380 Max grain bullet


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WLE
August 5, 2009, 11:22 PM
Can any one tell me what the max grain bullet would be for a 380 can you push would 125 grain an be safe.

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RedAlert
August 5, 2009, 11:37 PM
I'd suggest you look it up in a reloading book. They have all the loads which have proven to be within SAMMI specs.

Antihero
August 5, 2009, 11:37 PM
Its a .355 round so i imagine you could find reloading data for any weight bullet used in a 9mm. The 147 could be dicey because it takes up so much case space though.

Deus Machina
August 6, 2009, 04:47 AM
Lee 2nd edition lists up to 124gr. Might be able to find up to 147, but like Antihero said, I wouldn't try it.

Even aside from the very limited space, it wouldn't shoot for crap.

Jim Watson
August 6, 2009, 09:57 AM
I have loaded some .380s with 115 grain JHP bullets. If you can find data for 125s, I think that would be about the heaviest reasonable to cram in the little round. Lyman goes to 115 jacketed and 121 cast.

rcmodel
August 6, 2009, 12:39 PM
Dup threads running.

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=466980

rc

The Lone Haranguer
August 10, 2009, 12:57 AM
Would there even be room left for the powder? :p

rcmodel
August 10, 2009, 04:32 PM
Would the bulged case even fit in the chamber?

The inside of most all pistol cases are tapered and get progressively smaller as they get nearer the case head web.

A heavy (long) bullet in the .380 case will protrude down into the taper and make the case wall pooch out. I imagine a 115 is about the best you can do with halfway good results.

rc

Seven For Sure
August 10, 2009, 05:57 PM
Remington Golden Saber 102 is factory loaded I believe. I'd guess that and the 90 gr. Speer Gold Dot are some of the best factory out there. If I were to go heavier, I'd use FMJ with the widest meplat that would feed.

MCgunner
August 10, 2009, 08:02 PM
The heaviest I load is a SWC 105 grain from a lee mold hard cast and dropped in water to harden. The bullet is actually a .358" bullet. It's a very accurate and reliable bullet design. I size it to .357 inch and load with Bullseye to about 900 fps.

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