Best Ammo for Ruger LCP and Kal-Tec P-3AT


missed again
November 12, 2008, 10:07 PM
What are you all using in your Ruger LCPs and Kal-Tec P-3ATs? I have both but my favorite ammo - Fiocchi - jams in the magazines of both guns (380 ACP 90 gr. JHP). Winchester 380 FMJ white box - feeds fine but Im looking for a little more defensive power. Any recommendations?

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Will Fennell
November 12, 2008, 10:12 PM
Corbon DPX......feeds great in my Keltec, and Chrono's as advertised.

November 13, 2008, 11:14 AM
Have you considered using an FMJ round? In that caliber, it is a viable option for defense.

If you're set on a JHP, Winchester Silvertips have feed very well in my LCP. The nose of the bullet is more rounded than Fiocchi's which may help with feeding reliably.

November 13, 2008, 03:32 PM
WWB flat nose. I go for a fmj in .380 and this gives me the ability to practice with the round I carry. I hope the flat nose does crush as opposed to "zip through" as rounded had been mentioned to do. I would not change if it did'nt because it is cheapest fmj in my area anyway.

November 13, 2008, 03:38 PM
corbon dpx and Rem golden sabres will run through it like butter. Both super great defense rounds..

November 13, 2008, 03:41 PM
What about Hornady XTP 90gr. HP?

November 13, 2008, 08:38 PM
I like the Hornady for it's feeding reliablilty.

Anyone here tried the Bullalo Bore Gold Dots? I really like the concept of a high velocity, deep penetration hollow point, but don't want to tear up my lighter slide G1 with the required 100 or so test rounds. Upgraded to the Wolff 13lb spring, but still.....

November 13, 2008, 08:45 PM
102 gr.golden sabers

November 13, 2008, 08:52 PM
I use FMJ in a P3AT. I don't think .380 has energy to spare for both expansion and penetration so I opt for penetration. I once bought a box of Pow'RBalls and did a test. I shot regular FMJs and the Pow'RBalls into some 2x4 material. The Pow'RBalls expanded magnificently and the extra power was very evident in the added recoil. However, they hardly penetrated at all. The FMJ went in twice as far.

November 15, 2008, 01:22 AM
I use Double Tap. 200 pounds at the muzzle in a Kel-Tec...250 in a Bersa. This is really good for such short barrels. Available in FMJ or HP...your choice. Personally I like FMJ with a round nose for highest feeding reliability.
Use any cheap FMJ for practice but carry this stuff.

November 15, 2008, 01:32 AM
If only they made exploding bullets for I carry DPX but the second round is always ball because my P3AT is so unreliable.

November 15, 2008, 09:30 PM
This was written for the Kel-Tec P-3AT but it also applies to the Ruger LCP:
Ammunition and Tactics for the Kel-Tec P-3AT;start=0


November 16, 2008, 06:20 AM
I alternate DPX and Powerball in my P3ATs.

Craig M. Arnold
November 16, 2008, 08:29 AM
102 gr.golden sabers

+1 - They work great in both my KelTec P3ATs.

Best regards.

November 16, 2008, 11:05 AM
I personally don't carry JHPs in my pocket .380s, I think it's an exercise in futility, they just don't have enough power to work properly.

I use the hottest flat nose FMJ I can find, right now that means Santa Barbara 88gr which is extremely hot. Anything squishy I have the misfortune to shoot with that round is going to have a hole 18 inches deep in it (or 2 holes of course).

November 16, 2008, 02:49 PM
I just saw that Hornady has come out with a Critical Defense round that has reached ten inches of gelatin penetration consistently for .380 acp. It's completely geared towards .380 pocket guns and the CCW market. It looks like a powerball design without the ball, but the hollowpoint is filled with red silicone and aids in expansion. I'm going to wait for independant testing but it looks promising.

November 17, 2008, 06:17 PM
Another for the Remington 102 gr. GS

November 18, 2008, 09:18 PM
i have been using Buffalo Bore, all 3 versions they make in 380... All 3 versions fire great without any problems. i load my lcp with the Hollow point in the barrel and then alternate between the 95 and 100 gr in he mag.
Good Stuff... but in the future i will probably just use the 100 gr hardcast version

November 18, 2008, 11:07 PM
don't know about the LCP and 3AT, but gold dots work well in my bersa 380.

no matter what you get, run at least 50 rounds through your gun to make sure it works. last thing you need is someone or someone's buddy running up to you and you've jammed before you can make a follow-up shot.

November 19, 2008, 07:49 AM
The first listing for distribution in the retail channel that I've found is MidwayUSA. You can't order it, but you can sign up for email notification.

Price: $18.49 for 25
Date Expected In-Stock: 11/27/2008

Product Spec Sheet:

Guns & Ammo article:

November 19, 2008, 07:54 AM
looks like neat ammo. but again, run no less than 50 to make sure it runs through your particular gun correctly.

Geezer Glide
November 19, 2008, 09:38 AM
My P3AT feeds most anything. I used to carry it with gold Dots but after thinking about it, I've just been carrying FMJ.

December 11, 2008, 12:03 AM
For range practice S&B FMJ. I had one issue with that ammo thought. HARD PRIMERS!!! ONCE, the gun didn't fire. Had to reload the round and hit it again. Then it fired.

For CCW, Goldsabers HP. Never had an issue with around 75 I shot through the gun.

I agree with some of you guys... HP for 380 in such a tiny gun is a joke. I would carry S&B, but because of the hard primers I use Remington for now.

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