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Poll: What .380 JHP ammo do you carry for self-defense

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by fasttheo, Mar 25, 2011.

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What .380 JHP ammo do you carry for self-defense

Poll closed Apr 24, 2011.
  1. Remington 102gr Golden Saber

    16 vote(s)
    17.4%
  2. Federal 90gr Hydra-Shok

    6 vote(s)
    6.5%
  3. Hornady 90gr XTP

    4 vote(s)
    4.3%
  4. Hornady 90gr Critical Defense(tm)

    13 vote(s)
    14.1%
  5. Remington 88gr Express

    1 vote(s)
    1.1%
  6. Buffalo Bore 90gr JHP

    1 vote(s)
    1.1%
  7. Speer 90gr Gold Dot

    21 vote(s)
    22.8%
  8. Winchester 85gr Silvertip

    1 vote(s)
    1.1%
  9. I carry another brand of JHP

    18 vote(s)
    19.6%
  10. I prefer ball ammo as my primary defense round

    11 vote(s)
    12.0%
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  1. fasttheo

    fasttheo Member

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    There have been a few posts recently on this subject, so I thought I would make a poll to see what the .380 folks are carrying as their primary self-defense round. I'd also like to hear why you carry it (if your decision was based off of tests/data, if you like the reliability of feeding in your gun, etc.). No caliber wars, please.
     
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  2. Devonai

    Devonai Member

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    Hornady 90gr JHP in my P230.
     
  3. Smaug

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    I tried Golden Saber, but it didn't feel reliably in my Bersa. The tip of the hollow point is too sharp.

    Hydra Shok always seems to do well in the tests, so I picked that. I'd sooner take the (slim) chance of it not penetrating enough than to take the chance of it going through more walls and hurting or killing someone I didn't intend to.

    Given the choice, I'd probably get Cor-Bon PowerBall or Glaser Blue, for that same reason.

    I think rather than a typical round nosed FMJ, I'd probably look for something similar, but with a flat point.
     
  4. jrenscore

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    I switched from Hornady CD to Speer Gold Dots for now. I'm waiting on some backordered Double Tap Gold Dots (a bit hotter, but not +p). I like the test results of these bonded bullets.
     
  5. Geckgo

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    Ball ammo for maximum penetration. .380s are slow and light, and if I'm using it I want to get as much penetration out of the little hole as possible. Prefer Winchester flat nose FMJ.
     
  6. gordy

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    I use hornady 90grn. xtp
    I roll my own, Winchester brass and primers and 4grns of power pistol.
    Comes out of my Kel-Tec right around 870fps.(have crono)
    Have thought about using a heavier bullet from a 9mm. I would like to get into the 110grn. range.
     
  7. PabloJ

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    I used Corbon +P load when I still had my W-German Walther PPKs. The load ballistics were about same as one could expect from 9x18 Makarov pistol cartridge.
     
  8. MICHAEL T

    MICHAEL T Member

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    Corbon DPX or their 90grHP.

    Pabloj Corbon makes no +P in 380 .
     
  9. The Wiry Irishman

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    I just ordered some 95gr Win PDX1 to test. The PDX1 bullets perform excellently in other calibers, I'd like to see how it does in .380.
     
  10. Cop Bob

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    Can;t beat the preformance of handloads

    I for years have used a load published in the Serria Relaoding Manual...

    90gr Serria HC with 4756 and a WW std small Pistol Primer... SMOKIN and it is a proven performer...

    look it up...try it
     
  11. torrejon224

    torrejon224 Member

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    Corbon PowerBall in My P3AT. Feed flawlessy and shoots to p.o.a.
     
  12. Steve C

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    Right now I'm carrying Winchester PDX1's.
     
  13. Hypnogator

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    Cor-Bon DPX

    IMHO, it and Remington Golden Sabers are most likely to cause incapacitation the quickest.
     
  14. LawScholar

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    Remington Golden Saber 102 grain. Heavier bullet.
     
  15. jon_in_wv

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    I carry Gold Dots in my LCP. The soft lead of the hollowpoint crushes when it strikes the feedramp so I haven't seen an noticeable bullet setback. When I shot the Hornady HPs the bullet is much harder and the bullets were set back by the feed ramp when firing. I the Gold Dots also seem to expand moderately, penetrate well enough for me, and have decent velocity.
     
  16. skoro

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    I carry three different loads:

    Remington Golden Saber
    Buffalo Bore 100gr hardcast
    Hornady Critical Defense
     
  17. wally

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    Golden Saber. Big fan of the heaviest bullet for the caliber and I hope it doesn't expand as the three most important things in bullet performance are: Placement, Placement, and Penetration.

    Penetration is where the 380 is marginal.
     
  18. gbelleh

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    102 gr. Golden Sabers have worked well in the .380s I have carried, though I rarely carry a .380 anymore. Next choice would be the 90 gr. Gold Dot.
     
  19. Frozen North

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    Winchester Ranger T 95 grain. I like those bullets allot, the recoil is manageable, they fly at about 1000 fps, and there is very little muzzle flash.

    Some Bersa's don't have a perfect transition between the barrel and ramp. You can oh-so-gently fix this with a tiny sanding drum on a Dremel tool. Polish it to a shine when you are finished. I got my Bersa for next to free because it was problematic with HP ammo. It took me ten minutes to fix the problem :)
     
  20. hanno

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    Hornady CD
     
  21. marineimaging

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    I load my own. 9mm 115 grn Sierra HP's with HP38 powder. Cycle flawlessly and are in the Lee Manual as acceptable loads. I am more concerned about too much penetration and hitting someone on the other side. Having been trained so I always pull the trigger twice anyway.
     
  22. RinkRat

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    I found some Winchester 95gr Ranger T-Series 50 rounds for $35. at the gun show last wkend bought his last 2 boxes. My LCP ate all 15 rounds I fed her without a burp :p so I'll be using them until I can maybe get some HCFN BB or some other FN rounds for now.
     
  23. memphisjim

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    102 golden sabers in a lcp
     
  24. RinkRat

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    ^^^^^ that hurts just thinking about it :uhoh:
     
  25. LawScholar

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    I also use the 102 sabers in the LCP and think It feels fine. I don't understand the problem with LCP recoil. It hits sternly, but not painfully to me.
     
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