Ruger LCP - Reliable SD Ammo Choices


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CTGunner
May 28, 2011, 03:59 PM
Is anyone running Corbon 90gr JHPs through their LCP? Have you experienced any feeding issues? How does it compare to DPX? I would like to get some opinions before ordering.

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coach z
May 28, 2011, 04:59 PM
I've run several boxes of corbon through my lcp with no problems. I've also run Critical defense and Speer just fine the only ones I've had trouble with is federal hydrashocks. Hope this helps

M_E_
May 28, 2011, 05:59 PM
Each pistol is different. What runs on one may choke the other. Get a chronograph, buy a variety of ammo & shoot into wet phone books. The ONLY way to tell for sure. Do your own tests.

Myself, I use DPX, Golden Sabers & Gold dots. All run about the same.

Friendly, Don't Fire!
May 28, 2011, 06:02 PM
Let me put mine this way.
I have shot over 20 different bullet, load combinations out of my LCP and I have not had one misfire nor one fail-to-feed!

90 grain Hornady XTP.

jon_in_wv
May 29, 2011, 12:43 AM
I prefer the Speer Gold Dots for several reasons.

1. they appear to be on the upper end of velocity compared to other 380 loads.
2. the bullets are designed to hold together and have limited expansion which is important in a lower powered round like the 380.
3. the bullet is made of a soft material. When you fire the Gold Dots in you LCP the action of the feed ramp striking the next bullet in the magazine is more likely to deform the tip of the bullet rather than causing setback issues. I tried Hornady XTPs in my LCP and the bullet from the next bullet would often get setback significantly. I won't shoot them from my LCP anymore.

My next choice is the Federal Hydrashok for 380. Once again a moderately powerful load for a 380, limited expansion, and I don't experience any setback with the HS.

Lateck
May 29, 2011, 12:58 AM
I have not had any issuesw with my LCP.
Currently carring 102gr JHP in her right now

Lateck,

pikid89
May 29, 2011, 01:05 AM
i like hornady TAP and critical defense, but right now im using gold dots cuz thats what i have...ymmv

all that really matters though is what works in YOUR gun

rogerjames
May 29, 2011, 04:05 AM
OK, I'm an idiot, so please forgive me for not paying attention to any of the ammo manufacturers as I usually shoot several guns at the range and the TCP is usually at the bottom of the priority list, but... most self-defense rounds have fired without issue.

One box of cheap "range ammo" failed to fire and the range refunded my money. The last time I went to different range and both my SD ammo and range ammo worked with 1 failure to fire from range ammo. I've had one failure to feed and all the other failures appeared to be from stubborn primers.

I shoot the TCP much more accurate than my S&W 442 btw and it is more pleasant to shoot. I am encouraged to spend a little more range time with her ;)

Apocalypse-Now
May 29, 2011, 04:22 AM
don't waste your time trying to find a .380 jhp that both penetrates adequately and expands reliably. no such bullet exists.


in .380, stick to FMJ, the heaviest weight you can find. penetration is far more important than a tiny bit of (unlikely) expansion.

Friendly, Don't Fire!
May 29, 2011, 07:00 AM
don't waste your time trying to find a .380 jhp that both penetrates adequately and expands reliably. no such bullet exists.

in .380, stick to FMJ, the heaviest weight you can find. penetration is far more important than a tiny bit of (unlikely) expansion.
Are you the ".380 authority?"

jon_in_wv
May 29, 2011, 08:25 AM
Lets not start that nonsense. The OP is asking about hollowpoints so lets answer questions about hollowpoints. If you think FMJs are better good for you but it doesn't add anything to answer the OPs question. If you want to start a thread to figure out what FMJs to use in your LCP go start your own.

Friendly, Don't Fire!
May 29, 2011, 08:32 AM
Lets not start that nonsense. The OP is asking about hollowpoints so lets answer questions about hollowpoints. If you think FMJs are better good for you but it doesn't add anything to answer the OPs question. If you want to start a thread to figure out what FMJs to use in your LCP go start your own.
Absolutely!

