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BigEd63 08-06-2007 09:14 PM

.380 ACP Reloading?
Anyone ever do it?

Any pit falls besides component size and my big fingers? :dgrin:

In my close to 25 years of reloading the smallest I've done has been 9x19mm Para.,.

I was thinking as velocity and most weights are marginal of going to a TC FMJ of 100 to 115grs loaded to the max.

I've got close to 3 months to get the CZ 83 out, if I want to take that long, so I'm in no rush on decisions.

I also remember reading that in 9mmMakarov that the ball like profile FMJ's were good performers. Maybe I can get a .380 bullet in a simialr shape?

Any ideas are welcome.

And for the newbies here, no .380 ain't gonna be my primary carry or SHTF pistola round. I got either a .45 or 9mm for that.

I just want to stash back 250-500rds of it just in case.

RIKA 08-07-2007 01:41 AM

I have loaded .380 for the Mauser HsC. Except for being smaller, its really no more difficult than any of the other acp cartridges; you have to be real careful about COL though. The HsC was really picky about bullet profile so had to experiment. Finally settled on the little Hornaday XTP with a near maximum powder load which gave good results. Having gotten a good Makarov and P-64 in 9x18, I don't rely on the .380 any longer as i like the MAK better.


jasper 08-07-2007 08:14 AM

It is nice for a backup round. I've loaded quite a few 88g jhp and 100fmj and usually had good results with the fast burning powders. If you have just one pistol in that cal., I would recommend just sizing enough to hold the bullet and only a taper crimp as it chambers on the case mouth. I reload for an Astra Constable in .380

BigEd63 08-07-2007 08:32 AM

Thanks for the replies.

One thing I'll have to check is what the type of crimp set up is used in the RCBS Carbide Dies.

BTW- I did find out that Wolf is doing a .380 round that sounds like a s duplicate of the 9X18Mak but in a .380 case meaning over 1000fps. and a true RN profile by the looks of it Only grip I heard was some guns not igniting the hard primers. I gotta hunch the CZ will not have trouble in that dept.

Gunfixr 08-07-2007 11:04 AM

Most if not all of the crimp dies for autoloading pistols use a taper crimp, not a roll crimp, so you're ok there. You can adjust how much crimp there is, however.

BigEd63 08-07-2007 02:04 PM

Yeah I don't think any of the Carbide RCBS ones for auto pistols were ever made with RC seating dies.

My first set of dies for the .45ACP that came with my reloading set, as a Christmas gift, had a roll crimp setup for the seating die. I never could figure out why....thought never looked into it and ditched them for the first set of carbide dies I could afford.

RIKA 08-07-2007 02:57 PM

Midway offers .380 roll crimp dies at a cost between $16 and $20.


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