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.380 Ammo: Who's got it? What's it cost??

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Redcoat3340, Jul 25, 2021.

  1. Merle1

    Merle1 Member

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    volume of production has a lot to do with price. same deal with 410 shotshells....
     
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  2. Mike J

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    When I was in Academy last weekend they had .380 in stock. $27.00 for a box of 50.. WWB FMJ.
     
  3. JohnKSa

    JohnKSa Administrator Staff Member

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    Part of production cost is changing over the line to set up for the cartridge to be loaded. That includes the cost of the line being down during the changeover. The entire time the line is down, all the normal expenses continue to accrue, but nothing is being produced that can be sold to recover those expenses.

    So the cost of a .380ACP run isn't just the cost of the raw materials, it also includes the cost of having the line down for the changeover to .380ACP as well as the cost of having the line down for the changeover back to 9mm once the run is done.

    To know if it really costs more or less to make a run of .380ACP you have to compare the cost incurred in the shutdown and changeover going from 9mm to .380ACP and then a second shutdown and changeover going back to 9mm against the difference in raw material costs.

    My guess is that the raw material cost between a round of 9mm and a round of .380ACP is very small. Which means that the changeover/shutdown cost could easily outweigh the small reduction in raw materials costs.
     
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  4. PCFlorida

    PCFlorida Contributing Member

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    I load pretty much everything but have never had that much .380 brass. However I did find myself short recently and found PMC .380 for $32 a box at cjtacticalsupply.com and bought 10 boxes. I think shipping was another $10. Not bad.
     
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  5. JBB

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    Bought an LCP MAX today and a box of 50 Sig V Crown to go with it. The ammo was $49.
     
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  6. Armybrat

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    Bought this at Academy yesterday for $19.99/box.
    It is the first .380 I have seen on the shelf in a year and a half.

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  7. Meeks36

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    I always use Underwood there $30 per box $7 shipping.
     
  8. bersaguy

    bersaguy Contributing Member

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    LGS here has Critical Defense for $27/box (25 rounds) Still have not seen FMJ since this summer, one Ace Hardware north of Clearwater, FL had PMC bronze for $79/box (50 rounds)...hope they still have it at that price:fire:
     
  9. Buzznrose

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    I got some Fiocchi about a month ago for $26 a box. Fist time it popped up in about 12months and haven't seen any since.
     
  11. gobsauce

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    Lgs had them for $45 a box of 50, the cheap stuff.
     
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