So, I'm eager to try out my new Fort Smith PPK and was wondering if anyone here has a preference for the best overall .380 ammo in terms of price/accuracy/reliability/self defense.
This is utter garbage. Ok, it’s true if you buy some microscopic pistol with a sub-3” barrel and proceed to blame the cartridge. If you elect a Little Cra**y Pistol, use FMJ or as STB410 demonstrated, the FTX round with minimal expansion.Jhp’s in 380 are iffy at best and if they expand penetration is poor.
Hello No.6, What is the testing protocol you use in your endeavor? Have you published your .380acp results on this forum or anywhere else?This is utter garbage. Ok, it’s true if you buy some microscopic pistol with a sub-3” barrel and proceed to blame the cartridge. If you elect a Little Cra**y Pistol, use FMJ or as STB410 demonstrated, the FTX round with minimal expansion.
For PPK(/S) or G42 or any other .380 with a barrel kinda similar to most “subcompact” 9/40/45 iron, the quoted statement is 100% false. However, don’t mistake .380 for a service pistol.
My protocol was to collect everyone else’s protocol and do analytics on the 300 or so gun/round/result combinations from STB, Lucky Gunner, and many other places (that’s just the .380). The math doesn’t have an opinionHello No.6, What is the testing protocol you use in your endeavor? Have you published your .380acp results on this forum or anywhere else?
Cocojo, I'm coming to the same conclusion re the 380acp. It took me a while but I'm more and more of the camp to just use FMJ and do my best with shot placement and multiple hits.N0.6 garbage ah no! you are entitled to your opinion. Jimmo952 is correct what testing have you done to discredit this? My Walther PPK actually shoots slower than my S&W M&P bodyguard 380 with a smaller barrel. I see your referring to shooting the bulls testing, which is great data but he used a small TCP handgun. Even he found that bullets that expanded with any size had shallow penetration. He found that most of your high dollar rounds expanded great but penetration is lacking. He concluded that the XTP bullet which expands to a tiny size over a flat nose looked the best. Why bother! To my way of looking at it, its very iffy at best. I never considered the 380 as a first choice duty round but a back up, yes. By the way DEPistol there are stats on innocent bystanders getting shot with a through and through. Its not as high as people think but one person is more than too many. We should all be aware of whats behind your assailant before you shoot. One more thing, most of these hollow points that expand will work great with a frontal shot but with most confrontations the assailant isn't standing still so you can shoot them. Prepare for the worst case and hope for the best. A smaller hole which can penetrate through vitals and break bone is way better than a nice expanded bullet which is too shallow to get through muscle and bone. Just my opinion guys.