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Old 03-16-2013, 2:19 PM
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I am looking to get a 380 pistol for my CCW to use in summer months... I know 380 pistols have more of a break in period than most guns, so I would need to get some blasting ammo for it during this period... and that's the problem, ammo availability sucks. I had Dillon dies given to me and I have all the components but I only have 115g Xtreme plated projectiles from my 9mm stash.

Would it be worthwhile to load those up? Anyone ever load up 115g loads for 380?
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Old 03-16-2013, 6:28 PM
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I'm a little confused... are you asking if you can use 115g 9mm bullets to load in a 380 case or just about using a 115g bullet in a .380?
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Old 03-16-2013, 6:38 PM
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I'm a little confused... are you asking if you can use 115g 9mm bullets to load in a 380 case or just about using a 115g bullet in a .380?
I have a stash of Xtreme plated 9mm 115g RN

I want to know I can use my projectiles to reload for a .380ACP pistol.
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I don't have my Lyman book in front of me but I know Lyman has 115gn 380 data listed.

What specific pistol were you looking at?
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Yes, you can use them. They're the same size.
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.380 does not need any more of a break-in than anything else, not sure where you heard that, but not true.

80-95gr is the better choice for .380, 115gr in a .380 is like 147gr in a 9mm, considered a heavy bullet load, but will work. The problem with .380 and heavy bullets is that the velocity will be very low and it won't be as effective as a 90gr moving out a good bit faster. Using 115gr in .380 for plinking, no problemo, self defense use, probably not the best bullet weight choice.
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.380 does not need any more of a break-in than anything else, not sure where you heard that, but not true.

80-95gr is the better choice for .380, 115gr in a .380 is like 147gr in a 9mm, considered a heavy bullet load, but will work. The problem with .380 and heavy bullets is that the velocity will be very low and it won't be as effective as a 90gr moving out a good bit faster. Using 115gr in .380 for plinking, no problemo, self defense use, probably not the best bullet weight choice.
Thank god for that. I was wondering how many rounds I might have to put through my MicroEagle to get it to shoot and hit paper at 10 feet... (yes that was a joke, kinda)

BTW, I just got 1000 100gr Xtreme plated bullets for .380

Guess I need dies now, I was under the impression that I could use my 9mm dies, just back them off 2mm... MAH BAD, that is a nogo.
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I already knew that load data is out there for 115g and .380, but I read that there may be seating issues due to the larger projectile. It was more curiosity if anyone has actually done it.

You want to sell those 100g plated bullets?

I am looking at the Kahr P380, since I can't seem to get ahold of an LCP. The only one in the area is trade only
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I already knew that load data is out there for 115g and .380, but I read that there may be seating issues due to the larger projectile. It was more curiosity if anyone has actually done it.

You want to sell those 100g plated bullets?

I am looking at the Kahr P380, since I can't seem to get ahold of an LCP. The only one in the area is trade only
I've got 100gr 9mm (western navada, now known as xtreme) plated bullets and also some 100gr lead flat point hardcast National Bullet Co if you want to trade for the 115gr.

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I've got 100gr 9mm (western navada, now known as xtreme) plated bullets and also some 100gr lead flat point hardcast National Bullet Co if you want to trade for the 115gr.

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I already knew that load data is out there for 115g and .380, but I read that there may be seating issues due to the larger projectile. It was more curiosity if anyone has actually done it.

You want to sell those 100g plated bullets?

I am looking at the Kahr P380, since I can't seem to get ahold of an LCP. The only one in the area is trade only
I will post later as soon as I am able to do so but layman's data is for 115gn xtp.

I have tried Remington 90gn frangible, they are supposed to use 115gn data in 9mm but they were too long in 380, and caused the case to bulge from the interior taper of the case being pushed out.
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My old Speer RL#11 shows 380 load for 115g@ 3.0 -3.2 Bullseye. This is jacketed data.

I just tried my fiirst 20 loads of 100g copper plated (from everglades) with 3.0 Bullseye. No issues. Think the rest of the batch will get the same.
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Cool 115 gr. for 380 Auto

The 115 gr. Is too large for a safe load in a 380! It will compress the powder and give you a unsafe load. You should not go any larger than a 100 gr. Tops!
X- Treme Bullets has 100 gr. in stock http://www.xtremebullets.com/
. I use the 100 gr Rn. with Titegroup at 2.7 gr. of powder. COL of .980, and shoot them out of a 380 BodyGuard.
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The 115 gr. Is too large for a safe load in a 380! It will compress the powder and give you a unsafe load. You should not go any larger than a 100 gr. Tops!
X- Treme Bullets has 100 gr. in stock http://www.xtremebullets.com/
. I use the 100 gr Rn. with Titegroup at 2.7 gr. of powder. COL of .980, and shoot them out of a 380 BodyGuard.
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If it's an unsafe load then why do my manuals have data for it?
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Yes, you can use them. They're the same size.
Ya, you should know.....
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115 jacketed bullets work great in .380acp. I've tried plated, I've tried cast. Use jacketed.

In .380acp, if a 115 grain bullet won't do it then any bullet weight less probably won't either. 80 grain, 90 grain, 100, bfd. Use a fast powder, assemble correctly, use a jacketed bullet.

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