The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Skunkworks > Handloading, Reloading, and Bullet Casting

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old June 28, 2005, 10:23 PM   #1
Senior Member
Join Date: February 21, 2005
Posts: 571
Reloading .380?

Anybody reloading a .380 personal defense load?
Hello123 is offline  
Old June 29, 2005, 05:31 AM   #2
Full Auto
Junior Member
Join Date: May 12, 2005
Posts: 7
380 loads

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

Full Auto is offline  
Old June 29, 2005, 09:44 AM   #3
Dave R
Senior Member
Join Date: January 7, 2000
Location: Idaho
Posts: 6,073
Yup. Speer's Gold Dots under 4.2 gr. of Unique.
I am Pro-Rights (on gun issues).
Dave R is offline  
Old June 29, 2005, 09:52 AM   #4
Mal H
Join Date: March 20, 1999
Location: Somewhere in the woods of Northern Virginia
Posts: 14,795
Personal defense? No, I still leave that to Federal. Practice rounds? Yes, all the time.
Mal H is offline  
Old June 29, 2005, 11:14 AM   #5
Senior Member
Join Date: October 15, 2004
Posts: 934
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.
Leftoverdj is offline  
Old July 7, 2005, 02:39 PM   #6
Senior Member
Join Date: November 23, 2000
Location: Kansas City
Posts: 582
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.

"Onward thru the Fog"
VonFatman is offline  
Old July 10, 2005, 12:15 AM   #7
Senior Member
Join Date: July 17, 2004
Location: KCMO
Posts: 480
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.
larryf1952 is offline  
Old July 10, 2005, 03:43 PM   #8
Senior Member
Join Date: May 15, 2002
Location: Michigan
Posts: 1,390
What would Clark do?

Oh yeah, power pistol!
I'm not just a gun.
I'm YOUR gun.
(Hold me.)
caz223 is offline  

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:13 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2015 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent:
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.05451 seconds with 7 queries