Buffalo Bore 380 +P ammo

Discussion in 'P-3AT' started by preventec47, Sep 2, 2008.

  1. preventec47

    preventec47 New Member

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    Feb 16, 2007
    I was reading in a gun magazine at the grocery store
    about Rugers new 380 pistol and looking at the ballistics
    of several different ammo and one stood out
    way above the others in power.

    The Buffalo Bore
    100gr. Hard-Cast FN @ 1125 fps 280 ft. lbs

    Has anyone shot this stuff in the Keltec and did they survive ?

    The other question is how flat nose is it and
    would there be feed problems in the 380AT

    I cant believe the magazine didnt even mention or
    compare the new Ruger pistol with the Keltec which
    is the undisputed leader in 380. Seeing the
    article did kind of make me wish I could
    have a slide lockback feature.
     
  2. GMax

    GMax New Member

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    Feb 16, 2006
    Shot it in both P3-AT's and LCP. No problems...packs a punch.
     

  3. Bobo

    Bobo Active Member Supporter

    Jun 13, 2005
  4. bunky

    bunky New Member

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    Aug 27, 2008
    did it feed and eject ok ?
     
  5. byron2112

    byron2112 New Member

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    Aug 26, 2008
    Awsome test link.

    That Buffalo Bore packs a punch. I fired off some 158 gr. +p's outta my Airweight the other day... felt like I was catching a hardball without a mitt :eek:

    Expensive stuff, but it seems to be the real deal for pocket cannons.
     
  6. alioop

    alioop Banned

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    Aug 28, 2008
    I keep reading in many gun forums that there is no such thing as a +p for the .380. More promo than fact.

    Plus, can the Kel-Tec P3AT handle such an animal -  if it existed? Maybe a few rounds, but certainly not on a consistent basis.
     
  7. harleyboy

    harleyboy New Member

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    May 25, 2008
    I have shot the Buffalo bore , it feeds fine and ejects fine . I carry it in my gun !
     
  8. alioop

    alioop Banned

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    Aug 28, 2008
    Is it really as hot as the first poster said? And is it OK to shoot through this pistol on a consistent basis? Seems like too much for the P3AT. After all, every gun has it's limits.
     
  9. pocketgun

    pocketgun New Member

    May 4, 2005
    Super hot ball! In exchange for a, say, 25"x.355" hole in gelatin (vs approx 19+" x.355" for standard FMJ) you get to pay a lot more and have slower follow up shots.

    This is like the kid down the street who puts a great big wing on the back of his Hyundai Accent: it looks cool and all, but it doesn't really do anything except cost money.
     
  10. And just what are the SAAMI specs of .380 +P?   :-/
     
  11. pertinax

    pertinax New Member

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    Aug 31, 2007
    Flat-nosed projectiles cause far more tissue destruction than round-nosed bullets (except when the RNs tumble), and they are much more likely to travel straight through animals, and to not tumble. This is well-known in the big-game hunting community (I mean BIG game-- Cape Buff and up), but maybe not so well known to others. Still, it's demonstrably true.

    I like the Buffalo Bore lead bullets, and they are what I carry. No ammo can make a .380 into a cannon-- but the BB ammo makes the right compromises, in my opinion.

    Previously, I carried Golden Sabers. They would expand in water in my tests. But .380s are marginal in power, so I decided I'd take laser-straight penetration over some chance of expansion. Your mileage may vary.

    Regarding the speed of follow up shots-- you are right. No two ways about it-- the BB ammo kicks harder than anything else I've tried. My grip is generally compromised on each shot, and I have to re-seat the gun in my hand. This is something to consider before carrying the BB ammo.

    BB is low-flash too, compared to some other brands.
     
  12. robbiedaman

    robbiedaman New Member

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    May 26, 2008
    The buffalo bore is a real blast to shoot. Noticeably more recoil than regular ammo, I don't find it unwieldy, I'm also not the most experience hand-gunner in th world. Accuracy was the same, bang was bigger, I guess you get what you pay for. Actually at $1/round its in the same league as most defense ammo. The spoiler analogy is flawed. ;) Its more like putting on a flow master exhaust; it may improve the performance but its still an Hyundai Accent.

    Anybody chrono this? I always hear about short barrels not developing full energy but all the other chrono results I've seen are >90% of the spec. Just making sure I'm not just paying for sound effects. I'd buy a box and shoot it just for kicks even if you don't plan on carrying it. The "regular" loads seem even lighter afterwards.
     
