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    Bodyguard 380

    What's the best brand for ammo in both carry and target for my bodyguard 380. Anyone?

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    What is the best Ammo for your BG 380 is kind of like asking what is the best Pickup manufacturer.
    For me I use Hornady Critical Defense rounds in my 380. Why? Personal preference I guess. They work and feed well in mine, I have good grouping and hitting point of aim.
    For practice I use my reloads, granted I do not run as many rounds through my 380 as I do with my .357's, 40's, or my 45's but I do try to run 50 or so every couple of months to stay comfortable using and firing it as it is my carry gun for the most part.
    Sorry I could not tell you that one "Magic Bullet" that will have the recoil of a 22, the stopping power of a 44 magnum. or the muzzle flash of a Pellet Gun, but frankly it does not exist.
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    Another vote for the Critical Defense ammo for all the reasons RD just gave. For practice, I generally use whatever I can find as it's one of two that I don't reload for. While not as necessary perhaps as it used to be, I'd suggest FMJ practice loads until the gun is broken in. Then, if you're using for defense, make sure it's 100% reliable with your chosen load. Oh yeah, and have fun with it!
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    Agree completely RD!....
    Let me opine here:
    As an avid reloader I have found a pet load for my Walther PPKS. I also use the Hornady Critical Defense, and my little PPK likes them. But as a favorite load, for some unexplained reason, the little one likes the 90gr Speer GDHP in front of 4.3 gr Unique. I know every weapon is different but I guess I need to go back to physics class!

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    Cool

    I like Speer Ammo in .380 but as others have said there are other quality manufactures.

    In colder weather with more clothing to penetrate I like FMJ.

    Speer 95 grain FMJ Lawman for practice and Speer Gold Dot .90 grain HP for carry in the warm sunny climate where I live.

    Reliability is paramount with any load you decide on.

    I have recently gone back to a .38 special as my minimum caliber carry gun but that's just my personal preference.

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    Yeah Ron,
    Like you I carry a .38spl. My little J-frame has become a part of me now. However, at times, I also carry the PPK. Someone will have to explain to me why a gun "likes" a particular round. I have also used the Lawman round you mentioned and the FMJ from American Eagle....never had a failure to fire!

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    The best ammo for your 380 is whatever feeds reliably. You can have the "best" sd rounds in the mag, but if they don't feed you'd be better off with a brick.
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    Thanks to all !

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    I know several people carrying a small .380 and all are using Hornady Critical Defense ammo.
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    I don't have a Bodyguard .380, but I do have a Ruger LCP that I run with Double Tap ball rounds - they chrono at ~975 fps. I'm not convinced that the fancy tactical bullets will perform always as promised from the really short barrel .380s, so I'm more interested in +P rounds that will run 100% of the time. I replaced the stock springs with an extra-power Wolff set to help handle the increased power and recoil.

    I also have a few really stout Buffalo Bore brand ball rounds that I occasionally load in the locked-breech LCP. I wouldn't run them in any blow-back design, but have no problem with the modern locked-breech mouse-guns.


 

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