380 AUTO Ammo

380 Auto Ammo in ballistic gel

We shot 19 different self-defense loads of 380 Auto ammo into ballistic gel

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.380 ACP ammo is the comeback kid of handgun cartridges. The caliber is older than most people realize with a history dating back to 1908 when Colt was looking for a cartridge that was a compromise in power and size for their compact pocket automatic. The idea was to develop a round that could function is a blow back weapon, but still be somewhat powerful. The 380 is also known as the 9mm short or 9mm Kurz. The 380 acp was extremely popular in Europe, but somewhat faded when Americans kept their 38 special revolvers and 45 acp pistols.

Recently though the 380 ACP had made a major comeback with the explosion of concealed carry. 380 ACP ammunition has become the go to cartridge for numerous pocket pistols and is formidable when paired with a jacketed hollow point bullet for self defense. These small, semi-automatic pistols are often in 380 ammo to maintain their small size and lightweight nature.

Look for in-stock 380 ACP for sale with bullet weights typically in the 90 grain to 95 grain area with some specialty rounds much lighter or heavier. We also work to keep name-brand rounds in-stock at cheap prices from names you know and trust like Federal, Speer Gold Dot, and Hornady.

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380 Auto Ballistic Gel Test Results

About This Data

Used firearms icon
Firearm Used Ruger LCPII
Barrel length icon
Barrel Length 2.75"
Distance target icon
Distance to Target 10 Feet
Barrier icon
Barrier 4-layer cloth
Ammo 5-shot average penetration depth 5-shot average diameter 5-shot average velocity
20rds – 380 Auto Barnes TAC-XPD 80gr. TAC-XP SCHP Ammo
0.55" 885
20rds - 380 Auto Black Hills 90gr. Jacketed Hollow Point Ammo 500rds - 380 Auto Black Hills 90gr. JHP Ammo
0.37" 876
20rds - .380 Auto Federal Hydra-Shok 90gr. HP Ammo 50rds - .380 Auto Federal LE Tactical Hydra-Shok 90gr. HP Ammo
0.35" 875
20 Rounds – 380 Auto Federal Personal Defense 99 Grain HST JHP Ammo
0.59" 956
25rds – 380 Auto Hornady American Gunner 90gr. XTP Ammo
0.35" 884
25rds - .380 Auto Hornady Critical Defense 90gr. FTX Hollow Point Ammo 250rds - .380 Auto Hornady Critical Defense 90gr. FTX Hollow Point Ammo
0.42" 897
20rds - .380 Auto MAGTECH 77gr. First Defense Solid Copper HP Ammo
0.35" 995
20rds - .380 Auto Magtech Guardian Gold 85gr. +P HP Ammo
0.47" 954
25rds - 380 Auto Remington Golden Saber 102gr. HP Ammo 500rds – 380 Auto Remington Golden Saber 102gr. JHP Ammo
0.37" 871
Remington HTP 380 Auto 88 Grain JHP - 500 Rounds 50rds – 380 Auto Remington HTP 88gr. JHP Ammo
0.35" 902
20rds - 380 Auto Remington Ultimate Defense 102gr. BJHP Ammo
0.35" 896
20rds - 380 Auto Speer Gold Dot 90gr. JHP Ammo
0.39" 831
50rds - .380 Auto Winchester Super-X 85gr. Silver Tip Hollow Point Ammo
0.36" 879
20rds – 380 Auto Winchester Defender 95gr. PDX1 Bonded JHP Ammo
0.62" 844
20rds - 380 Auto Winchester W Train and Defend 95gr. JHP Ammo 200rds - 380 Auto Winchester W Train and Defend 95gr. JHP Ammo
0.6" 835
50rds – 380 Auto Speer LE Gold Dot 90gr. JHP Ammo 1000rds - 380 Auto Speer Gold Dot 90gr. Hollow Point Ammo
0.44" 891
50rds - .380 Auto Winchester Ranger Talon 95gr. HP Ammo 500rds - .380 Auto Winchester Ranger Talon 95gr. HP Ammo
0.35" 907
20rds - 380 ACP Sig-Sauer Elite Performance Ammunition 90gr. V-Crown JHP Ammo
0.48" 887
20rds – 380 Auto Corbon 80gr. DPX Ammo
0.47" 1091

Recent 380 AUTO Reviews

  • ☆☆☆☆☆
    Wanted to purchase .380 Hollow Point and this was the only place in my home state or anywhere else that I looked at that had it in stock. Placed order on Tuesday and received on Thursday. Price was more than I wanted to pay but just having it in stock with 2 day delivery to my location was worth it. Highly recommend. Will use again in the future.
    Phil Zaras on 50rds – 380 Auto Speer LE Gold Dot 90gr. JHP Ammo
  • ☆☆☆☆☆
    I just purchased 2) cases of .380 auto from Ammotogo.com . The order shipped promptly & was packaged very well. I received the order in 5 days. That is exceptionally good in this pandemic climate that is going on at this time. I highly recommend Ammotogo.com for your ammo needs. I will be purchasing more from them, in the future, myself..... A+ rated ....
    James on 1000rds - .380 Auto PMC 90gr. FMJ Ammo
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    This was my first time to use PMC ammo. I fired 200 rounds from my Walther PPK/S and enjoyed great accuracy and grouping in ranges from 10 to 35 feet. I'll buy it again.
    Burton Chase on 50rds - 380 Auto PMC 90gr. FMJ Ammo
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    On time and accurate
    Tito on 1000rds - 380 Auto Speer Lawman 95gr. TMJ Ammo