Author Topic: safe ammo for DB380  (Read 1379 times)


  • Red Diamond
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safe ammo for DB380
« on: January 18, 2020, 04:52:15 PM »
Hello everyone,

I shoot both factory and my own reloaded ammo in by DB380 & want to make sure I steer clear of loading to velocities that are in the +P zone for this little gun, as DB warns against.

Does anyone know what velocities are in that zone for this little gun?  I currently load 85, 90 and 100 gn Jacketed bullets as well as 95 gn Lead RN bullets & when I have chronographed them the highest muzzle velocity I recorded was around 927 fps for the lead and 850 fps for the jacketed.

Thanks for the input


  • Western Diamondback
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Re: safe ammo for DB380
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2020, 08:41:25 AM »
I use WWB and Remington. These are standard ball. I stocked up on a bunch from Walmart before they stopped selling them


  • Red Diamond
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Re: safe ammo for DB380
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2020, 01:14:37 PM »
Yeah, I'm sure that ammo is standard velocity & pressure & is ok, but what I'm looking for are figures that reflect +P when doing reloads.  Standard velocity & pressure ammo probably isn't fast enough to expand the different types of hollow points bullets available, so I'm inclined to bump up the velocities to where they don't exceed the gun's capabilities. 

From what I'm able to gather from online sources, it seems that when you start getting into the 1100 - 1200 fps muzzle velocities, that's when you're in the +P domain, but I'd like to know if someone can confirm this.


  • Sidewinder
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Re: safe ammo for DB380
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2020, 04:48:01 PM »
There is no SAAMI spec for 380+p ammo, so if anyone is selling 380 ammo designated as +p, it could have who knows what type of powder and charge. Dangerous.

SAAMI spec for 380 is 21,500 psi MAX.


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