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Posted: 3/16/2006 7:58:59 AM EDT
No debate about relative stopping power or "I'd only ever carry a .45" please.

For those of you that carry a .380, what ammo do you use and why?
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 8:00:46 AM EDT
FMJ.

If JHPs expand, they tend to underpentrate pretty badly when fired from a .380.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 8:34:16 AM EDT
Remington's standard 85gr JHP.
It was the only JHP ammo I could rely on to feed reliably in my PPK.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 8:35:08 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/16/2006 8:37:01 AM EDT by mr_wilson]
90grn Cor-Bon HPs here.

Mike

ETA - as to why....., it was the heaviest weight, highest MV 380 HP round I could find and it feeds reliably in my Colt Mustang.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 9:08:03 AM EDT

Originally Posted By mr_wilson:
90grn Cor-Bon HPs here.

Mike

ETA - as to why....., it was the heaviest weight, highest MV 380 HP round I could find and it feeds reliably in my Colt Mustang.


That's exactly the gun I'm looking to feed.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 11:09:08 AM EDT
90gr Federal JHPs.....They penetrate just fine for the size of the weapon.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 11:18:17 AM EDT
When I had a .380, I carried Gold Dots.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 11:37:59 AM EDT
German-Dynamit Noble 380 Ammo @ SOG

Link Posted: 3/16/2006 6:50:54 PM EDT
ball
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 7:00:00 PM EDT
Hydra-Shoks.

My gunstore had them, and they fed well.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 7:05:31 PM EDT
Seriously, does anyone really carry .380?

Isn't that 9mm on stunn?

Not trying to get you guys riled up, just seems a little (lot) on the light side.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 7:22:41 PM EDT
It is light, thats why I carry one. Its better to have my P232 in my belt that my Hi Power at home in my safe. I am not wearing a jacket in Texas summers to hide my gun.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 7:37:25 PM EDT
Hydra-shoks always fed fine from my Colt Mustang, so thats what I carried exclusivly when I carried the Mustang. I loved having a gun in a decent defensive caliber that I could carry wearing swim shorts and a t-shirt. I also loved living in Alabama, where I had a carry permit. The Mustang's nothing but a safe queen now.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 8:20:34 PM EDT

Originally Posted By P35FAN:
It is light, thats why I carry one. Its better to have my P232 in my belt that my Hi Power at home in my safe. I am not wearing a jacket in Texas summers to hide my gun.



NOW that you opened the can of worms... I live in LA which blows TX or AZ away in heat comfort, because we have 110% relative humidity here. I carry a 4" WC 1911 with no jacket and no problems under a t-shirt. Given the many applications made for CCW there is no reason NOT to carry a manstopping load.

As for carrying a .380 as a BACKUP, I don't have any practical exp to give you any advice for the best load, but I would consider what others are advising you re FMJs & penetration. Seems like a persuasive argument to me if HPs lose sig penetration.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 8:23:21 PM EDT
I carry Win SXT's in 95 in my p3at. I went with the heaviest round I could find easily in my area. They are accurate and reliable out of my gun.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 11:20:00 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/16/2006 11:20:14 PM EDT by Spade]

Originally Posted By double_trouble_2003:
Seriously, does anyone really carry .380?




There are days when I cannot or simply don't want to carry something as large as my Beretta 92FS.

The PPK was the "when we can't carry a HiPower" gun for the SAS in NI, and that's a pretty good endorsement.
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 12:03:33 AM EDT

Originally Posted By double_trouble_2003:
Seriously, does anyone really carry .380?

Isn't that 9mm on stunn?

Not trying to get you guys riled up, just seems a little (lot) on the light side.



Yup, as my secondary. 90gr Gold Dot. The pistol eats'em up................
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 1:39:46 AM EDT

Originally Posted By double_trouble_2003:
Seriously, does anyone really carry .380?

Isn't that 9mm on stunn?

Not trying to get you guys riled up, just seems a little (lot) on the light side.



Never heard of a back-up?

Mike
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 2:22:10 AM EDT
Poster asks to not start a debate about how other calibers are better then the .380....less then 20 posts later, someone does anyway...And I have been baited :P

Anyways, I feel the .380 has enough power to be a decent man stopper. Sure, you are probably better off with a 9mm, .40, .45 ect, ect, ect. But none of those can match the small size and concealablity of my kel-tec. Could I hide a bigger gun in t-shirt and jeans? Probably. But the fact of the matter is, my kel-tec is so small and light that I know I will grab it everytime and be able to conceal it without any trouble. In extreme situations, I can just throw it in my pocket. So I know I will be carrying it at all times.
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 2:29:21 AM EDT

Originally Posted By double_trouble_2003:
Seriously, does anyone really carry .380?
Isn't that 9mm on stunn?
Not trying to get you guys riled up, just seems a little (lot) on the light side.






Originally Posted By in_burrito:
No debate about relative stopping power or "I'd only ever carry a .45" please.



Link Posted: 3/17/2006 2:31:49 AM EDT
FMJ for reliability and penetration.

I also carried FMJ in a P32 before I picked up the .380 for the same reasons.
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 1:20:07 PM EDT
Has anybody actually used the heavier 102gr Rem. Golden Saber and had any reliability issues with it?
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 2:02:40 PM EDT
I have used Golden Sabre in my PPK with good results,but every gun is unique in what it likes.I also shoot a lot of Winchester silver tips and they work fine also.Lot's of luck.
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 3:52:17 AM EDT
I like Cor-Bons.
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 8:10:20 AM EDT

Originally Posted By PAEBR332:
FMJ.

If JHPs expand, they tend to underpentrate pretty badly when fired from a .380.



+1

Link Posted: 3/20/2006 12:43:12 PM EDT

NOW that you opened the can of worms... I live in LA which blows TX or AZ away in heat comfort, because we have 110% relative humidity here. I carry a 4" WC 1911 with no jacket and no problems under a t-shirt. Given the many applications made for CCW there is no reason NOT to carry a manstopping load.


Unless, of course, you don't feel like it.

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