Which Bullet for .380 SD Load?

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    Which Bullet for .380 SD Load?

    I am going to be reloading for my Wife's Ruger LCP and My Bersa Thunder+ .380s. These reloads will be used for practice as well as for every day carry (Yes, I've seen all the arguments pro and con), and I'm looking for the best SD bullet in this caliber.

    As far as factory ammo is concerned, Federal 90 grain Hydra-shok, Cor Bon JHP 90gr, and Speer Gold Dot GDHP 90gr seem to top the most recommended ammo list for SD .380.

    Of these, the only one I can find as a component bullet is the Speer 90Gr GDHP. Anyone know of other componenet SD bullets that you would recommend for an every day carry bullet?

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    Flat nosed FMJ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by gottabkiddin View Post
    Flat nosed FMJ...
    Which brand?

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    Any FMJ-FP in 95 gr.
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    I thought that hollow points were considered best for SD?

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    Getting the velocity out of that short LCP barrel is the problem with the expanding bullets, especially in .380 ACP.
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    I`m loading for my Lady`s Bersa Thunder .380 using X-Treme 100gr plated flat point bullets. CCI primers,WIN 231 and saved cases. Works just fine,No issues with either the gun or the ammo.

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    Buy the molds and hard cast a 90-100 gr lead bullet. The .380 is not noted for having the velocity to make HP bullets expand reliably. You need weight for penetration.

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    For my ladies 380 I alternate 2 different types in the magazine, Hornady Critcal Defense and Then some regular FMJ's. First shot hollow,second shot fmj....and so on.

    I alternate hollows and FMJ's in all my carry guns.
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    I recently saw a couple postings on here (one a video of a medical conference, and one from an attorney who had been involved in many murder trials) that indicated that in .380, FMJ were the best bullets for complete incapacitation. The reasoning was that a hollow point at subsonic speed flattens enough to prevent penetration to the vital organs. Especially if a BG is large, muscular or fat, this would be sound logic.

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    A physician's perspective on rifle and handgun wounds (an honest video appraisal.)
    Started by gunfan, February 2nd, 2013 12:18 PM

    It indicates that in pistols that are subsonic, FMJ is more deadly.

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    I carry FMJ in mine........Penetration and Shot Placement.
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    Which Bullet for .380 SD Load?

    I carry federal hydra-shok in my Ruger LCP

    10"+ penetration, .48" expansion and nearly 1000fps

    I feel safe with those numbers

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    Flat nose fmj in .380 dont waste your money

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    Yep. Like others have said; FP or lead.
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    The Hornady XTP (not the Critical Defense Flex tip) bullet in a hot load.


    The pedals lay back close to the base allowing over 12 inches of penetration. If heavy clothing causes a failure to open, then the bullet still acts like a FMJ but stops at less than 18" due to the lower weight of a 380.

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