Hornady critical defense. 90gr


I carry Hornady CD. If I couldn't get that, my next choice would be the Federal Hydra-shok. They both seem to penetrate well for a .380.

Link Posted: 11/18/2010 3:00:38 AM EST
I use what ever FMJ is cheapest and available.
Link Posted: 11/18/2010 6:19:39 AM EST
I'll be picking up an LCP in a couple of weeks and have been asking this same question a lot. Most of the replies have been to carry fmj due to it's better penetration.
Link Posted: 11/18/2010 9:05:41 PM EST
Currently loaded mine with Winchester Ranger T's but I have Corbon DPX, Gold Dots, and FMJ on hand as well. Local Wal-Mart is loaded to the gills with WWB.
Link Posted: 11/18/2010 10:08:23 PM EST
Originally Posted By MSC182:
I'll be picking up an LCP in a couple of weeks and have been asking this same question a lot. Most of the replies have been to carry fmj due to it's better penetration.


This^
I carry FMJ in my LCP.
Link Posted: 11/18/2010 11:02:25 PM EST
Originally Posted By sandboxmedic:
Speer Gold Dots here. I run them in about everything and they function fine.


yup in both my guns.
Link Posted: 11/21/2010 6:57:24 AM EST
I have Hornady in it now from when I first got the gun, but will prob switch to Gold Dots soon.
Link Posted: 11/23/2010 10:49:22 AM EST
Well my LCP is hard on the old arthritic hands..so I traded it on an LCR. Now that gun is great...using Speer Gold Dot +P.
Link Posted: 11/25/2010 8:17:52 AM EST
S&B FMJ. A litttle faster than most of the others. I don't trust Hollow Points to penetrate deep enough. I only carry HP in 38 +P and above.
Link Posted: 11/25/2010 8:37:32 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/25/2010 8:39:30 AM EST by Pacs]

Originally Posted By bcauz3y:
I'd say its a good choice. I wouldn't hesitate to carry it.

I'm running Hornady critical defense. 90gr



I picked up a box last week.
Link Posted: 11/25/2010 12:19:37 PM EST
Whatever you decide to use, remember the LCP is not designed to run with hot ammo.
Link Posted: 11/25/2010 1:44:34 PM EST

Originally Posted By sandboxmedic:
Whatever you decide to use, remember the LCP is not designed to run with hot ammo.

Was it ruger that admitted that it wouldn't last under +P ammo?

I can't recall, but I do remember a manufacturer admitting this about their pocket rocket.
Link Posted: 11/26/2010 10:39:12 AM EST
Originally Posted By sandboxmedic:
Speer Gold Dots here. I run them in about everything and they function fine.


I use the same in my LCP
Link Posted: 11/26/2010 12:05:41 PM EST
Originally Posted By bcauz3y:

Originally Posted By sandboxmedic:
Whatever you decide to use, remember the LCP is not designed to run with hot ammo.

Was it ruger that admitted that it wouldn't last under +P ammo?

I can't recall, but I do remember a manufacturer admitting this about their pocket rocket.


Yes- Copied directly from Ruger's website since it's an important safety notice (available on Ruger's website in PDF- given they have pages of warnings in the manual I doubt they'd mind it being posted again)
The RUGER® LCPTM pistols are chambered for the .380 Auto cartridge. Do
not attempt to load any other cartridges into the magazine or chamber of the
pistol. Do not use “+P” ammunition.

The RUGER® LCPTM pistols are compatible with standard factory ammunition
loaded to U.S. Industry Standards, including hollow-point loads loaded in brass
or aluminum cases. No .380 Auto ammunition manufactured in accordance with
NATO, U.S., SAAMI, or CIP standards is known to be beyond the design limits or
known not to function in these pistols. Do not use “+P” ammunition.


Link
Link Posted: 11/26/2010 3:57:11 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/1/2010 10:14:24 AM EST by 147_Grain]
************ 380 Auto / ACP ************

Buffalo Bore:
100-gr. Hardcast Flatnose Wadcutter Standard Pressure (27E) Deep (Cutting) Penetrator. Use FMJ if you have feeding problems.

Note: A hardcast wadcutter is preferred in this (9mm Short) mouse load because it permanently cuts through flesh and bone, rather than temporarily just pushing it aside as FMJ does. Most 380 ACP HP’s are not good penetrators! unless they’re heavily bonded. Be sure to test any and all loads in your weapon for reliable functionality.

Winchester Supreme Elite: Civilian version of bonded Ranger T
95-gr. Bonded PDX1 (S380PDB) @1,000 fps Use FMJ if you have feeding problems.

Winchester White Box USA Brand: Low-Budget Load at Walmart – When That’s All You Can Find!
95-gr. FMJ (Q4206) @ 955 fps
Link Posted: 11/26/2010 5:46:19 PM EST

Originally Posted By sandboxmedic:
Originally Posted By bcauz3y:

Originally Posted By sandboxmedic:
Whatever you decide to use, remember the LCP is not designed to run with hot ammo.

