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Ruger LCP - Golden Saber Keyhole

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Jackal1, May 7, 2012.

  1. Jackal1

    Jackal1 Member

    Jul 14, 2010
    Hi All,

    I took my new LCP .380 out this past weekend for the first time. See the attached pics. [Edit: pics removed].

    I had read that 102gr Golden Sabers are somewhat likely to keyhole in some 380 guns, and figured that perhaps this LCP was one such gun, but then I saw this review (http://www.realguns.com/articles/379.htm) where the LCP shot the 102gr Sabers without keyholes.

    So, it seems that the LCP should shoot 102gr Sabers without keyholes - and it would seem that I should contact Ruger... but first I wanted to hear what other people's experiences were with the LCP and the 102gr Golden Sabers.

    [Edit: Thanks to all who replied! I now see how the 102gr HP rounds were going through straight, just a lot slower than the other 95gr FMJs, and the low speed helped caused odd paper tearing but not keyholing.]

    Last edited: May 7, 2012
  2. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Elder

    Jan 19, 2006
    Happy Valley, UT
    Doesn't really look like keyholing to me... more like tearing. YOu can see a clear circle where the nose went through. IMO Maybe the lower velocity makes it cut dirtier holes.
  3. Orion8472

    Orion8472 Senior Member

    May 8, 2008
    I agree. Not a keyhole look. Faster rounds will cut the hole you see in the right picture. The left is just the way that round will look through paper.
  4. Skylerbone

    Skylerbone Senior Member

    Feb 5, 2010
    Put up a solid backer made of plywood and staple the target down tight. You'll have clean round holes.

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