.380 availability


February 16, 2010, 01:21 PM
I tried a little search and couldn't come up with a real answer. I was wondering how available .380 is. Im thinking of an LCP. And Im not looking to buy ammo every week or anything. Just would like to keep a box or two on hand and for the range. If I do purchase an LCP do you think I would be hard pressed to find it? Cabelas on line has it in stock supposedly. Thanks.

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February 16, 2010, 01:33 PM
I keep looking on the places like Midway and able ammo and don't see much and if you'r local Wally World is like the one here you surely won't find it there and if you should get lucky enough to find it it is a lot more expensive than 9mm and .40 and .45 or even .357 Sig. This is just my humble opinion some others may have other sources you can search have it readyly available.

February 16, 2010, 01:37 PM
Depends entirely on where you are. I live near Charlottesville VA, and there is plenty of it around here, both FMJ and JHP. One store I was in last weekend had dozens of boxes on the shelves - Remington, Blazer, Fiocchi, Independence, Speer. I picked up a few boxes of Rem. Golden Sabres, but there was plenty still on the shelf after I took my share.

Even the price seems to have come down some from what it was near the end of 2009. Still pricey, and nowhere near the $11-$12 per box of 50 for 9mm FMJ, but dropping all the same. Around here at least, .45acp is easily the most expensive calibre these days.

From posts here and other forums though, some areas seem pretty dry still on .380, so you should check the stores you actually frequent as your region could be very different from others.

P.S. I buy my ammo in local private gun stores, not chains, so I don't have any idea how our local WalMarts or Dick's Sports and such stand for any caliber - price or availablity.

Texas Gun Person
February 16, 2010, 01:42 PM
I find 9mm short available at any place that sells .380 ;)

.380 will be sold out, and 9mm short will be full on the shelf. Nice.

February 16, 2010, 01:43 PM
There's plenty of it to be had on GunBrokers auction.
Some of it is over priced and some of the auctions are not too bad at all.
After my new Diamondback finds out what it likes I will order more.

February 16, 2010, 01:45 PM
The stores near me don't have anything reasonable but most of them were overpriced before the ammo drought which is why I only shop there once in a while but never buy. I was at a gunshow this weekend and there was plenty of FMJ and self defense rounds avaiable. The FMJ seems to running about $30 to $40 per hundred. I bought a couple boxes of gold dots for my Taurus TCP at $20per box. Midway is dry, Cabelas has it most of the time, I just bought a bunch of FMJ from LuckyGunner.com because I had a coupon I won in a raffle.

February 16, 2010, 01:52 PM
look at cheaperthandirt. They usually have it now.

February 16, 2010, 02:51 PM
my local bait shop has kept a pile of them lately. also made the rip up to scheels the other day and they were just about fully stocked on everything...except .357. oh well at least ammo is comming back

February 16, 2010, 02:56 PM
Ammunitiontogo.com usually has some on hand. Ordered from them many times, prices are decent, for .380, and service is good.

Guns and more
February 16, 2010, 03:59 PM
look at cheaperthandirt. They usually have it now.
Yes, for way too much money. I remember when they were quoted, "It's like playoff tickets." Laughing about how they were going to scalp the poor shooters.

No for me. I'd try Natchez first, Cabela's second.

Also try Ammoengine.com as they keep a running list of who sells what.

And lastly, try your gun shop. Now that .380 is back in circulation, some are almost fair.
I bought 50 rounds of PMC Bronze for $30 at the most expensive gun shop in town. But it gave me time to order online. (and $30 wasn't that bad)

Ala Dan
February 16, 2010, 08:13 PM
A'round Bombingham (Oops! Birmingham, AL) is scarce as hens teeth~! :uhoh:
When you do find it, you're gonna pay for it---------~! ;) :D

February 16, 2010, 09:07 PM
I have founds lots of .380 ammo in Minnesota at L & M Fleet/Farm supply stores. I've found PMC and Federal American Eagle for $15-$16 per box. They usually have a limit of four. I began seeing it there around a year ago when no one else had any anywhere. They had a good supply of other ammo as well.

Check them out next time you go up north.


February 17, 2010, 01:37 AM
thanks for the info. I just don't want to get an LCP and end up with no ammo for it. Maybe I should save some more cash and find an LCR. I'll see how it goes when my check comes in. Then it's time to shop. Thanks.

