The first part of the title sets the stage: I'm new to loading the .380. In pistol I've been loading 9mm and .38 Spcl for a few years. The second part of the title is the question: What general input do folks have on creating a soft-shooting .380 load? Should I stay with the 95gr projectile? I was going to use HP-38 - because that's what I'm familiar with and have a good amount of. Is keeping it soft-shooting just a matter of staying at the low end up the charge range spectrum but with something that'll operate the gun reliably? The gun is a Colt 1908. I recently inherited it - and a few boxes of commercial ammo. The one box that was kind of painful to shoot (because of the narrowness of the 1908's grip) I shot up to get rid of it - but I threw the box out. I don't recall if they were 95gr or not. The remaining two boxes are 95 gr - and they seem to shoot nicely. Does anyone out there have opinions? ( I'm saying that a bit tongue-in-cheek - I already know there are lots of opinions out there.) Let's hear 'em! Thanks. OR BTW - I didn't mention my intended purpose: I'm going to shoot this relatively infrequently. It'll be mostly for nostalgia and fun. I love the history of the gun and how it fits in the lineage of evolution of Browning-designed handguns during the early 20th Century.