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Ruger LCP - Golden Saber Keyhole

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

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  1. Jackal1

    Jackal1 Member

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    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.]

    Thanks!
     
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  2. 1KPerDay

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    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

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    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

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