Why I no longer carry a .380

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    Why I no longer carry a .380

    They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, so here it is.

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    While the Sig carries more rounds, the size of the individual round says it all. It should also be noted that the Sig weighs ten ounces more than the little Smith. Of course, the revolver is a real handful to shoot.
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    Nice . I have a 442 that I carry in rotation to my .380.

    Did ya trade in .380?

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    You mean you've been carrying a .380 up until (gulp!)...now? Well Done! Good choice Rocky Top!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gene83 View Post
    While the Sig carries more rounds, the size of the individual round says it all.
    The round is longer? I get what you are trying to say, but it has more to do with the .38 Special being longer. Whatever makes you happy!
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    There a place for just about any round in the SD world. No one is the magic answer.
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    Sounds good to me. I am addicted to the 357 mag. I know all the research shows it's not at it's best from a 2" gun but, I like it, at this time I can still handle it, and I only carry revolvers. When I can't handle it I will step back to 38+P and I don't have to change guns.
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    I can honestly say i would not want either one of those pointed at my head! Carry what makes you feel comfortable, and what you can most accurately shoot. A misplaced shot in either caliber means possible negligent homicide. bunker
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghost tracker View Post
    You mean you've been carrying a .380 up until (gulp!)...now? Well Done! Good choice Rocky Top!

    Well I really had two .380s and rotated them. Something about that "real guys carry semi-autos thing", and of course it has to be small enough that you can actually carry it. I tried going to bigger semi-autos and ended up with a couple of .45s that I could just never get comfortable with carrying. All of them are great guns and a lot of fun to shoot at the range, but when I realized what I was really looking for in a self defense gun, I found the revolver. It's very light, easy to carry and conceal, and packs a heck of a punch. It's not much fun to shoot at the range. As a matter of fact, it really isn't fun to shoot at all, but for me it's perfect for what I need it for.

    Everybody has to make their own decision as to what they want to carry and what they are comfortable with. There's no perfect gun for everybody. I just posted this so that people who might otherwise never consider a revolver would give it some thought and also because I enjoy posting pictures of my guns.
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    No one is the magic answer.
    Oh heck, and I had so hoped my .357 sig was the magic answer. Dang you Old Vet, you just live to burst my bubble don't you?
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    Well, when you look at the .380 and .38 from the business end, the diameter is exactly the same.

    M-F I carry a .38 and a .380, so I guess I like 'em both.
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    Well... external appearances don't always 'splain things.

    I don't have a .380 round to dissect, but I grabbed a .38 +P cartridge and unloaded it - see the attached photo. The 125 gr bullet is just slightly over a third heavier than the 90 gr common to .380s.

    The loaded .38 Spl round is about 1.4" long, a .380 is just under an inch. But inside that .38 +P, there's a half an inch of... nothing. The internal case depth is less than half consumed by bullet and powder.

    So I won't condemn your choice of pocket gun, but base it on something other than the external size of the ammo. Energy, bullet weight, historical effectiveness are all good places to start.
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    I'd rather carry the .380.
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    While there is certainly merit to what you are saying, I'm not sure what it is in the pic
    that is supposed to convey the message that 38 sp is better than 380. Are you looking at
    the length of the cartridge? That by itself is not relevant. 9mm is also much shorter than 38 sp.

    I happen to like the little smiths quite well, and if they are someone's cup of tea that is fine.
    They will get no argument from me. I just don't think it makes much difference at belly distance or
    at just a few feet; your opinion and "mileage" will vary.
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    Most people that carry or have a need for a 380 make it one of micro lites. With so many 9mms rangeing from 10oz to 19oz and some of those in 40cal there little reason to sarry a 20oz+ 380.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopyard View Post
    While there is certainly merit to what you are saying, I'm not sure what it is in the pic
    that is supposed to convey the message that 38 sp is better than 380. Are you looking at
    the length of the cartridge? That by itself is not relevant. 9mm is also much shorter than 38 sp.

    I happen to like the little smiths quite well, and if they are someone's cup of tea that is fine.
    They will get no argument from me. I just don't think it makes much difference at belly distance or
    at just a few feet; your opinion and "mileage" will vary.
    Actually I was hoping that people could see that a 125 grain .357 magnum cartridge might be superior in stopping power to a 95 grain .380 ACP cartridge. My bad.
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