handloading for the .380 acp

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    Question handloading for the .380 acp

    I've been handloading for my Sig 232 for some time now. The usual 95 gr. hardball at 940 - 950 fps. Recently decided to load some personal defence rounds, 90 gr. XTP at around 1010 fps.Well within the guide lines as defined by Alliant for their Power Pistol 20,000 psi loads(+P ? ). Decided a heaver bullet might be in order so experimented with Rem. 102 gr. Golden Sabers. Used 97% of max load of Unique and seated them at .980". Chrony showed them going around 990 fps. No sign of over pressure, but I don't think the usual signs of extreme pressure ( flattened primers, stuck cases, etc) would show up at these relatively modest pressures. Anybody out there have any data or thoughts for these defensive rounds? all opinions welcome. dgang

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    i did some 380 with the speer 88 gr hp with bullseyes powder for my p3at. they shot well and i have not had time to run them across the chronograph. got the load from one of my old (1970's) reloading book.
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