I succumbed to the Panic - Bought a case of .38 Special Just Because I Still Could


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bushmaster1313
January 20, 2013, 08:04 PM
Up till now I have not participated in the panic buying of guns and ammo.:eek:

But today I saw an ample supply of .38 Special at 18.99 for a box of 50.
First I bought 4 boxes. Then I turned around and bought 6 more.

I bought simply because I could, and at a price that was comparable to prices before the "panic."

I also thought that prices could shoot up and not come down because the .38 special uses a fair amount of lead and brass. Also, depending on upcoming legislation, online purchases might be prohibited and so-called "bulk" purchases might be curtailed.

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d-dogg
January 20, 2013, 08:28 PM
Hey, if you're almost out and you need some .38, 500 rounds at one purchase isn't crazy.

Steve H
January 20, 2013, 08:34 PM
Not crazy at all. Right now if you can find ammo (38, 45 or 223) in the .35 - .40 per round I wouldn't fault you for buy some extra.

skeeziks
January 20, 2013, 08:39 PM
1 Case - Speer Lawman 45acp 230-gr. FMC = 169.90

That works out to 16.99 a box. I bought 2 cases. But that was last year. Wish I had bought 5 cases at THAT price.

slamfirev10
January 20, 2013, 08:45 PM
500 rounds of 38 = 2 trips to the range, you did good

Steve H
January 20, 2013, 08:51 PM
That works out to 16.99 a box. I bought 2 cases. But that was last year. Wish I had bought 5 cases at THAT price.

cheapest I have seen in the past few weeks was .45/round from ammoman, that was back in the good old days when he had some inventory. ~ 2 weeks ago.:rolleyes:

meanmrmustard
January 20, 2013, 09:00 PM
Wonder how long till I start buying ammo I don't need, and having to use it as currency?

afponiky
January 20, 2013, 09:23 PM
Here Here!!!!

Ledgehammer
January 20, 2013, 09:43 PM
Multiply this times 100 thousand and this is why we have no ammo right now.

bushmaster1313
January 20, 2013, 10:44 PM
Multiply this times 100 thousand and this is why we have no ammo right now.

Actually, I am hoping to get out to the range with friends and this is the only ammo other than .22LR that we could should for less than $0.20 per round.

BHP FAN
January 20, 2013, 10:46 PM
You guys need to reload.

bushmaster1313
January 20, 2013, 10:54 PM
You guys need to reload.

A wise observation, no doubt.
But given that myself, and many others who enjoy to shoot, are simply not configured to get into reloading,
$18.99 for a box of 50 looks like a good deal.

76shuvlinoff
January 20, 2013, 10:54 PM
I have 1000 rds of .38 on hand. One 38, one 357 and one Marlin 1894c in 357 can eat it right up. Sadly I am not doing any shooting these days except some 22lr just for the smell.

joeschmoe
January 20, 2013, 10:56 PM
I hope you own a .38.

JVaughn
January 20, 2013, 10:58 PM
Don't blame you, I have bought more lately too.

BHP FAN
January 20, 2013, 10:59 PM
''A wise observation, no doubt.
But given that myself, and many others who enjoy to shoot, are simply not configured to get into reloading,
$18.99 for a box of 50 looks like a good deal...''

I'd buy it, if I didn't still have about 300 left of the last 500 I bought. Is it loaded on good brass?

readyeddy
January 20, 2013, 11:01 PM
Panic buying is when you pay inflated prices because you're afraid it wont be available in the future. At least that's how I define it.

bushmaster1313
January 20, 2013, 11:07 PM
I'd buy it, if I didn't still have about 300 left of the last 500 I bought. Is it loaded on good brass?

Yes, Remington White/Green Box
The Blazer was $16.99 but had aluminium cases

BHP FAN
January 21, 2013, 12:10 AM
thanks! I only do Blazers in .22... I like Remington and Starline for the centerfire brass.

chris in va
January 21, 2013, 12:33 AM
Save your brass people. Even if you don't reload, just keep it in a bucket somewhere.

I cringe every time some guy at the range dumps his empty cases in the trash can. At least drop it on the floor or something.

heeler
January 21, 2013, 09:09 AM
I dont consider buying 500 rounds anywhere near the word panic buying.
As another poster noted and I agree panic buying is paying out the nose for ammo that should cost around half that amount.
Like I did in 2009 as I paid $28-$30 for a box of 50 rounds of .380 Auto.
After it and other calibers of ammo came down to earth in price I started buying in bulk online.
I am very well stocked and intend on being so.

Also most cases of pistol ammo are 20 boxes of 50 round count(1000 rounds) cartridges unless it's hollow points and they are usually 10 boxes to a case.
Just saying for clarity.

22-rimfire
January 21, 2013, 09:19 AM
A single case is not such a big deal. But I have some misgivings if the purchase was at Walmart when there was probably another guy minutes away from hitting the sporting goods area with the intention of buying some 38spl. ammo.

On the other hand, I have purchased ammo at one Walmart and the lady there suggested I buy it all simply so she doesn't have to open the cabinet again. :D

Halal Pork
January 21, 2013, 09:25 AM
If you need .38 then it's a good buy for sure. Half a case isn't really that much. Keep your brass.

bannockburn
January 21, 2013, 11:11 AM
I don't think 500 rounds of .38 Special at that price is panic buying. Just a good deal at what is still a decent price. I would have probably done the same thing if I needed additional quantities in that caliber. It's a sure bet it's not going to be any cheaper or maybe even available again anytime in the near future.

