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Old 08-19-2013, 03:13 PM   #1
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First off, please don't say" buy a 9mm Luger." What I would like to discuss is what is the best self defense round given the capabilities of the 9mm Short.

So its a two part discussion, in my opinion. First, what is better, the penetration of a fmj round or potential expansion of a JHP round. The round has limitations, and its hard to achieve both with limited energy.

Second, specific rounds. What is going to be the most reliable, most damaging cartridge out there? Corbon, Critical Defense?

Lets assume its for a <3" barrel since .380 is most often found in micro carry pistols.

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Answer is simple. Stagger your rounds. I'm not going to suggest specific brands because I don't know what your gun likes.

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Buffalo bore makes a hard cast +p.380

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Buffalo bore makes a hard cast +p.380
+P could be a terrible idea depending on the gun. Make sure your gun is rated for it before you buy.
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A generic answer is one that works with your handgun and you are fairly accurate with.

I have a PPK/s and Kel-Tec P3AT. Both are great at arms length, but I tend to be more accurate with the PPK/s if there is any distance (out to 25 yrds).

If you are not fairly accurate, then any type of ammo will work for misses.

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I don't currently have a .380 but I think I would lean towards something like the Winchester flat-nosed FMJ load for SD in a .380, assuming your gun will feed them reliably.

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Buffalo bore makes a hard cast +p.380
This seems kind of pointless. Non-expanding bullets in standard pressure .380 loads will already easily exceed FBI penetration criteria. They don't need extra velocity to penetrate even more. It would be different if this was a JHP where the extra velocity might give it better penetration along with the expansion.
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Stagger 'em.

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Have no Hornady Critical Def. in .380 but i hear it's a nice round...

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+p a no go in a lot of 380's including my p238.

Staggering sure is a good hedge on that bet.

I thought there was 380 critical defense. Is this different stuff?

http://m.hornady.com/store/380-Auto-90-gr-Critical-Defense/

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+p a no go in a lot of 380's including my p238.

Staggering sure is a good hedge on that bet.

I thought there was 380 critical defense. Is this different stuff?

http://m.hornady.com/store/380-Auto-90-gr-Critical-Defense/
There is,..I said i didn't have any...
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