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Old 03-15-2012, 20:45   #1
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.380 vs .38

Aren't +P rounds equivalent in effectiveness assuming proper shot placement?


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Old 03-15-2012, 20:48   #2
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.38 special is a more potent round.
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Old 03-15-2012, 20:49   #3
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The 38Special packs more punch.
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Old 03-15-2012, 20:52   #4
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I'd pick the 38 if it were me.
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Old 03-15-2012, 20:53   #5
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.38 Special has a much larger case. More room for powder, more room for bullet... It's going to be able to do whatever the .380 can do at lower pressures, or outperform it at similar pressures. That's about all there is to it.
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Old 03-15-2012, 21:03   #6
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According to Speer, The 380 90 gr. GD 1040 fps. with 214 ft lbs. While the 38 SPL+P 125 gr. GD moves at 945 fps. With 248 ft lbs. of energy. So, the 38 SPL is slower but, with a bit more energy.
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Old 03-15-2012, 21:10   #7
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The only advantage to the .380 over 38 special is the guns size, if you consider that smaller is better, and that comes with a reduction in stopping power.

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Old 03-15-2012, 21:34   #8
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Ok, thanks.

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Old 03-15-2012, 21:43   #9
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Great question, I just purchased a 642 and am currently deep pocket carrying the LCP at work. Need to find a holster that can hide the 642.
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Old 03-15-2012, 22:50   #10
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The 38 sp has much more penetration than .380, heavier bullets, more sectional density.
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Old 03-15-2012, 23:07   #11
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Great question, I just purchased a 642 and am currently deep pocket carrying the LCP at work. Need to find a holster that can hide the 642.
I've never had a lcp, but I've had one in my pocket before to try one out. I've owned a LCR and 642 and pocket carried both. The lcp is more comfortable but I'd rather have the 38.
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Old 03-15-2012, 23:44   #12
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Great question, I just purchased a 642 and am currently deep pocket carrying the LCP at work. Need to find a holster that can hide the 642.
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Old 03-16-2012, 14:25   #13
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38 Rounds can be much heavier. That makes em better.
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Old 03-16-2012, 14:33   #14
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.380 is more potent than it is given credit for.
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Old 03-16-2012, 19:54   #15
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The 380 in an LCP is sooo light. That is an advantage to me against the 38. I have a 38 snubbie and an Lcp, and all I carry the Lcp a lot more. The 38 just is barely any better than a 380 ballistically so I will stick with the Lcp size 380!
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Old 03-16-2012, 20:02   #16
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Need basic info on using a Mil/Mil rifle scope. New to me!

I have just bought a Mil/Mil Weaver Grand slam tactical 3x10x40 scope that I installed on my DPMS 308B. I am a total newbie all around when it comes to a Mil/Mil scope from zeroing to shooting long with it. I have put a 20 moa base on it and nice rings, so the setup is there. I just need functional info. Thanks for any help because I need it!
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I've never had a lcp, but I've had one in my pocket before to try one out. I've owned a LCR and 642 and pocket carried both. The lcp is more comfortable but I'd rather have the 38.
Same here. The J Frame rides too high in my slacks at work. You can see the butt of the grip in my pocket from behind when it's holstered which makes it a no-go for work carry.

The LCP sits deep and flat in my pocket. I may have to get an ankle rig for the J frame, although I don't know what's better.

Ankle carrying a 5 shot J frame, or pocket carrying a 7 shot LCP.
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I had just gotten a Sig P238. I shoot it more efficiently than my LCR because of the single action. I have been carrying it the past couple of days as a primary. Because the weather has gotten much warmer, I cannot hide my G30.

Anyways, I will be carrying my G27, again, with the 380 as backup. The 380 really can go anywhere without notice. I'm putting my Diamondback DB9 on consignment. It's a POS. I give up on that.

However, my LCR will be in the rotation as a PRIMARY, too.


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Old 03-16-2012, 20:11   #19
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38Spcl all the way. I'm not a 380 fan. If your going to get a 380 you ought to be getting a 9mm, and if your getting a 9mm you ought to be getting a 40S&W, and if your getting a 40S&W you ought to be getting a 10mm. 10mm FTW! :P lol j/k.... kind of..General Firearms Forum
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Old 03-16-2012, 22:26   #20
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Same here. The J Frame rides too high in my slacks at work. You can see the butt of the grip in my pocket from behind when it's holstered which makes it a no-go for work carry.

The LCP sits deep and flat in my pocket. I may have to get an ankle rig for the J frame, although I don't know what's better.

Ankle carrying a 5 shot J frame, or pocket carrying a 7 shot LCP.
I had the same problem with all my pants and shorts. Also with the revolver you get the buldge from the width of the cylinder. You could always tell I had something fairly bulky in my pocket.

Like I said I don't have an lcp, never thought I'd ever have a need for one, but the more and more I think about it I can see where it would come in handy in certain situations.

My main squeeze is a G19 so I think it would be weird shooting one of those little things.
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