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Old 05-29-2012, 09:43 AM   #21
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And velocity. And price. And variety of platforms.

That's a lot of difference. Heavier bullet, travelling faster, costing significantly less and far easier to find, and feeding a myriad of platforms.

380acp is fine and it's got a purpose. There certainly are a number of very convenient carry guns that run on 380. But it's not a useful caliber for me, personally. Not that anyone needs to share my take.
I find that the difference in velocity is not really all that significant at "normal" self-defense distances. The difference in weight might be, but a heavier bullet would tend to penetrate further -- possibly through the target and into an innocent person. (I did say POSSIBLY) The cost is up for debate; I have found .380 costing less than "9mm" in more than one place. I have had more problems finding "9mm" than .380...perhaps "9mm" is TOO popular. And there are plenty of "platforms" which use .380, as well.

But my post was actually intended for those who insist that it all depends on the size of the hole -- and not the place the hole is made.
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Old 05-29-2012, 08:43 PM   #22
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I only say that working off the following information:

Weight: 9mm is typically 25% heavier than 380
Muzzle Energy: 200 ft/lb (380), 400 ft/lb (9mm)
Cost per 50rd range ammo: $15-18 (380), $10-12 (9mm)

Variety of platforms isn't close. 380s are available in compacts and subcompacts. And that's about it; which is fine, as there's a specific design in mind for that caliber. But of course 9mm also offers hi-cap combat type pistols, carbine rifles, 1911s, etc.

Overpenetration is not a concern with a well placed shot from either, provided you're using quality JHPs. Use what you like. A 380acp can be a perfectly adequate and convenient to carry round. My only point is that it's not ideal for me. The cheapo that I am, I probably just hate paying 50% more for a round that's half as powerful and less versatile.

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"Compact and subcompacts". Meh. I'm sure that when anyone is shot, they really don't care about how big the gun was. Plenty of "platforms" for the .380. And I did say that I have found .380 costing less than "9mm".

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And I did say that I have found .380 costing less than "9mm".
Why not be more specific?
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Lots of people on this forum mention cost of the .380.... Well I'm nt plinking around with my S&W .380 Body Guard so cost really isn't an issue. I might shoot 25-50 rounds at most every couple of months just to stay in tune with the gun. I have other guns that I do range work and fun stuff with besides my .380 pocket gun.

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