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Reloading The .380 Auto (9mm Kurz)(9mm short)


SWC= Semi-WadCutter, FMC= Full Metal Case, FMJ= Full Metal Jacket, JHP= Jacketed Hollow Point and if GC indicated, means Gas Check at bottom of lead bullet.

Loads for .380 Auto: *
(Note: These ARE MAXIMUM loads, you may want to use 10% less to start.)
(See note on Powders below or read all about various Powders.)
Due to different barrel lengths, type of bullet, seating depth, primer type and other factors, you may not get near the FPS charted. It is just a guide and the reason you should start under these charges and work up.

Where there is ONLY ONE load, these are ALL MAXIMUM LOADS: Start at 10% less and work up! Bullet size is .355" (9mm) (jacketed or lead) in diameter. Some lead loads may be .356"

(Note H110 & W296 are the same as of 2008 as is HP-38 & W231)
(IMR 4227 is same as H-4227 if made in Australia)

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80 grain Barnes XPB (.355")
    Competition  2.1 gr. 786 
    Competition  2.3 gr. 873 (MAX)
    Power Pistol 3.9 gr. 869 (max)
    ZIP          2.3 gr. 776 
    ZIP          2.6 gr. 862 (Max)
    ZIP (contrib)2.8 gr. 907 (over Max - contributed load)
    True Blue    3.2 gr. 790 
    True Blue    3.5 gr. 878 (Max)
    Silhouette   3.4 gr. 856 
    Silhouette   3.8 gr. 951 (max)
    Universal    3.1 gr. 898 (max)
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90 grain Lead RN (.355")
    Bullseye     2.4 gr. 747 
    Bullseye     3.0 gr. 918 (max)
    Titegroup    2.4 gr. 752 
    Titegroup    2.7 gr. 866 (Max) 
    HP38/W231    2.3 gr. 704 
    HP38/W231    3.5 gr. 997 (MAX) 
    Unique       3.1 gr. 759 
    Unique       3.5 gr. 810
    Unique       3.7 gr. 922 (MAX)
    Universal    3.7 gr. 964 (MAX) 
    Power Pistol 3.8 gr. 906 
    Power Pistol 4.3 gr. 965 (MAX) 
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90 grain JHP (Jacketed Hollow Point)
    No. 2        3.7 gr.   930 FPS
    No. 5        4.8 gr.   920
    No. 5        5.0 gr.  1,062 MAX.
    No. 7        6.5 gr.   970
    Bullseye     3.0 gr.   940
    Bullseye     3.3 gr.   998 (Hornady HP-XTP)(MAX)
    Unique       4.0 gr.   940
    Unique       4.6 gr.  1,034 (MAX) Speer GDHP bullet
    HP38/W231    2.9 gr.   838
    HP38/W231    3.5 gr.   957 (MAX)
    Universal    3.6 gr.   955
    VV N320      3.2 gr.   965
    WSL          3.4 gr.   880
    Ramshot ZIP  2.7 gr.   800 start
    Ramshot ZIP  3.4 gr.   980 (max)
    Silhouette   4.6 gr.   958 (near max)
    Power Pistol 4.6 gr.   994 (max)
    True Blue    3.7 gr.   800 
    True Blue    4.5 gr.   960 (max)
    Titegroup    2.2 gr.   845 
    Titegroup    2.6 gr.   957 
    Titegroup    3.0 gr.  1,012 (MAX)
    Titegroup +P 3.1 gr.  1,046 (+P MAX) 
    Unique       4.2 gr.   973
    Universal    4.0 gr.   995
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95 grain Lead RN
    ZIP          3.0 gr.   845  Hi=867, Lo=817, ES=46
    ZIP          3.2 gr.   891  Hi=903, Lo=883, ES=21.4
    ZIP          3.4 gr.   957  Hi=971, Lo=950, ES=21 Very good loads
    Bullseye     3.0 gr.   844  MAX
    Titegroup    3.1 gr.   892  MAX
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95 grain JHP (Jacketed Hollow Point)
    No. 2        3.7 gr.   934 FPS (MAX)
    No. 5        4.8 gr.   891
    Bullseye     2.9 gr.   855
    Bullseye     3.2 gr.   900 (FMC bullet)
    Unique       3.6 gr.   762
    Unique       4.2 gr.   910 (FMC bullet)
    231          3.2 gr.   964 (speer FMJ)
    HP-38        3.2 gr.   884
    Tightgroup   2.9 gr.   776
    Universal    3.5 gr.   901
    VV N320      3.2 gr.   940
    WSL          3.3 gr.   895 
    Silhouette   4.5 gr.   948 (near max)
  Factory Browning 9mm short  845 fps. Hi=887, Lo=781, ES=106 (FMJ bullet)
  Factory PRVI FMJ         776  Hi=806, Lo=754, ES=53      
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100 grain Hornady FMJ (Full metal jacket)
    No. 2        3.4 gr.   793 FPS
    No. 5        4.9 gr.   895
    Bullseye     2.5 gr.   756
    Bullseye     2.8 gr.   807 
    Bullseye     3.1 gr.   985 (MAX)
    Unique       4.0 gr.   950 
    HP38/W231    2.5 gr.   712
    HP38/W231    3.1 gr.   843 (MAX)
    Universal    3.4 gr.   889
    VV N320      3.0 gr.   885
    WAP          4.3 gr.   935
    231          3.4 gr.   870
    IMR 700X     3.0 gr.   995
    Titegroup    2.3 gr.   708 
    Titegroup    2.8 gr.   864 (max) 
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100 grain LEAD RN
    No. 2        3.6 gr.   943 FPS
    No. 5        4.5 gr.   922
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115 grain FMJ or JHP (.355")
    AA No. 7     5.4 gr.   872 fps
    VV #318      2.45 gr.  877
    HS-6         4.5 gr.   885
    Bullseye     1.8 gr.   604 
    Bullseye     2.1 gr.   696 (Max)
    Bullseye +P  2.5 gr.   823 (+P MAX)Hornady XTP JHP bullet
    HP38/W231    2.0 gr.   612 
    HP38/W231    2.3 gr.   704 (Max)
    HP38/W231    2.9 gr.   902 (+P MAX)Hornady XTP-JHP bullet 
    Unique       2.7 gr.   598 
    Unique       3.0 gr.   703 
    Unique       3.2 gr.   744 
    Unique       3.5 gr.   847 (max) 
    ZIP          2.4 gr.   720 
    ZIP          2.9 gr.   840 (MAX)
    True Blue    3.3 gr.   725 
    True Blue    3.8 gr.   830 (Max)
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120 grain Lead RN  (.355" dia)
    Bullseye     1.6 gr.  602
    Bullseye     2.1 gr.  748 (MAX)
    Red Dot      1.6 gr.  618 
    Red Dot      2.1 gr.  765 (MAX) 
    IMR 700-X    1.4 gr.  614 
    IMR 700-X    1.9 gr.  751 (MAX)
    Green Dot    1.7 gr.  618  
    Green Dot    2.3 gr.  761 (MAX) 
    HP38/W231    2.1 gr.  721 (Consider 3.0 grains Near MAXIMUM)
    HP38/W231    3.2 gr.  941 (MAX)(Heavy Load-careful) 
    Unique       2.2 gr.  633 
    Unique       2.8 gr.  782 (MAX) 
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These are Mostly MAXIMUM LOADS:  Start at 10% less
and work up! (a load less than the highest is not max)
Discussion: * The .380 is NOT the same as the .38 Super or .38 Auto or .38 ACP. They have longer cases and higher pressures. The big boys will not fit properly in a .380. Likewise, don't try to shoot a .380 in a pistol chambered for the .38 Auto or .38 Super. The case length of the .380 is .680" and the .38 Super (and the .38 ACP) are .900" long. For reference, the 9mm Luger/Para is .754" case length.

