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buffalo bore 380+p

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by jimbo555, Jun 25, 2013.

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  1. jimbo555

    jimbo555 Member

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    Anybody have a link to a gel test of the 380+p jhp? Do the reach the magic 12 inches and expand?
     
  2. MICHAEL T

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    Go look on u tube you likely find one. . I think 99.5% of people shot couple times with a 380 COM .Will if able try to leave area right then or will be on the ground .

    I have ask many times, on several internet gun boards to show me a reliable report. Of a person who shot BG 2 times COM with a 380. Then BG went on to kill or seriously injure the person using the pistol for self defense . Been on these boards since 2003 and still not found one . Iam not talking about my 2 nd uncle on mothers side type stories. I want reliable accounts from police reports ,news papers ect
    380 been around over 100 yrs should be able to find 1 or 2 .


    Just remember every hand gun caliber has had a failure or 2 in its history
     
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    I don't know a link off hand but BB .380acp hardcast IS the only magic bullet I don't regret spending money on.
     
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    My problem with .380s is not necessarily that they are underpowered. They are probably borderline. My problem is that they are tiny and difficult to aim and shoot well. People who carry them because they are intimidated by bigger guns, or because they don't want to carry something bigger because they are inconvenient, but don't TRULY have the skill and practice to shoot them well aren't doing themselves any favors.
     
  5. jimbo555

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    The 380 I'm carrying is a beretta 84b,very accurate and for me easy to carry.The big plus is the 14 round capacity. I'm searching for the best round out of a almost 4 inch barrel.
     
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    Nice choice. I carry an 84F occasionally. Like you I like the 14 rounds but still small enough to conceal easily.
     
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    The BB hardcast is my carry ammo for my BDA, I use Remington Express (FMJ) in my LCP
     
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    jimbo, there's some good reading on .380 ammo at the buffalo bore website...

    https://www.buffalobore.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=216

    I don't carry .380, but flat-nosed FMJ would be my choice in a pocket gun of that caliber.
     
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    Thanks everyone.The knock on the 380 has always been you can have penetration or expansion,not both. Does the buffalo bore jhp+p change anything?
     
  10. Shawn Dodson

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    I don't understand the fascination with Buffalo Bore .380, especially the +P flat nose hardcast load.

    You're paying over $1.00 per cartridge for 20 rounds of Buffalo Bore. Whereas 50 rounds of Winchester Q4206 flat nose FMJ costs less than $20. There's no difference in wounding effectiveness between the two.

    As for the .380 +P Buffalo Bore load, all you're getting from the +P is increased recoil and no increase in wounding effectiveness over Q4206.
     
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    I've carried Remington-UMC FNEB (95-grain) ammo in .380ACP pistols with no worries whatsoever. The round is essentially a semi-jacketed projectile with an exposed lead flat tip. I carried them in a Bersa Thunder and (though it's almost never been actually carried), a Grendel P10.

    In my Kel-Tec P32, which is only carried on my way to and from my (no-carry) job site, I keep two rounds of WWB flat-tipped FMJ as "first up", followed by Fiocchi RN-FMJ rounds (the latter to avoid rimlock, which is not a concern with the .380 round.)
     
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    The round I'm talking about is the 90gr.jhp which according to buffalobore is moving at over 1200fps out of a 3and3/4 inch barrel. I can't find a gel test of this round .Just curious about how it expands and penetrates.I carry the Winchester flat tip now.
     
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    The meplat on the Buffalo Bore FN is actually a little smaller than Q4206.

    The main advantage of the BB round is low flash powder.
     
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    There's a denim water jug test video on this round. BB uses a Sierra HP for this round. Sierra is known for rapid and maximum expansion. Unfortunately, maximum expansion in 380 usually results in insufficient penetration, even in +p.

    I use XTP bullets. They don't expand much (to 0.45"), but they penetrate 12". Federal HydraShok is another round that penetrates well while expanding some.
     
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    Buffalobore doesn't make that 20 inches of penetration claim for the jhp.
     
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    NCFLYFISHER has a few 380 water jug videos at you tube for what that shows.
     
  18. CougarRed

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    The BB website says expect 20+ inches penetration with both standard pressure 380 FN and +p 380 FN.

    I've seen tests where the BB +p 380 FN penetrates over 30"!

    If standard pressure delivers 20" of penetration, there is absolutely zero need for +p, which is terribly hard on a mousegun and increases the risk of bystander injury.
     
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    I never said that it did. The link provided is for the HCFN, not the JHP.
     
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    I'm sticking with BB 100gr Hardcast in my LCP for now.
     
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    Mjldeckard--which caliber should they be shooting badly?

    MLJ,

    I disagree with your assessment. I carry a SIG 232 and I can shoot the same qualification course with it that I do with my issue H&K P2000 and get an even higher score. The real difference is that I can carry the SIG 232 in my pocket. I would not try that with the H&K!

    On the subject of the micro guns, I agree that they do not enhance the shooting ability of just about anyone, but I would rather defend myself with a little .32ACP NORTH AMERICAN ARMS Guardian than a pocket knife and I hate shooting the NAA.

    How well you shoot is a matter of personal ability, then your training and your experience. I have worked with firearms instructors in my agency who had never fired a gun before joining and do not like guns, but they have a natural ability.
    Others I have seen were veterans or law enforcement who needed a shotgun to really be sure of hitting a target.

    JIMBO,

    I would worry less about penetration and more about recoil. I could shoot the +P .380ACP round in my BERETTA 84 or SIG 230 or 232 without any problems, but in a lighter, smaller gun, the increased recoil may reduce control and thus ability to hit the target when you need to.

    I would put feed reliability first, then a hollow point and finally decide by accuracy and cost. I have used REMINGTON 88 grain jhp in most of my .380ACP, sometmes with a HYDRA SHOK round loaded in the chamber.
    With the exception of the BERETTA, I have not found any pistol to be 100% with the .380ACP HYDRA SHOK, not even the very reliable SIG 232.
    The REMINGTON is cheap enough to use as practice ammo when bought in 100 round boxes and feeds in everything I have tried it in including a BROWNING 1910 and SIG 230 chambered for the longer 9x18 POLICE/ULTRA round.

    Jim
     
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    I'm in the same boat as you. Why pay more for something that does the same job, but with more recoil, noise and expense? I haven't noticed too much of a flash problem with WWB .380, either.

    .380 is snappy enough as is out of a P3AT. Why would I want to make it any harsher? If you've got a heavier gun like a BDA or somesuch, I might understand the +p load, but then why not carry a compact 9x19 anyway?
     
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    "You can expect 20+ inches of straight-line penetration in flesh and bone with this load."

    That's amazing, there isn't one bone in the human body large enough or thick enough to stop or even deflect one of these bullets.
     
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    I think that's a little optimistic. ;)
     
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    tnoutdoors9 FMJ & FMJ-FP penetration in ballistic media

    The above link demonstrates that typical FMJ ammunition from a .380acp doesn't inherently suffer from inadequate penetration.

    I prefer the RA380T for defense. However, if I had to use something non-expanding for defense, I would opt for a standard weight FMJ over anything cast or swaged for this cartridge. If I could have those FMJ loaded hot, even better.
     
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