This is a discussion on If you know your gun likes a certain brand in FMJ... within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Frederal Premium HST Speer Gold Dot Golden Saber Bonded (as opposed to the older not-bonded design) Corbon Winchester Ranger Tactical There are a few others ...
Frederal Premium HST
Speer Gold Dot
Golden Saber Bonded (as opposed to the older not-bonded design)
Winchester Ranger Tactical
There are a few others like the Hornady TAP that could be added, but I'm not certain that TAP is available in .380 ACP. As well, some of these may not be available to non LEO.
As always, verify function in your own gun before depending on them.
You've already gotten the correct answer, but I'll throw my .02 in as well. You can't necessarily assume that the same brand HP will perform similar to their FMJ loads. The best way to find out is to shoot some SD loads from the same maker and see how they do. If you're not satisfied with the results, then obtain a box each of a few different brands/types and see what works best in your gun. Once you know what it likes, stock up on it to the extent possible, and then use the FMJ's for range practice.
never tried federal premium guys. didn't care for their fmj bulk. kind of assumed that if their bulk ammo had issues it would carry over to the rest of their line. apparently i am mistaken, so i will rescind my comment until i am able to test the rest of their line myself.
...stirred up a hornets nest on that one.
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Thanks, guys. I'll make sure to test out anything I put in my gun.
How long is a "break-in period"? Would I find that in my gun's manual? I didn't see anything in there, but maybe I missed it.
@lyodbraun: is it bad that those pictures of the expanded bullets look like pretty gray flowers and I find them very visually appealing and want to make jewelry out of them?
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For example, Kahr claims a break-in period of 200 rds should be sufficient. I've found nothing of the kind was anywhere near sufficient (across 6 Kahrs that I've had). A Browning BDM took far, far more than that. A CZ P-01 and a H&K P2000SK required no effective break-in at all. Depends. And the only way to know is to try it out, to see how soon dead-nuts reliability occurs on your own gun.
I shoot whatever is cheap in FMJ. Though I've had bad luck with Independence ammo in .45. It's cause my G30 to FTF. It's caused my M&P45 to not lock back the slide numerous times. And I can feel the lack in power in any .45 handgun I shoot. The guns just feel "lazy" when shooting Independence ammo. I shoot Federal, PMC or S&B FMJ, but will shoot other stuff as well.
Just because your guns likes a specific brand of FMJ doesn't mean the JHP version of that brand will work well. JHP ammo is almost always made better. I like HST, Gold Dot's and DPX. Those three is what I mainly stick to.
My gun's a Glock. If it's the right diameter and has gunpowder in the back of it, my gun likes it.
No you cannot assume that. In fact, even slightly different loadings of bullet weight, type, and shape within the same manufacturer may cause problems. IE: 230 grain Hollowpoints vs. 185 grain Hollowpoints.
Now, some of the cheaper, more loosely manufactured brands may always give you problems. But assuming high quality manufacturers, that your gun seems to feed well, you cannot extrapolate that to mean, that if your gun fed Brand X 200 grain hollowpoints fine, then it will feed Brand X 230 grain plutonium-tipped zombie killers as well.
If your gun is kinda picky, about the only way to know is to buy a box and try it.