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Has anyone out there had any experience with 115 grain bullets in their thunder 380. I am looking at trying to reload some for mine as they are more available than 95gr. I am thinking about both fmj and jhp bullets.
 

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I used to load 380 and referenced my old Hodgdon data. They show loads for 115gr JHP and 124gr FMJ. I never loaded any of those because I was already leery of OAL. Too long (feed) will create problems as well as too short (pressure). If you find load data for them, stick with the starting loads and watch OAL.

Things like powder and such may be different now since I haven't handloaded in 20 years.

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9mm case is 2 mm longer than 380. OAL is 4.69mm longer than the 380. 29.69mm vs 25mm. To me, IMO, 9mm bullets will seat 2mm deaper in the 380.

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9mm case is 2 mm longer than 380. OAL is 4.69mm longer than the 380. 29.69mm vs 25mm. To me, IMO, 9mm bullets will seat 2mm deaper in the 380.

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No cause there also is more than a 2mm difference between oal of 147 gr and 115 gr bullets
 

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No cause there also is more than a 2mm difference between oal of 147 gr and 115 gr bullets
The OP, you I believe, was wondering about 115 gr bullets. A 147 gr using the OAL of a 380 would seat even further into the case. I don't think that would be practical.
 

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I am the op and I was saying 115 grain in a 380 wouldn't be any worse than a 147grain in a 9mm
 

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9mm case is 2 mm longer than 380. OAL is 4.69mm longer than the 380. 29.69mm vs 25mm. To me, IMO, 9mm bullets will seat 2mm deaper in the 380.

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So what is the difference between oal of 115gr rn and a 147gr rn.
 

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So what is the difference between oal of 115gr rn and a 147gr rn.
As stated. the OAL difference is 4.69mm, 9mm vs 380. OAL of the 380 is the same no matter what bullet is used. My Hodgdon book shows Max , HP38 powder loads as 100GR at 3.1 grs and 115 at 2.7 and 124 at 2.4. Nothing for 147GR.

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0.984 is the SAAMI max OAL if you expect to use the cartridge in a magazine. The barrel-to-bullet fit may dictate a smaller maximum, which is gun and bullet dependent and no one here can tell you that. The minimum OAL is set by the load recipe you are using. Everything between those 2 limits is fair game.
 

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As stated. the OAL difference is 4.69mm, 9mm vs 380. OAL of the 380 is the same no matter what bullet is used. My Hodgdon book shows Max , HP38 powder loads as 100GR at 3.1 grs and 115 at 2.7 and 124 at 2.4. Nothing for 147GR.

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0.984 is the SAAMI max OAL if you expect to use the cartridge in a magazine. The barrel-to-bullet fit may dictate a smaller maximum, which is gun and bullet dependent and no one here can tell you that. The minimum OAL is set by the load recipe you are using. Everything between those 2 limits is fair game.
I know that but you didn't answer my question. My question was what is the length of a 115 gr bullet in comparison to a 100 gr.
 

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I know that but you didn't answer my question. My question was what is the length of a 115 gr bullet in comparison to a 100 gr.
.984 in (25.0 mm) OAL for 380. All of my responses are based on Google searches. Perhaps you should try that too.
 

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.984 in (25.0 mm) OAL for 380. All of my responses are based on Google searches. Perhaps you should try that too.
I want the difference in the length of the 115 gr projectile and 100 gr projectile. Not cartridge. Quit being an ass.
 

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I have looked it up and it is no where to be found. I thought you would have the info but you are an ass.
 

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I correct myself, anyone who doesn't know the difference between a bullet and a cartridge is an idiot.
 
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