20rds - 380 Auto Speer Gold Dot 90gr. JHP Ammo

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Speer 90 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Ammo Details

This 380 Auto cartridge by Speer will give your compact everyday carry the terminal performance you need to quickly neutralize any threat to your well-being. The round’s 90 grain Gold Dot projectile has a hollow point that has been carefully formed over the course of two stages. The first controls the width that the bullet can expand to, while the second controls the rate at which it can expand. The result is intensely reliable mushrooming that you confidently stake your safety on.

Speer applies a Gold Dot bullet’s jacket to its lead alloy core with their proprietary Uni-Cor process. Because the jacket is formed electrochemically, one single molecule at a time, it is extremely concentric throughout. That grants it the rotational stability which straight shooting depends on. As its core and jacket are basically inseparable, this is a bullet that retains virtually 100 percent of its weight as it expands as well.

This round’s new production brass casing wears nickel plating. The enhanced lubricity nickel provides makes this round feed and eject without issue in a semi-automatic weapon, and additionally protects the round against corrosion.

Ballistic Gel Testing

 

As you hunt for the best self-defense 380 Auto (ACP) ammo, we thought you might enjoy seeing the results of some testing we recently conducted with calibrated Clear Ballistics gelatin.

We shot five of these Speer rounds through a four-layer cloth barrier using a Ruger LCPII. The results are detailed in the video you see above as well as the photographs. Through the charts, you should get a great idea how this Speer ammo stacked up relative to other 380 Auto (ACP) ammo products available to American shooters.

To get a better sense of our tests, be sure to check out all the protocols we followed when conducting our tests to determine the best self-defense ammo.

Gel test results for Speer 90 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) ammo

Unfired versus Fired Round Comparison

Image detailing before and after firing 20rds - 380 Auto Speer Gold Dot 90gr. JHP Ammo Image detailing before and after firing 20rds - 380 Auto Speer Gold Dot 90gr. JHP Ammo

How do the results for this Speer 380 Auto (ACP) compare to other 380 AUTO?

20rds - 380 Auto Speer Gold Dot 90gr. JHP Ammo Gel Test Results
  Median
Bullet Depth (in.) 11 11.3 11.5 11.7 12.4
Expanded Diameter (in.) 0.35 0.35 0.35 0.42 0.47
Expanded Weight (gr.) 89.7 89.8 89.8 89.9 90.2
Bullet Velocity (fps) 821 827 830 830 847
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    posted on by Kent

    Personally tested this round from the Glock 42 using 10% ClearBallistic gel following the protocols set forth by Marshall and Sanow in their book, Handgun Stopping Power. Test distance 10 feet temperature 44 F. The bare gel test was a failure. The bullet expanded, but only penetrated a distance of 9.35 inches. Well short of the minimum of 11 required by Marshall and Sanow. 11 inches is the minimum because rounds will penetrate on average 15-20 % further in living tissue than in 10% gel, and comparing with the autopsy reports, Marshall and Sanow figured 11 inches is the minimum required to help assure a hit to the vitals, especially if the bullet must first pass through an arm from an angled shot. Thus, this round was not tested in denim due to bare gel test failure. Not recommended.

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