This is a discussion on Ammo question - Colt .380 within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I recently purchased a Mustang Pocketlite and am enjoying it. My usual carry is a Kimber Ultra II and I now have an alternative when ...
I recently purchased a Mustang Pocketlite and am enjoying it. My usual carry is a Kimber Ultra II and I now have an alternative when I want something more discreet. The gun shoots great - I've tried Speer, Cor Bon, and a variety of cheap ball ammo with no glitches so far.
This is my question. I noticed that Buffalo Bore makes some +P SD ammo in this caliber with some impressive ballistics. They have a hardcast flat nosed lead 100 grain - 1125 fps with m.e. of 281 and a Gold Dot load with a 90 grain - 1175 fps - m.e of 276. It seems that the 100 grain lead bullet would probably penetrate well and still expand some.
Do any of you use these loads in a Colt .380? Do you think it can handle that powerful of a load? My idea was to continue practicing with the cheaper loads, but carry the hot ones if the gun can handle it. I'd just shoot a few rounds of the hot stuff to make sure it feeds reliably and goes bang, but not subject the gun to a lot of wear by using it at the range. (I couldn't really afford to, anway)
Thanks in advance for your input.
Specifically, I've tried the Mag Safe frangibles which get (if you believe the manufacturer) very high velocities and foot-pounds approximating 600, v 200 for a standard 380 ammo. I've only put a few of these through because they are way too expensive. Worked great with no obvious negative issues.