(from Oct 2013)
17th in a series of a quest to find the overall best ammunition for modern micro-compact 380 ACP pistols (such as the Taurus TCP 738, the Ruger LCP, Sig P238, Beretta Pico or S&W Bodyguard or any other popular 380 micro-pistol using a barrel length of around 2.8").
This is the second episode in the "Final Round", where I am re-testing ammo that performed well in the first round (through bare ClearBallistics gelatin). In the Final Round, I'm testing in genuine 10% organic ordnance gelatin (aka "ballistic gelatin"), and through four layers of IWBA-specification 16oz heavy denim.
In this installment, I am testing the Fiocchi Extrema.380 ACP rounds that use the Hornady XTP 90-grain jacketed hollow point bullets.
In this test, the ammo performed quite well. The average penetration far exceeded my desired minimum 12" level, but one round exceeded the desired maximum of 18", which was a little disappointing, and unfortunately one round exited the gel block so we only got results for four. The overall average was an excellent 15.4" for all four shots, but only one expanded in regular fashion, the other three exhibited nonstandard expansion or even no expansion.
These Fiocchi rounds performed extremely well in the bare gelatin test and I would say they performed quite well through the IWBA 4-layer-denim test too. It's way too early to declare them a "winner", especially because one round exceeded the 18" maximum. But truthfully, these rounds performed much better than I was expecting when I first started this quest. I will be testing the remaining rounds to see if anything beats their performance, but it looks like we've already found two rounds worthy of serious consideration.
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