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Post by Warhorse on 10/23/2017, 6:33 am

I have seen a couple people shooting indoor gallery match's switch to .380 for these competitions.

What can you guys tell me about this, is it a new trend away from .32 S&W?

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Post by james r chapman on 10/23/2017, 6:39 am

How are their scores???
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Post by dronning on 10/23/2017, 7:30 am

Warhorse wrote:I have seen a couple people shooting indoor gallery match's switch to .380 for these competitions.

What can you guys tell me about this, is it a new trend away from .32 S&W?
I've seen a lot of .32 acp and .38 Super, .38 Special but no .380 acp's.  What guns are they shooting?  Could you find out, I'm curious.
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Post by jglenn21 on 10/23/2017, 7:51 am

Be interesting to see what they are using.. years ago my wife shot a Browning 1922 variation that had adjustable sights. Think it was called a 1971 ? It was reasonably accurate to 25 yds with  a Lee 105 gr. SWC. The addition of a custom tight fitting barrel bushing helped.. not so hot at the LL but we shot a lot of short course matches in those days. Eventually I replaced it with a 52 for her. 
It should work well for a gallery match.

She also carried it daily She's still mad I sold it (after 
30 years)
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Post by mpolans on 10/23/2017, 8:46 am

Why bother?  I'd imagine with only a 2mm (0.078") difference in case capacity, you could down load 9x19 to anything .380acp (aka 9x17) could offer.  9x19 cases are a lot more plentiful and cheaper, 9x19 factory ammo is a lot cheaper, and you won't go blind trying to find your .380 brass amongst all the 9mm at a lot of ranges.

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Post by james r chapman on 10/23/2017, 8:56 am

.380 brass is easy to find! It's inside your .45 brass!
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Post by jglenn21 on 10/23/2017, 9:54 am

james r chapman wrote:.380 brass is easy to find! It's inside your .45 brass!



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Post by AllAces on 10/23/2017, 2:05 pm

james r chapman wrote:.380 brass is easy to find! It's inside your .45 brass!
and your .22 brass is inside the .380.
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Post by Warhorse on 10/24/2017, 8:13 pm

Sorry guys, I misunderstood.

Nobody is shooting .380 indoors.

.32 S&W yes, but no .380

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Post by Mike38 on 10/25/2017, 5:48 pm

Does the .380 cartridge have the potential to be accurate? I would be surprised if it did. Then again, I never would have guessed the .32acp had potential, but it sure does.

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Post by james r chapman on 10/25/2017, 6:52 pm

If you mean .32 ACP from .32 S&W, then yes, it seems to be the trend.
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Post by rreid on 10/25/2017, 8:44 pm

Warhorse wrote:Sorry guys, I misunderstood.

Nobody is shooting .380 indoors.

.32 S&W yes, but no .380
Well, since we're on the topic, has anyone looked at those miniature 1911s in .380?  They had a bunch of them at a sporting goods store I visited this summer.  Looks like they would be fun for kids, and maybe grown ups with small hands.
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Post by 1joel1 on 10/26/2017, 10:04 am

Weren't the Colt Mustangs a 380? Not very accurate, but very concealable.

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Post by dronning on 10/26/2017, 10:15 am

rreid wrote:Well, since we're on the topic, has anyone looked at those miniature 1911s in .380?  They had a bunch of them at a sporting goods store I visited this summer.  Looks like they would be fun for kids, and maybe grown ups with small hands.
I looked at the Browning Black Label 1911, couldn't get past the partially composite frame and the size.  They did get some good press so maybe they are OK.
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Post by daflorc on 11/7/2017, 7:55 pm

I owned one of those Browning Black Label 1911's in 22LR, they are pretty well made, mine never malfunctioned, and my model had an aluminum lower and rosewood grips. Thought it would be fun for the tiny girlfriend to shoot. Well, the gun is barely capable of staying inside the scoring ring at 25 yards, and its iron sights are sighted in for a 6 o clock hold, which I'm not a fan of. Fun for beginners and those with small hands, but that's about it.

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