Re: Interesting .380 ballistics
There's a couple countries on the other side of the world using .380 in their inventory, but yeah 9x19 is by far the most common and otherwise smallest service round.
.45 ACP is by far more capable inherently than the .380 ACP. But modern premium defense loads have made the .380 (and other pocket pistol cals) a heck of a lot more capable than they were. Old rounds like the Silvertip in the small calibers are honestly bottom of the barrel now; never that much better than ball because although ball doesn't expand it at least penetrates real deep most times, and some of the newer defense rounds like XTP's parallel or better a few larger calibers with certain ammo.
Look at the Strassburg tests. Some .380 ammo outperformed certain loads (ones you might not suspect) in every cartridge but .44/.357 mag and I think .40 cal. (look if ya want, i'm going off memory). .45, .357, and .40 all still held the fastest kill times in the end, so nobody should lose sleep. Take from it what you will.
I used to swear by Silvertips. But technology marches on and now there's better stuff for my dollars.
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