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    i use hornady criticals in my bodyguard
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    Sometimes these caliber/bullet design wars start to sound like little old ladies moaning and cursing when someone else yells Bingo! LOL

    Crikey boys and girls! None of us are likely to be headed into any war zone firefights, let alone EVER fire our handgun in self defense.

    Just go buy some boolits that fit the thing, practice till your rounds always go where you want them, and be secure knowing you've done enough to be 'ready'.
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    My Taurus TCP is loaded with Underwood 90gr XTP ,, I have alot of carry choices but the TCP fills a role , BUG , pocket carry .. the 380acp is adequate .. heck I have carried a 32acp ... A Glock 27 is my EDC .. But at times The 27 is just a bit big .. I have a Glock 43 which is secondary and warmer weather... But still the TCP is smaller and lighter and is flat and is almost unnoticeable in my front pocket .. and as others have mentioned the XTP and Hornady FTX bullets seem to perform well in gel tests ... My little TCP digests Winchester FNFMJ .. Which I carry at times during colder weather when bad guys/ thugs may wear heavier than normal layers of clothing.. to make sure optimum penetration is met ..

    This UW 100gr Hardcast at 975fps maybe a good choice also
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    Please review the OP. Keep your posts confined to 380 ACP SD recommendations. This thread came off the rails with a caliber war that the OP requested specifically to stay away from.
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    I see that this thread is relatively old (before I joined this forum), but I thought I'd toss in my comments anyway.

    I also conceal-carry a very compact .380ACP pistol. I've tried a few different self-defense cartridges, and found the best results in terms of shootability and control (gotta be able to hit your mark, regardless of terminal ballistics) have been with the Ruger ARX rounds. All I've been able to learn show that these rounds have a very different (and very effective) terminal results compared to "traditional" hollow-point projectiles. One thing I like is their tendency to fragment when striking hard objects, thus diminishing unwanted results if they pass through walls and such (if they get that far after expending their energy in a human target). Thankfully, I have not had to find out for myself in real-life self-defense use, but based on my own research and some unscientific testing, I'm confident enough to carry it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbr3 View Post
    I see that this thread is relatively old (before I joined this forum), but I thought I'd toss in my comments anyway.

    I also conceal-carry a very compact .380ACP pistol. I've tried a few different self-defense cartridges, and found the best results in terms of shootability and control (gotta be able to hit your mark, regardless of terminal ballistics) have been with the Ruger ARX rounds. All I've been able to learn show that these rounds have a very different (and very effective) terminal results compared to "traditional" hollow-point projectiles. One thing I like is their tendency to fragment when striking hard objects, thus diminishing unwanted results if they pass through walls and such (if they get that far after expending their energy in a human target). Thankfully, I have not had to find out for myself in real-life self-defense use, but based on my own research and some unscientific testing, I'm confident enough to carry it.
    Hey, most of the guys on here are old, so no problem with me if you are reviving an old thread. I've never understood the hysteria some have over posting on an old thread. Sure, in a technical forum where a question has been asked and answered, it is unproductive to post a new question, but in something like this where people are weighing in on their thoughts, it seems reasonable to me. Of course, I'm just another lesser opinion on the Internet, so what do I know!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeltaBravoKS View Post
    Hey, most of the guys on here are old, so no problem with me if you are reviving an old thread. I've never understood the hysteria some have over posting on an old thread. Sure, in a technical forum where a question has been asked and answered, it is unproductive to post a new question, but in something like this where people are weighing in on their thoughts, it seems reasonable to me. Of course, I'm just another lesser opinion on the Internet, so what do I know!
    well for me personally, its not that I mind reposting old-old post but I am afraid of what comes out of the grave with those old post!
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    I use Sig V Crown ammo in my .380 for SD. It is very accurate and is 100% reliable in my pistol, which is a Sig. I have also tried it in my other .380 pistols and it cycled through every one of them "like corn through a goose". The Sig is a fairly small pistol, so I carry it appendix style in an On Your Six Kydex holster. I have other larger and more powerful pistols, but many times leave them at home due to weight and concealability considerations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daytonaredeye View Post
    Don’t look now but the .380 ACP IS a military and LE round.
    So is the 32acp.

    I've been loading for the 380 since I first started shooting it. What works best? For FMJ, it's whatever's on sale. For SD? Hornady 90 and 100 grain XTP or Sierra 90 gr HP. They were on sale too. The only self defense ammo I ever bought for 380 was some Golden Saber, which I don't think they even make anymore.

    What works best depends on your pistol. The high dollar stuff, that's the latest thing, may not even feed in your gun. The old saying about opinions is still valid, so go out and shoot a bunch of different brands (in answer to the OP's question), figure out what does and doesn't work, and buy it. Personally, I'd recommend trying the "sale" ammo first.
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    LOL, my 738 absolutely loves, as in shoots tiny little groups, Rem/UTC 88 grain JHP. When I bought that 738, those cartridges were so cheap you could use them for both SD and practice. Now I hardly ever see them and when I do the price is too high. I carry with Speer 90 grain Gold Dots and just about any .380 Auto ammo with 90 grain XTPs, and of course my own reloads with 90 grain XTPs.
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