Is .380 and .38spl gone too?


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CoyoteSix
February 1, 2013, 05:52 PM
Just curious if .380ACP and .38spl are scarce lately as well.

The info I get is gonna influence a future purchase. I don't wanna buy a gun and not be able to run 2-300 rounds through it.



Thanks!

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Grassman
February 1, 2013, 05:55 PM
I know .380 was non existent at Cabela's today. Havn't seen it around here in weeks.

Newcatwalt
February 1, 2013, 06:06 PM
.380 is still available around here.

UKWildcatFan
February 1, 2013, 06:11 PM
.380 has been non-existent at St. Louis Cabelas and Bass Pro for weeks.

silicosys4
February 1, 2013, 06:11 PM
.38 spcl will usually be on the shelves around here after .380 is gone.
.38 spcl is easier to reload for as well, imo.
.38 spcl has many more load combinations, from 125gr. to 170gr.

hso
February 1, 2013, 06:37 PM
Plenty of .380 at the local Gander. Not much else, though.

Sauer Grapes
February 1, 2013, 07:06 PM
380 and 38spl are the only thing on the shelves around me. Although I almost gaged when I looked at the price of .380. :eek:

soonerfan85
February 1, 2013, 08:57 PM
At $26 per box of 50 ($18 for same ammo prior to the craziness), the 38spl on the shelf around here might as well not be.

rcmodel
February 1, 2013, 08:58 PM
I saw one box of .380 and one box of .45 Colt the last time I was at Walmart.

rc

Zeke/PA
February 1, 2013, 08:59 PM
My local FFL has a TON of .38 Special !
No 9MM stuff though.

NHCraigT
February 1, 2013, 09:01 PM
Scarce at some online stores and LGS's.

However, saw it at a LGS today, also; Natchez and Palmetto had them them this morning online.

KenW.
February 1, 2013, 09:23 PM
My LGS has been running VERY low on ALL autoloading ammo.

Slotback
February 1, 2013, 09:50 PM
Not seeing much of anything in my neck of the woods.

BYJO4
February 1, 2013, 10:12 PM
I can find both at this time although price is up. You might also consider a 357so you can buy 38 Spl or 357 which might make it easier to get ammo.

Deaf Smith
February 1, 2013, 10:33 PM
I would have thought after BILL 'Monica Missiles' Clinton and Janet 'Babykiller' Reno people here would have put away a modest stock of ammo. Not saying 1000s of rounds but hey, I do have at least a couple hundred rounds for each type of round I use!

Not to long ago Wal-Mart had 400 round machinegun boxes full of 5.56 FMJ 55gr for decent prices. All you had to do was buy ONE.

And surely the more intrepid folks would have learned to reload their own ammo!

Anyway, once this scare is over, guys buy a modest amount of good ammo and pick it up just in case.

Deaf

ArchAngelCD
February 2, 2013, 12:42 AM
My local gun shop has most calibers on the shelf although not a lot at one time. The distributor is only supplying 1 case of each at a time.

He has 25 Auto, 380 Auto, 9mm, 45 Auto but no 40 S&W.
He has 38 S&W, .38 Special, .357 Magnum, 44 Special, 45 Colt but no 44 Magnum.
Actually, he has 5 different .38 Special/Special +P loads including the FBI Load.

BUT, powder and primers, not a chance!

maxyedor
February 2, 2013, 12:52 AM
Around here .38spl has been virtually nonexistent for years, at most I see 2-3 boxes on the shelf at a time. .380 was worse, until all the nonsense started. Now it seems like the only caliber you can always find a lot of.

tarosean
February 2, 2013, 01:03 AM
midway has 380 wwb for 17.99 right now.. (assuming I didnt just order it all :) )

CoyoteSix
February 2, 2013, 01:23 AM
I'm really leaning towards Ruger's LCR...

I really just gotta run down to my LGS's when I'm ready to buy something. The ammo stock keeps fluctuating.

Is it easier to carry a revolver or a small Semi Auto?

EchoZebra
February 2, 2013, 01:47 AM
.32 acp is scarce as well...and that includes online sources. At Wal-Mart I saw three boxes of .380 on the shelf, a ton of 30-06 and .270 Win, and NOTHING else...must have just come in.

ccsniper
February 2, 2013, 02:24 AM
every local place has .380 and 38 special in my area, also have plenty of .40 but not really anything else.

PabloJ
February 2, 2013, 10:11 AM
Just curious if .380ACP and .38spl are scarce lately as well.

The info I get is gonna influence a future purchase. I don't wanna buy a gun and not be able to run 2-300 rounds through it.



Thanks!
Yes, and NO MORE will be available. Sorry.

OldMac
February 2, 2013, 11:27 AM
The only 380 around here is tulammo and it will not feed through sw bodygaurd or ruger lcp

xjsnake
February 2, 2013, 11:29 AM
There's .380 available a lot of places online, you just have to look around. It's fairly reasonably priced too. Try the ammo search engines

Maia007
February 2, 2013, 11:33 AM
Our local variety stores, BiMart, have plenty of .38 Rem/umc practice ammo. Some .45. Some .357. Fair selection of hunting rifle cals. All at regular prices.

Not much of anything else. 4 box limits.

No .22 but plenty of .17.... That's even on sale

PabloJ
February 2, 2013, 12:11 PM
I would get handgun in "real caliber" like .40S&W for which ammo is readily available. With .357 and 9x19 the .38 and 9x17 make little sense to get unless one already has one.