Was it ruger that admitted that it wouldn't last under +P ammo?

I can't recall, but I do remember a manufacturer admitting this about their pocket rocket.


Yes- Copied directly from Ruger's website since it's an important safety notice (available on Ruger's website in PDF- given they have pages of warnings in the manual I doubt they'd mind it being posted again)
The RUGER® LCPTM pistols are chambered for the .380 Auto cartridge. Do
not attempt to load any other cartridges into the magazine or chamber of the
pistol. Do not use "+P” ammunition.

The RUGER® LCPTM pistols are compatible with standard factory ammunition
loaded to U.S. Industry Standards, including hollow-point loads loaded in brass
or aluminum cases. No .380 Auto ammunition manufactured in accordance with
NATO, U.S., SAAMI, or CIP standards is known to be beyond the design limits or
known not to function in these pistols. Do not use "+P” ammunition.


Link

Good man. Thanks for confirming this for me.
Link Posted: 12/10/2010 5:37:07 AM EST
Speer GD HP

good stuff, Maynard.
Link Posted: 12/10/2010 9:20:27 AM EST
Corbon DPX
Link Posted: 12/18/2010 4:39:49 PM EST
golden sabre
Link Posted: 12/20/2010 7:43:16 AM EST
95 gr. Winchester FMJ
Link Posted: 12/20/2010 8:57:07 AM EST
I finally was able to pick up some .380 ammo at a recent gun show. I purchased some of each of the following to test out in my LCP:

Winchester Supreme Elite - Bonded
Federal Personal Defense Hydrashok
Hornady Critical Defense
Link Posted: 2/10/2011 3:54:39 AM EST
Originally Posted By MiG-21:
Corbon DPX


best ammo ever!
Link Posted: 2/12/2011 10:30:57 AM EST
Ive run 60 rounds of Hornady Critical Defense through mine and thats what I carry.
Link Posted: 2/12/2011 10:42:10 AM EST
Hornady FXT
Link Posted: 2/27/2011 9:04:06 AM EST
Link Posted: 2/28/2011 7:40:22 AM EST
[Last Edit: 3/1/2011 3:02:38 PM EST by 4020556308]
http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/default.aspx?productNumber=352263

Hornady C/D seems to be good stuff, functions flawlessly - sale Ended$16.99 sale ends today
Link Posted: 2/28/2011 7:55:30 AM EST
Originally Posted By Greenamphibious:
Originally Posted By MiG-21:
Corbon DPX


best ammo ever!


It's a pretty shallow penetrator in .380. Pretty good round in the larger calibers, but not so much in .380.
Link Posted: 3/1/2011 8:10:13 AM EST
Another Speer Gold Dot guy here.
Link Posted: 3/1/2011 3:14:50 PM EST
speer Gold DOT and just recently Pow R Ball
Link Posted: 3/3/2011 3:48:05 PM EST
Originally Posted By bcauz3y:
I'd say its a good choice. I wouldn't hesitate to carry it.

I'm running Hornady critical defense. 90gr


This...
Link Posted: 3/5/2011 3:36:48 PM EST
Federal Personal Defender Hydra shock 90gr.
Link Posted: 3/8/2011 2:53:42 PM EST
LAPD just approved the LCP and S&W Bodyguard .380 for off-duty and backup use. The approved ammo is Hornady Critical Defense 90 gr. JHP.
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 7:14:16 PM EST
I just got back from the range for the first time with my new LCP. I brought

Georgia arms Canned heat
Magtec solid copper (cheaper version of DPX)
speer gold dots
remmington golden sabers
winchester silvertip
winchester white box
and Pow R pall.

My opinions were

The Ga. Arms stuff was too hot to shoot comfortably. ( I still have most of the box left over)

The magtec 77gr solids were awesome; the most accurate of the bunch

The gold dots were excellent, just like gold dots always are every time I test them in a different caliber.

The gold Sabers were on the edge of being too hot to handle, and I had feeding problems.

Winchester silvertip. - excellent - same situation as Gold Dots

WWB performed as expected. middle of the pack in pretty much every category you can measure.

Pow R ball. were nice for me, but I've heard second-hand stories of LCP's having issues with them. ( but for me, 20 attempts, 20 successes... YMMV)


So the Canned Heat was ruled out, and my particular gun didn't like the sabers, but other than that, it's down to personal preference. Of the rest, my PPK/S likes silvertips the best, so I'll be buying some of those anyway. I'll probably use that as a tie-breaker and go with them.

Whenever I have read reviews, the silvertips never seem to be declared the winner, but they are always scored in the top 2 or 3. I use them in my Officer's 45 ( pretty much the only JHP that will feed every time) in my PPK/S, and now in my LCP. For my others I either use Gold Dots, or just WWB target rounds. So looking at it, I use GD's, unless I'm using a short barrel auto, when I use the ST's ...

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