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.380 ammo shortage

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by sgtchris, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. sgtchris

    sgtchris New Member

    I live in kent, washington and I cannot find a box of Remington .380 golden sabers to save my life or any kind of .380 for that matter. They keep on saying that Remington just cant keep up with demand for small defensive ammo.
    My question is when did .380 ammo become so damn rare. Albeit I am only 36 years old but I always assumed it was the older folks that tended to be partial to that caliber for backup shooters I could be wrong.
    I thought I was special. I am really pissed off that the eight(8) yes eight places I have called or checked out myself that the shelf whas completely bare. Whats going on?
  2. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    We elected a socialist in November that has threatened to eliminate guns, ammunition, etc.....people are panic buying and hoardng

    HGUNHNTR New Member

    A socialist, you act as if its a dirty word.

    Ammo is scarce because people love to hoard things that make them feel warm and fuzzy when they believe the end is near. That cuts the supply available to you and me.
  4. jjohnson

    jjohnson New Member

    Old Farts?

    Young Sarge, I'm one of those old folks that buys the .380 ammo now and then.

    My combat boots are older than you are, Sonny....:scrutiny:

    But anyway, many of us old folks started stockpiling some time ago when it started to look like the election wasn't going to go our way. You're going to have to mail order some from one of the many outfits like Grafs, Wideners, Natchez, Midsouth or even (I spit) Midway. You may want to consider reloading the .380 so you'll have ammo to practice with if you can't score big on high performance ammo. I bought my spendy SD ammo, enough to do the reliability test in my Makarov, and reloaded piles of it for range/plinking. If you reload 9mm Luger, you can even load the 115 grain bullets in both, same powder (type, not charge weight), and primers.

    The ammo shortage is entirely a supply and demand thing, and extends to loading components. You may as well get in line to stockpile some of your own before ammo and/or components get the attention of our friends in Government.:mad:

    p.s. - for those of you in Suisse, I recall that it was one of your neighbors who made "socialist" a negative word about 70 years ago - remember?
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2009
  5. Marlin 45 carbine

    Marlin 45 carbine New Member

    the supply here for .380acp is zilch. 9mm is available-barely. .357Mag and .38Spc is limited also. and 12ga Mag Buck. and 30-30 'regular' the Hi$$ ammo can be found.
  6. David E

    David E New Member

    Wow, a lotta hostility for a simple question !

    .380 is more popular than it used to be, thanks to new pocket pistols being chambered for it.

    ALL ages are buying it.

    And it's not "hoarding" if you're simply trying to buy some to have on hand.

    I was told that Federal, for one, uses the same machinery to make .380 ammo as they do to make 9mm ammo. Right now, it's going 24/7 cranking out 9mm.

    Yes, "socialist" IS a dirty word, at least it should be in this country.
  7. Taurus_9mm

    Taurus_9mm New Member

    I don't own anything in .380 but an owner of one of the two local shops I frequent said she couldn't get anything in her shop in .380 either, and usually they have a lot of everything on hand.
  8. orionengnr

    orionengnr New Member

    Reloading. It's not just for breakfast anymore... :)
  9. huntsman

    huntsman Active Member

    I would have thought it would be easy to find, After all the experts on the web tell us it's a worthless cartridge for self-defense.
  10. LightningCrash

    LightningCrash New Member

    I've heard, in a roundabout fashion, that most ammunition mfgs that had presses tooled up for .380 have tooled them up in 9mm to meet demand. The .380 in the pipeline has thus dried up, much to the dismay of many BUG owners.

    Again, that's just hearsay, but it seems to have some form of merit.
  11. ultradoc

    ultradoc New Member

    I went to Wall Mart yesterday and they were out of 380
  12. tinygnat219

    tinygnat219 New Member

    I was in Las Vegas last month visiting family and decided to bring my Kel-Tec P3AT and a box of .380 ammo with me in case we managed to hit the desert or an indoor range somewhere. On a whim, I decided to get another box. It turned into a bit of an obsession:
    3 Super Wal-Marts out.
    1 Bass Pro out.
    2 Big Five Sporting Goods out.
    8 Mom and Pop gun stores out.
    Finally found 2 boxes of UMC Reloads for 17 bucks each. I snagged them.
    Of the 13 stores I visited only the last one had ANY handgun ammo out there.
  13. jackstinson

    jackstinson New Member

    A whole lot of people are using .380 with all of the Bersas, Kel-Tecs, Walthers, and LCP's out there now. This week I've finally got some boxes of various .380 starting to trickle in. I'd love to buy ammo locally, but none of the shops around here have had .380 for months.

    My personal technique to buying .380acp (.32, 9x18, etc):
    1. If you see it available online or on a shelf, buy it right freakin' then!
    2. Put in as many "notify me when in stock" requests as you can at places like Natchez, Graf, etc.
    3. Place back-orders for 2-3 brands with at least 3 places online. Back-orders have varying waits. This is good...since they don't charge you until the ammo ships....and the shipping fee is usually split up over the shipments they make.
    4. Look online daily, especially on the weekend. Like I found some Remington .380 which came into stock overnight at Cabela's between last Saturday and Sunday; I ordered Sunday morning, it shipped on Monday, and is being delivered today.

    Finally, don't order 2,000 rounds of one kind at a time. Let someone else have some. :)
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2009
  14. LightningMan

    LightningMan New Member

    Dam! you folks are making me think I should have bought more .380 ammo. I was at a gun show in Nebraska Feb. 21 and a dealer had several boxes of .380 Mag-Tech ammo for $11.00 a box of 50rds. RNL. I ended up getting 3 of them for practice and 1 box of 20rd. Hornady JHP for $17.00. Should have got more, LM.
  15. ilmonster

    ilmonster Member

    Around here in southeastern Wisconsin there is plenty of .380. Actually, 9mm, .40, .38/.357 are in short supply. Most Walmarts, Ganders, etc. don't have any of the above, but plenty of .380 and .25 cal. ammo. Maybe in time folks will start to begin hording those too.
  16. hlq

    hlq New Member

    I found a 100 pk about a month ago at the local Wally world and picked it up. Haven't seen any there since or anywhere else for that matter. Most of the online source are out also but I have noticed some show expected shipments dates. Placing yourself on the notify lists is a good idea, you'll get some (right after they fill my order)!
  17. batmann

    batmann New Member

    Sorry Sgtchris that this turned into something of a political thing. Just about any caliber is hard to get right now and when you can find it, getting very pricey. The election has people in somewhat of a panic mode. Many types of firearms are also in short supply as well.
    I have taken to buying my ammo on line. IF you search around, you can usually find what you need. I just bought a 100 rounds of .30-30 cheaper than Wally World (with the IN sales tax) and that included the shipping. I will keep my Leverevolution and use this stuff for practice.
    If you don't mind the extra cost, Double Tap ammo has some really good stuff. I haven't used their .380, but have used their .357 and .44Mag stuff and it is really good. Buffalo Bore and Cor-bon are a couple more premium makes whose stuff I get. Pricey, but but IMHO worth it.
  18. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    We really don't need a bunch of snarky, hostile mouth music here.
  19. Spyvie

    Spyvie New Member

  20. I think this is probably closer to the truth than anything. Most places seem to be low on almost everything and the demand for 9mm (and other calibers, I'm sure) is certainly higher than than that for .380. The manufacturers are most likely cranking out the ammo which will fill the most orders.

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