What ammo do your recommend for an LCP?

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    What ammo do your recommend for an LCP?

    I bought a Ruger SR9c and an LCP a couple of days ago. I have ample 9mm for target practice and know something about 9mm's, but I'm pretty clueless about .380's. One of the reasons I bought the LCP is because of concealability. Another is because I didn't intend to shoot it a lot on the range, not as much as I will the SR9c. While I don't know a lot about .380 ammo, I do know its expensive.

    So what ammo do you suggest for the LCP, both target and personal protection loads, makes, etc.? And where to find it. The store where I bought the guns had no .380.

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    At the range I practiced with Winchester 95gr target loads for my LCP. My carry ammo is speer gold dot 90gr hp. Of course, I do shoot my hand loads, but that's not going to do you any good. good luck and enjoy your new gun.

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    I try not to over-think ammo choices, but since this is a marginal defensive caliber, I do tend to buy the premium stuff.

    The logic is that it is not likely to be powerful enough to provide consistent expansion, so you go for penetration with a souped-up FMJ round. Even so, my LCP is loaded at the moment with (gag) Hornady Critical Defense (I can't believe that I'm admitting to that - but it was on the shelf for a decent price). I do like the conical shape on that round, which forces the ammo to feed like poo through a goose. Very reliable.

    I was carrying Corbon Pow'r Ball prior to that and could tell that it was blasting a whole lot harder than regular FMJ range ammo. Buffalo bore makes a nice hardcast +P that is probably among the most effective rounds you that can carry in .380 https://www.buffalobore.com/index.ph...t_detail&p=127.
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    From my understanding of the ballistics, it may be better to go with good fmj rather than hollowpoints, to ensure adequate penetration.
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    I would look at the critical defensse line from Hornady. They are designed for shorter barrels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maxwell97 View Post
    From my understanding of the ballistics, it may be better to go with good fmj rather than hollowpoints, to ensure adequate penetration.
    A FMJ round from a .380 will penetrate a human body. Read the Andrew Wirth case from Wisconsin. You don't want penetration, you want expansion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by txron View Post
    I would look at the critical defensse line from Hornady. They are designed for shorter barrels.
    Agreed...good little round for the caliber.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GhostMaker View Post
    Agreed...good little round for the caliber.
    Yep...never had any problems with the Critical Defense JHP...in my LCP..great round IMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GhostMaker View Post
    Agreed...good little round for the caliber.
    Good to hear. Now I don't feel like such a weenie for carrying it. It really is a good round for the LCP.
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    I have Critiacl Defense JHP in mine now and it has been smooth as can be

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    I started my LCP loaded up with Gold Dots, then Winchester PDX1, but now I keep it loaded with WWB flat points.

    As for the post about wanting expansion not penetration, you want both. But in a round like the 380 if you can only have one I'll choose penetration every day.
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    Corbon 90 grn self defense
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    Get the zombie stuff. It IS the CD round, only cheaper...at least cheaper at my LGS.

    It also has a green tip, which is super poisonous in case you run into zombies and it kills 'em instantly with even a body or extremity shot...at least that's what the guy told me.
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    I agree with Rammerjammer. Wad cutters would be my choice if you can find them...
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHEC724 View Post
    Buffalo bore makes a nice hardcast +P that is probably among the most effective rounds you that can carry in .380 https://www.buffalobore.com/index.ph...t_detail&p=127.
    I would not go there myself. I've seen many a gun which can take +P and the manufacturer says it is okay. In this case they specifically call it out in the manual as something to NOT use.

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