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    .380 load recipes for the Ruger LCP

    Hey everyone,

    I've just started reloading .380 and am working up a mild plinking load for use in my LCP.

    I'm starting out with Bullseye, since it's such a short barrel. I'm using 100 grain plated RNFB Berry's bullets, and working up from 1.9 grains up to 2.7 grains in increments of 0.2 grains. OAL is 0.980".

    I based this off of the Hornady manual for jacketed bullets, which puts the max at 3.1 grains, reducing by 10% or so because it's a plated bullet.

    I'm aiming for something that's light enough that the empties don't eject so hard that they hit the roof but will reliably cycle the gun as well. Low enough ejection velocity that cases are easy to find and collect afterwards would be good.

    Anyone have a pet load you've found works well?
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    2.8gr of WW231 with a 93gr cast lead round nose...675fps

    Seemed to work well.

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    I use 95 grain cast bullets with either 3.0 grains of International Clays for medium-light loads, or 4.2 grains of Unique for rip-snorters. (My idea of "medium-light" might be different than yours; this is still about a 800 fps load from a short barrel)
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    2.8gr of WW231 with a 93gr cast lead round nose...675fps

    Seemed to work well.
    Is that out of an LCP?

    I'm planning on doing a 231 workup this weekend.

    Oddly enough, the Lyman manual skips 100 grain bullets altogether. Lee doesn't have a 231 load for 100 grain.

    Interestingly enough, Hornady and Winchester have much different loads listed. Max Loads:

    Hornady: 3.5grn @ 900fps
    Winchester: 3.1grn @ 843fps

    Hornady lists 3.1grains as only 800fps. Both have the same OAL with 100grain FMJ.

    I'll think I'm going to start at the lowish end of Hornady's data and work down from 2.9 grains to 2.5 in 0.1 grain increments. Their low end data shows 2.6grn at 700fps, so if the numbers are accurate, the 2.5 should give me close to your 675 fps. Then again, their data is out of a Beretta 84 F with a 3.88" barrel. I'm guessing I'm going to be getting lower velocities out of the LCP at only 2.75".

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    2.8gr of WW231 with a 93gr cast lead round nose...675fps
    675fps was actual from my Chrony.

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    Tested out my Bullseye loads yesterday, got good results with them. Both 2.3 and 2.5 gave good accuracy out of the bunch, so I've settled on 2.3 as a standard load with Bullseye.

    Unfortunately, it was too overcast to get the chrony to work, so I didn't get a speed on them. I've got another 50 loaded up, so I'll try to get speeds on them.

    Will post about the 231 workups when I can get around to them.

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    Here's what I've run in my LCP and P230 with no issues, and good accuracy.

    100gr Berry's RN - OAL .980 - 3.6gr Power Pistol
    Last edited by gregj; April 13th, 2010 at 08:07 PM.

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    An accurate load, although not real hot, is 4.2 grs of unique with a 95gr bullet. I have also used 3.0 grs of Bullseye with a 95 gr bullet is also very accurate and milder.

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    3.2-3.5gr W231 set to .980 OAL will run fine in any .380 ACP gun with the Berry's plated.

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    my load is

    122 grain LTC c.o.l. .960
    2.0 win 231
    win primer
    win brass

    chronoed a smokin 562 fps!! lol

    have a ton of the .356 cast 122 LTC bullets for my 9mm's. So i tried them out on my ruger...hey its a plinker load

    Jason

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    I use 2.7 grains of VV N310
    OAL .970
    95g Montana Gold JHP

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