This is a discussion on Are .380's a Ripoff? within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Main Category category; Originally Posted by nca_mm I've found that constantly monitoring the stores where I purchase ammo can save me a good ...
I don't often shoot my .380 because it is small and lightweight which = NOT FUN to shoot (Keltec P3AT). I have shot it enough to know it works when I pull the trigger and I can hit what I'm aiming for within a few inches.
My wife's P238 on the other hand is a joy to shoot, but not as comfy in the pocket carry as mine.
As someone mentioned, its all about shot placement... you can shoot someone in the pinky finger, leg, arm, or other non-crucial areas with a .45 and then place one well placed shot with a .380 in the chest and be more effective.
With the advancements in ammo technology, the .380 is very effective these days.
That $200 you spend for ten boxes of ammo would go a long way to be able to reload your own. Good used equipment is not hard to find.
I'm pretty accurate with mine (Bersa Thunder) up to about 15 yards. Once I pass that, it's hit & miss (no pun intended).