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Which 380 ammo would you buy for your college daughter's use in an apartment setting? Corbon's newest, Hydrashocks, frangibles, the birdshot-in-a-plastic sabot thingies I can't remember the name of, 'splody bullets?
I will be raising the question on a different subforum about the wisdom of getting her a 20ga for home use.
God forbid she should need it, but I would like to have her armed for bear. Thoughts on what sort of ammo to buy for her?
The theory behind them is that they'll ruin a bad guy's day, and will go through one wall but not two, right?
And apologies to all for not doing the "Apartment" search before posting.
MagSafe also makes fragible ammunition. The problem I have with MagSafe or Glaser in a semi-auto is the cost of purchasing enough of it to make sure the gun will funuction reliably with it.
I would perfer to shoot at least 50 rounds of a given ammo through a gun that's proven reliable. Of course, whoever is going to use the pistol needs to be the one doing the shooting.
In 380 I like Hydra Shok, Golden Saber, Winchester SXT and Gold Dot
The Winchester SXT produces the least felt recoil
Out of my P3AT:
HS 90 gr. @ 845 fps
GS 102 gr. @ 775 fps
SXT 95 gr. @ 773 fps
Gold Dot 90 gr. @ 841 fps
20 gauge shotgun trumps 380 any day. Get the shotty!
Better to die on your feet, than to live on your knees.
Forget the birdshot, if someone is attempting to harm your daughter, what she shoots should go through two BG's...Hydrashoks or Gold Dot will do that.
Stay armed...any time, any place...stay safe!
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I keep Speer Gold Dots in my Keltec. They shoot great too.
The .380 is kind of marginal on the penetration side anyway, going to any sort of frangible ammo is just going to make it worse. Get a good, modern hollowpoint from CorBon, Federal, Winchester, Speer, etc.
I'd go with the Federal Hydra-Shok's they are a proven round. Over penetration shouldn't be a problem with a .380. I'd definitely get her a .20 ga pump with 00 buckshot loads as well.
Good luck finding any .380 ammo. Go with what you can find and functions in your daughters gun. Lots of people swear by FMJ for .380 for better penetration, but in an apartment I'm not sure that would be a wise choice.
Golden Sabre if you can get it. 102 gr. JHP . Heavier the BETTER!
Definitely HydraShocks or Gold Dots. On a side note, where are you finding .380 ammo?
20GA pump shotgun with buckshot sounds like a good plan. For a HD handgun, I'm not so sure about a subcompact .380...maybe a full size 9mm?
1st Get her some training.
2nd Arm her with whatever she is comfortable with.
You might look at the new Critical Defense line of ammo by Hornady or the Powerball ammo by Corbon. She might have to shoot through heavy clothing that an intruder might be wearing and those two ammunition choices are tops for that in this caliber.
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