In the back of my mind, I always wondered how the 380 JHP load would perform in a terminal ballistics test. Being faster and heavier than the rest of the field, I was hoping for good expansion AND deep penetration. I finally had the chance to test it out last weekend.
If you follow my blog and my tests, you know my testing process. If you are not familiar, please view the video as it includes footage from the range and also footage from the bench where I extract the captured bullets from the SIM-TEST ballistics media. My testing process is pretty simple. I take two shots at a SIM-TEST block that is loosely draped with 2 layers of medium weight denim. I take the shots from 8 feet away and impact velocity is measured 8 inches away from the SIM-TEST block. This testing was done with a Kahr P380 with a 2.53" barrel.
The captured bullets were recovered, cleaned, weighed, and measured. All statistics are shown next to the recovered bullets.
My Comments: I was pleased to see that my early testing carried forward in my terminal testing. Both tested rounds expanded completely and uniformly. Penetration was consistent with other 95 grain JHP loads I have tested. I'm looking forward to retesting this load in the future with a calibrated block of ballistics media as I think it will end up being a top performer in the 380 JHP category as fired from sub 3" barrel pistols. This load has a nice balance of expansion and penetration.