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Best defensive .380 ammo?
« on: September 07, 2011, 04:52:12 PM »
What is the best (or your favorite) defensive .380 ammo. Just bought a Taurus TCP .380 for my wife's CCW and figured i would ask you guys.  :wave1:



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Re: Best defensive .380 ammo?
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2011, 05:13:39 PM »
I use federal 90 grain Hydra shocks and remington golden saber 102 gr.    They both feed out of my LCP fine.   

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Re: Best defensive .380 ammo?
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2011, 05:16:15 PM »
Not sure about best but my Hornady .380 90gr JHP/XTP sounds like it will work:

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Re: Best defensive .380 ammo?
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2011, 06:23:05 PM »
Hornady Critical Defense.  Nothing else. 
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Re: Best defensive .380 ammo?
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2011, 08:10:05 PM »
I have Buffalo bore 90 great HP in my lcp.  I don't have any idea how good it works.

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Re: Best defensive .380 ammo?
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2011, 08:50:58 PM »
Hornady Critical Defense.  Nothing else.

I do not have a 380 - but if I did, I think I would use this for defensive ammo

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Re: Best defensive .380 ammo?
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2011, 09:42:35 PM »
With 380s it boils down to which brand feeds reliably in your gun.  Hornady Critical Defense will be the most likely to feed properly, but I use Gold Dots myself.  It's what I use in all my other guns too.  That or Golden Sabers.

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Re: Best defensive .380 ammo?
« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2011, 08:01:11 AM »
thanks guys. I figured I would need to narrow it down and buy a box of each to see how each feeds through the gun. obviously, it will do no good to have some badass rounds that can't cycle with the gun.
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Re: Best defensive .380 ammo?
« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2011, 11:03:19 AM »
I like the Federal Hydrashoks 90gr.

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Re: Best defensive .380 ammo?
« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2011, 11:50:34 AM »
Statistically the Buffalo Bore packs the most punch. And I am sure Jeb will attest to this as well. I have never shot anything that little that felt so powerful.

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Re: Best defensive .380 ammo?
« Reply #10 on: November 17, 2011, 07:28:32 AM »
Just a follow up to this thread.

The ammo that cycled the smoothest in the wife's .380 was the Cor-Bon Pow'R Ball rounds. Alot of the other quality rounds cycled great as well.

I will note that i will NEVER buy Tula ammo for any of my other guns again.. I put 100 rounds of that through the gun just because it was cheap and I had some sort of failure 1 out of ever 3 shots.

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Re: Best defensive .380 ammo?
« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2011, 10:59:21 PM »
You may have had a bad lot.  I've shot parts of several boxes with some friends on a couple of range trips and it always seemed to feed and fire fine.  Same with some Mak ammo.

But definitely you want to use whatever feeds and fires reliably for a SD gun.

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Re: Best defensive .380 ammo?
« Reply #12 on: December 18, 2011, 01:20:19 PM »
Only thing I don't like about the Tul ammo is that it is DIRTY big time.  After a range trip shooting that stuff, the guns its been run though are cakked up big time.  Almost looks I've I've done one of those 5,000 round torture tests after I've fired 50 rounds. 
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Re: Best defensive .380 ammo?
« Reply #13 on: December 18, 2011, 02:32:15 PM »
I have never been interested in .380 but am starting to consider it as a back up weapon or as deep concealment or as a good weapon to hide.
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Re: Best defensive .380 ammo?
« Reply #14 on: December 19, 2011, 10:05:50 AM »
I have never been interested in .380 but am starting to consider it as a back up weapon or as deep concealment or as a good weapon to hide.

My wife really likes her .380 due to size, weight and it's comfortable for her to shoot. I've never been interested in carrying .380 until I bought her that gun. I wouldn't mind carrying it as a backup in an ankle holster or something. I know I wouldn't want to get hit by one of these quality defensive rounds.
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Re: Best defensive .380 ammo?
« Reply #15 on: January 09, 2012, 10:26:54 AM »
The majority of the factory 380 acp ammo chronographs about 800 fps, so pick something that feeds reliably.  The Remington 102 grain Golden sabre feeds well in every 380 I have shot and based on balastic tests performs about as well as can be expected, given the bullet weight and velocity.  As for me, I carry my own 380 handloads, loaded in new factory primed brass, as I can get a 102 grain bullet up to 1000 fps.  At that velocity the 380 performs at the low end of the 9mm range.

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Re: Best defensive .380 ammo?
« Reply #16 on: February 04, 2012, 10:12:21 PM »
We have Beretta 85f, Browning BDA, and a Bersa.  I like the performance of Hornady, and Winchester best, but Federals are okay too.  I have no use for the Remingtons, the loads seemed light to me.   The Beretta and Browning though are loaded with a mix of Winchester and Buffalo +P.  I don't trust the non-steel guns with the Buffalo though.

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