I'm partial to the Remington Golden Saber myself, a bit of heavier slug at 102Gr.
I've used Speer GD's and Fed. Hydra Shocks in the past and had zero issues in my Bersa.
This is a discussion on Which 380 ACP load for self defense? within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I bought a new Bersa Thunder 380 and will be running it through its paces soon with a couple different kinds of ammo for defensive ...
I bought a new Bersa Thunder 380 and will be running it through its paces soon with a couple different kinds of ammo for defensive carry - assuming they all function fine - what do you all reccommend?
Speer Gold Dot 90gr
Corbon 90 gr HP?
Hornady XTP 90 gr?
Corbon DPX 80 gr?
or regular plain jane FMJ?
I've got 2 of the Bersa's and I like the Golden Sabre's also, very accurate and function is perfect, Recently I finally found a box of Ranger T's in 380 and will be giving them a try also.
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Use one with good expansion characteristics along with good penetration (heavier bullet). stay away from FMJ rounds for self defense.
Currently I have Federals in my PPK, any that have been listed should serve you well. Remember though the .380 is marginal as a fight stopper.
"The first rule of a gun fight is to have a gun."
A .380 in the hand is much better than a .45 in the gun safe!
After working on about a dozen .380 killings, I'm convinced that .380 FMJ penetrates adequately. On the other hand, I have real concerns with .380 hollowpoints' ability to penetrate to "the good stuff."
A low-mass bullet at low speeds with a braking mechanism (the hollowpoint) built in? Not for me. I use the hottest ball that I can find. As chrono'd from my P232, that's Magtech's 95-gr load.
102gr Gold Saber, first choice. Hydra Shok, second choice.
I use FMJ as well, albeit with a flatpoint. Currently I'm loaded with Winchester's WinClean. This former Communist Bloc Walther PPK clone hasn't complained about it yet. Though I can't get it to bobble on any HP either, I believe the best compromise is the flat point.
My only other choice would be the 102gr GS because I believe it has the mass to get the job done.
I use DPX in my .380s. In the test I've seen they go the deepest and open all the time.
I carry one mag of Hydro-Soks loaded and a spare of FMJ
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The DPX is what I carry in my Thunder 380cc. The stats Ive seen on it have been impressive. We all know real world results can vary widely from tests, but I like this stuff, and it seems to recoil less than the golden sabers I used to carry in it.
I use Corbons 90 grain HP, they shoot well.
You'll like the Bersa, I've had my thunder dual tone for about 3 yrs, only complaint is that its not a bigger caliber but..they do make a 45 too..
Here's a bunch of links to .380 test which help you or just confuse you more:
Links to .380 Caliber Ammunition Tests.
(Some links may require user registration.)
Many .380 and other caliber tests. !!!You must register.!!!
OG & Friend's Ballistic Test Results
2d Gen P-3AT Analysis Part 2 (includes wet pack test)
The Last Crusade - .380 Wet Pack Test
mouseguns.com - Ammunition and Ballistics
Scroll down to the .380 section.
The Box O' Truth #26 - Little Guns vs. The Box O' Truth
Ballistic gelatin testing results : .32NAA 90 grain Sierra JHC
DPX/Gold Dot Raccoon test.
Head-to-head test: DPX vs. Ranger-T
MONSTER WET NEWS MULTI-GUN-TEST
P3AT CHEAP JHP WETPACK TEST
Smilies and Wet Newspaper Test
Wet Newspaper Test: Corbon DPX .380 HP
Wet Newspaper Test: Santa Barbara 87g.
Wetpack Test: DPX, GD, GS, Ranger-T, etc.
WINTER/SUMMER WETPACK TEST DONE
Fly&Og Revisit DPX with GS, GD, and more!!
More Smiley Tests with a 1G P3AT
THE FLY AND OG .380 DPX WETPACK TEST WITH 4 PISTOLS!!
Cor-Bon .380 DPX "Wet Pack" test with LWS380
Cartridge Performance: .380 ACP
Selecting a .380 Cartridge
Bersa Thunder .380 with Cor-Bon 80-gr. DPX Ammunition
Brassfetcher .380 ACP Tests
Cor-Bon .380 70 gr PowRBall
Cor-Bon .380 80 gr DPX
.380 ACP at StevesPages
Preliminary .380 wet pack report for your amusement
Gel test today!
.380 Ammunition & Barrel Lengths at recguns.com
UMC JHP/ AE FMJ ACCURACY SHOOT OFF
.380ACP Federal Hydrashok in gelatin
Corbon DPX .380 into newsprint
Cor-Bon DPX .380 in Ham
See reply #4
Ballistics data - 7 hollow point velocities
9mm Versus .380 ACP For Self-Defense
Test Results: The effect of moisture on .380 ammo
After looking at all these tests I finally decided on a Santa Barbara FMJ and Remington Golden Saber JHP mix.