Originally Posted by cluznar
I have seen videos where .380 Hornady Critical Defense got 11 inches of penetration in ballistic gel "after" going thru 4 layers of denim. How much better penetration you want. Corbon Pwrball ammo in .380 also seems to do well. And I would also like to say... .380 HP What's the point? Well there is no point because it is HP.
gelatin isnt flesh and bone vital organs of a goblin are often protected by bones. your more likely to hit a bone than getting a clean through and through.
the 380 is already marginal to start with add in having to go through a solid like a bone after hitting a stolen wallet or aunt may's purse that just got snatched and the HP is in real trouble after that bleed off of energy.
thats why you use a FMJ in something like 25acp 32 auto 380 acp.
goblins arent made of gelatin they are made of muscle blood body fluids and bones.
the 357 sig is a huge penetrator and will get up to 18" in ballistic gel but will often (almost always) stay in the goblin...
gelatin is NOT a 1 for 1 corralation to human tissue but is often confused as such. what ballistic gel tests do is give us a known quantity in which to compaire apples to apples in known fixed medium. just because a round will go 11 or 14 or 18 inches in gel DOES not mean it will perform that way in a goblin. those same round will often only go 5-6 inches in a real living breathing goblin bent on raping your wife.
now... what happens if the goblin is fighiting you and you have to also shoot through his arm bones all of a suddon you now have to go through forearm bicep before you get to the rib cage...
thats why you use fmj in a 380.