Best .380 auto ammo

Texas42

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Nov 21, 2008
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I didn't see this anywhere else, so sorry if I am repeating it.

I plan on carrying a kel tec 3AT, and I was wondering ammo yall thought was the best to carry in this little pocket gun.

Thanks.
 

DirtyD

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Anything you can find right now, .380 is harder to find than 5.56 or 7.62 in the Houston area right now.... but generally any modern hollow point that will feed reliably in your pistol will work....
 

Texas42

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Are all Speer Gold Dot's +P?
I'd prefer something that isn't +P. The manual says the kel tec can take it, but it wouldn't be good in the long run. . . . makes me feel so happy.
 

Shorts

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I used Federal Hydrashoks in my Cheetah and they were reliable for me in that gun.

I never tried the Speer Gold Dots but heard a lot about them. Would be worth a shot.
 

The_Vigilante

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From reading re SD .380 ammo on the various forums it appears that penetration is an issue with a lot of the HP .380 ammo, especially thru thick heavy winter clothing. The solution: FN Buffalo Bore 100g-has excellent penetration and the FN causes just as much or more damage than the hollow points.

The Vigilante
Far West Texas
 

ROGER4314

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I use nothing but Federal Hydra-Shok 90 grain JHP in 2 Kel-Tec P3AT's and in a Ruger LCP. They give 100% flawless operation.

Flash
 

TxEMTP69

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I use Hornady Critical Defense, was able to order from Cabelas and shipped faster then my WWB ammo. Anything you decide to carry you should shoot at least a few boxes through to make sure it feeds reliably.
 

T's C6

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Each gun is different, you need to try different brands of ammo to check for feeding problems, ejection problems and accuracy. You do not want to have ammo problems if you have to use your gun.

 

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