Skip to comments.Winchester 380 95 grain Hollow Point vs Federal 380 Hydra-Shok 90 grain
Posted on 03/02/2018 1:38:05 PM PST by kjam22
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Hornady personal defense (TAP?)
That’s it. Hornady Critical Defense. Hands down.
Have a Kahr CW9 that has been my carry. It’s a very good gun. Just doesn’t fit in a pocket like this little 380.
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HR model 999.
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That is an informative site....
Gunsmith (former Marine gunsmith) friend of mine mis-remembered that I was looking for a Sig P232 in stainless, and gave me a Christmas gift of a Walther PPK/S.
Jamming problems always. Sent back to Walther for repair, their repair SEEMED to fix the jams, but I just could never trust the weapon. Waited a few years, sold it with whole story, got my Sig P232 in stainless with Sig Night Sites and Hogue grips - Never a jam, and FAR more accurate.....love it....
No longer made, and the P238 (.380) and P938 (9mm) are great pistols, but I love the feel and handling of the P232 more than either....
Yes it is. I was using Underwood extreme defender in my LCP but I decided to go with Hornady FTX Critical Defense after looking at this site.
I used to carry a shortened 1911 45 auto, finally decided to go to a subcompact 9mm for easier carry but with all the crap going down I switched to an oversized double stack 10mm with full power rounds. I’d be carrying a rifle if I could.
Winter is easier to carry bigger gun. Got the pocket 380 for summer time carry.
His boss, the sheriff, mandated all carry pistols had to be 9 MM or above.
Thus, my aqusion of this near-new pistol with less than a box of ammo though it.
I'm very pleased with this little gun. It fills a need I didn't know I needed: confidence...
Ammo Quest .380 Final Wrapup: finding the BEST ammo for a .380ACP pistol
Fiocchi Extrema, .380 ACP, XTP HP, 90 Grain, 25 Rounds (look for sales, free shipping offers)
I run the Extrema in my Ruger LCP-Custom. I like the nickel case, Hornady XTP bullet, and it just feels “tuned” to my gun.
I keep Hornady Critical Defense rounds in my .380s - also 90 grain and, like most .380 rounds, has about the same velocity and energy as the Hydra-Shock - probably a tad more accurate over longer distances due to not having the big old hole in the front, but it’s a self defense weapon/round so why worry?
I own a Springfield 1911 as well, its very reliable with thousands of rounds through it. I carry a .45 because they dont make a.46.
I started just using a bag, summer and winter.
“... a Christmas gift of a Walther PPK/S. Jamming problems ... repair SEEMED to fix ... could never trust ... got my Sig P232 ... Never a jam, and FAR more accurate.....love it....”
All handling qualities are in some measure subjective, but the P232 has to top the list. I’ve a 232 in 32 ACP with a manual safety; said to be an overrun from a Japanese police contract. Unremarkable accuracy - frequently the case with 32 compared to 380, otherwise superior in every aspect, and by huge margins.
Never encountered enough German-made PPK or PPK/S in 380 to get a clear picture. The American-made PPK/S are heavily correlated with poor reliability.
380 seems to have earned a reputation as a nasty kicker. Much of it stems from the PPK/S, which used to be attributed to its straight blowback design. Not limited that way, though: many users report more intense felt recoil from the SIG P238 than from the P938. Both are very similar locked-breech systems.
Picked up an original PP 40 years ago - war souvenir. Exterior finish was rough, but internals were great. Aside from warping grip panels of 1941-vintage German plastic, it’s been flawless. Far more accurate than the average 32.
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