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.380 availability

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by minirunner, Feb 16, 2010.

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  1. minirunner

    minirunner Member

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    I tried a little search and couldn't come up with a real answer. I was wondering how available .380 is. Im thinking of an LCP. And Im not looking to buy ammo every week or anything. Just would like to keep a box or two on hand and for the range. If I do purchase an LCP do you think I would be hard pressed to find it? Cabelas on line has it in stock supposedly. Thanks.
     
  2. SigP229R

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    I keep looking on the places like Midway and able ammo and don't see much and if you'r local Wally World is like the one here you surely won't find it there and if you should get lucky enough to find it it is a lot more expensive than 9mm and .40 and .45 or even .357 Sig. This is just my humble opinion some others may have other sources you can search have it readyly available.
     
  3. gwnorth

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    Depends entirely on where you are. I live near Charlottesville VA, and there is plenty of it around here, both FMJ and JHP. One store I was in last weekend had dozens of boxes on the shelves - Remington, Blazer, Fiocchi, Independence, Speer. I picked up a few boxes of Rem. Golden Sabres, but there was plenty still on the shelf after I took my share.

    Even the price seems to have come down some from what it was near the end of 2009. Still pricey, and nowhere near the $11-$12 per box of 50 for 9mm FMJ, but dropping all the same. Around here at least, .45acp is easily the most expensive calibre these days.

    From posts here and other forums though, some areas seem pretty dry still on .380, so you should check the stores you actually frequent as your region could be very different from others.

    P.S. I buy my ammo in local private gun stores, not chains, so I don't have any idea how our local WalMarts or Dick's Sports and such stand for any caliber - price or availablity.
     
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  4. Texas Gun Person

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    I find 9mm short available at any place that sells .380 ;)

    .380 will be sold out, and 9mm short will be full on the shelf. Nice.
     
  5. heeler

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    There's plenty of it to be had on GunBrokers auction.
    Some of it is over priced and some of the auctions are not too bad at all.
    After my new Diamondback finds out what it likes I will order more.
     
  6. vtbluegrass

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    The stores near me don't have anything reasonable but most of them were overpriced before the ammo drought which is why I only shop there once in a while but never buy. I was at a gunshow this weekend and there was plenty of FMJ and self defense rounds avaiable. The FMJ seems to running about $30 to $40 per hundred. I bought a couple boxes of gold dots for my Taurus TCP at $20per box. Midway is dry, Cabelas has it most of the time, I just bought a bunch of FMJ from LuckyGunner.com because I had a coupon I won in a raffle.
     
  7. ultradoc

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    look at cheaperthandirt. They usually have it now.
     
  8. JEB

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    my local bait shop has kept a pile of them lately. also made the rip up to scheels the other day and they were just about fully stocked on everything...except .357. oh well at least ammo is comming back
     
  9. RetDep310

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    Ammunitiontogo.com usually has some on hand. Ordered from them many times, prices are decent, for .380, and service is good.
     
  10. Guns and more

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    Yes, for way too much money. I remember when they were quoted, "It's like playoff tickets." Laughing about how they were going to scalp the poor shooters.

    No for me. I'd try Natchez first, Cabela's second.

    Also try Ammoengine.com as they keep a running list of who sells what.

    And lastly, try your gun shop. Now that .380 is back in circulation, some are almost fair.
    I bought 50 rounds of PMC Bronze for $30 at the most expensive gun shop in town. But it gave me time to order online. (and $30 wasn't that bad)
     
  11. Ala Dan

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    A'round Bombingham (Oops! Birmingham, AL) is scarce as hens teeth~! :uhoh:
    When you do find it, you're gonna pay for it---------~! ;) :D
     
  12. thebaldguy

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    I have founds lots of .380 ammo in Minnesota at L & M Fleet/Farm supply stores. I've found PMC and Federal American Eagle for $15-$16 per box. They usually have a limit of four. I began seeing it there around a year ago when no one else had any anywhere. They had a good supply of other ammo as well.

    Check them out next time you go up north.

    http://www.landmsupply.com/
     
  13. minirunner

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    thanks for the info. I just don't want to get an LCP and end up with no ammo for it. Maybe I should save some more cash and find an LCR. I'll see how it goes when my check comes in. Then it's time to shop. Thanks.
     
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    I sitll haven't found any at Wal-mart, but the local gunshops have it if you are really desperate for $35 per box. In reality though, backorder a few boxes from Midway or somewhere similar and just wait a bit. You'll get it after a while. The LCP and similar guns aren't made for high volume shooting anyways. Run 150-200 rounds through it to make sure it works, then buy 2 more boxes of ammo and keep it safe. For the type of gun that you hope you never have to use, ammo cost isn't a major factor.
     
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    I went to wally world one night they had 2 100rd bulk packs for less than $40 each. Went back the next they were M.I.A, makes me wonder if it was all a dream.?

    Minirunner, I have an lcp and thinking of selling it due to this shortage. Looking to maybe buy pf9.
     
  16. trombosis

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    Down here in the Coastal Bend Region of Texas, .380 is nigh impossible to find. I was able to buy a box of 50 Remington UMC at a Wal-Mart for about $17. Of course that was the first box that the store had seen in a few months and it doesn't hurt to work for the store and make friends in sporting goods ;)
     
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    If you don't mind the price:
    Buffalo Bore
    DoubleTap
    Ammuntiontogo

    all usually have plenty in stock.
     
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    It seems to come and go in my neck of the woods. I hadn't seen anything on the shelves from one end of the state to the other for more than a year, outside of a single box of Remington in July. Then, around Christmas, a load of PMC Brass showed up at a store in the central part of the state: $14.95 for 50-round boxes. The store had hundreds and hundreds of boxes for sale, and they were gone in inside of a week (more than a handful to my safe). Now, I haven't seen anything on the shelves since; most clerks laugh at you when you ask. Online is about the only way that you can get a steady supply of it, and even then you have to be a diligent shopper.
     
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    My walmart had 380 white box 100 rounds 35 bucks my dealer has several boxes. No Corbon or really good HP mainly ball
     
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    I bought an LCP for my wife LAST February,could only find ammo in one place. They had about 10 boxes of Prvi Partizan 50rd for $35 each.Those boxes are long gone and have not been replaced. I can't find .380 anywhere. Even Sportsmans Guide pushed my backorder from March till the middle of June.
     
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    I buy from Cabelas.

    Sometimes it takes a month, but I buy 500 rounds at a time so no biggie
     
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    The "availability notices" from online sources like Natchez work really well. .380 isn't as scarce as it was six months ago. I wouldn't let ammo availability dissuade me from buying a LCP. It's a good pocket-gun, and .380 is out there, mostly on the interweb... you just probably still won't find it on a whim, especially at local stores.

    Les
     
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    Pretty much none available in north Florida. So I'm shopping for a .9mm since that's plentiful and cheap.
     
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    Last time I went to Cabelas they had at least a couple thousand rounds in stock. I haven't seen any in Walmart in a long time though. I find it pretty much everywhere else though.
     
  25. lucky-gunner

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    Thanks for giving us a try, vtbluegrass!

    These days, with 380 ammo often hard to come by, LuckyGunner.com's real time inventory counter is a great feature. The quantities of ammo we have listed are currently available--and ready to ship that same business day, if ordered by 2 pm EST.

    See ya 'round!

    LuckyGunner.com
     
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