Buffalo Bore's .380 + P loadings

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    Question Buffalo Bore's .380 + P loadings

    I carry a Sig 232 (.380) for concealed carry. I know, I can hear it now, if you wanted a 9mm why didn't you buy one. I have carried other pistols but the Sig is the one that weighs the least, (16 oz. empty) has a flat profile and with Hogue grips fills my hand nicely, and is accurate. My question is this: Buffalo Bore advertises a couple of loads that look promising. One is a 100 gr. lead flat nose at 1150 fps and a 90 gr. HP at 1175 fps., have any members put these loads on a chronograph, or shot them into some kind of medium to test their effectiveness. Thanks in advance, dgang

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    I'd either go with the HP or FMJ. Magtech or Corbon both yield over 220 ft. # muzzle energy with good expansion and weight retention.
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    I have shot BuffaloBore but, not .380.
    It's high quality ammo.
    On the BuffaloBore web site BB also suggests Speer GoldDot in .380 as being quite good.

    Item 27A/20: 100gr. Hard-Cast FN @ 1125 fps 280 ft. lbs Per Box of 20
    $19.94


    Item 27B/20: 95 gr. F.M.J.-F.N @ 1125 fps 267 ft. lbs. Per Box of 20
    $19.94

    Item 27C/20: 90 gr. Speer Gold Dot J.H.C. @ 1175 fps 276 ft. lbs. Per Box of 20
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    I have shot it and am using the .380 100gr flat nosed lead bullet in my Mustang. It really has a pop to it, but no problems with the gun. BB has chronographed it in a Mustang - 1072 fps - 255 lbs of ME. That's better than a lot of standard .38 loads.

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    I really like the looks of that 100 grain flat-nose round from Buffalo Bore. Thanks for the informative post.

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    A few years ago we had an armadillo that didn't seem to anxious to leave even though he had four of my dogs barking at him. That can only mean trouble, so it had to go.

    At the time I was carrying my Bersa loaded with 90gr Federal HydraShok. I fired at the armored rodent from about 10 ft. The JHP traveled clean through the armadillo and bounced off of the side of my metal barn, striking me in the shin. The bullet was deformed, but it didn't hurt!

    The armadillo didn't even flinch and walked off. I grabbed my 1911 out of my truck. The armadillo went down with one shot of 200gr Gold Dot.

    I put the Bersa in the safe, and it's been there for 3 years. The BB ammo may just see me pulling it back out of the safe though. That ammo is impressive.

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    hmmm..... just might be the stuff I'm looking for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rdrancher View Post
    A few years ago we had an armadillo that didn't seem to anxious to leave even though he had four of my dogs barking at him. That can only mean trouble, so it had to go.

    At the time I was carrying my Bersa loaded with 90gr Federal HydraShok. I fired at the armored rodent from about 10 ft. The JHP traveled clean through the armadillo and bounced off of the side of my metal barn, striking me in the shin. The bullet was deformed, but it didn't hurt!

    The armadillo didn't even flinch and walked off. I grabbed my 1911 out of my truck. The armadillo went down with one shot of 200gr Gold Dot.

    I put the Bersa in the safe, and it's been there for 3 years. The BB ammo may just see me pulling it back out of the safe though. That ammo is impressive.

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    Good story RDRancher. You must be from around these parts.

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