Re: 380 reloading
Like 312, I've all but retired my .380 Makarov in favor of a 9mm for just a plinker or beat-around farm pistol.
And his note about using handloads for carry is a good one to check into further.
The last time I bought any supplies for the .380 was about 10 years ago when I ordered 2000 cast round-nose bullets and 1000 Remington 88gr JHPs. Both of those boxes are still at least half-full.
I've got about 1000-1200 rounds of brass and/or loaded ammo on hand.
I do still see both brass and loaded ammo available in the local sporting goods stores.
.380 ammo is easier to find now than a few years back when the Keltec, Bersa Thunder, and Ruger LCP were the hot ticket that everyone just had to have.
It's still overpriced though. Around here it's just about as high as 40S&W.
For reloading, stick with 100gr or lighter jacketed bullets. Cast lead, you can go up to 115gr if you can find data for it.
The Rem 88gr JHP is a good all-around bullet for range shooting or small-game. It feeds well out of almost every .380 that I've tried it in.
And 1lb of WW231 (my prefered powder for the .380) will last you a long time.
7000grs/3.0gr = around 2300 rounds.
Last edited by Bindernut; 05-04-2012 at 01:41 AM..