Bullseye is a fast burning powder and perhaps better suited to the small cases like the 380 Auto. It burns completely and fast. Unique is a very consistent burning powder and it is almost a tossup with the heavier bullets.

Universal and HP-38 are from Hodgdon and similar to Unique and Bullseye.

A bullet with a copper gas check or copper plating is best for INDOOR ranges to keep lead vapors out of the air.

*
Power Pistol, Bullseye, Unique and 2400 are products of Alliant (formerly Hercules) Powders.
Clays, Universal, HP38, HS6 and H4895 are products of Hodgdon Powders.
IMR 3031 and IMR 4895 are products of IMR (formerly DuPont) Powder Company.
No. 2, No. 5, No. 7, No. 9, #2230, and #2460 are products of Accurate Arms Company
WAP (Winchester Action Pistol), WMR, WSF, WSL, 760, 748, 231 and 540 are products of Winchester, Components Div.

References: Accurate Arms Co. 1996 Reloading booklet - - Alliant Powder Co. Reloaders' Guide (1995) - - Hodgdon's Basic Reloaders Manual (1996) - - Speer Reloading Manual, #12 - - Winchester Reloading Components Manual, 14th edition - - Lyman Piston & Revolver Reloading Handbook, 2nd edition. - - VihtaVuori Oy Company,reloading booklet (1995) - - Numerous magazine articles on reloading special calibers and personal loads where noted.

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