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380 Acp

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Cron, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. Cron

    Cron Well-Known Member

    I just picked up my new CZ-83 which will get some use as a CCW piece.
    I'm wondering if hollow points are the way to go. Does the 380 have enough oomph to make HPs effective? Will I be better off using FMJs and depend on penetration to get the job done? Maybe it'll boil down to which is more reliable in my gun.
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

  3. camper

    camper Well-Known Member

    Remington 102 grain Golden Sabers here.
  4. Cron

    Cron Well-Known Member

    I bought a box of Golden Sabres to try in my gun. Expensive little buggers. I also bought a couple of boxes of MagTech FMJs. $11.99 per 50 rounds.
  5. Phantom Captain

    Phantom Captain Well-Known Member

    Golden Sabers in my PPK/S too.
  6. gbelleh

    gbelleh Well-Known Member

    I also use 102 gr Golden Sabers, if using hollow points in my .380s.
  7. Timthinker

    Timthinker Well-Known Member

    In a semi-auto pistol, reliability is issue number one. Different pistols cycle differently with different rounds. What that statement means is some types of ammo will cycle smoothly, while others will jam. Test fire ammo before you use it as a self-defense load. That said, go for HPs if they work reliably in your CZ.


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    They will expand out of the 83's 3.8" barrel, and that 102gr'er is the way to go....
  9. makarovnik

    makarovnik Well-Known Member

    They may not expand reliably but the sharp edges cut into bone better. The FMJ will have better penetration but have been known to bounce of the skull. Use HP for head shots and FMJ for body shots.
  10. JohnKSa

    JohnKSa Well-Known Member

    So...when you load your magazine up before you leave the house, how many head shots and how many body shots and in what order do you plan for?

    MICHAEL T Well-Known Member

    Corbon DPX in all 5 of my 380's
  12. LAK Supply

    LAK Supply Well-Known Member

    LOL! Beat me to it..... :D
  13. Moonclip

    Moonclip Well-Known Member

    I have a CZ83 also. I'd rather carry something a little bigger in caliber but proper shot placement of course means more and you do have 12+1 rounds on tap. I'd rather have this gun if under fire than a 5 shot snub .38spl and many carry those for CCW.
  14. Flopsy

    Flopsy Well-Known Member

    I like the Golden Sabers also. You'll find that the bright shiny surfaces aren't just to make it pretty, as I first thought. It also makes the ammo cycle more reliably. They're worth the price.
  15. Marlin 45 carbine

    Marlin 45 carbine Well-Known Member

    I handload/reload for all my pistols. GS's give tighter groups and perfect function in my BDA, 5906 and 1911.
  16. Hokkmike

    Hokkmike Well-Known Member

    I'm not that good, nor are most people, that I could depend on that. Shoot for the body ALL the time.
  17. Bobo

    Bobo Well-Known Member

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