Ammo Quest 380 ACP: Buffalo Bore 27G bare gel test


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(from Aug 2013)

8th in a series of a quest to find the overall best ammunition for a Taurus TCP 738 micro-compact 380 ACP pistol. I am putting several of today's most popular hollowpoints to the test, determining how well they penetrate and expand into the ballistics gel when fired from the TCP. In this installment, I am testing the Buffalo Bore Standard-Pressure 90-grain jacketed hollow points, box part #27G/20.

Ammo can behave a bit unpredictably, and the results of any one bullet are not necessarily representative of how the ammunition performs overall. In this test, we see a good example of this -- three rounds expanded well, while the remaining two failed to expand and grossly overpenetrated. The penetration was an average of 10.96" for the three rounds that successfully expanded.

Note: I'm not making any claims for these videos other than that these are the results I achieved, in my own testing, from the stated pistol. I have no intention to make a blanket endorsement or indictment of any product, only to review and report what I found in a given instance. Obviously it is incumbent upon each individual to conduct their own research and make up their own mind about which defensive ammunition is best for their own purposes, in their own firearms.

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