I find the Hornady 90g XTP's to work extremely well as I stated in post #4.

CTGunner
May 29, 2011, 09:20 AM
I have heard the FMJ argument before and to be honest that's what I prefer for winter carry. Now it's summer and I think the JHP has its place.

Friendly, Don't Fire!
May 29, 2011, 09:45 AM
Cartridges that contain the 90g Hornady XTP would be a start!

Apocalypse-Now
May 29, 2011, 11:58 AM
Are you the ".380 authority?"

why? do you believe yourself to be? sorry if others' opinions upset you. you should report me to your diary immediately.




I find the Hornady 90g XTP's to work extremely well as I stated in post #4.

orly?

you should really do some solid reading on wound ballistics. 3inches in wood maple don't equate to solid performance in flesh.


apparently you don't realize this (and are quite defensive on the subject): .380 jhp's that actually do expand will get 9-10 inches of penetration at the most. if you're comfortable with that, then use it.

12+ inches of penetration with a fmj will serve you better.


just do some googling on the subject, including "dr. gary roberts" in that search. he's an authority on the subject :)

on youtube, Tennesseeoutdoors9 is a good one to watch. he recently purchased sim test ballistic gell, which is a very good medium that simulates flesh.


internet forum commandos shooting into wood, and believing it's a relevant measure of how a jhp performs are confused.

Friendly, Don't Fire!
May 29, 2011, 12:06 PM
orly?

LOL

Oh, and your comment about me being upset?
Why should I be upset, I am here to have fun regardless of the reason you may be here.

Apocalypse-Now
May 29, 2011, 12:09 PM
^^yes, 'rly ;)

you're pretty rude to folks that don't agree with your opinion. maybe you should re-read the title of this forum ;)

(and do some reading on the subject of wound ballistics while you're at it)

Friendly, Don't Fire!
May 29, 2011, 12:40 PM
I simply asked a question -- however you took that is up to you -- as you tell me, you ought to "log that in your daily-diary!" :D



LOL

Friendly, Don't Fire!
May 29, 2011, 01:27 PM
I would check as many different HP loads for accuracy.
If there are two that are just as accurate, I would then turn to terminal ballistics to make my final decision.

Aiko492
May 29, 2011, 02:41 PM
I'm not sure if I posted it here but I posted accuracy impressions with SD rounds out of my Sig P238, since then I have tried others.

Of course these have nothing to do with ballistics but with how accurate the round was out of my .380 Sig.

The most accurate was the Horny Critical Defense, followed by Gold Dot, Rem Ult Home Defense and PowerBall by far the least accurate. However, after two days of shooting SD rounds, the Gold Dots seem to catch the first round as the slide was being released. I tried 3 mags-did not experience this with any other round.

Waiting for my Buffalo Bore to come in the mail. I ordered 4 boxes of assorted BB ammo. I am going to experiment with a mag of the first two rounds using a heavy 102 gr. Jhp and the next 4 rounds of 100 gr. +P BB FMJ. Read some good reviews on this ammo setup on another site. The heavy BB has looked very impressive from what I have seen.

1KPerDay
May 29, 2011, 02:43 PM
To the OP:
I have run about 20 different kinds of fmj and jhp through mine.
The only malfunctions I've had were with cor-bon 90 gr jhp, and IIRC it was only one or two FTFs out of a box of 20. DPX ran fine for me.

Of course your experience may be different.

I run Speer Gold Dot in mine now for the most part. Never any issues and seems to work about as well as any .380 jhp I've seen or read about.

gym
May 29, 2011, 06:04 PM
golden sabre and powerball

Bill_G
May 30, 2011, 04:17 AM
Remington golden saber

PMC hardball

Cards81fan
May 30, 2011, 11:52 AM
Mine has eaten everything I have fed to it.

