Re: Interesting .380 ballistics
The Stasboug tests were a hoax, they never happened. The all male goats supposedly used are from an endangered species, among other obvious details.
Reload a .45 all you want, it will never be a pocket gun. Having your hand ON the gun (in a front pants pocket holster) is a tremendous tactical advantage, you know. Blowback actions will never permit the use of an adequately powerful rd. Many people "think" that they are "well-protected" with a .25, too you know. That fact that many (similarly ignorant) people feel the same about a 380, Makarov, or .45 ball ammo means exactly nothing. Shoot some critters with .45 ball, and you will be really unimpressed with its "horsepower". It won't reliably stop a jackrabbit or a woodchuck with a chest hit (as Elmer Keith and Charley Askins both said, over 40 years ago.)
There's no better bullet avaiable for the 380 than the Silvertip, but it's not much at sub 1000 fps (neither is any other bullet or load). The advantage of the 380 is basically gone, now that there exists pocketable 9mm's, like the Rorbaugh and the Kahr.
Last edited by yoric; 11-06-2005 at 10:45 AM..