PedalBiker
February 2, 2013, 12:18 PM
I would have thought after BILL 'Monica Missiles' Clinton and Janet 'Babykiller' Reno people here would have put away a modest stock of ammo. Not saying 1000s of rounds but hey, I do have at least a couple hundred rounds for each type of round I use!

Not to long ago Wal-Mart had 400 round machinegun boxes full of 5.56 FMJ 55gr for decent prices. All you had to do was buy ONE.

And surely the more intrepid folks would have learned to reload their own ammo!


The current shortage is as much a testament to the inflexibility of Just In Time theory as it is due to a real increase in demand.

JIT sounds great in MBA school, but I've seen entire factories shut down waiting on a guy with a box of bolts hand carried from Japan.

Just be glad it's only ammo that's in short supply.

MDW GUNS
February 2, 2013, 12:30 PM
There are millions of guns in both of those classic calibers.
Only because you don't find them right now means nothing.
Going by this you would have to worry of 9mm and .45ACP, you can't find them right now either!

tarosean
February 2, 2013, 01:54 PM
I would get handgun in "real caliber" like .40S&W

Your missing a 4 and the word Magnum if you want to talk about "real calibers"....

Okie45
February 2, 2013, 03:10 PM
We all know "real calibers" come from shortening a cartridge and making it less powerful.

soonerfan85
February 2, 2013, 06:43 PM
I would get handgun in "real caliber" like .40S&W for which ammo is readily available. With .357 and 9x19 the .38 and 9x17 make little sense to get unless one already has one.
Please translate for this dummy.

I was of the opinion that .357 magnum was still pretty much the standard by which other pistol calibers are compared to for things such as stopping power, versatility and affordability.

351 WINCHESTER
February 2, 2013, 06:45 PM
.38 special lgs fair supply. 1 box .25acp, 3 boxes .32acp, 1 box .45acp that's all folks.

Deaf Smith
February 2, 2013, 11:07 PM
The current shortage is as much a testament to the inflexibility of Just In Time theory as it is due to a real increase in demand.

JIT sounds great in MBA school, but I've seen entire factories shut down waiting on a guy with a box of bolts hand carried from Japan.

Just be glad it's only ammo that's in short supply.
'Just in Time' works if you have time.

But with a mass run there is no time!

Same goes with food and other essentials.

Keep a modest quantity of all the things you need, even toilet paper, just in case.

You don't need mountains of it, but some backed up.

Deaf

colorado_handgunner
February 2, 2013, 11:18 PM
380 is readily available at lgs. 38 is hit or miss.

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NHCraigT
February 2, 2013, 11:28 PM
Picked up a UMC bulk pack 250 rounds of 38 spl this morning at a LGS for $95.

Sebastian the Ibis
February 3, 2013, 10:20 AM
My Walmart had .380, .357, .40, & .45, last time I was there. No 9mm .223 or 12. If you are worried about ammo supplies, buy what's available, then the gun. I just got thousands of rounds of 9mm mak very reasonably ( thank you aimsurplus) and two pistols to shoot it out of (thank you classlicarms). This was all cheaper than two range trips shooting 9mm or 223 at panic prices.

ScrapMetalSlug
February 3, 2013, 10:53 AM
I see a lot of talk about "just in time practices". I can't see how just in time would make as much sense with things like ammo where a caliber can stay in style for 100 years or so.
They way I understand it, "just in time practices" were mainly developed for industries like electronics or computers, where by the time they built up any inventory the electronic components were already obsolete and were nothing but a loss. Ammo doesn't expire or become obsolete quickly, so I don't really see the benefit.

OptimusPrime
February 3, 2013, 11:08 AM
Just came out of Gander (disappointed). Rack upon rack of .357 at $1.25 per round, several racks of .40 and .410 and that.....was......it.
No .22, no .38, .380, or.45 at all.
Maybe next week?? :(

481
February 3, 2013, 11:54 AM
Plenty of .38 Spl. at my LGS- probably 'cause no one thinks "assault rifle" when they see a box of 148 WCs.

.380 is available in spots, at least moreso than last time we had a panic.

kmrcstintn
February 3, 2013, 04:51 PM
.38 spl is dwindling and .380 isn't far behind...some places they are gone, gone, gone!

the one place I've seen stuff with multiple boxes, Gander Mountain, the prices are high and that is currently a deterrent...unless your personal stash is on fumes and that's what they are hoping will drive you buy at top dollar!

Deer_Freak
February 4, 2013, 09:06 AM
I have been finding the 100 packs of WWB for a 380. The 380 WWB went up from $33 to $37 for 100 rounds. I have been been seeing just plain ole Remington FMJ for $33 for 50 rounds.

Pointshoot
February 4, 2013, 12:44 PM
I don't own a gun chambered in that round but I havent seen any 380 in any of the various stores I've gone to.
2-3 weeks ago you could still find 38 Special, but mostly round nose target/practice loads. Nothing in a defensive 38 Special at the various local shops.
A few days ago I did notice that one of my favorite local sporting goods stores
got in a good shipment of ammo. From what I could tell, it was mostly target/plinking ammo - and a lot of what they got was American Eagle.

BP Hunter
February 5, 2013, 11:30 AM
Our LGS's have more .380's than 9mm, .40 and .45 cal. combined! The .380 seems to be an unpopular round in my area. It makes me feel like "hoarding" .380 ammo. :D

Jim K
February 7, 2013, 10:06 PM
If you have been hoarding some of those calibers, and are tired of falling over ammo cans, now might be a good time to contact your local gun shop and see if they would like to buy some.

Jim

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