My recommendations for SD ammo would be:

1) Speer Gold Dot if you prefer a Hollow Point. Those and Corbon are reported to have the most reliable expansion in smaller calibers (.32 and .380 ACP). I simply use Speer as it is readily available nearly everywhere around here.

2) Fiocchi in in FMJ. They are perceived by many to be loaded a bit "hot" for smaller caliber FMJ, and my pistol feeds them fine, so I use them. Whether the "hotness" is perceived or actual I do not know, as I have not bothered to check the load data published on them.

ETCss Phil McCrackin
May 30, 2011, 02:03 PM
Most of the data I've managed to find seems to indicate that the vast majority of .380 HP's will not penetrate to at least 12". One of the few that does so in tests is the Federal 90 grain Hydra Shok. Since it's an older design, many folks snub the round in favor of the DPX or something newer.

I for one figure that if it fails to expand then I'm at FMJ performance anyway, and if it does, then data indicates it will still meet the 12" min, so it's the best of both worlds.

YMMV though...

LawScholar
May 30, 2011, 03:38 PM
For what it's worth, I have about 300 rounds through my LCP. 200 of PMC Bronze, 100 Remington Golden Saber 102gr. Zero failures.

harmon rabb
May 30, 2011, 08:45 PM
have never found any ammo that won't feed in my LCP. i guess i just got a good one, but mine is dead nuts reliable with anything you load it with. has never, ever malfunctioned. i don't carry it often because it's a POS to shoot compared to my sig 238, but i can't argue with it's reliability.

WvHiker
May 30, 2011, 09:03 PM
I currently have some 88gr Remington Express jhp in my p3at, and they feed very well having a fairly round bullet. No one seems to have much to say about them though. Definitely more oomph to them than flat nosed WWB. I was thinking of trying some of the Fiocchi jhp but haven't got them ordered yet.

RinkRat
May 31, 2011, 12:53 AM
Easy Folks people come here looking for useful info-motion not to read macho chest thumping :barf: opinions are like boogers every one makes um some are sticky and some are crunchy but we all make um and what works for you may not for me so Ill try ur suggestion and make up my mind of what I think off yours and if it will work for me in mine :rolleyes: then :neener:

Once you start talkin aboot boolits and calibers and makers and such theres cans a worms a plenty :cuss:

Theres lots ah web sights to go to and see what their jelly shots look like funny how you dont always see the same results very often either though they all use aboot the same water filled jugs, soaking wet paper, cardboard boxes, wooden planks, or some form of a mixed up concoction of jello :scrutiny:

So a while back I too was foundering the same thing as the OPer for my LCP and did some reading around. So IMHO I came up with this I found some Winchester Ranger T-Series 380s at a gun show and bought 2-boxes of 50/r for $28. ech. Got some WWB FMJ-FN, Remington UMC FMJ-RN, Federal FMJ-RN, Hornady Criticals, and shot a bunch of all of them out of my LCP and they all worked without one issue. So thanking a teacher because I could read a bunch of stuff on several different options and looking at a bunch of tested boolits dug out of different test sub =straights noticing how deeply their estimated penetration and expansions was and since I dont know what the real world is goin to be like if I ever do need my pocket pall I stager starting with a Winchester Ranger T-Series followed by a WWB FJ-FN followed by a Winchester Ranger T-Series etc so that makes me feel warm & fuzzy though YMMV .. might I add that Im going to get some Buffalo Bore Standard Pressure 380 HC-FN to try and replace the WWBs with it if they works for me that is :cool:

Steve CT
May 31, 2011, 09:14 PM
Kind of went off track, into FMJ -vs- HP, fortunately it came back to reliabilty. My experience with 4 different .380's (2 P3AT's, Colt Mustang, and LCP) is that your pistol will tell you what it likes. My LCP may love something that yours won't tolerate. I shoot it in with WWB FMJ, once I know it functions with standard FMJ, then I experiment 20 rounds at a time with any and all of the ones suggested until my pistol and I find our favorite.

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