Stovepipe on 380


January 1, 2013, 09:37 PM
I have some Georgia Arms reloads, 380acp, 95gr, 925fps. When shooting these in my Beretta 85fs, i get several stovepipes.

Most 95g loads i've found run 850-875fps. Could these be too heavy causing this?

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January 1, 2013, 09:41 PM
IMO: No.

Unless they are coming out so hard, they are bouncing off the slide back in again.

Without a chronograph, you have no way of knowing what the velocity of any factory load is.

But in general, it will never be what they say it is.

Stove pipes are usually a sign of low power ammo.
How far do the empties go when it doesn't stove pipe compared to other ammo that works O.K.??


January 1, 2013, 09:44 PM
It ejects the fired round ok. It stands the next round straight up...

I'm just looking for possibilities. I'll get some factory ammo and run it through this weekend. I don't remember it doing it with Sellier Belloit ammo before, just this stuff.

That's what i thought, light would cause it to do this, but heavy wouldn't.

I'll set up the chrony this weekend too. Thanks RC. Just looking for possibilities to look for..

January 1, 2013, 10:00 PM
S&B tends towards slightly hotter loads in general. Not necessarily hot, but more than some others in my experience.

If you want to run the other stuff, you may need to change the recoil spring or wait until it ages a bit.

January 1, 2013, 10:07 PM
It stands the next round straight up... Oh!
Thats different.

I thought your empties were stove-piping.

It could be loaded too short an OAL and missing the barrel hood to hold it down as it comes out of the magazine and chambers.

It could be your magazine feed lips are sprung and letting go of it too soon.

But if it works with other brands of ammo I would suspect improper loaded round OAL.


January 1, 2013, 10:27 PM
Thanks! I'll do some checking!

January 2, 2013, 10:57 PM
I looked and found the OAL for 95gr should be .970.

I've found some .942. Some in the .953-955 range. Is it possible that some are too short, causing the issue?

Will get some factory ammo Saturday, measure and fire, to see if there are any issues.

My wife said that she remembers having a couple of the same issue with a Sig 380 also.

January 11, 2013, 01:29 AM
.380 ACP
FMJ 95gr
2.8 Bullseye (2.9)
.965 OAL
891 FPS

My wife shoots the same Beretta and this load will work reliably for even her rather weak grip. Arthritis is a real pain for shooters.

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