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Old June 28, 2005, 10:23 PM   #1
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Reloading .380?

Anybody reloading a .380 personal defense load?
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Old June 29, 2005, 05:31 AM   #2
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380 loads

I have been reloading 380's for quite a while.
What is your question?

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Old June 29, 2005, 09:44 AM   #3
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Yup. Speer's Gold Dots under 4.2 gr. of Unique.
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Old June 29, 2005, 09:52 AM   #4
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Personal defense? No, I still leave that to Federal. Practice rounds? Yes, all the time.
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Old June 29, 2005, 11:14 AM   #5
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I'm with Mal. I find .380 a bit finicky to load for and don't want to push the envelope. I load cast Lee 90 grainers over 231 to reliably cycle the action and let it go at that.

Were I shooting a locked breech version, such as the Star, I might work with hotter loads, but I am shooting the bitty OMC Backup and don't care to risk battering when I am just playing.
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Old July 7, 2005, 02:39 PM   #6
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Hello123.
I'm in the process of setting up (for the 1st time) on my 650...I'm all ears too. I want to load up for the range so I can practice with my daily carry...a Kel-Tec A3-AT 2nd Gen.

I also have Walther PPKS, a CZ-83 & a Llama 380 that need to be fed.

Load suggestions anyone?? I have LOTS of 231.

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Old July 10, 2005, 12:15 AM   #7
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I've been loading the 88 and 90 grain JHP's in the .380 for many years. I haven't put up any in a while, but I think that my preferred charge weight for Bullseye and 231 with these bullets is 3.2 grains. I'm not sure, though, so don't quote me on that. I haven't loaded nearly as much 231 in the .380 as I have Bullseye. I do recall that velocities ran close to 1000fps when I chrono'd them.

I run a PPK/s and a Bersa .380...used to have a Browning BDA, and these loads worked great in all of them.
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Old July 10, 2005, 03:43 PM   #8
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WWCD?
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Oh yeah, power pistol!
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