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    .380 Auto Question

    What do y'all think is the best grain hollow point for SD in .380?
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    Quote Originally Posted by blinkstafoo1 View Post
    What do y'all think is the best grain hollow point for SD in .380?
    I don't think I've ever shot or bought anything other than 90 or 95 grain; naturally, for SD you want HPs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bbqgrill View Post
    I don't think I've ever shot or bought anything other than 90 or 95 grain; naturally, for SD you want HPs.
    I actually prefer a solid bullet in a small caliber for better penetration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blinkstafoo1 View Post
    What do y'all think is the best grain hollow point for SD in .380?
    90 or 95! Cor Bon DPX or JHP and the Hornady Critical Defense should be good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimH58 View Post
    90 or 95! Cor Bon DPX or JHP and the Hornady Critical Defense should be good.
    1 + on Cor Bon DPX......
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimH58 View Post
    90 or 95! Cor Bon DPX or JHP and the Hornady Critical Defense should be good.
    critical defense by hornady is what i carry now. In my P3AT it is extremely accurate!!

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    I use Corbon JHP 90 gr in my LCP when carrying it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by .45acp View Post
    I actually prefer a solid bullet in a small caliber for better penetration.
    That is my thinking as well. Right now I have FMJs and Gold Dot HPs alternated in my magazine. First shot is FMJ followed by HP.
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    I was looking at a very thorough ammo article yesterday, it's a bit long but worth a read. It covers advice for every caliber. Here's a link,

    Ammunition For The Self-Defense Firearm

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    Quote Originally Posted by PNUT View Post
    I was looking at a very thorough ammo article yesterday, it's a bit long but worth a read. It covers advice for every caliber. Here's a link,

    Ammunition For The Self-Defense Firearm
    I do not agree with the arthors statment "The three or four best .380 JHP rounds have better stopping power than ANY bullet fired out of 2" barrel .38 Special snub-nose." This is pure bull crap. He needs to check some of the new loads like the Gold Dot 135g +P short barrel loads for the snub .38spl. They generate more horsepower and achieve more penetration than any .380 can ever hope for!
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    Winchester black box sxt JHP! 95g. They feed excellent in both my Bersa and P3At. For some reason my P3AT didnt like the DPX 1 FTF and 2 FTE out of one box.

    Good thread on .380 comparison.

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    alot of opinions in this article that I disagree with. alot that I do agree with. I HATE the words "stopping power" and "knock down power" there is no bullet that you can fire out of a handgun that will "stop" a person, much less "knock them down" - maybe shock their nervous system enough to make them fall down - but those terms are bull. Transfer of kinetic energy into a target doesn't stop it or kill it. Temporary wound channels aren't powerfull enough in hand guns loads (except maybe .460) to damage organs around the permanent wound channel. Shot placement is everything, penetrating ball ammo is NOT going to make the person bleed more because they have 2 holes in them... it only means more of the blood will be seen on the outside of the body. THE BULLET HAS TO MAKE AS LARGE OF A PERMANENT WOUND CAVITY AS POSSIBLE AND MUST HIT AS MANY CRITICAL ORGANS AS POSSIBLE. Hollow points and TAP ammo is the way to go in my slightly educated opinion.
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    While most .380 threads almost always turn into a bullet war ie: FMJ vs. JHP ...

    I personally prefer and shoot Remington Golden Sabre's. Excellent feeding and decent expansion. They are not quite as fast as the DPX rounds but are a heavier bullet and if I have to use my .380 for SD, it will most likely be at arms length.
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    Ammo

    I normally prefer lighter expanding bullets for SD. In the .380 I use mostly 102gr Gold Saber. I have mostly bigger .380s, a Colt and a Beretta 85F, but the folks I know who carry Kel Tecs carry the same load. I have never been a big fan of mixing ammo in a magazine. Doubtful you could keep track of what's what when the shooting starts.

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    i carry round ball ammo in my 3pat. 95gr ball.
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