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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)||1000|
|Muzzle Energy (ft lbs)||200|
After firing five rounds of Hornady 90 gr FTX Critical Defense from a Glock 42 into synthetic ballistic gelatin from 10 feet away through four layers of fabric to simulate clothing, we then measured the expansion and penetration of the bullets for this .380 Auto (ACP) load, which you can see in the chart below.
The photos below provide a detailed view of the the expanded bullets that were recovered from the gelatin. The high speed video shows the first of our five shots as it entered the gel.
Finally, if you'd like to see how this Hornady load compares to other .380 Auto (ACP) loads, check out the diagrams at the bottom of the page. Want to know more about our ballistic gelatin testing and self-defense ammo? Check out Lucky Gunner Labs for more information.
|380 Auto - 90 Grain FTX - Hornady Critical Defense - 25 Rounds|
|Bullet Depth (in.)||12.3||12.8||13.5||13.6||14|
|Expanded Diameter (in.)||0.45||0.47||0.48||0.53||0.65|
|Bullet Weight after shot (gr.)||88.8||89||89||89||90|
|Bullet Velocity (fps)||902||902||913||915||916|
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Great Ammo by HeavyD on 8/16/2018
We have issues with several packs of very aggressive feral dogs in our area. After ariving home late one evening, we fo...
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Accurate but... by Sneem on 7/27/2019
Ran a couple of boxes of the Crititical Defense through my S&W .380 with Crimson Trace laser this morning. Very accu...
1 person found the following review helpful
Ran a couple of boxes of the Crititical Defense through my S&W .380 with Crimson Trace laser this morning. Very accurate. At 7 yards I could keep 7 shots in a 3 inch circle. Functioned smoothly through the gun. BUT I had one round fail to fire. Strong firing pin dent in the primer. A dud. Not very comforting in my carry load. I figure it's a one in a million flaw, but it did happen. Just glad it was on the range.
Low noise, recoil, flash and smoke
My gf has a Berra Thunder in .380 ACP. No problems handling Hornady Critical Defense every round fires accurately and ejects smoothly. Another thing I like is the attention Hornady has paid to the powder. This ammo packs a punch but fires with surprisingly little noise, recoil, flash, and smoke. After shooting some FMJ practice rounds, by comparison shooting with the Hornady CD rounds makes the Bersa seem like a child’s cap gun.
Excellent in a Kahr P380
The Kahr P380 has a reputation for being finicky. I have never had a FTF/FTE with Critical Defense. After I spend time at the range with .380 target ammo, I always run a full magazine + one through a the weapon before I stop. Even with the P380 filthy, it runs like a champ with the Critical Defense.
Not quite as picky with defense ammo for my 9mm, but when I pocket carry my 380, this is the only ammo I load. Most reliable penetration and expansion than any other 380 I've looked into. Fired three boxes through my S&W bodyguard with no malfunctions. Recommend for anyone who carries 380 for self defense.
We have issues with several packs of very aggressive feral dogs in our area. After ariving home late one evening, we found one pack trying to get into our rabbit hutches. Rather than take the time to go inside and procur an AR, I confronted the dogs with what I was carrying, a S&W 380 Shield. The leader of the pack was an alpha female bull mastiff, very large dog. She turned on me, so I put 2 rounds in her chest. She went down immediately. When I cut her open later, the wounds were severe, destructive. So I am confident these would perform well in a defensive situation against 2 legged threats as well. I have fired several hundred rounds of it through this gun as well, and it cycles flawlessly and is very accurate as well.
great defensive round
These perform flawlessly in my Sig Sauer p238. While I use cheaper FMJ rounds at the range, I always shoot a clip of my defensive ammo to make sure it is feeding/performing as needed. Looking at the hollow point constriction. polymer insert and full 'orange section' cuts in the round, you wouldn't expect what I have found to be true: these rounds are noticeably more accurate than my 'range ammo' (usually Winchester or Aguila FMJs)! 2-3" groups of tactical-style quick firing in groups of two or three at 5 and 7 yards. And just for kicks, 19 of 20 in a 5" circle at 20 yards. These rounds make a little short-barreled .380 a formidable defensive sidearm.
Plus, the polymer insert will maintain expansion by preventing the hollow point from becoming clogged with, say, material from a down winter coat, thereby turning it into ball ammo!
Flawless performance and very accurate. Why carry anything else?
