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|Bullet Weight||90 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP)|
|Use Type||Self Defense|
|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||14.0|
|Expanded Diameter (in.)||0.45||0.47||0.48||0.53||0.65|
|Expanded Weight (gr.)||88.80||89.00||89.00||89.00||90.00|
|Bullet Velocity (fps)||902||902||913||915||916|
Low noise, recoil, flash and smoke
Review by Youcanrunnaked. (Posted on 12/13/18)
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.
(Posted on 12/13/18)
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Excellent in a Kahr P380
Review by jmil2732. (Posted on 12/1/18)
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.
(Posted on 12/1/18)
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Review by Troy. (Posted on 9/26/18)
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.
(Posted on 9/26/18)
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Review by HeavyD. (Posted on 8/16/18)
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.
(Posted on 8/16/18)
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great defensive round
Review by Steve F.. (Posted on 2/5/18)
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!
(Posted on 2/5/18)
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Flawless performance and very accurate. Why carry anything else?
Review by Travelfastnlight. (Posted on 12/16/17)
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.
(Posted on 12/16/17)
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smooth and accurate on A Walther PK380
Review by Ranger87 . (Posted on 11/23/17)
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.
(Posted on 11/23/17)
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I feel confident with this ammo
Review by Wiz. (Posted on 10/12/17)
I've shot it through leather jacket and a car door. I was just having fun and realized how devastating this round really is.
(Posted on 10/12/17)
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Bet your life on .380 Auto? this is the round you want
Review by Honey Badger. (Posted on 7/12/17)
the ballistics of this .380 acp round is as devastating as it gets for the intended purpose of self-defense against "two legged critters"
(Posted on 7/12/17)
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Review by loki. (Posted on 3/1/17)
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.
(Posted on 3/1/17)
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Review by BOSSMAN. (Posted on 8/25/16)
AAA all the way
(Posted on 8/25/16)
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Great test on the ammo
Review by Andy. (Posted on 8/21/16)
Thanks guys for the great test of ammo can not wait for more and if you get around to it larger cal ran a box of the Hornady 90gr 380 critical defense in my Walther PK380 and not a problem
(Posted on 8/21/16)
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For street defense
Review by Mike Florida. (Posted on 6/29/16)
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.
(Posted on 6/29/16)
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Worked perfectly in my Glock 42
Review by 299. (Posted on 6/5/16)
I bought this based off of Lucky Gunner's ammo test (great by the way!!). Ranked very high in the test. Shot 50 rounds through my Glock 42 and ran perfectly!
(Posted on 6/5/16)
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Review by 2ADefender. (Posted on 5/9/16)
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.
(Posted on 5/9/16)
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Solid Performer for EDC
Review by Beachdude. (Posted on 3/25/16)
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.
(Posted on 3/25/16)
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Quite accurate in The Sig P232 SS
Review by adman. (Posted on 3/12/16)
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.
(Posted on 3/12/16)
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My New Carry Load
Review by Sneem. (Posted on 2/11/16)
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.
(Posted on 2/11/16)
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Hornady Critical Defense
Review by StormieNormie. (Posted on 2/1/16)
Works well in both my Glock 42 and SIG P238. Accurate and reliable. A bit pricey, but worth it! Recommended.
(Posted on 2/1/16)
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Great defense ammo
Review by sailsmith2. (Posted on 2/1/16)
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.
(Posted on 2/1/16)
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Works well in the Bersa
Review by Ken and Debra. (Posted on 12/31/15)
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
(Posted on 12/31/15)
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Shoots well in my Kahr P380
Review by 56huck. (Posted on 12/6/15)
I bought primarily due to LG's review and testing of defensive ammo
Consistent patterns - no flyers
(Posted on 12/6/15)
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Feeds fine in Ruger LCP
Review by DaddyWags. (Posted on 11/23/15)
Ordered for my carry Ruger LCP 380 due to its excellent ballistic test results in the recent LG tests. So far the ammo runs without a hitch.
(Posted on 11/23/15)
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It works for me
Review by Michael. (Posted on 11/12/15)
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.
(Posted on 11/12/15)
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Makes My PPK/S Very Happy
Review by John. (Posted on 10/29/15)
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.
(Posted on 10/29/15)
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Review by kristensdad. (Posted on 10/20/15)
works great without overpenetration.
(Posted on 10/20/15)
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Best for Critical Defense
Review by mamathomas. (Posted on 12/29/14)
My P238 loves this ammo! It's the most reliable choice for concealed carry defense -- and yes, it's a bit pricey. But I'm worth it. Happy New Year to all, and stay safe out there!
(Posted on 12/29/14)
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Review by VinShooter. (Posted on 11/10/14)
This as always is a great product like anything from Lucky Gunner!!!
(Posted on 11/10/14)
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The brutal honest truth. . .
Review by Latigo. (Posted on 9/18/14)
Top quality brand, top quality ammo, my picky Bersas loves the stuff. Great pricing, excellent Customer Service.
(Posted on 9/18/14)
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Hornady 90 gr. FTX
Review by CALVIN . (Posted on 6/12/14)
This is by far the most accurate 380 round I have found. My Sig P238 eats this stuff like candy!
I have tried just about every brand out there. If you can find it ....BUY IT!
(Posted on 6/12/14)
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The Best Ammunition Yet!
Review by Bob S. (Posted on 10/30/13)
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.
(Posted on 10/30/13)
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Review by Big D. (Posted on 9/13/12)
Smooth loading and very accurate. These are my preferred carry rounds.
(Posted on 9/13/12)
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Review by NYCityguyinthe South. (Posted on 7/17/12)
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!
(Posted on 7/17/12)
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No substitute for quality
Review by LongJohn. (Posted on 8/12/11)
Critical defense means no problems EVER! This is what I carry in my CW and it gives me the kind of performance I want and expect.
(Posted on 8/12/11)
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Review by rdhoot. (Posted on 7/13/11)
I've been using this ammo for quite a while now and have not had any problems.
(Posted on 7/13/11)
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Great for Personal Defense
Review by Shawn S. (Posted on 3/13/11)
This ammo has fed smoothly through every 380 I've put it in. It's not cheap but always put the good stuff in something you are going to use to defend your life or that of your family.
(Posted on 3/13/11)
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Posted On: 2/14/19 By: Marc
We also have this 380 Auto - 90 Grain FTX - Hornady Critical Defense - 250 Rounds ammo in stock in a bigger quantity.
Regular Price: $270.00
Special Price: $255.00
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