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380 Flat nose ammo

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    380 Flat nose ammo

    I have been having trouble finding FMJ RN 380 ammo so I got a box of FMJ Flat Nose Winchester Ammo. Can anyone tell me what Flat Nose bullets are used for??????



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    flat nose means that bullet nose is flat and not round like in round nose FMJ. Some people argue that flat nose bullet would cut tissue better than regular round nose.

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    Nothin' wrong with wadcutters at close (pistol) ranges.
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    Maybe Better than FMJHP?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tony1990 View Post
    I have been having trouble finding FMJ RN 380 ammo so I got a box of FMJ Flat Nose Winchester Ammo. Can anyone tell me what Flat Nose bullets are used for??????



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    It's a fair question.

    In general, solid points, round or flat, penetrate farther than hollow points. Some people think this is a good idea when shooting relatively low-velocity rounds such as the .380. With them, however, you do give up some energy transfer and wound channel, so flat points are a kind of a compromise as they probably penetrate less than round points. So, with the same velocity, the flat points transfer a little more energy and might create a slightly larger wound channel. If I lived in New Jersey and couldn't carry hollow points, I'd carry flat points as a better solution. If I were buying for the US Government and limited to metal case I'd definitely buy them.

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    I am probably wrong(and will hear about it), but flat nose is for target use. Flame on people. Seriously......like when I said I bought a Bushmaster. I can take it. ps the Bushmaster still works after 3,000 rounds!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by borglyn View Post
    I am probably wrong(and will hear about it), but flat nose is for target use. Flame on people. Seriously......like when I said I bought a Bushmaster. I can take it. ps the Bushmaster still works after 3,000 rounds!!!!!
    Bushmasters are great!!!!

    I think you are right about the 380acp flat nose, that said I would carry flat nose ammo for defense before round nose if I could not find JHP ammo.
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    Does .380 'flat nose' feed and chamber reliably?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nix View Post
    Does .380 'flat nose' feed and chamber reliably?
    I've not had any problem with it feeding or chambering in either a Sig-232 or a Walther PPK/S. I don't know about other makes and models. I use WWB for target shooting at the range. If I'm carrying a .380, I load it with PDX-1, but I seldom carry .380 anymore.
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    I can not speak to there use as defensive round but in today's ammo market if they feed well in your gun buy-em for the range at least

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    Are you going to use them for SD or just at the range?
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    IMHO the very best defense ammo is the Buffalo Bore 100gr FLAT Nose. It is a lead bullet at some wild +p velocity, but it will do the job and do it well.

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    I shot a Ruger LCP of a friend's and that flat nose did not want to cooperate with me. Slide usually hung up about 10-20% from being closed.
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    Here's a link to a test comparing terminal performance of RN and FN 380 Auto on a level playing field.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Once View Post
    Are you going to use them for SD or just at the range?
    Since I can not any PMC Bronze 380 at a price I can afford I may need to use them for SD and practice at the range.

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