Poll: What .380 JHP ammo do you carry for self-defense


March 25, 2011, 09:13 AM
There have been a few posts recently on this subject, so I thought I would make a poll to see what the .380 folks are carrying as their primary self-defense round. I'd also like to hear why you carry it (if your decision was based off of tests/data, if you like the reliability of feeding in your gun, etc.). No caliber wars, please.

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March 25, 2011, 09:16 AM
Hornady 90gr JHP in my P230.

March 25, 2011, 09:33 AM
I tried Golden Saber, but it didn't feel reliably in my Bersa. The tip of the hollow point is too sharp.

Hydra Shok always seems to do well in the tests, so I picked that. I'd sooner take the (slim) chance of it not penetrating enough than to take the chance of it going through more walls and hurting or killing someone I didn't intend to.

Given the choice, I'd probably get Cor-Bon PowerBall or Glaser Blue, for that same reason.

I think rather than a typical round nosed FMJ, I'd probably look for something similar, but with a flat point.

March 25, 2011, 09:40 AM
I switched from Hornady CD to Speer Gold Dots for now. I'm waiting on some backordered Double Tap Gold Dots (a bit hotter, but not +p). I like the test results of these bonded bullets.

March 25, 2011, 09:44 AM
Ball ammo for maximum penetration. .380s are slow and light, and if I'm using it I want to get as much penetration out of the little hole as possible. Prefer Winchester flat nose FMJ.

March 25, 2011, 10:25 AM
I use hornady 90grn. xtp
I roll my own, Winchester brass and primers and 4grns of power pistol.
Comes out of my Kel-Tec right around 870fps.(have crono)
Have thought about using a heavier bullet from a 9mm. I would like to get into the 110grn. range.

March 25, 2011, 11:13 AM
I used Corbon +P load when I still had my W-German Walther PPKs. The load ballistics were about same as one could expect from 9x18 Makarov pistol cartridge.

March 25, 2011, 01:00 PM
Corbon DPX or their 90grHP.

Pabloj Corbon makes no +P in 380 .

The Wiry Irishman
March 25, 2011, 05:00 PM
I just ordered some 95gr Win PDX1 to test. The PDX1 bullets perform excellently in other calibers, I'd like to see how it does in .380.

Cop Bob
March 25, 2011, 05:08 PM
I for years have used a load published in the Serria Relaoding Manual...

90gr Serria HC with 4756 and a WW std small Pistol Primer... SMOKIN and it is a proven performer...

look it up...try it

March 25, 2011, 05:10 PM
Corbon PowerBall in My P3AT. Feed flawlessy and shoots to p.o.a.

Steve C
March 25, 2011, 05:13 PM
Right now I'm carrying Winchester PDX1's.

March 25, 2011, 05:16 PM
Cor-Bon DPX

IMHO, it and Remington Golden Sabers are most likely to cause incapacitation the quickest.

March 25, 2011, 05:27 PM
Remington Golden Saber 102 grain. Heavier bullet.

March 25, 2011, 05:41 PM
I carry Gold Dots in my LCP. The soft lead of the hollowpoint crushes when it strikes the feedramp so I haven't seen an noticeable bullet setback. When I shot the Hornady HPs the bullet is much harder and the bullets were set back by the feed ramp when firing. I the Gold Dots also seem to expand moderately, penetrate well enough for me, and have decent velocity.

March 25, 2011, 09:32 PM
I carry three different loads:

Remington Golden Saber
Buffalo Bore 100gr hardcast
Hornady Critical Defense

March 25, 2011, 09:53 PM
Golden Saber. Big fan of the heaviest bullet for the caliber and I hope it doesn't expand as the three most important things in bullet performance are: Placement, Placement, and Penetration.

Penetration is where the 380 is marginal.

March 25, 2011, 10:37 PM
102 gr. Golden Sabers have worked well in the .380s I have carried, though I rarely carry a .380 anymore. Next choice would be the 90 gr. Gold Dot.

Frozen North
March 25, 2011, 10:39 PM
Winchester Ranger T 95 grain. I like those bullets allot, the recoil is manageable, they fly at about 1000 fps, and there is very little muzzle flash.

I tried Golden Saber, but it didn't feel reliably in my Bersa. The tip of the hollow point is too sharp.

Some Bersa's don't have a perfect transition between the barrel and ramp. You can oh-so-gently fix this with a tiny sanding drum on a Dremel tool. Polish it to a shine when you are finished. I got my Bersa for next to free because it was problematic with HP ammo. It took me ten minutes to fix the problem :)

March 25, 2011, 10:44 PM
Hornady CD

March 25, 2011, 11:03 PM
I load my own. 9mm 115 grn Sierra HP's with HP38 powder. Cycle flawlessly and are in the Lee Manual as acceptable loads. I am more concerned about too much penetration and hitting someone on the other side. Having been trained so I always pull the trigger twice anyway.

March 26, 2011, 12:50 AM
I found some Winchester 95gr Ranger T-Series 50 rounds for $35. at the gun show last wkend bought his last 2 boxes. My LCP ate all 15 rounds I fed her without a burp :p so I'll be using them until I can maybe get some HCFN BB or some other FN rounds for now.

March 26, 2011, 01:13 AM
102 golden sabers in a lcp

March 26, 2011, 02:47 AM
^^^^^ that hurts just thinking about it :uhoh:

March 26, 2011, 04:10 AM
I also use the 102 sabers in the LCP and think It feels fine. I don't understand the problem with LCP recoil. It hits sternly, but not painfully to me.

March 26, 2011, 11:26 AM
I too, worry about penetration with JHPs and use ball as well.

March 26, 2011, 12:42 PM
Thanks for all the great responses.

March 26, 2011, 01:11 PM
Remington Golden Sabers in my LCP. Accurate, dependable, and feeds well.

March 26, 2011, 01:38 PM
Never had a FTF, FTD, FTE shooting over 100 rounds of Critical Defense through several different .380s in the last couple years. Priced at under $20 for a 25 round box, it is not cost prohibitive to practice with what I carry in regard to the Critical Defense.

March 26, 2011, 07:00 PM
I usually go with the Speer Gold Dot, but also alternate those with Federal Hydra Shoks and Hornady Critical Defense. I've also had some occasional feeding problems with the Remington Golden Sabers so I don't really use them as much these days.

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