February 17, 2010, 01:41 AM
I sitll haven't found any at Wal-mart, but the local gunshops have it if you are really desperate for $35 per box. In reality though, backorder a few boxes from Midway or somewhere similar and just wait a bit. You'll get it after a while. The LCP and similar guns aren't made for high volume shooting anyways. Run 150-200 rounds through it to make sure it works, then buy 2 more boxes of ammo and keep it safe. For the type of gun that you hope you never have to use, ammo cost isn't a major factor.

February 17, 2010, 01:43 AM
I went to wally world one night they had 2 100rd bulk packs for less than $40 each. Went back the next they were M.I.A, makes me wonder if it was all a dream.?

Minirunner, I have an lcp and thinking of selling it due to this shortage. Looking to maybe buy pf9.

February 17, 2010, 01:52 AM
Down here in the Coastal Bend Region of Texas, .380 is nigh impossible to find. I was able to buy a box of 50 Remington UMC at a Wal-Mart for about $17. Of course that was the first box that the store had seen in a few months and it doesn't hurt to work for the store and make friends in sporting goods ;)

February 17, 2010, 09:02 AM
If you don't mind the price:
Buffalo Bore

all usually have plenty in stock.

February 17, 2010, 11:33 AM
It seems to come and go in my neck of the woods. I hadn't seen anything on the shelves from one end of the state to the other for more than a year, outside of a single box of Remington in July. Then, around Christmas, a load of PMC Brass showed up at a store in the central part of the state: $14.95 for 50-round boxes. The store had hundreds and hundreds of boxes for sale, and they were gone in inside of a week (more than a handful to my safe). Now, I haven't seen anything on the shelves since; most clerks laugh at you when you ask. Online is about the only way that you can get a steady supply of it, and even then you have to be a diligent shopper.

February 17, 2010, 02:23 PM
My walmart had 380 white box 100 rounds 35 bucks my dealer has several boxes. No Corbon or really good HP mainly ball

February 17, 2010, 02:33 PM
I bought an LCP for my wife LAST February,could only find ammo in one place. They had about 10 boxes of Prvi Partizan 50rd for $35 each.Those boxes are long gone and have not been replaced. I can't find .380 anywhere. Even Sportsmans Guide pushed my backorder from March till the middle of June.

February 17, 2010, 06:21 PM
I buy from Cabelas.

Sometimes it takes a month, but I buy 500 rounds at a time so no biggie

February 17, 2010, 08:20 PM
The "availability notices" from online sources like Natchez work really well. .380 isn't as scarce as it was six months ago. I wouldn't let ammo availability dissuade me from buying a LCP. It's a good pocket-gun, and .380 is out there, mostly on the interweb... you just probably still won't find it on a whim, especially at local stores.


February 17, 2010, 08:52 PM
Pretty much none available in north Florida. So I'm shopping for a .9mm since that's plentiful and cheap.

February 17, 2010, 09:38 PM
Last time I went to Cabelas they had at least a couple thousand rounds in stock. I haven't seen any in Walmart in a long time though. I find it pretty much everywhere else though.

February 26, 2010, 01:40 PM
Originally by vtbluegrass:
I just bought a bunch of FMJ from LuckyGunner.com because I had a coupon I won in a raffle.

Thanks for giving us a try, vtbluegrass!

These days, with 380 ammo (http://www.luckygunner.com/handgun/380-auto-ammo) often hard to come by, LuckyGunner.com's real time inventory counter is a great feature. The quantities of ammo we have listed are currently available--and ready to ship that same business day, if ordered by 2 pm EST.

See ya 'round!


February 26, 2010, 06:35 PM

Can't speak to the availability of ammo in your neck of the woods, but I can say I've recently purchased a new LCP and it's sweet....

I added the CT Laser to it, and it only got better..:D

Three-eighty ammo has been sparse here in S.E. Ga for the past year, but I notice more and more of it showing up.

I bought 2 100rd boxes of ($38.00 ea.) Winchester Value Pac (VP380) from the local Wal Mart recently, and just last week ran up on a couple of boxes of Hydra Shoks at a local gunstore. ($18.00 box of 20).

I certainly wouldn't let a lack of ammo stop me from buying a firearm I wanted. I feel sure you can find enough to determine the reliability of whatever you buy, then have another box or two stashed for carry ammo and you are good to go.

Mouseguns are by nature designed as an often carried, seldom fired self defense weapon.

Just personal opinion.


Deaf Smith
February 26, 2010, 06:44 PM
Reload guys. Reload.

Midsouth has all you need. Lee turrent press, dies, powder, primers, 95 FMJ slugs...

Just save you r.380 brass and reload. Cost you less than 6 bucks a box of 50.

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