I've read so many reviews on defensive .380 ammo I'm confused. The brands that pop up frequently are Gold Dot, CorBon, Federal and Hornady. For me it doesn't matter much because .380 ammo in my area is almost obsolete.
Currently I have FMJ just because that is all that I could find, for 30 bucks for 50 rounds. I suppose 7 rounds of that would probably do the trick, I know I wouldnt want to get shot with anything comming out of a .380.
In .380 I prefer regular ball ammo. The FMJ round will not over penetrate in this caliber, so go with ball. Ball is less expensive. Try different brands and find one that works. Run 200 or so rounds thru with that ammo, and if it works, is accurate for you, carry that.
The FBI protocol is for a minimum of 12" penetration, with 15" preferred. Your bullets may need to penetrate hands and arms (they will likely be outstretched toward you in an attack) before even getting to the torso. Then there is heavy winter clothing, and obesity, and angled shots...you get the idea.
I used to alternate FMJ and Hornady Critical Defense. But, the more I though about it, I decided to go all FMJ in .380. Preferably a FP, if you can find any!
I was at the range today shooting my LCP with RN factory Mag Tech ammo. When I picked up my member card a staff employee showed me the Gold Dot 380 that just arrived. :congrats: SOLD! I finally located some quality personal defense 380 ammo.
This was written before Hornaday CD, but it should help you understand modern .380 defensive rounds better, but remember if it doesn't reliably feed and fire 99.999% of the time don't trust your life with it. . . carry what you know shoots.
In my .380, I use Horandy Critical Defense because the shape of the bullet makes feeding easier for the gun. It's also a first-rate defensive cartridge on par with Gold Dot, Golden Sabres, and others premium defense ammo.
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