Ammo Quest .380 ACP: Copper Only Projectiles 80-grain test


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(from Sep 2013)

Eleventh 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 or S&W Bodyguard or any other popular 380 micro-pistol using a barrel length of around 2.8"). Using the ClearBallistics gel as a test medium, I will be 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 Copper Only Projectiles 80-grain jacketed hollow points. In this test, the ammo underperformed substantially. The penetration was an average of less than 9" for all five shots, all of which successfully expanded. Chronograph and penetration results were quite consistent round-to-round.

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.

While these Copper-Only rounds underperformed in this bare gelatin test, that's not the final word on the subject. We will have to see how rounds perform through the IWBA 4-layer-denim test too. Certain selected rounds that performed well in the bare gel tests will be advanced to the "final round", where the denim test will be used, and the results from both bare and denim-clothed gelatin will be used to determine an overall winner.

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Category: Self Defense Uploaded: 05/13/2016

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