Defensive Ammo In SW Bodyguard

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    Defensive Ammo In SW Bodyguard

    Anyone have suggestions for defensive ammo for the SW Bodyguard? What does it like to eat and what gives it "indigestion"?



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    In .380, I use FMJ, preferably with a flat point.

    I want something that will get to the FBI desired penetration depth of 15", and in .380 that means FMJ.
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    Like 10thmtn suggest FMJ's. When I had my S&W BG380 I used the Winchester White box FMJ 380 that I got from Walmart. And since it is a 380, practice, practice, practice for shot placement and your BG380 will serve you well !!! God Bless

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    So no JHP? FMJ is the way to go?


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    I use Hornady Critical Defense in my Ruger LCP. Penetration is decent and haven't had any fail to expand.

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    I use Cor Bon DPX in mine. I've run a few boxes through at the range with no problems.

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    I'll admit up front that I'm not a ballistics expert nor a doctor treating gunshot wounds, so take this for what it's worth. But as the .380 isn't all that powerful to start with I'd be loading a more modern HP load. It seems at first blush that if your gun likes to feed them okay it would be hard to beat the Buffalo Bore 80 gr. Barnes TAC-XP load. The bullet is a superb one and holds together well since it's all jacket. That's a pretty stout loading, but kind of expensive. The Cor Bon DPX uses the same bullet and is also spendy but a great round. It wouldn't be super cheap to put a couple boxes thru your gun to test functioning, but if I had to stake my life on a .380 I'd consider it worth the expense.

    That said, I can see the point to be made for penetration, too. But you'd better be pretty careful with shot placement if you don't get any expansion (obviously true with any round).
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    What Phaedrus said above...

    I have two .380 guns, a Walther PPK and a Sig P238, and recently did some research on the best .380 defensive load for these guns. I came out the same place as Phaedrus above, that the Barnes copper bullet loaded by Buffalo Bore is the most effective load. There is quite a bit of test data on the Internet regarding this load, and the penetration plus expansion of this bullet is most impressive. I concluded that this load will essentially turn your .380 into a 9mm, in terms of effect on the target.

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    Great. Thanks for all your help.


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    I prefer the Winchester Ranger Type T for the BG .380. This is loaded by Winchester for LE, but if you look hard enough, you can find them. This uses the new Talon bullet that weighs 95 gr and has reasonable numbers. I carry this as a back up or "get off me" gun, so this round performs just right.

    Noticing some other posts, I'd be real cautious (as in "I wouldn't") about using really hot loads in any pocket .380---some companies expressly tell you NOT to use these loads in their user manuals. These small guns simply are not made to deal with those pressures. Hotter loads may be fine in a larger frame .380 like a PPK or Sig.
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    After internet You Tube research I use the Speer gold dot and Hornady critical defense JHP. They seemed to be the most reliable and run through my BG380's just fine.

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