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What would You consider the " best" 380acp self defense ammo?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by jaktime, Jul 19, 2012.

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  1. jaktime

    jaktime Member

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    Hi all,
    I wanted to get a feel for what you would consider " the best " all around self defense ammo in the 380acp caliber, I like the winchester silver-tip hollow point in my other hand guns for self defense. I'm looking into getting a 380 for my pocket ( keltec or ruger) so its super easy to hide in the summer time. I was hoping to get some feed back on what you carry in your own S/D 380 and what made you choose the particular round you have decided to carry. I do not have much knowledge with the 380 loadings, some people I have talked to swear by the golden saber round, but everyone has a different opinion and this is why I'm asking.
    Any insight or feed back would be great!
    Thanks
    J
     
  2. M7

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    FMJs.

    With a .380 you can have penetration or expansion. Not both.

    I chose penetration, hence FMJs, because expansion without reaching vital organs or the CNS won't do much to stop a threat.

    That's my opinion and what I consider to be the "best" option. I am sure that someone will be along shortly to disagree. :D
     
  3. Orion8472

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    So a search. There was a thread about this not long ago.


    Updated: Yay! 1,000 posts now. :)
     
  4. SwampWolf

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    Hardball-and for the same reasons M7 gave. Plus the fact that there aren't many bullet configurations that feed more reliably in a semi-auto pistol than do most fmj bullets.
     
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    I have changed my mind on this one. I used to say .380 is too small. Now I say; "It overlaps into 9mm effectiveness if you use premium defensive ammo." Defensive loads have come a long way for the .380, just like they have for 9mm.

    I know Double-Tap has a couple of .380 loads, look up corbon, Buffalo-Bore, etc.
     
  6. YJake

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    Spicy ball ammo, preferably with a flat nose. Allows the anemic little thing to dig deep and doesn't deflect upon hitting something hard as much as round nose ball does.

    -Jake
     
  7. The smiling swordsman

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    I like Hornady Critical Defense.
     
  8. Texan Scott

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    I can see valid points for both sides of the fmj/ jhp argument, but each claims the advantage in a given shooting scenario, and you don't know what kind you might find yourself in.
    I could see validity in arguing for using whatever groups tightest from your gun, but at close quarters self defense raange, i don't think it'll matter.
    Decide which you'd rather have- fmj or jhp- and get one that feeds, fires and ejects 100% in your gun. if the shell goes bang, empty throws clear, no exceptions, use that one. between any two brands of whatever type, is there an advantage? i doubt it... and hopefully, you'll never have to shoot enough people to prove me wrong.
     
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    Speer Gold Dots
     
  10. B1gGr33n

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    +1 for Hornady Critical Defense. It's what I carry.
     
  11. Mac Attack

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    Buffalo bore makes a great defense round for .380 100 gr HCFN. I tried a couple of mags through my P3AT and they functioned gear but a bit strong for my tastes. I carry hornady defense now.
     
  12. Hanshi

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    The Walther ppk family .380s. No reason other than I do like the guns.
     
  13. wnycollector

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    I carry the Buffalo bore 100gr hard cast load in my Beretta 84B. It's a stout load (but controllable!) in a "full sized" .380...it may be a bit much for a micro. 380.
     
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    Texan Scott said it pretty well in my book.

    But, in any case, I use FMJs. They feed well in any 380 I have shot.
     
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