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What's in your .380?


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Speer Gold Dot. 95 grain. Never a hiccup and very accurate in my G42.
 
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This is a new thought on small caliber ammo.
Honey Badger. Ammo
I purchased some and extra to try function with no problems.

Here is link
https://www.shootingillustrate...ls-honeybadger-ammo/


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Posts: 1023 | Location: Great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania | Registered: February 04, 2001Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I carry Hornady XTP in my LCP. I fired a few to ensure it functioned with them.

https://www.midwayusa.com/prod...llow-point-box-of-25

I also did some very unscientific testing into water, I'll send photos to the OP. Yes, it expanded.

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Hornady XTP



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A hollowpoint, but nothing fancy, just some WWB I found at Academy (50-round box, $28.50).
 
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Hornady Critical Defense.



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Hornady American Gunner .380 90gr XTP. They're readily available around here, feed through my P238 and LCP and aren't that expensive compared to some other choices. They seem to do better than most in .380 short pistol ballistics tests. I also buy the Freedom Munitions .380 90gr XTP rounds (new not reloads) and I can't tell the difference between these and the Hornady. From what I can tell, they have nearly identical specifications. I use the Freedom rounds more at the range.



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Federal HST. The AmmoQuest guy didn’t like it because it didn’t penetrate enough (8+ inches) in bare gel, because of its huge expansion. But considering that the average male torso is 9.5” thick, I think that’s enough. Furthermore, in a SD shoot, the bullet is nearly certain to encounter clothing, light bone, cartilage which reduces expansion, producing more penetration.

HST’s heavy-for-caliber 99 gr bullet has the highest PF of all .380 cartridges. And the highest, or near highest, muzzle energy too. And I like its nickel plated case, which improves extraction reliability.




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<As above, I've switched to the HST 99gr JHP's from hydrashok. More expansion and only a bit less penetration per the various gel tests. If the situation arises to use my .380 the BG is likely to be real close or I've run out of ammo in my primary CCW.

Lucky gunnner website has a listing of the various manufacturers offerings that they've tested.
 
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I always recommend Remington Golden Saber .380 JHP

It's got the heaviest weight bullet of all .380 JHP out there at 102 grains.



 
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While Golden Saber is my choice of protection ammo, my LGS was out of it and I opted for Corbon 90gr JHP, listed at 1050fps and 220 ft/lbs. Shoots accurately!
 
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Does anyone have any first-hand experience with Underwood's Extreme Defenders? From the research I've done and videos I've watched -- apparently this stuff is pretty solid.

I'm hesitant to continue carrying JHPs in my LCP2 as they're so prone to not expanding.


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I use Buffalo Bore, with a combination of hollow points and hardcast bullets for penetration. This is quality ammo, and some very good ballistic information provided:

https://www.buffalobore.com/in...?l=product_list&c=29
 
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Winchester Ranger 95gr T-series (RA380T). Eight inches of penetration. Works perfectly in my PPK.
 
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9mm kurtz... Wink

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Speer Gold Dot. 95 grain. Never a hiccup and very accurate in my G42.


This, I just picked up a G42 and bought a 250 pack of 95 gr ball and a 50 round box of 95 gr gold dots. So far the 42 loves em and is accurate.
 
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When I still had my 380 I used Corbon DPX or Hornady XTP.
 
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Fiocchi XTP Load
 
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