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Well, I just ordered some of Mike McNett's 95-grain FMJ .380 for the P232. It's advertised as doing 1085 fps from a Bersa and 975 fps from a Kel-Tec (which is really smoking from a Kel-Tec - they tend to chrono about 150 fps slower than that with "regular" factory ammo). All within SAAMI specs - got to love it. :)

http://www.doubletapammo.com/php/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=21_62&products_id=235

You know how I like the idea of an adequately penetrative round. I feel secure this will do the job (heck, the regular .380 ball works), and I look forward to trying it out.

I also got some of his 180-grain Gold Dot hollowpoints for my .40 P239. They're advertised at 1050 fps from a 3.5" tube, so we'll see how they do out of my SIGarms pistol.

McNett's chrono reporting has always been accurate according to my readings (I've shot a pile of his 10mm). I'm looking forward to seeing how the new .380s do - apparently they're just flying off the shelves out there in UT. By the way, you can now buy Double Tap through Midway (though not the "next year's model" .380 loads yet), and you may soon be able to buy it through Sportsman's Warehouse. :)

I'll keep you posted. ;)
 

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Just received a box of the new DT .380acp GDHPs. Will be doing a wetpack test in the near future, to see how it stacks up against some other HPs, including the Corbon DPX, which seems to be the "class" in the .380acp at this point. More later.
 

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Just received a box of the new DT .380acp GDHPs. Will be doing a wetpack test in the near future, to see how it stacks up against some other HPs, including the Corbon DPX, which seems to be the "class" in the .380acp at this point. More later.
Oh man would I LOVE to see that. Please do let us know. The DPX bullets are the hot ticket right now. But DT makes a fine product. I'm very interested!
 

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Hello, Erich and thanks for the detailed, if disappointing, report. Let's hope that it was just a bad lot and something that can be corrected by the company.

Best.
 

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Howdy Mr. Erich,

+1 on Mr. Steve's comments. I did not take this as an attempt to "bash" a brand you tend to prefer. Rather just an honest discussion of your experiences. So thanks for sharing them.

I do have to wonder if there was a bad lot of primers and I hope you will hear back from the company, and they will appreciate your feedback and respond accordingly. I am wondering if they sent you replacement ammo from a different lot if the results would be the same or different too.

So if you hear from the company, please share their response if you feel it is appropriate. Thanks again for a very detailed report. I know you wanted this round to work for you in your P232 also, so sorry it turned out as it did. Please keep us in the loop when you can sir.

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I am going to be doing a wetpack test on the .380acp DT gold-dot hollow points today. I am sorry to hear about your problems, and am hopeful that I will have better luck. I'll be using a Kel-Tec P3AT, so we'll see if that makes any difference. More later.

Update: Ran a wetpack test on the DT GDHP ammo today. Results posted in "Terminal Ballistics" forum. No problems with light strikes or any other feed issues. Maybe Erich just had a bad batch.
 

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I wanted to make sure that I hadn't missed any possible way to get the DT to function in my SIG-Sauer P232, so I actually changed the mainspring. The feed malfs continued - I just can't use this ammo in this gun. Drat.

I chrono'd it again today (same range, 86
 
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