My P238 has not had any malfunctions and I have run several different brands and types through it. I have seen of claims for not enough penetration, and I believe you have to select your rounds carefully. A lot people use flat nose fmj ammo. It is a good choice however some pistols wont handle it and it can over penetrate. The big cavity hp ammo is I believe a poor choice with too rapid expansion and not enough weight to carry it. The Hornady critical defense penetrates clothing and seems to penetrate better than most in their tests. I like the Fiochi ammo with their own hp not the Extrema with the xtp. The Fiochi Shooting Dynamics hp has a much smaller opening and more limited expansion. Costs less too at $20 for 50. The Europeans have a lot more experience with the 380 than the USA as it was their primary police and military round for a long time so I look at what they are loading. The US mfg have mostly scaled down their heavier loads to fit the 380 and I think it needs its own bullet design to be more effective. My opinions. Right now mine is loaded with Fiochi and the spare is loaded with Win flat nose fmj. Some alternate rounds in the same mag.
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Last edited by JTJ; 03-07-2012 at 02:59 PM.