Fiocchi .380 ACP 90gr XTP in Clear Ballistics Gel.

Test Gun: Ruger LCP
Barrel length: 2.75 inches.
Ammunition: Fiocchi .380 ACP 90gr XTP
Test media: 10% Clear Ballistics Gel.
Distance: 10 feet.
Chronograph: Caldwell Ballistic Precision Chronograph G2.
Five shot velocity average: 808fps
Gel Temperature 70 degrees.

*Note* This test was conducted with Clear Ballistics Gel. Clear Ballistics is a synthetic gel and does not correlate with Organic gelatin like Vyse Ballistics gelatin.

*Update* This ammo has now been tested with Vyse organic ballistic gel. FIOCCHI .380 ACP 90GR XTP IN VYES BALLISTICS GEL (RETEST).

Shooting the bull on YouTube did an in-depth test on .380 ammo and concluded that the XTP bullet performed the best. I have been meaning to do my testing with this bullet and finally got around to it. I picked up some Fiocchi .380 ammo featuring Hornaday’s XTP bullet.

I got a five-shot average velocity of 808fps with a high of 828fps and a low of 790fps.

Five rounds offhand at 5 yards.

The first round shot in the clear gel had a velocity of 817fps and penetrated to 12.5 inches. The recovered diameter was .45 inches and weight was 89.9 grains. Round two’s velocity was 795fps and the bullet penetrated to 13 inches. The recovered diameter of the bullet was .44 inches and its weight was 90.5 grains.

When shot through the heavy clothing gel neither round expanded. The first round had a velocity of 784fps and penetrated to 17.5 inches. The recovered weight was 89.9 grains. The second round’s velocity was 792fps and it penetrated to a depth of 16.5 inches. It’s recovered weight was 90.4 grains. The second round showed signs of beginning to open up.


  1. This bullet seems to need another 100 f.p.s. or so if we’re going to ask it to expand after heavy clothing. I know it’s a cartridge designed for early 20th Century blowback firearms but I wish it were loaded to just a little bit higher velocity, like 10-12% higher. Not even asking for the cartridge to be loaded up to the claims the manufacturers make, which seem to require 5″ or longer barrels. Just fast enough to expand after clothing.


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