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.380 ammo?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by SATX man, Jan 20, 2010.

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  1. SATX man

    SATX man Member

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    I bought my wife a LCP when they first came out and she noticed there is no ammo available or its very expensive, she has never shot it, will it ever go down in price? She is thinking of selling it and going with a .38Special, will this be a wise decision to sell and go with a revolver or will prices on .380 go down?
     
  2. Bill B.

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    JMO but no prices will never go down and .380 ammo will always be harder to find than 38 special .........but unless your wife is different than 99% out there this .380 will be shot in very low volume anyway. Cabela's has had .380 available lately. I would buy several boxes and keep the Ruger. She must have had a reason for the purchase in the first place or she would have went with the .38 snub.
     
  3. oneounceload

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    380 is available everywhere around here in central FL - it isn't cheap, but then, if you're expecting rock-bottom pricing from a few years ago, that will not probably ever happen again. Buy some reasonably- priced practice ammo like Fiocchis and buy some good-quality ammo for actual carry. This isn't a range gun where 100's or 1000's of rounds will be fired........the cost of the ammo is the least of your concern
     
  4. Guns and more

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    I just got an e-mail that Natchez has .380 PMC Bronze for $16.99/50. Today.

    Good price. .380 is coming back. Don't be afraid to order it online.
     
  5. 351 WINCHESTER

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    PMC .380 ammo is all over fl.
     
  6. mxlj

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    check cabelas if you have one locally. or order it from them. they seem to have it in fairly regularly.
     
  7. j21blackjack

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    +1 to ordering online. I just ordered some Buffalo Bore from Cabelas for $18 on sale. Obviously that's pretty high for only 20 rounds boxes, but not really that high. .380 is coming back slowly. Most of the pawn shops here have it, but they want $30 a box. Walmart still can't get any here in SE GA.
     
  8. 1KPerDay

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    Where I live .38 spec is more expensive than .380. not by much...
     
  9. ChefKristian

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    Since you are in San Antonio, order it online from Cabela's and they will ship it for free to the Buda store. I ordered 3 boxes of Fiocchi .380 for $17.99 each for a box of 50. I also was in Fort Worth this past weekend an the Cabela's there had Herter's for $16.99 a box of 50 :what:,so I bought 2 boxes while I was there... So I am sitting on 250 rounds for less than $100... Cabela's also had a bunch of different brands available online...

    You just need to shop around online. Usually the local shops will try to rob you blind. I was at Red's in South Austin last weekend an they would not even sell me a box of ammo, even though they had some. They said that the ammo was reserved for new gun purchases only... ***...

    Every now and then Dick's will have a few boxes of Winchester white box for $18.99.

    It seems it is getting to be a lot easier to find .380.
     
  10. BCCL

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    For while, .380 was just flat gone from around here, no stores had any, but it's starting to appear again.
     
  11. searcher451

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    I've seen plenty of .380 ACP of late in my neck of the woods. I haven't seen any .38 Special in a long, long time, however. Byt the by, I wouldn't let my wife dump the gun in question unless and until she had a chance to shoot and decided that she didn't like it. But that's just me.
     
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    Online.

    I get it shipped to my house.
     
  13. hmphargh

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    I heard that the Cabela's in Buda had some PMC .380 as of a few days ago. I didn't see it with my own eyes so I can't verify that, but you might give them a call.
     
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    I'm seeing more and more .380 when I look for it. I recently saw 50rd boxes for $16.99, but I don't know if that is "low", but it doesn't seem high because I remember 50rds of range ammo priced at $39.99 just a few months ago. The odd thing is that, I don't even own a .380 pistol. I just like to see what their charging for that stuff and how much is out there.
     
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    It has gone waaaay down in the last six months. Not so long ago, .380 was either unobtainable or was getting $50-70 per box (not from me).
    These days, $25-30 per box is not uncommon, and several posts on this thread show prices below $20/box of 50 rounds.

    Will it go far below this price? Probably not much. But given inflation (the diminishing value of each dollar) that is not an unreasonable price.
     
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    The problem I am seeing is many are buying a 380 for concealed carry and instead of buying a 22 or a 9mm for primary plinking they go and plink with their 380 thereby buying up all the ammo.
     
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    If you can't find it just order it online. If that's the gun she likes the most don't let a little ammo scarcety get you to sell it.

    I just thought of something. Someone could stand to profit very much from opening even just a .380 ammo factory that could outproduce the rest at reasonable prices.
     
  18. Jonah71

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    Afew months ago it was very scarce here in central Mo., but I've found more lately. Especially Winchester .380 acp range rounds. Now that I've finally got the ammo to get in some range time with mine, the weather isn't helping any. What I can't find ANY of is rounds for an old .38 a friend gave me.
     
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    It's all over the place in Ohio. But several months ago it was a differant story.
     
  20. moooose102

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    it will come back down. how long is a question only panic buyers can answer. it was not until ruger introduced their LCP that things went crazy. i am glad that i bought 400 rounds of ammo, and 500 once fired cases before things went crazy. now, your wife never firing her lcp, is a whole different issue. she needs to go out and shoot it no matter what the price of ammo is. she does not need to shoot 2k rounds, but she really needs to get aquainted with the gun.
     
  21. supham

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    Just picked some up at my local Dicks. $16 / box of 50

    Plus I used my coupon from my Entertainment book.
     
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    The 38 will always be more reliable than the micro -mini 380s. Their basic soundness can also be determined with minimal expendature in ammunition. Reliability with the 380s can vary from one ammunition type to the next and it may take a substantial amount of shooting to determine if the little plastic wonder is reliable at all. This months american rifleman has a round up article on all the newly introduced 380s. Only one, the rorhbach *(sp)? was malfunction free.. The rest jammed at random or on specific ammunition types leading the author, wiley clapp, to say that they probably need extended break in periods. He never did get to the point that manfunction test guns smoothed out and became reliable. In fact, the Ruger LCP he had shot for an earlier review now jammed on multiple ammunition types.
     
  23. Ben86

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    I fine wiley clapp's review strange. To have malfunctions on so many different guns at once makes me believe it was something he was doing. Maybe limp wristing, maybe the guns were dry. My LCP has been every bit as reliable as my glocks with several kinds of ammunition. I have never had a malfunction in over 300 rounds.
     
  24. trombosis

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    .380 is almost impossible to find here in South Texas. At the Academy in CC, any shipments they do get are bought out by 10 AM by the same people. However, I have noticed copious amounts of 9MM and .40 WWB at the Wal-Marts.
     
  25. Lakeshore

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    Sportsman's Guide has begun shipping S&B .380 that I've had on backorder for months. Doubt I'll buy more anytime soon, I just keep some around for a couple of pocket pistols. There are a half dozen other calibers that I prefer shooting at the range.
     
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