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  1. #1
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    Default Preferred ammo choice when loading a G42

    Just picked up a 42. I want to make the most out of the .380 that I can. I am looking at either lehigh or XTP's. Are there any other decent options available?
    Not the ideal caliber, I know. The upside was no cash out of pocket, and it is small enough to be invisible in any attire. I will be ordering a couple of 12rd ETS mags which at least gives me decent ammo capacity for my reload.
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  2. #2
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    I believe Federal just released an HST load for the .380.

    Sorry, just looked it up. It was the .38 that just came out.
    The .380 has been available since 2015, but only penetrates about 8.5"
    Last edited by 5x5; 08-28-2017 at 08:57 AM.

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    Yeah I nearly snagged some HST and then saw the terrible gel performance. Although 8.5" to the cranium is sufficient....


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    Shootingthebull410 on YouTube has some good tests on small .380's. Winchester flatnose FMJ is nothing to sneeze at.
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    I don't shoot much .380 at the moment, and definitely don't carry one, but if I did I'd be inclined to look hard at the Underwood loading of the 65gr Lehigh, with second choice being a flat nose of some sort at ~90-95 gr. The goal here would be to achieve adequate penetration with a little more effect than just a round nose FMJ. I think that's all you can realistically expect from the .380 or smaller centerfires.
    Last edited by Yondering; 08-28-2017 at 01:06 PM.

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    http://www.luckygunner.com/labs/self...llistic-tests/

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  7. #7
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    I researched this when I got my 42. Good old Federal HydraShok ammo is still among the best performers in the caliber.

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