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This is a discussion on Best Self-Defense Load for .380 within the Handgun Ammunition and Reloading forums, part of the Handguns category; First: if you hate .380s, this thread's probably not for you! I have seen some discussion on this board that ...

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    Default Best Self-Defense Load for .380

    First: if you hate .380s, this thread's probably not for you!

    I have seen some discussion on this board that because a .380 is "under-powered" you should only load with certain types of cartridges. What is the best type of cartridge for .380 self-defense? In my case, my BOG is a Taurus PT-738 (LCP).

    JHP, frangible -what do you think? Also - is there a brand that has a better reputation?

    Thanks for your time.

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    A .380? Steeeerike 1!

    A Taurus? Steeeerike 2!!

    Not knowing that FMJ is the only round to use in a .380 since they're under powered and JHP doesn't expand properly? Steeeeerike 3!!!

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    Hornaby. Critical defense rounds for my Ruger 380

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    Normally I carry my Glock 19 but the pocket 380 comes in handy at times.

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    Hornady critical defense or federal premium hydrashok. Regardless of what you heard, a .380 is still a deadly round. I sure as hell don't want to get shot by a JHP .380.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich_S View Post
    A .380? Steeeerike 1!

    A Taurus? Steeeerike 2!!

    Not knowing that FMJ is the only round to use in a .380 since they're under powered and JHP doesn't expand properly? Steeeeerike 3!!!
    Tad snarky for a firearms instructor. He/she is asking for opinions but all you had was a snarky reply. Doesn't make for a good instructor. ;)


    Quote Originally Posted by Everclear View Post
    Hornaby. Critical defense rounds for my Ruger 380
    +1

    Normally I carry my Glock 19 but the pocket 380 comes in handy at times.
    Another +1 but I carry the Springfield XD Sub-Compact 9.

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    My edc is a ruger lcp I carry zombie just in case hollow points

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    I carry Hornady Zombie Max in my 380,they're like the Critical Defense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich_S View Post
    A .380? Steeeerike 1!
    I refer you back to my opening comment:

    Quote Originally Posted by USN2Pulpit
    First: if you hate .380s, this thread's probably not for you!
    Also, if you look closely, you'll find a fourth strike...I called my Taurus an "L C P" instead of TCP.

    In any case, I was wondering if the Hornady CD ammo would expand properly in the .380 load.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squirrelhunter View Post
    I carry Hornady Zombie Max in my 380,they're like the Critical Defense.
    that's what I carry the box sold me lol

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