For the sake of a caliber argument were talking .380ACP vs .32H&R Mag.... I repeat .380ACP vs .32H&R Mag... So... .380ACP vs .32H&R Mag talk please.
Last night the s-son and I were talking about him getting another gun, one thing that caught his eye was a Charter Arms Undercoverette .32 H&R Mag. Currently he owns a Firestorm .380 and has been wanting a snubbie ever since I picked up my Charter Arms Bulldog .44 Special.
Anyway, we got to comparing the .32 H&R Mag and the .380ACP in terms of bullet weights, MV and ft lbs of energy. I was kinda surprised by the paper figures and wanted to toss em out to you guys just to see what yall think. Please bear in mind these figures are average, so some ammo may produce more or less than what is listed here.
.380ACP 85-95gr bullets @ 955-960fps and ~190 ft/lbs energy
.32 Mag 85gr JHP @ 1100fps and ~230ft/lbs energy
.32Mag 95gr LSWC @ 1030 and ~225ft/lbs energy
The above figures are from 4" barrel guns and pretty much represent the figures I am used to seeing from the .380ACP, which happens to be one of my favorite pocket pistol calibers.
The advantages I see here with the .380 are most guns chambered for it have 7-9 round capacity, most .32Mag's pocket pistols are 5 shot revolvers with 2" barrels. MV and Ft/Lbs would suffer in the snubbie but not to the point of bringing it below the .380's figures.
Anyway, just thought I would toss this out to see what others think. Oh yeah... .380ACP vs .32H&R Mag talk please, we all know everything else is better/more desirable/hits harder/penetrates better/cost less/readily available/yada yada yada