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Ammo Quest .380 Finals: Underwood Golden Saber test in denim



(from Nov 2013)

Tweny-fourth 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, Kel-Tec P3AT or S&W Bodyguard or any other popular 380 micro-pistol using a barrel length of around 2.8").

This is the eighth 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 Underwood 102-grain Golden Saber jacketed hollow point. It performed reasonably in the initial bare gel test, but it expanded so huge (for a .380) that I decided we should push it into the finals to see how it performs through the heavy denim test. In this test, the ammo did not perform well. All the rounds failed to expand, presumably from being clogged with denim. As a result, four of the five rounds overpenetrated, delivering a five-shot average of almost 19.25".

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.