What .380 gun are you using?
This is a discussion on 380 ammo, fmj vs. hollow within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Are 380 hollowpoints really ineffective? I like the 380 because gun size really works for me....
Are 380 hollowpoints really ineffective? I like the 380 because gun size really works for me.
Last edited by borglyn; April 30th, 2010 at 09:03 PM. Reason: I meant 380 hollowpoints
I think hollowpoints are more effective then fmj on soft targets as for 380 i like 45s imho
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First off will both shoot 100% reliable in your gun??? If the answer to that is yes, then maybe you can rotate between bullet types and get the best of both worlds.
I have 2 380s, and to be honest, I don't pay that much attention what I am using, because each has an advantage, and who knows what situation I will be in if I need the 380??
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My brother finished off a big doe that his daughter shot this past year with his LCP and Critical Defense ammo and I was surprised at the effectiveness of the the 380. I'll take a hp...thats whats in my P238
Ball ammo tends to feed more reliable, so that might be the best option to use.
Gold dots and Hornady TAP penetrate and expand reliably when fired from my LCP.
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If I have to carry my .380 it is loaded with fmj bullets with flat points.
Corbon DPX to be exact. My Kahr P380 has been 100% with them as has my Colt Pony. Hollow points are designed to work on people.
The idea that ball feeds more reliably... well I don't know how much more reliable you can get than 100%.
I know that most of the ball ammo I find is similar to Winchester White Box and that is listed as being designed for target and range but not for defense.
I guess if I had to carry a non hollow point round it would be:
380 Auto +P Pistol & Handgun Ammunition
This is a flat nose round with 100 gr of weight. BTW the WWB .380 ball ammo that I bought at Wal-Mart recently was a flat nose round and recoiled a little more than the handful of Corbon hollow points that I ran through my Kahr P380.
When I was done at the range I went ahead and loaded up the WWB in my P380 mags and put the gun in my back pocket. I had my Kahr PM9 as a primary but I didn't mind having the P380 loaded with WWB in my back pocket as a BUG.
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I was hoping to get a bodyguard 380. The size is right for me. I understand that I am taking a risk on a new gun. Thanks to all who replied. This is new to me (handguns and conceal carry), however I have a new sense of security.
I don't think my 380 will be +p rated like my s@w 642.
.380 ammo is almost non-existent in Georgia and FLorida these day, so I take whatever I can find!
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