  13. twyacht

    twyacht New Member

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    May 19, 2008

    Buffalo Bore ammo is loaded to Saami spec, however, they are right up to the max. and therefore not really +P

    They are "hotter" than other rounds.

    This link and others say .380 goes to 21,500CUP.

    http://www.lasc.us/SAAMIMaxPressure.htm
     
  14. pocketgun

    pocketgun New Member

    May 4, 2005
    I have read some on the effects of flat-nose solid points on big game.  I personally have no opinion on it (for big game) at this time.  I have heard the argument for a flat meplat on .380 and .32 bullets, and I don't buy it.  I have yet to see any evidence that bears out that it does anything different than round nose FMJ, so if you have some I would be interested in seeing it. Without direct evidence, I think it is a dangerously broad assumption to apply terminal ballistics lessons from a .458WinMag or .600NE on a rhino to a .380ACP to a crackhead.

    Not that it really matters anyway, as standard flat-meplat FMJ is available in FMJ ammo loaded to velocities that will likely provide well more than the commonly sought 12"-14" of penetration in gelatin.  And WWB is about the least expensive stuff you can get, not that I would carry it, even if it worked in my P-3AT (many 1G didn't like WWB, for those who are wondering). 

    All the more reason to carefully consider your ammo choice.  I see no desirable features gained by using this round, except perhaps the low-flash powder which is available elsewhere.  I do see extra expense, high recoil, high wear on the gun, leading of the barrel, no expansion, and increased risk of hitting something beyond your target.

    They consistently expand from a P-3AT in every test I have seen, including (apparently) the ones you put on yourself.  As for laser straight penetration, I think it is wishful thinking.  Even in gelatin, .45ACP will not do that.  Add in bones, air cavities, connective tissue, and organs...

    Not good, you might want to try a grip sleeve if you are going to carry it.  BB is good ammo, and I am not knocking the brand.  I just don't like the HCL load.  They make a Gold Dot that is quite impressive, IMO.  It is still very hot, but the extra velocity for the JHP is worth it, provided it can be controlled.  The tests I have seen haven't pushed it past the Golden Saber or DPX however, but I would like to see more before making a judgment on it.
     


  15. A buck for a round that is labled in a misleading manner, a round that may not be any better than the Santa Barbs I got at $5/25 rounds?

    No thanks.
     
  16. byron2112

    byron2112 New Member

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    Aug 26, 2008
    I have read some on the effects of flat-nose solid points on big game. I personally have no opinion on it (for big game) at this time. I have heard the argument for a flat meplat on .380 and .32 bullets, and I don't buy it. I have yet to see any evidence that bears out that it does anything different than round nose FMJ, so if you have some I would be interested in seeing it. Without direct evidence, I think it is a dangerously broad assumption to apply terminal ballistics lessons from a .458WinMag or .600NE on a rhino to a .380ACP to a crackhead.
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    Aren't heavy wadcutter rounds supposed to be one of the most effective in .38 special also?
     
  17. gvaldeg1

    gvaldeg1 New Member

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    Feb 8, 2008
    I carry it in mine too and it feeds and ejects fine. However, I've only been able to get it at Cabela's.
     
  18. CCWMan

    CCWMan New Member

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    Aug 5, 2005
    If you go to KT's website and read the specs for the P3 they rate it at a max energy of 250 ft-lbs. So 280 would be too much. I definitely won't shoot it in my gun.
     
  19. pocketgun

    pocketgun New Member

    May 4, 2005
    100 gr out of the Kel-Tec clocks 1061 fps = 250.09 fpe.

    So it is too hot for the KT by 0.09 fpe, sorry guys.
     
  20. pocketgun

    pocketgun New Member

    May 4, 2005
    I have read some on the effects of flat-nose solid points on big game.  I personally have no opinion on it (for big game) at this time.  I have heard the argument for a flat meplat on .380 and .32 bullets, and I don't buy it.  I have yet to see any evidence that bears out that it does anything different than round nose FMJ, so if you have some I would be interested in seeing it.  Without direct evidence, I think it is a dangerously broad assumption to apply terminal ballistics lessons from a .458WinMag or .600NE on a rhino to a .380ACP to a crackhead.
    [/quote]

    Aren't heavy wadcutter rounds supposed to be one of the most effective in .38 special also?[/quote]

    Another one of those things that people always claim to have heard is true, but no one can find any evidence to support.