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Reloading the .380 Automatic (9mm KURZ)

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by tedium27, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. tedium27

    tedium27 Craigmont, ID Member

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    Been reloading for 4 decades, never have done my new project. I have somewhere around 2000 .380 cases. Found anything you really liked? Primary purpose for these will be plinking/practice. Bullets? Powders? Etc?
     
  2. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    I've mostly stuck with the Xtreme 100gr FMJ's can't remember the exact grain weight of powder, but I used both titegroup and HP38 to good effect. Titegroup had more muzzle flash, HP38 tended to be dirtier.
     
  3. Grommit327

    Grommit327 Buckley Active Member

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    WARNING USE LOAD DATA AT OWN RISK-OVER MAX RECOMMENDED LOAD

    I was using 3.6g titegroup under a 90 Hornady XTP .0965 OAL with great accuracy out of a Bersa.
     
  4. tedium27

    tedium27 Craigmont, ID Member

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    Two Titegroup fans, hmmm. I will have to check it out
     
  5. mookmanjdj

    mookmanjdj Oregon Coast Member

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    I like the Hornaday XTP's with Bullseye. Worked up to 3.5gr on a 90gr bullet, but dropped back down to 3.2gr to try and take some of the kick out for my wife's Bersa. Still stayed pretty accurate, at least she was happy.
     
  6. sheepdip

    sheepdip Redland Well-Known Member

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    havent loaded for a while but 3.5 and 3.2 gr? is that actually enough powder to get the projectile out of the barrel? last i loaded was 75.5gr .338wm under a hornady 200gr interlock

    just kidding i know it is enough powder!
     
  7. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    It's more than enough. But that small amount is a problem in itself. Leaves too much room for an accidental double charge. I prefer a more "case filling" load for everything I load.
     
  8. mookmanjdj

    mookmanjdj Oregon Coast Member

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    That's a honkin load of powder. I need to get into some rifle loads.
     
  9. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Try loads of near 250 gr of powder in a 50 BMG. THAT's a "honkin load of powder". Of course the bullet only weighs about 7 times that of a .380;)

    Just think, can't even get 30 loaded rounds out of a 1# bottle of powder when loading for these beasts.
     
  10. coosbaycreep

    coosbaycreep 9 miles South of Roseburg Active Member

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    Don't have a .380 anymore, but I was mainly loading 95gr LRN from missouri bullet company and using bullseye powder.
     
  11. taylor

    taylor Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    I load 2.8 Clays in .38 special mild good accuracy.
     
  12. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    clays would probably not perform very well in .380, it's too bulky and too fast. It would probably not be able to get enough powder in the case without the pressure building too fast.