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Top 5 380 ACP Self Defense Ammo

The 380 ACP is one of the most common concealed carry calibers, mostly because of the low recoil and how concealable 380 ACP guns are. Most 380 ACP ammo will be between 80 and 100 grains with a velocity between 900 to 1,00 FPS. You can expect muzzle energy around 200 foot pounds, while not quite as powerful as the 9mm or 45 ACP it still has enough firepower to get the job done. We've put together our list of top 5 self defense 380 ACP ammo, you can check out all 380 ACP ammo here.
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Hornady Critical Defense Ammunition 380 ACP 90 Grain FTX Box of 25

Hornady Critical Defense Ammunition was purpose built for concealed carry guns and designed to deliver reliable and controlled expansion regardless of target every time.. Critical Defense Ammunition is loaded with Hornady's  bullet which has a soft polymer insert that delivers superior controlled expansion and large, deep wound cavities over a wide range of velocities. Each round is loaded into a nickel case for increased visibility in low-light situations and premium low flash propellants that deliver proven performance, even in very short-barreled handguns that will not disrupt your vision. This ammunition was designed by Hornady to expand every single time. This ammunition is new production, non-corrosive, in boxer primed, reloadable brass cases.

Features

  • Unaffected by thick and heavy clothing, including denim and leather
  • Bullet delivers superior controlled expansion and large, deep wound cavities over a wide range of velocities
  • Clean burning and efficient propellants reduce recoil in lightweight handguns, and perform consistently at all temperatures
  • Minimal muzzle flash protect night vision
  • Feeds reliably in pistols
  • Bullets are custom designed for individual loads
  • Effective, consistent, reliable self-defense ammunition


Notice From Hornady: Temporary suspension of nickel plated cartridge cases for Critical Defense® Handgun Ammunition 5/25/21

Unfortunately, everyone is faced with production bottlenecks and supply chains are stressed. In particular, the freight system is delayed longer than normal. Our current turnaround time on nickel plating cartridge cases is 4+ weeks. This delay has created a significant bottleneck in the production of ammunition.

Due to these issues, we will suspend nickel plating on all Critical Defense handgun ammunition to help reduce production time.

Please note, this is a temporary suspension. We will review in six months and plan to resume nickel plating when things return to normal.

 

What Customers Are Saying

Excellent ammunition! ...

Excellent ammunition! This fired without any failures or jams from my somewhat finicky Walther PPK/S. It was also very accurate - 7 shots into one large hole at 7 yards - repeatable. It is very clean burning with low muzzle flash. This is by far my new favorite 380 round.
- Caden, 2/25/2010

About Hornady

“Ten bullets through one hole” is the philosophy that brought Hornady® Manufacturing from a two-man operation in 1949, to a world-leading innovator of bullet, ammunition, reloading tool and accessory design and manufacture today. Change is their constant and daily challenge. They outperform their competitors by ensuring the products they make are the ones their customers need right now, and accurately predict what they’ll want in the future. They recognize trends, and respect when to leave well enough alone. Their workforce includes an ample number of hunters and competitive shooters, as well as veterans and former law enforcement officers. At Hornady® Manufacturing, ammunition is more than their livelihood. It’s a major part of their daily life.

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Federal Personal Defense Punch Ammunition 380 ACP 85 Grain Jacketed Hollow Point Box of 20

Federal Premium Personal Defense Punch Ammunition draws from decades of experience designing the world’s finest defensive handgun loads. The bullet’s skived jacket and soft lead core produce the best expansion and penetration for the price, while its brass and sealed primer deliver the reliable feeding and ignition you need to protect yourself. This ammunition is new production, non-corrosive, in boxer primed, reloadable brass cases.

 

Features

  • Jacketed hollow-point bullet design provides a balanced mix of effective penetration and expansion
  • Out-performs comparably priced competitor rounds
  • Brass case with primer seal

 

What Customers Are Saying

My carry load for the 380 acp

Bought this directly from Federal. Because only one gel test review existed online I made my own and shot it. (Knox gelatine). Consistent penetration to 13, 14, and14.5 inches through 4 layers of denim and gel. One test included a fresh antelope scapula in front of the gel: 13 inches. Every bullet has expanded, every one has penetrated at least 13 inches.
- Eric the potgut hunter, 8/13/2021

About Federal Premium

Technology is the lifeblood of Federal Ammunition, and it’s been pumping through our veins since 1922. That’s when our founding president, Charles L. Horn, started a culture of innovation that has guided everything we’ve done for nearly a century, turning a company that began humbly in Anoka, Minnesota, into one of the world's largest producers of sporting ammunition. It’s led to the development of thousands of specialized, high-quality shotshell, centerfire and rimfire loads for hunters and shooters. It’s instilled manufacturing and quality control processes that have made our ammunition the most trusted in the industry. Every day we manufacture products to enhance our customers' shooting experiences and provide an ideal choice for any pursuit. It's what makes us the most complete ammunition company in the business. Today, we carry on Horn's vision for quality products and service with the next generation of shooters. With our CEO Chris Metz at the helm, we maintain our position as

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Sig Sauer Elite Performance Ammunition 380 ACP 90 Grain V-Crown Jacketed Hollow Point Box of 20

SIG V-Crown defensive rounds combine perfected material specifications and fine-tuned design innovations, including a stacked hollow point cavity, to deliver exceptional on-target energy with maximum weight retention and optimal expansion for ultimate stopping power. SIG V-Crown ammunition creates a consistent V-shaped main cavity on top of a deep narrow trail with superior weight retention, maximum expansion, optimal penetration depth time after time. This ammunition is new production, non-corrosive, in boxer-primed, reloadable nickel-plated cases.

