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Thread: Which 380 round did you decide on for personal defense?

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    Default Which 380 round did you decide on for personal defense?

    Just curious to see what everyone else is carrying in their Kahr 380. Currently Iím carrying Underwood XTP jhp in mine and in my spare mag. Iíve also carried their xtreme defender and Federalís hydra-shok. Iím not to hung up on ammo in 380, just curious more than anything. Oh, I also carry Critical defense sometimes. That round is as reliable as they come for me. I shoot a lot and my carry ammo always gets shot too so I'm always changing it out.


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    I carry Golden Sabre, because I had about 500 rounds on hand when I acquired the Kahr .380.
    I know it's not the latest and greatest, but it feeds well and I have plenty of it. As my ole friend Andy G. used to say, "beats a pointy stick".
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    Hornady Critical Defense. Never a failure of any kind.

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    My pistol loves the Critical Defense, as well. I've also had luck with the Underwood XTP rounds in +P, which is a nice alternative. It also seems to really like the ARX rounds, although I'm not yet sure that I have full faith in those yet.

    I can't cycle the Underwood Extreme Defense, which is a pity, but I'm more than happy with those choices above.

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    Lehigh Xtreme Defense or Penetrator.

    muggsy: Let's face it, being shot by a .380 will ruin anyone's day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidR View Post
    Lehigh Xtreme Defense or Penetrator.
    I havenít had a chance to try the penetrators yet but mine cycles the defenders great.


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    I carry Hornadyís Critical Defense in my P380 in the 6 rnd and my spar 7 rnd mags. No FTF/FTE issues at all. They go bag each & every time.
    Carry it based on this test:



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    Quote Originally Posted by JAA View Post
    I carry Hornadyís Critical Defense in my P380 in the 6 rnd and my spar 7 rnd mags. No FTF/FTE issues at all. They go bag each & every time.
    Carry it based on this test:



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    That test doesnít look so good to me. Normally critical defense expands much better in other gel testing Iíve seen.


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    Donít disagree but for a 2.5Ē barrel in a P380 vs 3.25Ē barrel for the Glock 42 that is probably the best Your going to get. Looks like that .75Ē difference really helps the expansion & penetration.
    If you find better out of a 2.5Ē barrel please let me know.


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