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Posted: 4/10/2010 11:21:55 AM EDT
bought a lcp a few weeks ago for my edc and was wanting to put some hollow points in it. and i have a taurus pt140 want to keep mags loaded with hollow points as well and suggestions would be great and also some websites that would be good to buy from. all the places around town are sold out last i checked.

thank you
dylan
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Link Posted: 4/10/2010 12:21:07 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/10/2010 12:21:51 PM EDT by urbanpi]
I thought cor-bon was making .380. I would only go that route if I bought another .380....135 grn cor-bon for the .40, but I wouldn't use it with every gun, I don't run it in my G22, I have run this load in my PT140 M-Pro with no problems.
Link Posted: 4/13/2010 12:22:37 PM EDT
Use FMJ for your .380... I carry WWB in mine.
Link Posted: 4/13/2010 12:34:26 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/13/2010 12:35:40 PM EDT by Lovelessk999]
TAP hands down for me.

.40 doesn't matter so much.

There was a great article a few months ago about why larger caliber HP doesn't matter so much when it comes to velocity and expansion due to mass. Small, lower mass, needs higher velocity to mushroom and therefore NOT pass through the target.

It feels counter intuitive, but makes perfect sense.

*** You can't go wrong with Corbon, but I have become a huge fan of Hornady since I started reloading and have seen firsthand what a good company it is.

EDIT: I left some "s" back at the house.
Link Posted: 4/13/2010 7:39:51 PM EDT
Originally Posted By pc299:
Use FMJ for your .380... I carry WWB in mine.


yup, usually has less feeding issues, plus most .380 JHP's don't expand, not enough velocity out of short barrels
Link Posted: 4/13/2010 7:42:38 PM EDT
Originally Posted By pc299:
Use FMJ for your .380... I carry WWB in mine.



I only carry FMJ in mine. I choose penetration over expansion every time.
Link Posted: 4/13/2010 8:21:41 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/13/2010 9:23:44 PM EDT
You can't go wrong with Corbon


I don't know why I bother.
Link Posted: 4/13/2010 9:30:45 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 4/14/2010 8:07:50 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/14/2010 8:09:34 PM EDT by MistoGators]
For .380, get some Corbon DPX. It's pricey, but worth it. I carry it in my P3AT. Otherwise, just stick with some good FMJ for the .380.

http://media.midwayusa.com/ProductImages/Medium/269505.jpg

It's actually in stock at Midway USA right now: Midway USA - Corbon DPX Ammunition
Link Posted: 4/16/2010 6:40:12 AM EDT
Originally Posted By ikor:
Originally Posted By pc299:
Use FMJ for your .380... I carry WWB in mine.


+1

As already duly noted, use top quality FMJ in the .380. You have lots more to gain from deep penetration than you do from a relatively small amount of expansion if you can't get both...and in .380 today you can't.



This is also the route I have taken, FMJ.

However, I would look closely at Hornady Critical Defense if you must have a HP chambered in .380ACP. It seems like it may be the most reliable of the rbrands to expand from a .380 pistol. I don't know the penetration however when expanded. Is that stat up somewhere, or a gel test maybe?
Link Posted: 4/16/2010 7:20:08 AM EDT
Originally Posted By FreeFloater:
Originally Posted By ikor:
Originally Posted By pc299:
Use FMJ for your .380... I carry WWB in mine.


+1

As already duly noted, use top quality FMJ in the .380. You have lots more to gain from deep penetration than you do from a relatively small amount of expansion if you can't get both...and in .380 today you can't.



This is also the route I have taken, FMJ.

However, I would look closely at Hornady Critical Defense if you must have a HP chambered in .380ACP. It seems like it may be the most reliable of the rbrands to expand from a .380 pistol. I don't know the penetration however when expanded. Is that stat up somewhere, or a gel test maybe?




Meh. http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=5&f=20&t=82191&page=1
Link Posted: 4/18/2010 7:32:05 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/18/2010 7:32:50 AM EDT by ABNAK]
Buffalo Bore .380 +P JHP's (Gold Dots) move at 1100+ fps out of little guns like the Kahr/Kel Tec/Ruger. Being Gold Dots and being bonded they will not fragment but the question is how much penetration? Sometimes the dynamic of "extreme" velocities for a particular load will fall outside the normal parameters of ballistic theories. i.e. the DPX rounds are lightweight and expand well but the high velocities they are pushed at also lend themselves to deeper penetration than one would normally associate with a fast, light, expanded bullet. I *think* the 90gr Gold Dot at 1100+ fps might fall into that category of sufficient penetration.

For .40 I like the 165gr or 155gr loads.

Gold Dots, unless pushed to "extremes" like Buffalo Bore does, are not my cup of tea. There are better expanding loads out there (if you favor expansion > penetration; I like great expansion with sufficient penetration).

YMMV.
Link Posted: 4/20/2010 4:57:03 AM EDT
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