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dstix11
January 25, 2010, 12:31 AM
I have been looking for .380 brass and no one has it once shot or new any suggestions?

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earlthegoat2
January 25, 2010, 12:34 AM
BUY A 9MM!!!

That is the quickest and easiest and cheapest way to fix any problems pertaining to the 380 ammo situation.

M2 Carbine
January 25, 2010, 01:06 AM
I just checked Starline and they are back ordered until April 15.

I just got 10,000 primers I ordered from Powder Valley last April.

71Commander
January 25, 2010, 10:22 AM
Look in here daily. Somebody usually has some for sale.

http://www.thehighroad.org/forumdisplay.php?f=50

stchman
January 25, 2010, 04:08 PM
.380ACP is making a comeback.

ar10
January 25, 2010, 07:23 PM
I have some, not sure of the count though. I don't shoot .380 and generally just leave on the range.

HelpUsRonPaul
January 25, 2010, 08:19 PM
BUY A 9MM!!!

That is the quickest and easiest and cheapest way to fix any problems pertaining to the 380 ammo situation.

i hate posts like this...:fire: these guys almost ruin the whole forum. and they're always the first to reply, what's that about?

you can ask your local ranges if you can pick through their brass. just watch out for the very similar 9x18 makarov cases.

Mr. Whimsy
January 25, 2010, 09:05 PM
I got so desperate I started seriously contemplating making .380 brass from some other cartridge case ... I'm still looking for that magic cartridge.

trickyasafox
January 25, 2010, 10:22 PM
it is tough to come by these days. You might want to start checking starline and the swap/trade sections of forums. thats probably your best bet. Even better if you and a friend need some, and can split the cost of new brass from a company (again, starline comes to mind).

moooose102
January 28, 2010, 08:06 AM
i got so desperate i started seriously contemplating making .380 brass from some other cartridge case ...

if you had a reamer of the correct dimensions, you could probably make them from .223 remington shells. They are very close.

RonC133
February 1, 2010, 02:22 PM
What is the cause of the shortage? The rash of new pistols in that chambering? Lack of popularity?

AdamSean
February 1, 2010, 05:59 PM
I was at Acaademy the other day here and they had about 10 boxes of Winchester white box. I went back later ion the day to pick up a couple just to have for practice and they were gone. Although at Woods N Water here they have a good bit of Federal Hydra-Shock and Hornady critical defense. I have a few boxes already of SD ammo though. I want go out and practise with my new LCP.

At least I have my 9mm though. Much cheaper to shoot.

Maverick223
February 1, 2010, 06:54 PM
if you had a reamer of the correct dimensions, you could probably make them from .223 remington shells. They are very close.They are very close and use the same shellholder IIRC. That would be some wicked strong .380 brass.

:)

MCgunner
February 1, 2010, 07:38 PM
Try gunbroker or this site.... http://www.reloadersauction.com/#17bac9401150

I've shot .380 made from .223 brass. Not ideal, but it worked. Loads do have to be reduced a tad as the wall thickness is incredible. LOL

MCgunner
February 1, 2010, 07:46 PM
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/SearchResults.aspx?Keywords=.380+ACP+Brass

LightningMan
February 1, 2010, 07:53 PM
You should have been at the Yanton South Dakota gun show 30th & 31st I bought 100 pieces (didn't need a lot) from 3 Lees and another dealer had a bag of 500 Cor-Bon brass for $75. I also bought 100 95gr. FMJ bullets from 3 Lees and found another 300 Sierra 95gr. FMJ's from some dealer that just wanted to get rid of them, got them for $30. Try giving 3 Lees Co's a call 308-381-8285 or www.3lees.com and see if he can get you some. LM

stchman
February 1, 2010, 09:33 PM
The shortage is the INCREASE in popularity. LCP, P238, P3AT, PPK, PK380 TCP738, just to name a few.

Glad I was able to squirrel away about 700 rounds.

