Sunday, August 3, 2014

Buffalo Bore 380 Auto +P 90 Grain JHP Clothing and Clear Gel Terminal Tests

Several weeks ago I posted an update on the status of the blog and mentioned that I've stopped taking ammunition donations because I've got so much stuff here to test and so little time to spend on producing the tests.  Every so often someone hits me with a request at the right time and I agree to do a request test.  Brian D. inquired about testing this specific load from Buffalo Bore while I was in the process of putting together an ammunition order so thanks to Brian for providing the ammunition for this test.

Buffalo Bore has designated this load as 380 +P.  380 +P is not a SAAMI industry standard ammunition pressure classification and is forbidden for use in many 380 Auto pistols (check your owner's manual).  It does generate higher pressures, and velocities, so please make certain it is safe for use in your pistol before trying some.

Test Pistol:

Test Protocol:
Step 1)  Measure and record temperature and relative humidity.
Step 2)  Run a 2 shot velocity average over a ProChrono Digital Chronograph at a distance of 10 feet.
Step 3)  Run various terminal test shots, with and without simulated clothing barriers, into a block of Clear Ballistics Gel that is calibrated to 10% Ordnance Gel density.  Shot distance is 10 feet.
Step 4)  Run a 600 fps calibration test bb shot into the Clear Ballistics gel block and record penetration depth to verify density.

Test Results:

Video Documentation of the Entire Test from Range to Bullet Recovery:

My Thoughts on This Load:
This load was faster than most of the standard pressure loads I've tested in the P380.  I was really surprised when it didn't expand when fired through the 4 layers of denim, but pleased to see that it did expand when fired through 2 layers of denim.

Weight retention was very good and expansion was very large for the three bullets that expanded.  For those that require the minimum of 12 inches of penetration, this load comes very close when fired through light clothing barriers like 2 layers of cotton tee-shirt or 2 layers of heavy denim.  The large expansion keeps this load from achieving the desired penetration.  For those willing to compromise penetration for expansion, you may like this load.   

Buffalo Bore has designated this load as 380 +P.  380 +P is not a SAAMI industry standard ammunition pressure classification and is forbidden for use in many 380 Auto pistols (check your owner's manual).  It does generate higher pressures, and velocities, so please make certain it is safe for use in your pistol before trying some.




Disclaimer....This test should not be considered an endorsement or recommendation for the product(s) tested.  All tests represent actual performance in ballistics testing media.  Terminal performance in all other media will show different results.  It is up to each individual to make their own personal decision on which specific ammunition to use for their needs.  It's also critically important to test any ammo in YOUR SPECIFIC FIREARM before relying on it for any purpose.

Ammunition labeled as +P or +P+ should only be used in firearms that have been certified by the manufacturer as safe for the additional pressures generated by these ammunition types.

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