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|Bullet Weight||90 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP)|
|Ammo Casing||Nickel-Plated Brass|
|Ammo Caliber||.380 Auto (ACP)|
|Muzzle Velocity (fps)||980|
|Muzzle Energy (ft lbs)||192|
In order to find out how different self-defense handgun loads perform, we decided to do some ballistics gelatin testing of our own. The chart below is a compilation of expansion and penetration data for Sig Sauer 90 gr V-Crown fired from 10 feet, through four layers of fabric (to simulate clothing), using a Glock 42 pistol.
The photo slider provides a close-up view of the bullets we recovered from the gelatin, and the video shows this load entering the gel in extreme slow motion.
The diagrams at the bottom of the page can give you an idea of how this load compares to other .380 Auto (ACP) self-defense loads that we tested.
We did a lot more of this ballistic gelatin testing, including over 100 different loads in a variety of calibers, so check out Lucky Gunner Labs for all the details.
|380 Auto - 90 gr V-Crown JHP - Sig Sauer - 20 Rounds|
|Bullet Depth (in.)||11.6||11.8||12.4||13.7||14.7|
|Expanded Diameter (in.)||0.46||0.5||0.51||0.53||0.53|
|Bullet Weight after shot (gr.)||89.7||89.8||89.8||89.9||90.4|
|Bullet Velocity (fps)||750||860||871||871||953|
not in my gun...
Review by techs
Kimber Micro380 pistol; tested four boxes from two lots and found they would not function reliably in this pistol. First round would not feed from a full or downloaded magazine, stalling at the feed ramp base. Usually subsequent rounds cycled properly on firing, but I experienced several stops or hesitations in feeding. Slam to the magazine base would kick the round up and into battery, but that's not good enough for a defense load.
I note that the V-Crown bullets seem to have a burr and be almost "pre-flared" at the HP mouth, plus their truncated cone profile is more acute than most or all of the other bullets I've used. Either seems a possible source of feed problems. This pistol has functioned flawlessly for over 1700 rounds with several other brands of ammunition in the same weight class — Federal HydraShok, Fiocchi XTP, Hornady XTP, Hornady FTX, Speer Gold Dot, plus a variety of FMJ factory and hand loads — so I don't consider the issue primarily a gun or operator problem.
SIG was good enough to exchange for their 100gr FMJ FN. A shame since I have seen very impressive terminal ballistic results for the V-Crown, and it shot very accurately to PoA in my Kimber.
(Posted on 8/19/2019)
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Sig Ammo Performs!
Review by Kilibreaux
I can't attest to this round's ability to stop or incapacitate a human, since thankfully I've never needed it for that, however it does cycle reliably through my Kahr P380. It also fires reliably from the tiny striker-fired pistol.
I've tried Sig brand in other calibers and have always been impressed with the quality of construction, and that the ammo seems to meet its advertised numbers.
Sig ammo is competitively priced with other brands, maybe a little less expensive overall.
(Posted on 12/6/2018)
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Review by Milkman
Expensive, but worked well in my Ruger LC380.
(Posted on 12/4/2018)
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Good Ammo but Slight Problem Feeding in My Kimber Micro .380
Review by Cochraninwa
Reliable (no misfires)
Did not feed well in my Kimber Micro .380 (Sharp leading edge catches on feed ramp) Had to push up on magazine to ensure proper cycling. I did purchase the extended magazine so that when I held it I could apply upward pressure and that helps with feeding.
Overall its a good quality round but I don't believe I could trust it feeding well in a pressure/fast response situation. I guess I need a more rounded nosed cartridge for the gun that I own.
(Posted on 2/24/2018)
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Review by olywa
good quality+great ballistics+great price=high value
(Posted on 6/25/2017)
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Excellent - look at the ballistics!
Review by Jeremy
Good ammo. Shoots very well. The ammo itself doesn't have much bearing on hitting the target!
(Posted on 12/22/2016)
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for use as my defence rounds works well
Review by frank g
tried the sig jhp's in my sig p238 no problems
(Posted on 3/3/2016)
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Review by chiminhammr
I take note that both of the poor reviews of this Ammo were from Sig P238 owners. This Ammo functions well in my Glock 42. I found the accuracy to be excellent and the value is on par with other .380 ACP self defense ammunition.
(Posted on 2/14/2016)
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agree with sad sigger
Review by peacemaker
I too purchased this ammo thinking it would shoot well in my sig 238. NOT!!! This ammo is the least accurate of all the 12 manufacured 380 acp I have tried. It is more expensive and least dependable to hit the target. The search continues.....
(Posted on 12/7/2014)
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Review by jcrickell
Great bullets, I ordered them and they were in my box in three days.
(Posted on 5/9/2014)
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Nice try Sig...
Review by Sad Sigger
I bought these thinking they would make a jhp that would feed in a SIG SAUER P238. I was dead wrong! First round nose dives every time! Back to Hornady critical defense we go...
(Posted on 3/25/2014)
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