LuckyGunner's great ballistics tests confirm tests by others showing this round is very consistent in great expansion and penetration in the 12-13" zone (perfect penetration in my mind for up-close urban encounters). But what sold me is that, unlike several other brands of JHP and FMJ .380 ammunition, 2 boxes of the Critical Defense functioned flawlessly in my Ruger LCP II. (I had the same experience previously with my Kahr CW9.) What's more, Critical Defense made me look like a star: I was shooting <3" groups at 7 yards from my tiny LCP II, far tighter than the groups with other ammo. Don't analyze it any further, just buy a couple boxes to confirm that your gun likes it as much as mine does.
smooth and accurate on A Walther PK380
I have fired over 1000 rounds through my Walther PK 380 with no problems. But this Hornady Critical Defense FTX round is the smoothest and most accurate of all the rounds I have tried. Recoil on this round is soft and very consistent, allowing you to get back on target very quickly. And judging from the Lucky Gunners testing data, it seems to have the target effects that I would want in a self defense round. Have not tried it with the shoot timer, but will do so next time out at the range. I have tried standard round nose, HP, RIP and Polycase ARX ammo. For my money and self defense needs of my wife I, we will be using this Hornady Critical Defense FTX round.
I have a Walther ppk/s. It has not been used much because while passing shooting tests for getting my license it jammed several times. That is not something you want a concealed carry to do. So it sat in my gun safe. Then, I discovered that wolf makes a "spring set" that allows a user to adjust the spring tension. I went from a 20 pound spring to a 17. Then I added this ammo. The Walther was designed in 1939 for full jacket it bullets. I would never have tried normal hollows in it and trusted the result. But these bullets act like FMJ, and perform like hollow points. Many rounds through and not a single fail. Not one. I carry this everyday. It won't take a plane out of the sky, but it will do what I intended it to do.
For street defense
Received my order faster than expected. Tested a few rounds of the Hornady ammunition and it works fine in my Sig P238; should I expect less? This is my second order and I ordered just a few rounds based on LG's gel tests, because I don't plan to need many rounds. At the range I will shoot FMJ rounds.
Flawless performance at 10 yards in my new Smith & Wesson MP 380 BodyGuard. Tight groupings, accurate.
No FTF or any issues. This will be my CCW ammo. Priced reasonably for range use when compared with similar brands.
Solid Performer for EDC
The Critical Defense load is one of only two loads I will consider for my everyday carry in my M&P Bodyguard 380. (The other being the Fiocchi Extrema). It is a solid, consistent performer and is always rated at or near the top in defensive round studies.
Quite accurate in The Sig P232 SS
I tested the 380 90gr. Hornady Critical Defense ammo at the range today. It feed perfectly and shot accurately through the Sig P232 SS, which has a 3.6" barrel, easily a three-inch group out to 7 yards. Having a longer barrel than used to test here, I'm sure it will spec-out even better gel-wise as well.
My New Carry Load
First. Thanks to Lucky Gunner for this superb comparison. I had been carrying the Remington Golden Sabre in my .380 Ruger LCP. But their erratic expansion performance caused me to change. I now carry these Hornady Critical Defense. Perfect expansion and they feed like grease in my gun. Good accuracy too. I feel so much more confident in this ammo.
Great defense ammo
This was bought as a replacement for older Critical Defense ammo which we ran through my wife's brand new Sig P238. This is the only defense ammo I use and have it for my own .380, my 9mm, and my .45. I've never had a failure in any of these weapons with Critical Defense.
Works well in the Bersa
Shot two boxes through the Bersa Thunder. No problems. Accurate. As how well in works, we have not had to use it yet (and hopefully never will). After your testing we feel confident it will do the job required. Happy with the service and prices. Will order more in the near future. Ken and Debra
It works for me
In the massive ammunition test here at Lucky Gunner labs, this stuff was the best overall performer for any of the .380 tested. My wife and I have been running it in our pistols of other calibers, and so it only made sense to stock up on this load in this caliber for my new pistol. I ran a box through it at the range and it ran like a champ.
Makes My PPK/S Very Happy
Shot a few different types of ammo today with my Interarms Walther PPK/S and boy did my pistol like eating this ammo. Made me look really good with tight shot groups at point of aim at 7 yds. The design of the round looks like it is very conducive to feeding well into the PPK/S, which can be finicky! From what I've read. I think I have found my carry ammo for this little beast! I'm definitely going to buy more.
The Best Ammunition Yet!
Hornady by far is the best ammo I have used and will continue to do so. The only trouble is finding it. Very few resellers seem to get it lately. If you see your caliber listed in the Hornady brand buy it.
The Critical Defense line is in every handgun I own when they are loaded for concealed carry, home defense, or wilderness trips. Superb in every way, and totally dependable. Due to its cost (which is very reasonable considering the exceptional quality) it's not for target practice...unless it's a person breaking into your home!
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