What would You consider the " best" 380acp self defense ammo?


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jaktime
July 19, 2012, 01:39 PM
Hi all,
I wanted to get a feel for what you would consider " the best " all around self defense ammo in the 380acp caliber, I like the winchester silver-tip hollow point in my other hand guns for self defense. I'm looking into getting a 380 for my pocket ( keltec or ruger) so its super easy to hide in the summer time. I was hoping to get some feed back on what you carry in your own S/D 380 and what made you choose the particular round you have decided to carry. I do not have much knowledge with the 380 loadings, some people I have talked to swear by the golden saber round, but everyone has a different opinion and this is why I'm asking.
Any insight or feed back would be great!
Thanks
J

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M7
July 19, 2012, 01:53 PM
FMJs.

With a .380 you can have penetration or expansion. Not both.

I chose penetration, hence FMJs, because expansion without reaching vital organs or the CNS won't do much to stop a threat.

That's my opinion and what I consider to be the "best" option. I am sure that someone will be along shortly to disagree. :D

Orion8472
July 19, 2012, 02:36 PM
So a search. There was a thread about this not long ago.


Updated: Yay! 1,000 posts now. :-)

SwampWolf
July 19, 2012, 03:07 PM
Hardball-and for the same reasons M7 gave. Plus the fact that there aren't many bullet configurations that feed more reliably in a semi-auto pistol than do most fmj bullets.

mljdeckard
July 19, 2012, 03:24 PM
I have changed my mind on this one. I used to say .380 is too small. Now I say; "It overlaps into 9mm effectiveness if you use premium defensive ammo." Defensive loads have come a long way for the .380, just like they have for 9mm.

I know Double-Tap has a couple of .380 loads, look up corbon, Buffalo-Bore, etc.

YJake
July 19, 2012, 03:58 PM
Spicy ball ammo, preferably with a flat nose. Allows the anemic little thing to dig deep and doesn't deflect upon hitting something hard as much as round nose ball does.

-Jake

The smiling swordsman
July 19, 2012, 04:30 PM
I like Hornady Critical Defense.

Texan Scott
July 19, 2012, 05:13 PM
I can see valid points for both sides of the fmj/ jhp argument, but each claims the advantage in a given shooting scenario, and you don't know what kind you might find yourself in.
I could see validity in arguing for using whatever groups tightest from your gun, but at close quarters self defense raange, i don't think it'll matter.
Decide which you'd rather have- fmj or jhp- and get one that feeds, fires and ejects 100% in your gun. if the shell goes bang, empty throws clear, no exceptions, use that one. between any two brands of whatever type, is there an advantage? i doubt it... and hopefully, you'll never have to shoot enough people to prove me wrong.

holdencm9
July 19, 2012, 05:28 PM
Speer Gold Dots

B1gGr33n
July 19, 2012, 05:56 PM
+1 for Hornady Critical Defense. It's what I carry.

Mac Attack
July 19, 2012, 06:01 PM
Buffalo bore makes a great defense round for .380 100 gr HCFN. I tried a couple of mags through my P3AT and they functioned gear but a bit strong for my tastes. I carry hornady defense now.

Hanshi
July 19, 2012, 06:23 PM
The Walther ppk family .380s. No reason other than I do like the guns.

wnycollector
July 19, 2012, 06:31 PM
I carry the Buffalo bore 100gr hard cast load in my Beretta 84B. It's a stout load (but controllable!) in a "full sized" .380...it may be a bit much for a micro. 380.

cfullgraf
July 19, 2012, 06:48 PM
Texan Scott said it pretty well in my book.

But, in any case, I use FMJs. They feed well in any 380 I have shot.

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