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Old May 13, 2018, 01:20 PM   #29
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I'm by no means an expert so this is purely subjective but...i think .380 may be loaded a little hotter. I've shot the .38 special shorts in my Charter Arms snub revolvers and recoil is very mild. The recoil in my .380 Taurus TCP or S&W Bodyguard is more pronounced. I'm not 100% sure of the following numbers but, I think muzzle energy on the. 38 special short was around 130ft lb and velocity was in the high 600's for f.p.s, while .380 I think is around energy and close to 1000 f.p.s.
The .38 special short is, in my opinion, a little anemic for self defense, unless you could reload it a little hotter.
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