Ammo Quest 380 ACP: PMC Starfire bare gel test


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(from Aug 2013)

Seventh in a series of a quest to find the overall best ammunition for a Taurus TCP 738 micro-compact 380 ACP pistol. 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 PMC Starfire 95-grain jacketed hollow points, box part #380SFA.

I am chronographing the rounds as well as firing four 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 not necessarily representative of how the ammunition performs overall. In this test, we see a good example of this -- three rounds expanded (slightly) while the fourth failed to expand and grossly overpenetrated. The penetration was an average of 15.6" for the three rounds that did slightly 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.

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Category: Self Defense Uploaded: 05/14/2016

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