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Best .380 HD ammo choice?


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#1 O1SalsaX

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Posted December 06 2010 - 10:31 AM

What are your recommendations for a .380 pocket gun HD round?

And please don't turn this into a caliber war.
I have a .45 as well, but want to know what you guys recommend for a .380.

Thanks! :)

#2 malakaguy

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Posted December 06 2010 - 10:36 AM

Cor-Bon dpx

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#3 CHERRY911

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Posted December 06 2010 - 11:19 AM

I use speer gold dot, what my dept issues.
Never had a problem with them.

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Posted December 06 2010 - 11:48 AM

Hornady Critical Defense

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#5 glocklife

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Posted December 06 2010 - 12:20 PM

I've used all 3 previously stated.

Cor-Bon dpx = great groups but sometimes the bullet/casing hangs up when entering the chamber on my LCP

Speer gold dot = Great rounds but they feel like they have a bit more kick resulting in worse groups.  SGD is my favorite ammo and I have a 1000 rounds in 9mm but just not a fan of the .380.

Hornady Critical Defense = Best overall .380 round that I have used.

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#6 O1SalsaX

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Posted December 06 2010 - 12:41 PM

glocklife said:

I've used all 3 previously stated.

Cor-Bon dpx = great groups but sometimes the bullet/casing hangs up when entering the chamber on my LCP

Speer gold dot = Great rounds but they feel like they have a bit more kick resulting in worse groups.  SGD is my favorite ammo and I have a 1000 rounds in 9mm but just not a fan of the .380.

Hornady Critical Defense = Best overall .380 round that I have used.

I have been reading a lot about Critical Defense in .380 (what I currently have).
Not a lot of good reviews out there for .380 version of it.
I've read that it doesn't penetrate far enough, but expands pretty well.
Just concerned with the lack of penetration since I'm already using it on an "underpowered platform".

I've heard GREAT things about the Corbon ammo and most ammo that is over 90 grain for HD.

Thanks for the comments so far. :)


#7 glocklife

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Posted December 06 2010 - 12:45 PM

Thanks for the info on the Hornady.

I've only heard great things about the Corbon also and that why I bought a few boxes of it.  I did have some break-in issues with my LCP (hickups) but I posted that just to make you aware of my experience.  As a side note it is the ammo that I have used the most.
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#8 CharlieHotel

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Posted December 06 2010 - 01:55 PM

I would recommend Glasser safety slugs for home defense. They are supposedly designed not to penetrate walls but expend maximum energy on contact for stopping power.
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#9 O1SalsaX

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Posted December 06 2010 - 02:22 PM

CharlieHotel said:

I would recommend Glasser safety slugs for home defense. They are supposedly designed not to penetrate walls but expend maximum energy on contact for stopping power.

I have the .45 and Ranger JHP for HD duty. ;)
The 380 will be for CCW in Pa or where legal. :)

I'd be a little concerned about using a bullet that won't penetrate sheetrock.
Will it even penetrate clothing?


#10 CharlieHotel

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Posted December 06 2010 - 04:38 PM

Glaser is a frangible bullet. In other words it is designed to break-apart and expand on impact expending it's energy on target rather than passing through. They are deadlier, and will definately go through clothing. watch the below video.



O1SalsaX said:


I have the .45 and Ranger JHP for HD duty. ;)
The 380 will be for CCW in Pa or where legal. :)

I'd be a little concerned about using a bullet that won't penetrate sheetrock.
Will it even penetrate clothing?


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#11 O1SalsaX

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Posted December 06 2010 - 04:56 PM

Doesn't look like enough penetration, even in a .45 Glaser.


Ranger T, same test


I guess results speak for itself.

Just hoping to find similar results with a .380 round. :)

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Posted December 06 2010 - 05:54 PM

Don't fall for any of the hype with .380 hollow points and what not.

Use ball ammo in a .380, it is the most reliable and has the best penetration.



#13 O1SalsaX

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Posted December 06 2010 - 06:01 PM

Here are some .380 water jug expansion/penetration videos

Cor Bon 90grain

Great expansion and 2nd jug penetration

Golden Saber's

FAILED TO OPEN!

Winchester 380 PDX

Good expansion

Federal Hydra-Shok

NO EXPANSION in 5th jug.. yikes

Winchester Ranger T

NO EXPANSION in 5th jug

Hornady XTP

Expanded but smaller than a dime!

Speer Gold Dot

NO EXPANSION in 5th jug

I couldn't find any "unbiased" water jug and denim tests of the 380 Critical Defense

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Posted December 06 2010 - 06:16 PM

I like the pow'r ball, Feeds like fmj due to the nylon ball in the tip of the bullet. Midway has them but they are a bit pricey. I always carry my LCP in my shorts pocket all summer long and in informal balistic tests in wet news paper pow; r ball penetrate more tham the hornady critical defense. Buy in the real world who knows. But a LCP loaded with Pow r' ball in your pocket works a lot better than your Glock in your locker. Just my 2 cents worth.
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Posted December 17 2010 - 03:29 PM

BUFFALO BORE.

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Posted December 17 2010 - 04:18 PM

I never liked the .380 as a primary defense weapon. The caliber just does not have enough knock down and penetraton in certain instances.  As a backup caliber it is fine. But I always preferred a heavier caliber such as the full 9 m/m, .357, .40 or .45
Just my personal opinion.
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#17 winston

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Posted December 17 2010 - 04:33 PM

I read in gun test not too long ago that in the 380 cal the ball is a good SD load as well and a reliable feeder


#18 jlk265

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Posted December 18 2010 - 09:05 PM

Does anyone have experience with buffalo bore? It is +p 380.... Apparently highly regarded.  Thoughts anyone?




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