What is your preferred .380 defensive round?

Discussion in 'P-3AT' started by KelTex78, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. KelTex78

    KelTex78 New Member

    Jan 10, 2009
    I am trying to select a defensive round in .380 and would like to know what everyone uses. I was about to order the Magtech First Defense when I read the post here where it was found to not expand as expected. My current favorite (from my research) would be the DPX, but it is also the most expensive and very hard to find right now. Can anyone comment on how a 'smiley' affects a solid copper bullet vs. a traditional jacketed lead hollow point? I am afraid that the 'smiley' problem would be very bad for the Hornady Critical Defense with its softer nose; has anyone tried it?

    Please post with any observations, comments, or recommendations you may have!
  2. Rubb

    Rubb New Member

    Jun 19, 2006

  3. KelTex78

    KelTex78 New Member

    Jan 10, 2009
    I have read the tests; I just want to find out what KTOG users actually CARRY.
  4. Glasstream15

    Glasstream15 New Member

    Nov 10, 2008
    .380 P3AT = WWB 95 gr FMJ
    9mm PF9 = Hornady 115 gr JHP
    9mm G19 = Hornady 147 gr JHP
    .45 KP90 = WWB 230 gr JHP

    BTW, I dont carry the Ruger .45. I'm in Florida and I cant conceal that sucker.

    JMNSHO, & of course, YMMV
  5. cherry911

    cherry911 New Member

    Jan 12, 2009
    Speer Gold Dot, never had a problem, plus I get them free from work.
  6. Bobo

    Bobo Active Member Supporter

    Jun 13, 2005
  7. Hoopster

    Hoopster New Member

    Jan 10, 2009
    I feel comfortable with alternating any good JHP's with FMJ's

    I like to have a JHP in the chamber that way if only one shot is necessary it may be less fatal.
    Then the first round in the magazine FMJ for penetration, and more likely to feed flawlessly.
    Then continue with JHP, FMJ, JHP, FMJ, JHP.

    BTW, I voted Golden sabers because I like 'em. ;D
  8. adamsesq

    adamsesq New Member

    Dec 25, 2006
    Was thinking the same thing.


  9. Spikejerk

    Spikejerk New Member

    Federal Hydrashoks. No malfunctions or feeding problems in my P3. Plus it's still relatively easy to find.
  10. Sangueffusor

    Sangueffusor New Member

    May 13, 2007
    I actually don't have a preferred one at the moment. Right now I carry 90gr Fiocchi hollow points (not the XTP bullet). In the spare magazine are Fiocchi FMJ. I reserve the right to switch in the future to whatever I think might be better ;)
  11. fatman

    fatman New Member

    Apr 6, 2005
    1. DPX
    2. Golden Sabre

    These are what I prefer but always keeping in mind that bullet type is always less important than good shot placement.
  12. CJP32

    CJP32 Active Member

    Jul 24, 2008
    My vote is for "other JHP"
    I have been looking for a few JHP's to test in my P3, I hope it will feed/shoot the Buffalo Bore in GD jhp and the Critical Defense. I also picked up some Golden Sabers to try. I will carry whichever my weapon likes and I can shoot well.

  13. kbizzle

    kbizzle New Member

    Oct 21, 2008
    i carry Buffalo Bore 95gr JHP's. it's painful, loud and fun to shoot.
  14. dpx in the pipe
    then a santa barb
    then a gold dot
    then another dpx
    then a 230 gr hard ball
    then finish out with dpx
    no round six to save the springs ;)
  15. Rubb

    Rubb New Member

    Jun 19, 2006
    Holy Cow :eek: that's a big .380 ;D

    Note to Kel Tec......send Rubb the .45acp version of the P3AT
  16. Rubb

    Rubb New Member

    Jun 19, 2006
    Holy Cow :eek: that's a big .380 ;D

    Note to Kel Tec......send Rubb the .45acp version of the P3AT


    http://www.brassfetcher.com/90 grain Federal Personal Defense Hydra-Shok.html
  17. adamsesq

    adamsesq New Member

    Dec 25, 2006
    Well okay, so I was wrong! PJ - private joke.

  18. DANG! I was hoping more than 13 minutes until I got busted.

    TRUTH -

    DPX 6+1 for me.
  19. Rubb

    Rubb New Member

    Jun 19, 2006
    Sorry it took that long NAS, I had to work late ;D

    Scott, there’s still time ;)
  20. 2thman

    2thman New Member

    Jan 16, 2009
    DPX right now. Although I go back and forth between those and american eagle fmj's. I just can't make up my mind.