DRT .380 Auto 85 gr.

.380 ACP DRT 85-grain

How does the innovative DRT bullet perform in .380 ACP?

By Richard Mann (RSS)
April 10, 2012

Few shooters understand the premise behind DRT ammunition. Even fewer think the concept has merit. DRT utilizes a compressed powdered metal core with a thin jacket. After impact, the front section of the core, which is not compressed as much as the rear section, essentially uncompresses. As unique and different as this bullet is, it will penetrate just as deep as and even deeper than many conventional .380 ACP loads—due to the harder compressed rear core—and the wound cavity will be just as large, too.

Load Handgun MV (fps) PEN (inches) EXP (inches) RW (grains)
.380 ACP DRT 85-grain Colt Mustang (2.75-inch barrel) 1,141 10.0 .355 36

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3 Responses to .380 ACP DRT 85-grain

  1. Chris says:

    So, from the chart, the DRT penetrates 10 inches, but does not expand at all. In terms of “many conventional” loads, how does that differ from FMJ?

  2. Patrick says:

    @Chris: It differs from FMJ and HP in that the compressed metal powder does not “expand”, but rather it disperses. So an HP round will blossom out (open), whereas this concept splashes metal everywhere. What is left are some jacket chunks and microscopic dust.

    Proponents claim large wound channels and there are tests that seem to confirm this. Frankly, this stuff looks to make a mess to internals – I would never use this for hunting because that metal powder cannot be removed. Hunting means taking home the game; anything else is just “shooting”.

    I have not tested these rounds in soft/organic material and am not an expert. I just saw Chris’s comment and tried to add some detail that might answer his question.

    • Beaucastel says:

      Are there not multiple, 3rd party, compelling ballistic gel tests that this round, even without 4 layers of denim, barely gets to 7.5 inches of penetration and the principal wound cavity is under 3′. Furthermore, There are multiple findings that, based on these data, that it is an exceptionally self defense round. Can you help me understand which end member conclusion is most correct [(]understand ultimate self defense performance is based is a matrix of variables[)]
      Thank you in advance for your guidance

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