Ammo Quest 380 ACP: Underwood Golden Saber bare gel test



(from Oct 2013)

15th 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 or S&W Bodyguard or any other popular 380 micro-pistol using a barrel length of around 2.8"). 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 Underwood Ammo .380 ACP rounds that use the Remington 102-grain Golden Saber jacketed hollow point bullets.

In this test, the ammo performed better than the Remington version. The penetration didn't meet my desired 12" level, but was pretty good, at an average of 10.75" for all five shots, all of which successfully expanded and expanded quite larger for a .380.

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. In fact, these Underwood rounds caused failure-to-eject issues with my TCP, so definitely try them out in your pistol to see how they function.

While these Underwood rounds performed well 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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