380 ammo, fmj vs. hollow

380 ammo, fmj vs. hollow

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    380 ammo, fmj vs. hollow

    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


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    What .380 gun are you using?

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    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

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    Ball ammo tends to feed more reliable, so that might be the best option to use.

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    Gold dots and Hornady TAP penetrate and expand reliably when fired from my LCP.
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    I hear your AIM is more important than ammo.
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    If I have to carry my .380 it is loaded with fmj bullets with flat points.

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    Hollow 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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    Check out this web sight about 380 FMJ and JHP.


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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.

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    I don't think my 380 will be +p rated like my s@w 642.

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    .380 ammo is almost non-existent in Georgia and FLorida these day, so I take whatever I can find!
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    Quote Originally Posted by borglyn View Post
    Are 380 hollowpoints really ineffective? I like the 380 because gun size really works for me.
    hollow points are working against you with underpowered rounds like .380, .32 .25 your losing penetration for a minimal increase in expansion.

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