Maverick223
February 1, 2010, 09:50 PM
I've shot .380 made from .223 brass. Not ideal, but it worked. Loads do have to be reduced a tad as the wall thickness is incredible. LOLHave a thread or advice to substantiate this (not that I don't believe you, I just want details). I am thinking of giving it a shot. ;)

orionengnr
February 1, 2010, 11:04 PM
Keep checking places like ammobrasstrader.com and the reloading forum here on THR.

Or go here: http://www.bluestarbrass.com/catalog/ofpbrass.htm
$65/500 for once-fired, $90 for brandy-new StarLine brass.

It comes up used, but you have to be quick. I can't believe I sold 500+ pieces of .380 brass for $20 a bit over year ago. I had just sold my POS K-T P3AT and had no need for it. Then I bought an LCP. Now I have whatever brass I have fired through it...at least 250 rounds.

TenDriver
February 1, 2010, 11:08 PM
I've got a few and run across it from time to time. PM me your address and I'll send you what I got.

marv
February 1, 2010, 11:47 PM
I have gotten some from The Brassman. Don't recall his number but he advertises in SGN.

MatthewVanitas
February 3, 2010, 03:37 PM
Have a thread or advice to substantiate this (not that I don't believe you, I just want details). I am thinking of giving it a shot.

Rise of the featherweight: becoming hugely popular again, more .380 ACP handguns appear every year ( http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0BQY/is_6_55/ai_n31588657/ )

Guns Magazine, June, 2009 by Massad Ayoob

Maverick223
February 4, 2010, 12:15 AM
MV, perhaps I am missing something (or you linked the wrong thing), but I don't see where it mentions forming .380ACP out of .223Rem. brass. :confused:

RippinSVT
February 4, 2010, 12:41 AM
I had some I was gonna sell on here, and had like 5 people PM me about it, but it seems to be lost. I'll find it though...

Mr. Whimsy
February 4, 2010, 11:46 AM
Yes, please submit any details on using .223 brass. I have plenty of that lying around.

I have a case trimmer for the final stage, but how do I start out?

bluntarski
February 4, 2010, 03:20 PM
I got some .380 fmj bullets and brass I don't if anyone wants to make a deal. Send me a private message.

mgmorden
February 4, 2010, 11:20 PM
Yes, please submit any details on using .223 brass. I have plenty of that lying around.

I have a case trimmer for the final stage, but how do I start out?

Never made .380 brass out of .223, but I HAVE made 7.62x25 brass out of it. I just used a dremel and a cutting wheel to shorten it before taking the trimmer to it.

Maybe I'm just missing something though - but wouldn't it be easier to shorten 9mm Luger brass?

Maverick223
February 5, 2010, 01:13 AM
Maybe I'm just missing something though - but wouldn't it be easier to shorten 9mm Luger brass?While that seems logical, the base/rim is a dramatically different size (a good bit larger), so that won't work.

:)

Mr. Whimsy
February 5, 2010, 01:11 PM
I have a Dremel but don't have a cutting wheel. Any specific type of cutting wheel to buy?

Sounds like I need to find something to stick the .223 casing in where only the excess will protrude... sort of like the trim die concept but without resorting to buying that. It would suck to have to measure each casing before cutting it. It would also help me in cutting the mouths straight.

Cherokee
February 8, 2010, 06:43 PM
Whimsy - don't know if you found the instructions on making 380 from 223. I don't have them either although I have read it can be done. One thing beside trimming is the case neck area would have to be thinned and you need the correct reamer for that. But 380 brass is available, I've seen it on other forums for sale as well.

rcmodel
February 8, 2010, 06:59 PM
Not worth the trouble if there is any other option.

They have to be cut off, trimmed, neck reamed, chamfered, and still will have less capacity then .380 cases due to the much thicker case web.

SO, standard reloading data is no good.

rc

Maverick223
February 9, 2010, 01:23 AM
Not worth the trouble if there is any other option...They have to be cut off, trimmed, neck reamed, chamfered, and still will have less capacity then .380 cases due to the much thicker case web.Well in that case, I think I will leave that alone. TY for the advice and information.

:)

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