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.380 Automatic

Introduced by the Belgium firm FN in 1912, the 9mm Browning short is one of several pistol cartridge designed by John Browning. In some European countries, this cartridge has also been designated as the 9mm Kurz and 9mm Corto, but in the United Sates it goes by the name of .380 Automatic or .380 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol). Although the more powerful 9mm Parabellum has enjoyed greater popularity over the years, thousands upon thousands of autoloading pistols have been manufactured in .380 ACP. Many American and foreign arms makers have offered or continue to offer compact pistols in this caliber including Colt, Savage, Remington, Llama, Star, FIE, Browning, Walther, and Beretta. Various European police departments have adopted the .380 and it has even gained status as a military cartridge in countries such as Sweeden, Italy, and Czechoslovakia. In the United States, the .380 ACP is classified as a cartridge best suited for self defense. This is as it should be simply because the pistols available in this caliber aren't designed for sporting use. The .380 cartridge is powerful enough for taking varmint sized game cleanly at close to medium ranges, but the relatively poor accuracy of most pistols in this caliber limits its effective range to about 15 short paces. 

This text is based on information from “Cartridges of the World”, Hodgdon reloading manual, the cartridge designer and/or own resources.

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ID: Bullet weight: Bullet name: Powder:
242 90 grs
Hornady HP/XTP Accurate #7
245 90 grs
Sierra Sportsmaster JHP #8100 Hogdon Titegroup
429 100 grs
.380 ACP Bullseye
499 88 grs
Rem. HP AA 7
536 115 grs
hornady hp/xtp hodgdon hp-38
537 115 grs
hornady hp/xtp hodgdon hp-38
541 105 grs
Lee Cast SWC Red Dot
694 95 grs
Rainer LSTCJRN Unique
886 102 grs
B.J.H.P. (rem) Unique
1346 90 grs
Hornady XTP Power Pistol
1347 90 grs
Hornady XTP Power Pistol
1629 100 grs
hornady bullseye
24357 100 grs
X-treme rnfp .355 Hodgdon cfe pistol
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