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TooBig
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Posted - 12/07/2017 :  4:22:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The only one I was around was a hammerless 380 and the trigger Pull sucked.
A friend wanted my opinion and I said NO on a 380 revolver

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Mr. Perfect
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Posted - 12/07/2017 :  4:37:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hopefully you shared your limited experience with them, to him, which has molded that opinion.

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Edited by - Mr. Perfect on 12/07/2017 4:51:00 PM
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savage170
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Posted - 12/07/2017 :  4:42:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The only one I know of is the Taurus I would pass on that one if he wants a gun that uses room clips look at the Ruger LCR 9mm they just came out with a hammer version as well

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Sam06
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Posted - 12/07/2017 :  4:44:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Taurus makes one that I know of.

The Webley was called a 380 sometimes but it was a 38 S&W with a 200gr bullet I believe.

There are too many good weapons out there in 380, like the Beretta's and the SIG's that I think I would look at a Auto over a revolver in that caliber. My advise would be to go with a 38SPL in a revolver if for no oter reason than the ammo is cheaper and it hits harder.

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Ricci Wright
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Posted - 12/07/2017 :  4:47:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You asked for an opinion. No way no how. Buy a .38 spl revolver or a .380 acp auto. Don't get mad you asked.

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SCOUT5
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Posted - 12/07/2017 :  4:54:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I don't really see the need, and I like the .380 round. Maybe if you carried a .380 and wanted a back up revolver that used the same ammo.

The .327 federal that Ruger is selling can shoot 32 S&W all the way up to full house .327 loads. About any adult can handle .32 Long and you have the option to step up to .32 H&R mag and the .327 federal.

There are just to many other option to putting a .380 in a revolver'
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mogley98
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Posted - 12/07/2017 :  5:14:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
why?
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spasmcreek
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Posted - 12/07/2017 :  5:15:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
have had a charter arms undercoverette in 32 mag for years and if you get the 327 federal one u can shoot the 327 on down..hammer block safety...small and well made
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Gander
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Posted - 12/07/2017 :  5:36:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The 327 Federal is an excellent idea and I am guessing your friend may be recoil sensitive? Try the Smith & Wesson 351PD in 22 mag. Small concealable, well made, with close to the same energy as the .380 but the 22 mag should have greater penetration capability. My wife loves hers.

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TooBig
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Posted - 12/07/2017 :  6:57:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ricci I'm Not mad I was just asking for a friend and I think the 380 relvovers suck but I wanted some others opinions and they say about what I told my friend

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ruger41
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Posted - 12/07/2017 :  7:04:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The Taurus .380 revolver was plagued with issues especially the moon clips that are proprietary to Taurus. It also has an unacceptably heavy trigger. If youíre looking for a small revolver that uses moon clips Iíd go with a Ruger LCR or SP101. If youíre not a fan of Ruger then S&W has the Performance Center 7 shot 986 snubby..but itís not as cheap to buy but does give you two more rounds over the LCR & SP101. If itís a matter of recoil sensitive people Hornady makes a 9mm Critical Defense Lite load that wonít be much more than a .380

Edited by - ruger41 on 12/07/2017 7:07:21 PM
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gunnut505
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Posted - 12/09/2017 :  11:14:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SCOUT5

I don't really see the need, and I like the .380 round. Maybe if you carried a .380 and wanted a back up revolver that used the same ammo.

The .327 federal that Ruger is selling can shoot 32 S&W all the way up to full house .327 loads. About any adult can handle .32 Long and you have the option to step up to .32 H&R mag and the .327 federal.

There are just to many other option to putting a .380 in a revolver'



Add a .357mag to that list.
It will shoot 38spl, 38Super Auto, 38Auto & 357mag. Never tried to jam a .380 in there.....

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SoreShoulder
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Posted - 12/09/2017 :  11:18:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have seen them in the store and they do seem a lot less bulky than a 38 special probably because the cylinder and frame can be a lot shorter.

It would be interesting to see some real world velocity data to see how much you give up to more typical revolver calibers.
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84Bravo1
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Posted - 12/09/2017 :  2:28:37 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Anyone here willing to get hit with 5 .380 rounds?


No, I didn't think so.
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Ricci Wright
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USA
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Posted - 12/09/2017 :  2:31:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Are you doing the shooting? How many rounds will it take to get five hits?
quote:
Originally posted by 84Bravo1

Anyone here willing to get hit with 5 .380 rounds?


No, I didn't think so.


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84Bravo1
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Posted - 12/09/2017 :  2:53:37 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Ricci Wright

Are you doing the shooting? How many rounds will it take to get five hits?
quote:
Originally posted by 84Bravo1

Anyone here willing to get hit with 5 .380 rounds?


No, I didn't think so.






I'd be willing to put $$, on where they were aimed, especially by my Bersa .380.
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truthful
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Posted - 12/09/2017 :  6:03:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
With so many great rimmed rounds for revolvers, why mess around trying to use a puny rimless round?
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TooBig
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Posted - 12/09/2017 :  6:05:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey 84 B not auto's were talking revolvers

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Ricci Wright
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Posted - 12/09/2017 :  6:09:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
He gets confussed so easily.

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84Bravo1
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Posted - 12/09/2017 :  6:21:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Ricci Wright

He gets confussed so easily.



Spelling is confusing also. Apparently.
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84Bravo1
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Posted - 12/09/2017 :  6:22:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by TooBig

Hey 84 B not auto's were talking revolvers




Wait. What??
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He Dog
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Italy
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Posted - 12/09/2017 :  8:00:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 84Bravo1

Anyone here willing to get hit with 5 .380 rounds?


No, I didn't think so.




No, of course not, but that certainly does not make it the best, or even a really good choice for most.

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buschmaster
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Posted - 12/09/2017 :  10:25:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
a .380 in a full size revolver is a terrible choice because of the small case volume. .38 Special works much better than .380 ever could in full length barrels.

in a snubby revolver the .38 has 2 bad things going for it: the cartridge was not made for short barrels (wasted power), and the cylider gap bleeds off expanding gases. some people say 30% of its power as a rule of thumb, but BBTI put real numbers to that and found it can lose as much as 100 ft/s compared to a semiauto barrel. they did that by comparing the cylinder gap at 0.000", 0.001" and 0.006". even the 0.001" had a definite effect on velocity.

http://www.ballisticsbytheinch.com/gaptests.html

the same thing applies to .380 in a revolver.

and comparing apples and oranges, a .380 out of a 2.7" semiauto barrel has roughly the same power factor and kinetic energy as a .38 out of a 2" snubby, which is really 3" when you include the cylinder.

comclusions:

1. if you want a short barrel, go with .380 semiauto (up to 4" semiauto barrel)
2. if you want a longer barrel, go with .38 revolver (3" revolver barrel or better)
3. forget about .380 in a revolver. either it's short and a .380 semiauto is better, or it's long and a .38 revolver is better.
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