Preferred Weight for .380 Self Defense Ammo?

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    Preferred Weight for .380 Self Defense Ammo?

    Most of my limited firearms experience is with a 9mm. My wife is getting ready to get herself a .380 semi for self-defense purposes. Just curious what weight ammo people prefer for this caliber handgun.

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    I like 90 to 95gr FMJ. But get what shoots best from your wife's gun.
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    We go with 95gr flat nose
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    What ammo do you use in your LCP?
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    I use 90 grain critical defense.


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    The WWB 95b grain is the most accurate for me, but, PDX1, zombie, and gold dot are within a 1/2 inch of that
    accuracy.

    So, here is the standard answer, you just gotta get several brands and try it.

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    WWB 95gr FN or Hornady CD FTX 90gr for the LCP. UMC 88gr JHP for the Bersa

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    Thanks for everyone's feedback.

    My wife is picking up her Walther PK380 this weekend - she chose this one b/c she's able to rack the slide and pull the trigger w/o any problems (as opposed to some other pistols we looked at where she couldn't rack it or the gun had too many lbs in the trigger [& the 9mms just have too much kick for her]).

    If anyone has any other thoughts for SD ammo for this particular firearm, I'm all ears. Thanks again to all from me & the mrs..

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    230 gr... oh wait, 95 gr.
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    I carry 90gr Gold Dots. Critical Defense may be a good option for you and the Cor-bon DPX is one of the best loads if you can afford it. The .380 has a relatively narrow selection of only lighter weight bullets since the straight walled cartridge case has an internal taper inside, limiting how long of a bullet that can be seated. At this caliber, I think bullet design and construction is much more important than weight.

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    I dumped my .380s and 38+P in favor of 9mm and .357 SIG, but there are some good .380 loads on the market.


    .380 FTX Critical Defense worked well in my LCP and MDE along with the Double Tap TAC-XPs.

    The DT stuff had more recoil than the Hornady or plain .380 ball.


    I also have shot some Double Tap 90 gr. JHPs through my .380s.


    The 9mm TAC-XPs also cracked right through the LC9 without fail.


    Know that Cor-Bon has been producing the the same bullet/velocity for a number of year in their DPX .380.
    as well as 9mm, and .357 SIG loads as well.

    I'm no expert but liked what I read on the DPX and Barnes TAC-XP. Otherwise it would have been Gold Dots or FTX.
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    JHP ammunition in .380 acp offers inconsistent and inadequate penetration, expansion without penetration is worthless. Over penetration is an over hyped boogieman, too little penetration can get one killed.

    95gr FMJFN
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    I like Buffalo Bore 100gr. hardcast bullets. Deep penetration and accurate from my P380.

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    Federal 90gr Hydra-Shok is what I carry in my LCP
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    90 grain; not too light, not too heavy.

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    I agree with Ivan. Buffalo Bore 100 grain hard cast I use +P because my P 3AT can handle it. Kicks really hard but I do not sport shoot with it. I did 20 rounds to make sure it would feed and it does, the rest will be shot to use up the first round that has been loaded from the magazine or if I need it.

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