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What do you feel is best for a .380 defensive handgun?

This is a discussion on What do you feel is best for a .380 defensive handgun? within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; With such a small Caliber as the .380 ACP I think Penetration is still King. The FMJ meets these requirements....

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  • FMJ

    28 22.40%
  • JHP

    81 64.80%
  • FMJ - Winter Only

    7 5.60%
  • Other

    9 7.20%
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    With such a small Caliber as the .380 ACP I think Penetration is still King. The FMJ meets these requirements.
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    I keep JHP in my .380, But I'll confess I keep FMJ in my .32.
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    The only JHP I would use is the 102gr Golden Sabre. Other than that I would get BB flat-nosed hard cast or standard FMJ.
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    I don't know about you guys, but for me, a .45 APC with a JHP 230gr +P, Otherwise a baseball bat in Aluminum usually works way better than a .380
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    I like the larger wound a JHP makes and feel that blood loss is essential to stopping an attack. I do not have the same needs as the FBI to shoot through doors and glass. I am also held liable for riccochets and over penetration. In a SD encounter I am not standing my ground for a gunfight so I do not need 12 inches of penetration. If it becomes hand to hand combat I will draw my knife.
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    I like Cor-Bon DPX. But I think the Ruger LCR .38 Spc is much better.

    I think the DPX is FMJ+JHP. It is a solid bullet with a hollow point.

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    like what others are saying.... golden saber in JHP and any quality FMJ-flat nose

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce272 View Post
    I don't know about you guys, but for me, a .45 APC with a JHP 230gr +P, Otherwise a baseball bat in Aluminum usually works way better than a .380
    That was an incredibly helpful contribution to this thread. Thanks for sharing.
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    My vote was for the FMJ, but with a slight twist.

    Whenever I carry a .380 it's loaded with the "flat nosed FMJs". Reason being; the FN FMJ hit with more FPE and on average have a straighter and larger wound cavity over the standard round nose FMJ that can slip and curve in soft tissue. Not that I have done any personal testing on the subject, but when I was doing my research, that's what I gathered from several sources. I also liked the heaviest .380 round I could find and that ended up being the Buffalo Bore 100gr HC stuff... IMO, that stuff will do the job with ease.
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    a 9x19 would be the best 380 handgun.
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    went through the same dilemma when i bought my lcp,Magtech FMJ's are my choice..

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce272 View Post
    I don't know about you guys, but for me, a .45 APC with a JHP 230gr +P, Otherwise a baseball bat in Aluminum usually works way better than a .380

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    Mine is loaded with the Hydra shocks, That little post in the middle is suposed to make them work better. Years ago when they first came out I saw a article in a gun mag where they were tested against plain HPs and they did expand better.

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    FMJ for penetration.

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