This is a discussion on .380 +p within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Does anyone have any expierience with the new Buffalo Bore .380 +p with 288 lbs. of energy out of a P3AT ? I love the ...
Does anyone have any expierience with the new Buffalo Bore .380 +p with 288 lbs. of energy out of a P3AT ? I love the forum and have really learned alot from you guys.
380 Auto +P Pistol & Handgun Ammunition
It says specificly in the manual NOT to use +p ammo in the manual... but I have wondered what would happen. I am an LCP owner myself, very similar firearms.
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Many of those tiny guns are hard enough to hold onto with standard ammo.
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No +P in the Kel-Tec and no +P in the LCP. And that came directly to me from, Kel-Tec and Ruger.
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yes, no +p,,, but if it comes down to it i bet you could shoot a mag or two with out any problems.
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Just reading about this very thing on the elsiepea forum yesterday. Most opinion there was to shoot it dutch loaded w/hollowpoints for SD. Shooting lots of it is expensive and would be excessive wear on the gun. Some had shot it and said it was a handful of recoil out of an LCP but of course you wouldn't notice it in a SD situation.
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Kel Teks P3AT spec's state that "Muzzle Energy Max: 250ft-lbs". Buffalo Bore"s 27/A20 380 Auto +P Ammo - 100 gr. Hardcast F.N. (1150fps/ M.E. 294 ft. lbs.) The way I read it, that would exceed the max. spec by 15%.
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I received pretty much the same info when I called Ruger!No +P in the Kel-Tec and no +P in the LCP. And that came directly to me from, Kel-Tec and Ruger.
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From the manual:
SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS AND WARNINGS
"AMMUNITION: The P-3AT Pistol is designed and chambered for the .380 Auto
cartridge. Do not use any other ammunition. The P-3AT will accept +P
ammunition, however not with continuous use."
"Only use commercially manufactured ammunition, clean, dry, and in good
Never use nonstandard, reloaded or damaged cartridges.
Never use ammunition where the pressure levels exceed industry standards."
Download the manual at their website. I did not see any reference to muzzle energy there.
My brother-in-law just picked up a P3AT and I gave him 5 of my Buffalo Bore +P ammo. It IS noticeably more harsh, not too bad.
I really like the BuffaloBore .380+P but, I would not run it through the P3AT - It's a great hard hitting round for the larger .380 pistols.
I carry BuffaloBore when I pack the Walther PPK/S as my BUG.
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I wonder how it would handle in the Kahr P380??
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