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I am just considering reloading for the .380 and have been looking around at bullets. Ive noticed several different types and was wondering if anyone here could tell me the difference and/or why they are manufactured this way.

The two basic types im talking about are the regular based and the hollow based...why hollow based? Whats the advantage?

I will be shooting these out of a Berretta 85 .380 auto. Thanks in advance for any help!

Bob
 

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The theory behind the hollow base bullets is for them to expand and fill the bore in the event of a larger than nominal bore diameter or smaller than planned bullet. I do not think it really matters much in more modern guns like your 85 but it can be important in the guns of the mid to early 1900s and before. for general plinking and target practice I buy the least expensive bullets I can find as they provide "good enough" accuracy for general shooting. I'll buy the best I can afford for hunting and competitive target shooting though.
I had a Beretta 84, the double stacked version, for a few years. I really liked the gun though it was big for a .380. It was "lost" from a supposedly secure location many years ago. It is still listed as stolen on NCIC, I make sure of that.
 
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