Ammo Quest .380 ACP: Remington UMC bare gel test


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(from Aug 2013)

Fifth 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 Remington UMC 88-grain jacketed hollow points, box part #L380A1B.

I am chronographing the rounds as well as firing five rounds per block so that we get a more statistically relevant result, rather than the typical ammo test where only one round is fired. Ammo can behave a bit unpredictably, and the results of any one bullet are in no way representative of how the ammunition performs overall. In this test, I got zero expansion and therefore excessive (and poor) penetration results. The penetration was over 22" for all rounds. The disappointment here is that even using five rounds, none of them worked as intended, they all failed to expand.

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. Also keep in mind that individual firearms can be persnickety; my TCP may feed a particular round consistently whereas your TCP might jam on those rounds, so -- please conduct your own testing before trusting any particular ammo.

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