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    Now have great confidence of the power of a .380

    Went out this weekend to hunt turkey and hogs. Didn't have much luck with the birds but did shoot a nice fat sow along with my dad. We drove up on about 10 pigs that were feeding and we took our shots. I ran up to the pig I shot and although the shot placement was good (double lung) it was still kicking a bit so I took out my PK380 for the coup de grace. I placed the winchester PDX1 round right at the base of the ear at a range of about 4 yards. To my surprise the bullet did its job and made a nice 3 inch wound cavity completely thru the animal exiting the front of the head. Never did find the bullet to see what it looked like but it was amazing to see what a small caliber can do in a real flesh and bone scenario.

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    Sorry. I just realized I put this in the wrong section. Should be in general.

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    I think its applicable to this forum as alot of us carry the .380 as a CCW primary. Its nice to hear of some real world impact (pun intended) on a very hard target with modern .380 ammo.

    Pics would have been nice...

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    I know. I thought about pictures a little late. Got a picture of me and dad standing next to our kills but no gore stuff.

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    I inadvertently got a pic of the exit hole. My pig is the one on the left. My little pig is 90 pounds and pops weighed in at 170.


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    The picture should not leave any questions about what a .380 would do to a person. Makes me feel better about the one I keep in my truck.

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    It's not the biggest bullet in town, but it still got the job done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by walther380 View Post
    Went out this weekend to hunt turkey and hogs. Didn't have much luck with the birds but did shoot a nice fat sow along with my dad. We drove up on about 10 pigs that were feeding and we took our shots. I ran up to the pig I shot and although the shot placement was good (double lung) it was still kicking a bit so I took out my PK380 for the coup de grace. I placed the winchester PDX1 round right at the base of the ear at a range of about 4 yards. To my surprise the bullet did its job and made a nice 3 inch wound cavity completely thru the animal exiting the front of the head. Never did find the bullet to see what it looked like but it was amazing to see what a small caliber can do in a real flesh and bone scenario.
    You shot your dad? Shame on you!

    We are always hearing about how ineffective .380, .22 etc. are but how many are willing to take a hit from one of them to prove that they are ineffective. I watched my grandfather kill many many pigs for butchering and all he ever used was a .22 to the head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN1910 View Post
    You shot your dad? Shame on you!

    We are always hearing about how ineffective .380, .22 etc. are but how many are willing to take a hit from one of them to prove that they are ineffective. I watched my grandfather kill many many pigs for butchering and all he ever used was a .22 to the head.
    Dad and I kill pigs all the time using .22 mags and .17 HMR's. Double lung them and they will go down. Some will run but only 20 yards at most and keel over.

    Most people these days don't have a clue what a bullet does to flesh and bone. They think humans and animals are a solid mass of soft tissue with bone and skin holding it all together. There is air in the body cavity and tissue you can put your finger thru with ease. We are very fragile and easily torn apart if you ask me.

    Although hunting is nothing like stopping a threat to your life, you can learn what works and what doesn't. I say put a few holes in a vital area and stand back as they fall.

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    I agree 100% FN1910 - My Father had a little topbreak Iver-Johnson 9-shot .22 wheelie that he used to kill our Hogs with. He would pop them right behind the ear and down they went! I later inherited the Iver-Johnson, but lost it in the 4/1/79 Tornado that hit Wichita Falls, Tx.
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