PMC Bronze 380A ammo for .380 ACP
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  • Others claim that one should avoid using hollow point ammo in
  • Besides, I'm willing to bet that any attacker taking eight rounds from my Bersa Thunder would agree the
  • I also like hollow points in my Bersa Thunder, but that is just because I know they will feed reliably
  • Like it or not, standard, ball ammunition is the best thing to use in cases where you wonder if a hollow point will feed reliably
  • As if the unwavering reliability of this ammo wasn't enough, these bullets are common as sin and inexpensive -- the chances are good you'll find them at your favorite ammo store


    • by HawgWyld

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      Ah, good old .380 ACP ammunition. It seems that handgun enthusiasts love to argue over things, and the .380 ACP has sparked its share of controversies over the years. There are those that say that the round just isn’t good enough for self defense, while others point out that it is a substantial improvement over .32 ACP that was used by law enforcement for years. Others claim that one should avoid using hollow point ammo in .380 ACP because it

      won’t penetrate deep enough to do real damage, particularly if your target happens to be wearing a heavy coat.

      The .380 ACP has found its share of fans (myself included) over the years as there are a lot of great concealed carry guns that utilize the round. One of the greatest things about the round is that recoil is limited, so you can fire it from a very small pistol comfortably. Besides, I’m willing to bet that any attacker taking eight rounds from my Bersa Thunder would agree the .380 ACP is a perfectly fine self defense bullet.

      I also like hollow points in my Bersa Thunder, but that is just because I know they will feed reliably. I’m not convinced that hollow points in .380 ACP won’t penetrate deeply enough to deter an attacker, but I do know that you should only use hollow points if you know they well feed reliably in your pistol.

      There are a lot of pistols chambered ...


      • PMC Bronze 380A ammo for .380 ACP
      in .380 ACP where the reliability issue comes into play. These are not bad guns, but some are so small that they will jam unless everything is perfect due to limited space. When you are dealing with such small tolerances, jams can happen. Like it or not, standard, ball ammunition is the best thing to use in cases where you wonder if a hollow point will feed reliably.

      And that’s where the PMC Bronze 380A comes into play. I have shot

      boxes of this stuff through both a Bersa Thunder and a Taurus 738 TCP (a pistol so small it will fit easily in a pocket) and have had absolutely no jams. The last thing you want when firing at an attacker is ammo that will jam in your pistol and leave you vulnerable. As if the unwavering reliability of this ammo wasn’t enough, these bullets are common as sin and inexpensive — the chances are good you’ll find them at your favorite ammo store.

      Want some specs? OK. The PMC Bronze 380A is a 90-grain bullet (a very typical weight) that is made up of lead encased in a copper. In other words, these things don’t expand much at all, so that should make everyone who worries about the penetrative nature of .380 ACP rounds happy. The bullet travels at 961 feet-per-second and hits with 961 foot-pounds of energy (those measurements are taken at the muzzle, so expect the numbers to drop at distance or when the bullet is fired out of shorter barrels).

      In conclusion, if you are looking for a full metal jacket (FMJ) round in .380 ACP, then the PMC Bronze 380 is a great choice. It’s reliable, inexpensive and easy to find. The specs are nothing to write home about, but they are in line with good .380 ACP ammo. Really, what more do you need in an FMJ round?




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