Defensive rounds for .380 pistols

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    Defensive rounds for .380 pistols

    I am thinking of buying a 380 auto pistol and I was wondering which defensive ammo you would recommend? I understand that certain pistols have a preference for one type of round over another but I would be interested to hear your views on the merits of the ammo you use.

    Thank you! Tom

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    If the pistol you are looking at can handle a hot load (I've read somewhere that Khar says their 380 can handle them), then....

    Buffalo Bore +P 95g

    That's about the best compromise between weight and velocity.

    There is also Hornady CD and XTP Rounds which have gotten decent reviews.

    Then there is also the Federal Hyda-Shok, which is what I used to carry in the late 90's in my BU-BUG .380.
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    With most current production pocket 380s, you will need to find which ammo your gun will function flawlessly with and then pick the best of those rounds. I have a Keltec 380 and it shoots the Pow R Ball ammo flawlessly. I would prefer to carry the Hornady XTP or the Gold Dot but the Pow R Ball just feeds better in mine.

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    1st Choice ~ BuffaloBore
    or 2nd Choice ~ GoldDot
    If the buffalobore is OK for the .380 that you decide to get or...the GoldDot if it will feed because it does not feed well in some .380 pistols.

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    After reading here over many years, there seems to be some general feeling that you want standard ball ammo; that said, there are all manner of fancy JHP rounds with all manner of claims. At close ranges it probably will never make much of a difference.

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    I have Speer Gold Dots in mine.
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    Buffalo Bore. 100gr flat point lead +P. The .380 is marginal at best, so go with the hardest hitting load available. Kinda pricey, but I promise you wont be shooting a hell of a lot of them thru just about any lightweight .380.

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    I use FMJ in mine. especially in winter. Would rather well placed shots to penetrate and not expand than less penetration and possibly no expansion

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    I'm going to try all of the different suggestions you have made and choose the one that performs best. I have used Speer and Hornady rounds in different calibers with good results. Thanks for all the feedback guys.

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    I would carry FMJ in my Kel-Tec.
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    I carry and shoot the 90Gr Buffalo Bore "+p" JHP

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    Speer Lawman FMJ. I want penetration in my Diamondback.
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    S & B 92 gr. FMJ works every time in my LCP...

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    check out the corbon DPX. These seemed to have a good track record on the p3at site a few years ago when I was researching. The bonded PDX looks like a good round also. Really, it just depends on what feeds reliably.

    couple of links showing expansion of dpx..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aYkx...eature=related
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    A lot of people I work with carry Kel Tec .380s and all of them load the 102gr Gold Saber from Remington. We have a choice of any kind of ammo and this is what works best for is.
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