How much bone can a 380 fmj break through?

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    How much bone can a 380 fmj break through?

    Title pretty much sums up my question. Can a 380 acp break through the sternum/ribcage? If it hit ones forearm first would it have enough energy to continue and break through the sternum and ribcage? Is it possible for the 380 to hit ones sternum and make it all the way through to the spine? I tried to think of a way to ask the question in a more entertaining or witty way but couldn't think of anything. So here's a picture of a skeleton not yet shot up.



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    Quote Originally Posted by ak74 View Post
    Title pretty much sums up my question. Can a 380 acp break through the sternum/ribcage? If it hit ones forearm first would it have enough energy to continue and break through the sternum and ribcage? Is it possible for the 380 to hit ones sternum and make it all the way through to the spine? I tried to think of a way to ask the question in a more entertaining or witty way but couldn't think of anything. So here's a picture of a skeleton not yet shot up.



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    So you are going to shoot the skeleton then I take it?

    Just so you know, dead bone is nothing like living bone, and when you shoot this skeleton any bone you hit will be destroyed.

    Is that even real bone?
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    No not planning on shooting that skeleton.

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    Popcorn? Where is the popcorn?

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    For your reading pleasure... plenty of uncontrolled tests done

    Links to .380 Ammo tests - KTOG - Kel Tec Owners Group Forum

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctr View Post
    Popcorn? Where is the popcorn?
    Here we go again. The one thing that is absolute is that nothing dealing with ballistics is. who's bone, what angle, what gun, what load, what barrel length. on and on to Ad-nauseam.
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    It is well documented that .380 fmj will .... [/sarcasm]
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    I think it should do fine on the funny bone.
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    Hmm, maybe I need to bone up on the subject before answering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctr View Post
    Hmm, maybe I need to bone up on the subject before answering.
    Yes, it's a good idea to do this before engaging the " mandible " as the outcome could be " Humerous" .
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    .380 FMJ is bad-to-the-bone.
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    azchevy, thanks for the links... those were great reads

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    Here is a great article that is related to this thread. Enjoy! The date on article is Oct 6, 2011.

    .380ACP JHP performance through Bone Simulant plates With Ballistic Gelatin backing
    .380 ACP (click ".380ACP Bone Simulant test" for the pdf)
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    Home: Stoeger Couger 8000F 9mm

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