What weight for .380?

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    What weight for .380?

    Looking at JHP ammo for my P238 I am finding ammo from 77 grain up to 102 grain. Curious what was better for .380, the heavier or lighter stuff? I carry 147 grain in my 9mm.
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    Never get much agreement on this subject.
    All the 380's around our home for CC are loaded with 95Gr flat nose.
    380 is a small load go to big it just will not penetrate to light may not do enough damage. The 95Gr flat slips the difference.
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    Can you give me an example of flat nose? I am looking at ammo to go and it does not give that as an option.
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    Wally world, winchester white box 380 ammo has a flat nose. Its what is in my LCP actually.

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    Buffalo Bore is one of the few brands that specifically makes self defense flat nose rounds for the .380. They are what I would go with if your looking for a quality 95gr. flat nose, or even a 100gr flat nose. Personally I carry Golden Saber 102gr.
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    I carry Gold Dots in my P238, 101 grain JHP.
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    I nearly ordered the Golden Sabers. I ordered some Magtech I think it is, 85grain +p ammo. My plan is very pay day add a box to my inventory, gotta prepare incase of another shortage. I also need to start storing more 9mm, but I can buy that locally cheaper than ordering.
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    Currently I have Winchester in my 238, the black box, cannot remember the "make".
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    Quote Originally Posted by justherenow View Post
    I nearly ordered the Golden Sabers. I ordered some Magtech I think it is, 85grain +p ammo. My plan is very pay day add a box to my inventory, gotta prepare incase of another shortage. I also need to start storing more 9mm, but I can buy that locally cheaper than ordering.
    Just put 1000 rounds for the 380's into long term storage today along with some ofter rounds
    The 95gr Flat nose are offered by a lot or manufactures you can buy them just about anywhere.
    Heck no madder what is says on the box much of it comes from the same place anyway.

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    most 380 come out of a short barrel.
    heavy bullets generally better get up to speed with a longer bbl

    i've carried and loaded and played with the 380 since 1972
    i practice with 95 grain hard lead RN on top of 3.1 gr of bullseye.
    to replicate a SD round i make the powder at 3.4 grains
    this gives me the same percieved recoil and POA/POI of a 90 grain Federal HS
    im also partial to the silvertip. sadly only 3 boxes left

    ---usuall disclaimer about don't trust some one elses numbers--

    playing with lighter bullets at higher V has yielded to much inconsistancy--poor accuracy mostly
    but also penetration into wet phone books behind 2 layers of denium or a winter coat.

    so--95 grain at a +P setting is what i am staying with for practice.
    and in a sig p238 or a omc/amt its a handful. the same weight but
    larger sig 230/232and the same round is easy on the hand.
    go figure...
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    I feed my Bersa 85gr. winchester silvertips. They have been around quite a while, feed without problems, and are quite accurate from this gun.

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    I go with Winchester PDX1 95 gr in my LCP
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    Quote Originally Posted by rammerjammer View Post
    I go with Winchester PDX1 95 gr in my LCP
    That is what I currently have, I could not think of the name until you wrote it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rammerjammer View Post
    I go with Winchester PDX1 95 gr in my LCP
    that's what's in mine. easy to find (@ wally's) and cycles w/o problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rammerjammer View Post
    I go with Winchester PDX1 95 gr in my LCP
    Shooting up stuff around the house car doors boxes wood that seems to be the round we all agree on here.
    The heavier rounds out of such a weapon are jst to easy to stop from what I have seen.

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