Features

  • Designed to match Sig Full Metal Jacket ammunition
  • High Quality components
  • Reloadable nickel-plated brass cases

 

Note: Due to availability of components, this ammunition may or may not be shipped in nickel plated brass.

What Customers Are Saying

Very good ammo at a great price

Tested in wet-pack (soaked paper with a 5/8" sheet of southern pine plywood packed about 1" from the front of the block to simulate bone/cartilage), Sig V-Crown bullets expanded perfectly when fired out of my Ruger LCP, overall performance was comparable to several other premium choices but at a much lower price. The photo shows two of the expanded V-Crown bullets next to a Hornady Critical Defense 90gr, the Critical Defense expanded noticeably less and penetrated only an extra half inch (I placed the red tip on top of the Hornady bullet for the photo, it was not still attached when I dug it out of the wetpack). Sig V-Crown is outstanding ammo at a good price in every caliber I have tried so far (.380 ACP, 9mm +P 124gr, 357 Sig, 40 S&W 180gr, 45 ACP 230gr).
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Winchester USA Ammunition 380 ACP 95 Grain Jacketed Hollow Point Box of 50

Winchester USA Ammunition produces outstanding quality and dependability at an affordable price. This 380 ACP load contains a 95 Grain Jacketed Hollow Point bullet designed with more weight in the base to increase accuracy without sacrificing the reliable expansion produced by the hollow point. The resulting ammunition is a great choice for Personal Defense. Count on the Classic White Box to deliver the performance and reliability you desire. This ammunition is new production, reloadable brass cases.

What Customers Are Saying

Perfect for PPK/S

the profile of the bullet ensures reliable feeding and function in my PPK/S.... a gun that is known for being finiky about it's ammo. I have put 2 boxes thru it, both slow and rapid fire, with not a single jam. This is now the only SD round I will run in the Walther.
- Diver JIm, 5/13/2016

About Winchester

A world leader in delivering innovative products, Winchester is The American Legend, a brand built on integrity, hard work, and a deep focus on its loyal customers. Considered one of the world’s leading ammunition manufacturers, Winchester has built its reputation on delivering innovative ammunition products, providing top-shelf customer service and demonstrating industry leadership. Our legacy in servicing hunters and shooters, law enforcement and U.S. warfighters runs deep, with decades of support at the highest levels including delivering technologically advanced products. From our research and development efforts to our manufacturing processes, we understand the value of product quality and performance. With a reputation steeped in tradition, we have earned the moniker, ‘The American Legend’ by delivering on our commitment to excellence in everything we do.

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Hornady American Gunner Ammunition 380 ACP 90 Grain XTP Jacketed Hollow Point Box of 25

The American Gunner line of ammunition is a collection of tried-and-true, versatile loads that are popular with shooters for their target shooting, hunting or self-defense needs. Made with premium components, American Gunner ammunition combines generations of ballistics know-how with modern components and technology. Preliminary offerings feature legendary XTP (eXtreme Terminal Performance) bullets that have been favorites for decades. Designed for hunting, self-defense and law enforcement applications, the XTP bullet is exceptionally accurate, and is the choice of many top competitive shooters around the world.

Features

  • XTP (eXtreme Terminal Performance) bullets are exceptionally accurate and deliver excellent versatility and superior ballistic performance
  • Propellants are matched to each load to ensure optimal pressure, velocity, volume and consistency from lot to lot
  • High quality primers and Hornady cases combine to deliver consistent shooting in the field.

What Customers Are Saying

Qualified Terminal Performance

I recently purchased a Sig P238. It was my first 1911 style and my first 380 caliber. Being a new caliber to me, I watched all the youtube videos for the caliber... I think I've seen them all, from recommendations of using ball for EDC to the super expensive ammo with lots of tactical sounding names in their names. These affordable, XTP bullets are the only ones I found that had multiple tests showing them to meet minimum penetration and with adequate expansion. This style of bullet can be found in other offerings, but these are affordable and they perform. I've only bought a few boxes so far--some for testing and some for carry... and I've not had any malfunctions. Do some research on the internet and youtube... there are a lot of hollow points in this caliber available, but these have been shown to perform.
- TD, 7/16/2017

About Hornady

“Ten bullets through one hole” is the philosophy that brought Hornady® Manufacturing from a two-man operation in 1949, to a world-leading innovator of bullet, ammunition, reloading tool and accessory design and manufacture today. Change is their constant and daily challenge. They outperform their competitors by ensuring the products they make are the ones their customers need right now, and accurately predict what they’ll want in the future. They recognize trends, and respect when to leave well enough alone. Their workforce includes an ample number of hunters and competitive shooters, as well as veterans and former law enforcement officers. At Hornady® Manufacturing, ammunition is more than their livelihood. It’s a major part of their daily life.

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