380 Golden Sabers

380 Golden Sabers

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    380 Golden Sabers

    Gonna try these in my 238. I like the long ogive, ought to feed more like hardball. My gun does not seem to care for Gold Dots. Found an outfit called SGammo that sells them. Can't find them around here. Old school design, so it is said, but so is the 1911.


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    My P238 eats um up like candy. I like that fact that they are 102gr too... For now I keep my P238 stoked with the 95gr JHP Buffalo Bore +p stuff. IMO, it's probably the best .380 round out there in the .380 caliber.
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    Nothing wrong with old school designs.......plenty of things can't be improved on. Man just doesn't know his limits, and then again, there are new sales pitches all of the time. You simply need to have something that's reliable all of the time. If this means sticking with FMJ ammo, then it is what it is. PD specific ammo for a .380? I might have more to say about that, but since you have a SIG, I think you're doing fine. Some of the better ammo offerings are hard to find now....that's because they didn't sell very well at the time. Some got cut all together from manufacturers, then some are still made limited production or still in inventory at the far reaches of the universe.
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    All of the local LEO agencies issue this for backup guns, even though they issue other rounds for their duty guns. I have it in all my .380s. Of all the ammo we tested when I worked at a range, this was the most consistant performer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Superhouse 15 View Post
    All of the local LEO agencies issue this for backup guns, even though they issue other rounds for their duty guns. I have it in all my .380s. Of all the ammo we tested when I worked at a range, this was the most consistant performer.
    In what way was the 380 golden saber a more consistent performer, and what did your tests consist of? This seems to contradict pretty much every test I've seen; no expansion, essentially performed as FMJ. I do like the heavier weight of this round, so I would be interested in your tests.
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    I spent most of the Spring terminal testing 380 ammo. Golden Saber didn't do very well for me. This was out of Kahr P380 with a 2.5" barrel. If you are looking for something heavier than 95 grain, try the Black Hills 100 Grain FMJ. It's only 2 fps slower than the 102 grain Golden Saber in my testing. My remaining supply of GS 380 is now practice ammo.

    I thought UMC 88 grain JHP was going to perform well, but as it turns out it didn't. Inconsistent velocity and core jacket separation marred my results.

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