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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2008 4:44 pm 
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How's the case-life on these? Can I just keep using them like I have been with my 9mm Para and my 45 auto?

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Sure. .380 is a relatively low-pressure cartridge. Inspect between reloadings, like always.

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i've got 6 reloads on some of my .380 brass and none look bad. i expect several more out of them.
btw - care to share what recipe you are using? if not comfortable doing here, pm me. i've got one iuse for self defense and one for paper practice.


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I've only loaded two recipes so far. This is exactly what I have written in my recipe "journal":

95 gr. JSPHB (Zero Bullets)
3.0-3.1 gr. Bullseye (metering issues)
CCI SPP
COL: .97
Notes: Nice, use this for practice. 0 failures in 25 rds in Bersa Thunder

95 gr. JSPHB (Zero Bullets)
3.2 gr. Bullseye
CCI SPP
COL: .97
Notes: Max. according to Speer. Use as def. load in Bersa. Try in LCP. 0 failures in 25 rds.

ETA: The reason I wrote "try in LCP" was that it actually felt a little snappier than the first load. I can't imagine why it would - it was a .2 gr. difference - but it really seemed to. I was thinking that in the LCP it might actually be uncomfortable.

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I've been using this reload for .380 autos:

95 gr. Zero JSPHB
4.0 gr. Alliant Power Pistol
Winchester WSP primers

CBC, Winchester, S&B brass-reloaded 4+ times now.

I find this to be great for target shooting. It cycles well in all my .380's:
Ruger LCP
Bersa Thunder
Browning BDA

The LCP beats the brass up pretty bad and ejects it a country mile. I'll lose my brass before I'm able to wear it out.


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