Originally Posted by Old_Crow
For a 380 I just use FMJ. Most 380's are designed to shoot FMJ ammo. The 380 doesn't generate enough velocity to make a hollow point expand. The only reason to shoot a HP in a 380 is if you are concerned with over penetration. Get american eagle FMJ ammo your 380 will function. If it doesn't function with american eagle it's broke.
If you would prefer HPs, I've seen successful tests of (3) brands out of a Bersa Thunder (3-1/2" barrel).
Corbon DPX (Barnes solid copper bullet)
Buffalo Bore DPX (same Barnes bullet)
Winchester DPX1 Bonded
As you said, several well respected HPs failed to expand from the same pistol.