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Old October 8th, 2009, 08:39 AM   #1
 
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LCP and + P Ammo

After several months of debating if I even wanted a LCP I went ahead and got one the other day.Personally I'm not much on a 380 for protection or even a 9mm for that matter.I'm more of a 40 and 45 cal man.I thought for occasionally slipping it in my pocket for a quick run to the store or something of that sort it would be ok.

When I got home from the gunshop I started reading the owners manual.I read where it says "Do not shoot +P ammo".

I realize this is a very small framed gun. No way I would ever give it a steady diet of +P.Just like the small framed revolvers rated for +P you don't give them a steady diet of it either.

My question is:

How many of you carry your LCP with +P for protection ? Does anyone see any harm carrying it with +P's strictly for serious busniess? I know Ruger wants to protect themselves by saying this.Is this little LCP built strong enough to handle a +P round on a occasion or should I stay away from the +P's period ?


My LCP in the 372 series. After reading about the finish on the slide I'll be keeping an eye open for that issue.

I haven't fired it yet and it might be sometime until I do.It appears to be well made with Ruger's quality.I was somewhat put off when I read about the +P ammo warning.I thought I would ask for your expert opinions on this matter.

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Old October 8th, 2009, 09:07 AM   #2
 
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I have a 372 issue, have been firing it and no flakinig other than my guide rod.

I use a Corbon .380 round (its in a blue box) and the rounds just straight up destroy frozen turkeys I buy and shoot at (shooting from 6-9 yards).

I am super impressed with the Corbon JHP .380 round.

Once I shot the Corbons I felt better about having a .380
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Thanks Jeff.slim. I'll keep an eye opened for these Corbons you mentioned.Aren't the Corbons rated +P?

This LCP won't get shot often. I just want something loaded in it that will do what I need it to do.
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the ones i shoot are not +P
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I carry Winchester Ball in mine and the only thing I am sure of is that I don't want to shoot any +P. I have large hands and this thing hurts!
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I do not use 380 +P in my LCP. The problem is that there are no SAMMI standards for 380 +P. There are standards for 38 Special +P and 9MM +P, but none for 380 +P. Therefore a company can load a 380 +P to any pressure they want and call it a 380 +P. I have read on another forum about an LCP Kaboom while using one manufactures 380 +P. I don't know if it was ever determined if it was a Manufactureing defect in the gun or the ammo. Shortly after this incident Ruger started not recommending +P in LCP'S, especially since there are no standards. There are several good loads in standard pressure 380's so why take a chance.

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Gold Dot Hollow Point 95gr

'bout as good as it gets.

Not a plus P load, but you'll notice a difference vs. WWB and the like. Your ElsiePea will bark
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Hey thanks for the good information. I asked this same question on another Ruger forum. I was told the same thing you said forty5 about not having SAMMI standards for the 380+P like they do on the 38+P's and 9's.

That paints a whole different picture and with this information I'll go with the standard non +P loadings.

I'm glad I asked before making a mistake.

My concern was I had a 380 probably 25 years ago and it never impressed me.I'm sure over the last several years 380 ammo has really improved especially with so many carrying CW's.I haven't shot a 380 in well over 20 years. That's why I was looking into the 380 +P for the LCP remembering back from years ago.. With that little difference in velocity there's no point in chancing it.Once again I do appreciate the good information you gave.
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So a 380 won't kill, one of mayor Daley's buddies in chicago blew his brains out with a 380, 1 shot to the head. Chicago gang bangers are starting to use 380's because they can hide them better. Oh, I forgot Chicago has this handgun ban.
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The 380 Auto is actually a European cartridge that is rated at 19,580 psi by SAAMI. Anything over this standard would be considered +P, although like forty5 stated, there is no SAAMI or European standard (CIP) for a 380 +P. As such, pressure could be anywhere from a token higher to way higher. I would be wary of any ammo company that makes +P 380s and would never consider shooting them in any gun.
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