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    Kel Tec P3AT Reload

    Anyone who is reloading .380 for the p3at Please give me a good powder combination.
    I'm picking one up today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chiefnpd View Post
    Anyone who is reloading .380 for the p3at Please give me a good powder combination.
    I'm picking one up today.
    Thanks

    Do you currently do any reloading? Either way, please go pick up a reloading manual so you don't blow yourself up when someone makes a mistake when typing it in. It's worth the $14.

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    chiefnpd

    Thank you for that response. Yes I do reload. Yes I do have a manual. I was just wondering if someone had a great combination for the 380, so I could compare.
    Thanks,

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    Wasn't trying to be a smart ass or anything. Just that I've seen some really REALLY unsafe load data get passed on via the interweb. I guess I coulda said nothing and just hoped you double check stuff, but being you have a post count of 2 (as of that last post) I thought I'd err on the side of caution.

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    I've had my P3AT for more than a year & put the initial 100 rounds thru it for break-in, did it in an hour. Had a sore hand for a week.
    Now that it is broken-in, and quite reliable, I can't imagine shooting it enough to save anything by reloading. If I can get a good group of 3 rounds at the range every 2 months or so... I'm good. The P3AT is a real walloper.

    However, at nearly a buck a round[+ shortages] for decent 380 acp ammo, reloading could prove profitable.

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    Reloading for a P3AT?

    Huh? Why? I'm with Popeye it's not that much fun to shoot but it's a good personal defense weapon. I take mine out, a few times a year, and run a few mags through it to freshen the ammo and to make sure it still works. Sheesh.....even with a laser pointers it's still a close in gun.

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    I do reload for the 380. 231 is the powder I use with Berry Manufacturing 100 gr RNHB. Winchester recommends 2.9 to 3.1. I have found 3.0 works for the 4 different 380s we have. Be sure to work up your own load using safe practices. Through the years, I have found a mid range load works the best. Other manuals show different min and maximums but the 3gr is in the middle of most. I started with 2,5 and worked up from there. The OAL was .970. As with most small handgun rounds, a small change in OAL or powder weight, can have a HUGE change in pressure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Popeye View Post
    I've had my P3AT for more than a year & put the initial 100 rounds thru it for break-in, did it in an hour. Had a sore hand for a week.
    Now that it is broken-in, and quite reliable, I can't imagine shooting it enough to save anything by reloading. If I can get a good group of 3 rounds at the range every 2 months or so... I'm good. The P3AT is a real walloper.

    However, at nearly a buck a round[+ shortages] for decent 380 acp ammo, reloading could prove profitable.
    I agree 199% if you own this gun and can shoot it enough to reload you are way better at handling pain then I am. This gun will hurt you when you shoot it. 1 box of 59 will last for years for most owners because of the only shoot 3 per visit and only visit 3 times a year senerio

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    Quote Originally Posted by recoilguy View Post
    ...[I]f you own this gun and can shoot it enough to reload you are way better at handling pain then I am. This gun will hurt you when you shoot it...
    I'd better start by saying that I don't disbelieve that you suffer pain from shooting a Kel-Tec P3AT.
    But maybe it's something other than the gun.

    Could your technique be less than perfect? Maybe you're not gripping it tightly enough? Or it's pinching your finger(s)? (Ours pinches my trigger finger, if I use anything but its tip.)
    Or, maybe you're gripping it so tightly that you get fatigued.

    The reason I comment on this is because my wife, Jean, who is almost five feet tall, and who weighs 90 pounds fully dressed and sopping wet, has no "pain" trouble with our P3AT at all.
    Of course, it's not a comfortable gun to shoot. But she can go through 20 rounds without a problem, before its twisty recoil gets to her. Then she says, "This pistol tires me out, so I'm going to stop."
    Note that it's not pain, per se, but rather the fatigue of gripping it tightly and concentrating hard that stops her. She could go on, but chooses not to because shooting it makes her tired.

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