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which .380acp?

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by coosbaycreep, Dec 11, 2011.

  1. coosbaycreep

    coosbaycreep 9 miles South of Roseburg Active Member

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    I plan on buying a .380 sometime this week, and wanted advice on which one is best for my needs.

    I've got 500+ rounds of reloads to shoot, which is the only reason I'm buying another gun in this caliber. Some of them are lead, so any gun with polygonal rifling is out.

    This isn't something that will ever be concealed, so size/weight doesn't matter at all. The only guns in this caliber I've owned was a keltec and hipoint. The hipoint was alright, but ugly....and it's a hipoint. Keltecs are too snappy. Ruger LCPs are out due to recoil too.

    I use to have a walther P22 and loved the looks and ergonomics of it, so I'm really thinking about a PK380. Bad thing about them is they're almost $400 from what I've seen, which is pretty much the absolute limit for what I will pay for a gun I'm just going to sell as soon as I finish shooting my reloads in.

    The .380 makarovs seem to be well liked, but most are more than I'm willing to pay, or further away than I'm willing to drive.

    I don't know much about TCPs, S&W bodyguards, or bersas, but I've read mixed reviews about all three of them.

    Sigs and berettas are way out of my price range.

    That's pretty much all the .380 pistols I know of that are readily available and in my price range.

    So, which one of these guns do you think is the softest recoiling, most reliable, most fun to shoot, and the one that will sell the quickest and hold it's value the best?

    Also, if anyone is selling a .380 for a decent price, I'm willing to drive anywhere between Eugene and Grants Pass for the right deal.
     
  2. Nutty4Guns

    Nutty4Guns Portland ADHD Superstar

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    If you are just getting rid of some ammo, get the Hi Point. IMO
     
  3. FullCaliberII

    FullCaliberII Pierce County, WA Active Member

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    Ruger LCP! Only .380 I own, never had a problem.
     
  4. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    I have seen SIG P230's sell for round $400 every now and then.
     
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  5. Wood Worker

    Wood Worker Linn County Oregon Active Member

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    Nothing wrong with a Bersa Thunder.
    I like mine alot and will keep shooting it till I can no longer find ammo for it.
    With a small Hogue grip sleeve, I find it pretty easy to keep the sights aligned under rapid fire.
    Also, I have not found my thunder to be finicky with what it will eat.
     
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  6. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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  7. CCGC

    CCGC Vancouver Member

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    The softest shooting 380 I've found is the Walther PK380 (less recoil than the Bersa). The snappiest is the Ruger LCP. But, I just can't hold some of these little things in my big hand. As an example, I can manage to get only a single finger around the grip of a Ruger. That may be why I think it is so snappy - I just can't get a good hold of it. Your mileage will vary!!! Try them out at a range!

    A Desert Eagle fits me juuuuust fine! :D
     
  8. cotillion

    cotillion medford Active Member

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    I had a Taurus TCP but decided to go up in size. I loved it though. Very little recoil and accurate at short distances
     
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  9. oasis618

    oasis618 Tacoma, Wa Active Member

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    I've never owned a .380 but if I were in the market I'd take a good look at the Bersa. It's small enough to conceal easily but still gives you enough to hold on to to keep recoil under control. And best of all, it's cheap!
     
  10. CatCow

    CatCow Portland, OR Active Member

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    Sig P238 FTW! Very comfortable to shoot(I got rid of my Keltec pistols because they were painful to shoot more than a mag or two), decent sights, looks sexy... What more could you want? And the long proven basic design of the old Colt Mustang and the lovely 1911-ish ergonomics.
     
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  11. nitestocker

    nitestocker woodland washington Well-Known Member

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    ive shot the taurus have owened the ruger the taurus is ok to shoot +p not the ruger i have the kahr p380 now and love it
     
  12. Izzy

    Izzy Oakridge Active Member

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    My two favorite pistols in 380 (That I have fired) are the Walther PPK & the AMT Backup!
    I own the AMT, & am going to buy the Walther!
     
  13. coosbaycreep

    coosbaycreep 9 miles South of Roseburg Active Member

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    Thanks for the replies, but I was hoping a poll would have a clear cut winner that would help narrow down my choices:).

    If I don't find a good deal on a used gun, I'll probably just buy a hi-point if I cheap out, or whatever the gun shop has the best deal on. If the walthers were cheaper though, I wouldn't even consider anything else, but they're overpriced for what they are.
     
  14. chunkeymonkey66

    chunkeymonkey66 chehalis Highway to Hell

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  15. supergenius

    supergenius 206 Active Member

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    TCP s can be had for 220 NEW. LOVE mine. Ive had a Keltec P3at (same as the damn ruger). Hated it. TCP is much nicer to shoot and accurate to boot.
     
  16. chunkeymonkey66

    chunkeymonkey66 chehalis Highway to Hell

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    BTW DONT BUY a HIPOINT. They arent worth it at ANY price.
     
  17. grouser

    grouser Washington New Member

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    Sig P238. Amazing little gun and very comfortable to shoot even with my big hands. I passed along my PPK after a range session with the 238. It's so small and light I don't even feel it on my belt. Got it for $500 at the last WAC show.

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  18. stmcelroy

    stmcelroy Madras, OR Well-Known Member

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    If concealment is not an issue, then I would get either a Sig P232 or Walther PPk. Might as well get one of the quality .380's on the market.
     
  19. Jasonsan

    Jasonsan Sandy, OR New Member

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    Throwing my vote for the Ruger in the hat as well.
     
  20. coosbaycreep

    coosbaycreep 9 miles South of Roseburg Active Member

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    I went ahead and got the PK380. It was $399, which is more than I wanted to spend, but I like the looks and feel of it more than the other .380s.

    Put about 120rds through it on the way home, and had no malfunctions with a mixture of reloads (90gr XTP and 95gr LRN). It's reasonably accurate, much lighter recoil than a keltec (although still a little snappier than I was expecting), and other than the fact that it throws the brass all over the place and I'll lose more money on it when I go to resell it than I would have if I had bought a used gun, I'm glad I got it.

    It only came with one mag too, which is lame.