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What "is" .380?

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    You could drive yourself crazy thinking too hard about how cartridges are named. Just ask around and look up things on the internet (from reputable sources of course) and eventually you'll know most of them. I tried to explain what the different cartridge names and applications were to a complete newbie customer once; it wasn't fun. He wanted to know what had taken me 10+ years of experience to figure out in one conversation.
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    To the original poster. The answer is.....marketing. They probably wanted to cash in on some of the .38's fame. Last year Winchester came out with the ".325wsm" . The bullet is actually .323 in diameter but 325 sounds cooler. Also....270 win=.277 280 rem=.284 .38 spl=.357 and so on and so on....
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    Quote Originally Posted by OzarksMagic View Post
    Could a .380 be fired from a .38 special revolver?
    Actually there is one revolver that can do that. It has a specially designed extractor and can fire any of the .38/.357/.380/9mm cartridges. It's one on my "own one day" list. Called the Medusa. I'll try to find the link to it. If I am remembering right, Cadco bought the rights to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CopperKnight View Post
    Actually there is one revolver that can do that. It has a specially designed extractor and can fire any of the .38/.357/.380/9mm cartridges. It's one on my "own one day" list. Called the Medusa. I'll try to find the link to it. If I am remembering right, Cadco bought the rights to it.
    Didn't they market that revolver stating you could shoot over 35 different cartridges?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob99VMI04 View Post
    Didn't they market that revolver stating you could shoot over 35 different cartridges?
    That's the one. I first saw it advertised in American Survival Guide before it went under. Even got to hold one they had at the pawn shop. Really wanted to buy it, but I don't normally have $600 lying around. And that was something like 8 years ago.
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    ZERO -- a brief history of nothing.

    Generally thought to first be scripted to represent zero by the Olmecs, who were probably the ancestors of the Mayans and lived approx 1200BC to 400BC.

    Chinese, Indians and other mid Eastern cultures understood zero and even used negative numbers at times but usually used a blank space to represent it. Before them the Greeks and others of a more philosophical nature argued how anything could represent nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CopperKnight View Post
    That's right. I forgot about that. You've got your .380 ACP, .38 special, .38 super, .357 mag, .357 maximum, 9mm Luger, 9mm Kurtz, and a zillion other 9mms.
    .380ACP and 9mm Kurz are the same cartridge. "Kurz" is German for "short", so it's a "short" 9mm cartridge.
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    The Taylor Knockout formula is one way to compare the power of different cartridges. Here's the forumla: Bullet Weight (in grains) multiplied by Calibre (in inches) multiplied by Velocity (in fps) divided by 7000 = TKO rating. The bigger the rating the more powerful the cartridge.

    Also, buy yourself a copy of Modern Reloading by Richard Lee. The book will cover almost all the different bullets and cartridges with detailed information about the bullet sizes, weights and velocities with various loadings.

    Between the Taylor forumla and the Modern Reloading book you can easily compare and answer questions you'll have about different calibers and loadings and what they can and can't do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmarkob View Post
    .380ACP and 9mm Kurz are the same cartridge. "Kurz" is German for "short", so it's a "short" 9mm cartridge.
    Then there is the 9x18, 9mm marakroviastanskioni or whatever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN1910 View Post
    Then there is the 9x18, 9mm marakroviastanskioni or whatever.


    and the 9x21 largo


    and 9x23 super largo


    (or so I've heard)

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    One thing that I havent seen mentioned is the bullet weight that is generally used for the .380 is only 90 grains.

    Although the .380 uses .355 bullets like the 9mm and a host of others, the 90 grain bullet is about the heaviest that can be used because of the short case and the limited powder capability.

    Its the 90 grain bullet that travels not so fast that make the .380 a marginal defense round...as the bullet simply doesnt have the ballistic coefficient or the weight to be a great fight stopper. There are some newer loadings that make the .380 a better round that it originally was though, they mostly use a lighter bullet traveling much faster.

    Nowadays, some of the newer 9mm's arent much bigger than a .380, so if you need a personal defense gun, the 9mm makes more sense.
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