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Santa Barbara 380

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by greyeyezz, Aug 18, 2004.

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  1. greyeyezz

    greyeyezz Member

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    Thinking of picking up a few hundred. Anyone have any experience with this stuff? I hear its pretty hot. Will be shooting it in a steel frame Bersa 383-a. Thanks.
     
  2. Stephen A. Camp

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    Hello. I have shot some of it and if a person's going to use this ammunition, I'd do it only in a rather robust .380 ACP. There is no +P or +P+ designation on the stuff but it is hot nor any other similar marking that I can find.

    The lowest velocity I got was from a Bersa Thunder @ 1029 ft/sec.

    The highest was from a Walther PP @ 1161 ft/sec.

    Best.
     
  3. Craig M. Arnold

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    Santa Barbara 380 Ammo

    I had put about 750 rounds of Federal American Eagle 95gr FMJ and some mild 95gr. reloads through one of my KelTec P3ATs and never had a single problem with it. After shooting a couple of hundred rounds of the Santa Barbara ammo, my KelTec developed a couple of problems. The assembly pin walked and I had FTFs/FTEs. I went back to the Federal and the reloads and have shot about 200 rounds though the KelTec now without a hitch. I think that a steady diet of SB ammo is too much for the little KelTecs. I agree with what Mr. Camp said. I would use this ammo only in heavy duty 380 pistols. I am going to reserve it for my CZ83. BTW, I do find that this ammo is very accurate.
     
  4. mini14jac

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    My KelTec wouldn't get through a full mag of the Santa Barbara!
    YMMV
    The flat nose may be problematic, but if anything will feed it, the Bersa should.
    (I've heard they eat Wolf like candy!)

    But, if it's really hot, do you want to hammer your Bersa like that for practice?
    Have you tried Wolf?
    I'm guessing it's cheaper.
     
  5. denfoote

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    I may get some for my Makarov!!
    Where are you getting it??
     
  6. Craig M. Arnold

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    Santa Barbara Ammo

    I picked up 2,000 rounds in a sealed tin inside a wooden case for $168.00 plus shipping. I purchased it from Century Arms.

    http://www.centuryarms.com/index.htm
     
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