Purchased a Bodyguard 380 for CCW, looking for your thoughts on the Barnes XPB/TAC-XP

Purchased a Bodyguard 380 for CCW, looking for your thoughts on the Barnes XPB/TAC-XP

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    Purchased a Bodyguard 380 for CCW, looking for your thoughts on the Barnes XPB/TAC-XP

    Hey guys,

    Been doing some research on the 380 cartridge, and it appears that the Barnes 80gr TACXP/XPB bullet (XPB being the 'updated' TACXP) is a really great load. I wanted to buy some DoubleTap 380 XPB, but I was wondering if anyone has any experience with the company? Do they produce good ammo? Are they reliable?

    Thanks!

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    No offense, but I personally do not consider any .380 load suitable for SD. If it's my life that hangs in the balance, I'll be glad I had at minimum, a 158gr .38, or a 147gr 9mm. Now flame away, mousegunners. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know: superior shot placement, something is better than nothing, practice, practice, and more practice, and all that. No, I'm not a LEO. But having a gun stuck in my face twice is probably more than most LEOs. Respectfully, I'll side with effectiveness.

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    No, I agree with you Yankee, which is why I carry my .40 as often as possible.
    However, where I work, I must wear slacks, dress shirt, and tie. It's very hard to hide a .40 in that, in fact it's hard to hide an LC9 (which I did try). So that is why I've defaulted to the .380.

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    The copper bullet is long for it's weight (or light for it's length depending on how you look at it). I prefer the heavy 102gr Gold Saber myself.

    Whatever you pick make sure it shoots good in your gun, when you get away from conventional loads you may get accuracy, reliabilty, or pressure problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MP9NewMexico View Post

    I wanted to buy some DoubleTap 380 XPB, but I was wondering if anyone has any experience with the company? Do they produce good ammo? Are they reliable?
    To get to your question about DT (Double Tap), recently I've have ordered their .357 sig 147 gr rounds. In the past I used some of their 9mm. With my current orders the delivery is less than a week from order placement. Their components are top notch and their ammunition is high rated for performance. No problems with either the 9mm or .357 sig I've used from them. They are expensive though. Most of my carry rounds are Ranger or SGD, but I've been carrying the DT in my 357 Sig. due to the colder weather. Here hoping you never need the 380!

    As a note I do have 380 in the Winchester Ranger T-Series for my wifes PK380 she keeps in the house.


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    I like the Buffalo Bore 100 grain flat nose hard cast +p .380. I think it is the best compromise between penetration and wound channel.

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    Hornady Critical Defense performs well in my wife's BG .380. Lately there have been some favorable ballistics reports regarding consistency of penetration and expansion. Recoil is noticeably stronger than range ammo, and she doesn't feel comfortable with anything hotter.
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    Thanks, guys for the responses. I bought a box of DPX, Gold Dots, and Critical Defense to test at the range. They all shot well individually, and in mixed mags.
    The DoubleTap just really looks good to me, great prices on a great round.

    And as a side note, the BG 380 shoots GREAT! All the internet talk about the 'horrible' trigger is just that. I shoot this little guy as well as I can shoot my XD40 and MP9; 3" groups at 7 yards, 4" at 10, and about 4 1/2 at 15. Very smooth shooter.

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