Arkansas Paul
January 21, 2013, 12:03 PM
Multiply this times 100 thousand and this is why we have no ammo right now.

Really? 10 boxes is that big a deal? I've gone through that much in one range trip when several of us get together and go for the afternoon.

gearhead
January 21, 2013, 01:20 PM
I stopped by Palmetto State Armory last week one day during lunch, hoping to find some 9mm Mak. They were out but I did pick up two boxes of Federal .38Spl in the old FBI load for $15/box. After I left I wished I had gotten five or six boxes at that price. I'm pretty well fixed for ammo in the carry guns, I have the option of carrying .38Spl, 9mm Mak, 9X19, and .45ACP and I have a minimum of 500 rounds for all of them except the .38Spl.

Ledgehammer
January 21, 2013, 05:22 PM
My point is he even stated in his first post he didn't need it - just bought it cuz he could. That's kind of panic buying in my eyes. Now everybody and their brother are doing the same thing. Guys that used to go through a few hundred rounds a month are 500 to 1000 at a time. Btw 10 x's $18.99 = $190 if you spend that on a weekly range trip you make a lot more money than I do.

Manny
January 21, 2013, 07:47 PM
I cut back on number of different cartridges I shoot partly so I could limit the different types of ammo I need to stock and to make it easier to stock up. My normal mode of buying ammo now is by the case. I will shoot it up and a gun without ammo is useless.

IMHO I think a case of ammo per firearm is a good start.

mrvco
January 21, 2013, 08:29 PM
I stopped by Wal-mart today to buy some rags and checked out the ammo section...

What did they have in stock?

plenty of .380 pistol ammunition and plenty of... wait for it... 7.62x39 AK ammo, brass and steel cased, take your pick.

Strange days.

heeler
January 21, 2013, 08:37 PM
Ledgehammer,I understand what you are saying but another point of view to consider is that the price of ammo in the last few months has been pretty steady with some great online deals such as "UMC 9 MM 115gr " specials for $9.99 or "S&B 380 Auto" for $12.79 just to name a few.
So even if someone does not need it sometimes people who have the spare change will buy or order just because it's there for that price.
I am guilty as charged.
I have bought a lot of ammo at some of those great sales prices over the last couple of years as well as real recently and did not need it and just today as an example point I received 300 rounds of 32 ACP from Midway and am due more 32 ACP and 380 tomorrow from Natchez and then later in the week a full 1000 round case of 380 from a GunBroker auction and each and everyone of these deals were truely not over priced buys what so ever.
I did this because it was there,the price was pretty much normal,and I truely believe ammo will be much higher in the next year or two.
At least I have a four or five year edge on the inflation which will buy more time to catch future sales as there will always be one whether ammo two years from now is $35 a box or $13.

hovercat
January 21, 2013, 09:39 PM
No different than buying toilet paper in the big 48+ roll pack. You know that you will use it.
You are helping to save the enviroment by not having to drive to buy ammo before each range trip.

bushmaster1313
January 21, 2013, 11:16 PM
You are helping to save the environment by not having to drive to buy ammo before each range trip.

That is one of the wisest things I've heard on this Forum in a while.

Online bulk sales with delivery as by a truck on it's regular route lowers my carbon footprint even more.

Ledgehammer
January 22, 2013, 05:10 AM
Good thing there isn't a toilet paper panic buy going on right now...Lol lowering your carbon footprint is a stretch. I'm just saying a lot of people who never bought all they could are doing it now. My lgs has a 2 box limit on ammo and I think that's the right thing to do so everybody can at least go shoot instead of the guy in front of you emptying his bank account on ammo cuz he can. Its the epitome of panic buying and 1 year ago never would have happened.

heeler
January 22, 2013, 09:07 AM
Well it might not of happened a year ago but it certainly did after the 2008 election.
This guy in office gives most gun owners a bad case of nerves,thus the run on guns and ammo.

PJSprog
January 22, 2013, 02:48 PM
You guys need to reload.
Walk into any local gun shop and ask if they have any small rifle primers. See if you get the same laugh I got this past weekend.

soonerfan85
January 22, 2013, 03:35 PM
Down to under 20 rds of 38 so I ordered 6 boxes last night. My newly acquired Ruger GP100 is hungry and no one local has any. Only internet site I found that had any was luckygunner. Including shipping it came out to just over $26 per box for Remmington round nose. :(
Wish I could find ammo for the price you got it.

heeler
January 22, 2013, 03:40 PM
This is probably going to stick in someone's crawl but I received notice this morning that Midway had Independence 223 in 500 round lots for...$219.99,so I bought.
Two minutes later I could not even get on their website due to the traffic.
I dont even own an AR or anything in 223.
However, a good friend did buy a much over priced AR three weeks ago so I will sell him the ammo for the same price I paid for it because he cant find any anywhere short of the $1.00 a round at the GunBroker auctions.
When I told him he was estatic.

Ledgehammer
January 22, 2013, 05:32 PM
The funny thing is in 2008 you couldn't find .380 but everything else was still around. 2013 it's the reverse lol -

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