(from Oct 2013)
Twentieth 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 fifth 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 HPR Hyper Clean 90-grain jacketed hollow point using Hornady XTP bullets. In this test, the ammo performed very well. The average penetration far exceeded the desired minimum 12" level, with no rounds exceeding the desired 18" maximum, which is exactly what I'm looking for. The overall average was an excellent 14.08" for all five shots, but only one expanded properly; the rest had extremely limited, nonstandard expansion.
These HPR rounds performed well in the bare gelatin test and I would say they performed well through the IWBA 4-layer-denim test too, but I am conflicted by their inconsistent expansion (or complete lack of standard expansion). I would say that someone arming themselves with these HPR's would be getting quite good performance for a .380, but I'm still searching for the overall best one could get from a micro-pistol. I am still testing the remaining rounds, but so far it looks like some of the other rounds I've tested are more worthy of serious consideration.
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