JHP or FMJ in .380? (Poll)

JHP or FMJ in .380? (Poll)

This is a discussion on JHP or FMJ in .380? (Poll) within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Just curious what you feel is the better defensive round in a .380, thanks for taking the time....

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  • JHP

    39 37.86%
  • FMJ

    27 26.21%
  • JHP in the summer / FMJ in the winter

    13 12.62%
  • I don't have a clue but I like polls

    16 15.53%
  • Other

    8 7.77%
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    JHP or FMJ in .380? (Poll)

    Just curious what you feel is the better defensive round in a .380, thanks for taking the time.


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    Get the bullet in there and deep enough to do some good with good hits. FMJ and good, accurate hits are the only way to go with .380.
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    Best stuff IMO is the BuffaloBore Hard cast 100gr +p round...
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    Hi gottabkiddin;

    I laid in a long-term supply of that imported Santa Barbara flat nosed (slightly concave actually) FMJ .380 that was widely available back in 2005-2006. It's hot stuff, cranking well over 1000 fps over the chronograph screens from even the stub barrel of the P3AT and hits hard for a weenie .380. The Buffalo Bore looks a notch or two better than the Santa Barbara ammo though. I keep intending to try it but can't remember to pick up some on the infrequent occasions I'm near a retail outlet that sells BB.
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    voted both--if it expands, fine. if not, also fine.

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    Everybody I know with a .380, cops, civilians, fellow gun shop employees, etc loads Gold Saber.

    Winter? Is that those three cold days we get every year? I kind of remember that.
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    I agree with both. There is a way to have the best of both worlds (expansion and penetration) and that is to load both in the mag. I load my Sig P238 with JHP first and the second round is FMJ and alternate from there. I shoot both JHP and FMJ and my Sig eats them both very well - never a problem.
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    Well recently bought my taurus model 85, 38 +p special. 5-shot. In the "wheel" i have 3-jhp, and 2-fmj (alternating). My two speed loaders are set up same way.

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    Only one view but alternating bullets smacks of uninformed indecisiveness.
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    I prefer the buffalo bore hot loads in 90gr JHP flavor. I chronoed them at a 1090FPS average out of my p3at. That will provide enough penetration.

    380 Auto +P Pistol & Handgun Ammunition

    For those that do not like or are not comfortable JHP, I also chronoed the 100gr hardcast at a 1040fps average out of the same p3at

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    I consider my .380 a pocket, last resort weapon. I rarely carry it, unless I need to be ultra discreet. If I cannot get away, then it is best to stick it in the attackers face and start shooting.
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    I have Winchester Supreme Elite PDX1 in my Beretta 84BB right now, I'm considering changing to the Buffalo Bore 80 grain lead less +P which according to their site out of a Browning DBA (basically a 84BB) is at 1230 ft/sec which is around 270 foot pounds of muzzle energy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmcgilvray View Post
    Hi gottabkiddin;

    I laid in a long-term supply of that imported Santa Barbara flat nosed (slightly concave actually) FMJ .380 that was widely available back in 2005-2006. It's hot stuff, cranking well over 1000 fps over the chronograph screens from even the stub barrel of the P3AT and hits hard for a weenie .380. The Buffalo Bore looks a notch or two better than the Santa Barbara ammo though. I keep intending to try it but can't remember to pick up some on the infrequent occasions I'm near a retail outlet that sells BB.
    I've shot a box or two of the BB HC stuff and IMO, it's about as good as it get for the .380. I really don't carry my .380's too much anymore, but when I do they're loaded with the BB stuff.. IMO those things will put the hurt on someone if need be. Not familiar with the "Santa Barbara flat nosed" stuff, but @ 1000 FPS it's gotta be a good one too.. Anyway, thanks for the info my friend..
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    JHP in the summer / FMJ in the winter

    This is how I voted, because of where you are on the longitude and latitude, as well as someone in Mi.
    As long as the HP you select expands AND penetrates.
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    I voted FMJ, but if I were carrying .380 I would probably alternate stack.
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