(from Aug 2013)
Tenth in a series of a quest to find the overall best ammunition for a Taurus TCP 738 micro-compact 380 ACP pistol (and, by extension, the best ammo for the Ruger LCP 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 Hornady Critical Defense 90-grain FTX jacketed hollow points, box part #90080.
In this test, the ammo underpenetrated substantially. The penetration was an average of 8.35" 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.
Certain selected rounds that performed well in the bare 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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