Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Prof. Peabody, Apr 28, 2011.
Do you shoot the 85 better than your 357 when loaded with 38s?
To put it another way, what is better, one hit with a 38 or 357, or two hits with a 380?
Buffalo Bore is pretty well respected. Give it a try at the range for a mag or two. If it functions well and doesn't kick so hard you lose the shootability, go for it.
380 in the Home? You bet!
I carry my Cheetah 84FS in my home specifically BECAUSE it is a lighter round than my 357 or my 9mm. I'm concerned that a higher powered round might go through walls or doors and accidentally harm my family if I ever get into a scape with an intruder inside the home. The 380 could still go through a wall, but it's not as likely to do so as the higher powered ammo.
I have no doubt that 380 will do the job at self-defense or across-the-room distances. My daily carry is my Sig P238 380 in my pocket (always) and, depending on how I am dressed, I will ALSO carry IWB either my Cheetah 380, my S&W 9c, or my S&W 357 magnum.
In all seriousness -- I've fired the Buffalo Bore .380 ammo (both the HCN and the JHP rounds) through my Browning BDA-380 (essentially a rebadged Beretta 84) and it both kicks pretty hard as well as flashes pretty brightly. If you're worried about muzzle flash, I don't think it's going to be a whole lot better than shooting a .357.
I am not particularly recoil sensitive...so that is not really an issue. I'm just always in search of the best possible tool for the job... in all aspects. After all, if my only concern was a one shot stop, I would go with my 870 and some 00 Buck.
---Maybe I should just sell the .380 to AJChenMPH for $1000 and forget about it.
The Berettas are great pistols though, and the single stack version would be a great wear-around-the-house gun. Because of penetration concerns - a lack of it - I would stick with hardball for the .380.
I had both a Model 84 and 85 years ago. At the time I used the Model 84 as my HD gun because I liked the high mag capacity, the Condition One feature, and that the gun was very accurate and controlable. I ended up trading it in to finance another gun purchase.
The Model 85 I bought from a friend of mine when he needed the cash. It was a great gun, just like the Model 84, but at the time I really didn't have a specific need for it, so I eventually traded it in also for another gun.
Bottom line-I think the Model 85, given your own parameters and with the right loads, would make for a decent choice for a HD gun.
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