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.
Posts: 1296 | Location: Alabama | Registered: June 15, 2011
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.
Posts: 3371 | Location: San Diego | Registered: July 26, 2014
<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.