.380 does not give enough penetration... And you hamper it even more by putting Hydra Shocks in it. The only way you are going to stop someone on the spot is to make a head shot and or a upper spine hit. Even if you hit the heart the BG still has time enough to do you or your family in before he drops. So shooting in the chest with a .380 without a FMJ round the round does not have the required penetration to reach the spine. Even with a FMJ round it is still really is boarder line.. Read the stickys in this areaDepends on your range--
My CF380 is loaded with Hydra Shocks-- but 1) I have fluffed and buffed-- 2) My bed to my door is less than 10 ft, and most of all--- 3) I have shot about 180-200 of them out of it with zero issues since I F&B my little buddy!!!
So I am cool with the .380 limitataions...
^^And that is why I bought a Kel-Tec PF-9. It still fits in a hip pocket or disappears inside the waistband. It has replaced my P3AT in almost all situations where I need to be extra careful about being identified. The .380 is only used when I really need to be cautious. BTW, both are loaded with hollow points, and I know that's a crapshoot in the .380!Every Police, Ammo Manufacturer or properly prepare Civilian test I have ever seen has never showed a .380acp Hollow Point load to expanded then penetrate to effective levels. FMJ loads will penetrate but do minimum damage along its wound track, Hollow Points if they expand do a little more damage but stop short of transversing the vitals. There is just not enough mass and velocity with the .380acp and thats why the 9mm is a better choice.