Why is .380 ammo more expensive than 9mm?

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  1. hackercat13

    hackercat13 New Member

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    I am new to the forums, and thought perhaps someone could shed a little light on this for me. At Cabellas (and everywhere else I look at ammo,) .380 is more expensive than 9mm.

    250 rounds FMJ Remington UMC

    9mm 115 grain $59.99
    .380 95 grain $79.99

    Smaller round, less materials to make, where is the logic here?
    Chris
  2. oscarmayer

    oscarmayer New Member

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    supply and demand. with the large influx of small pocket size 380 being all the rage the ammo makers are capitalizing on the rounds popularity.
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    Smaller supply.
  4. old semperfi

    old semperfi New Member

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    just like 22 short ammo.if the demand is not greater than a current round then they will only run that line for a limited amount of time.they must change the machining every time they change calibers. old semperfi
  5. oscarmayer

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    not sure if this is true but i think i read somewhere 9mm and 380 were run on the same line and with the demand for 9mm being high they only make short runs of 380's and with the 380 craze in full swing it makes it hard to come by and retailer are wise to this and asking outragous prices for it
  6. Alpo

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    Oscar, it makes sense to me. 22 Short uses less brass, less lead and less powder, but it costs 50% more than 22 LR. 410 uses much less plastic, shot and powder than 12 gauge, but costs twice as much. I think its got a lot to do with the volume of sales. Stuff they sell a butt-load of is usually cheaper than stuff that they only sell a little.
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    I stay away from the UMC stuff - very dirty, crappy ammo.
  8. JLA

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    .380 is much more popular as a defensive rounds, therefore more people carry it, and demand is much stronger. But the demand is restricted to mainly defensive ammo sales. the ol' 9 mil is in everybodys bag, in defensive form as well as target/plinkin form. its more of a range caliber and much higher volumes are made because sales are virtually guaranteed.

    If you started an ammo company today there are 2 things that would be your absolute bread and butter, .22 rimfire and 9mm luger... dont make those two and quickly go out of business
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    And let's not forget the military contracts for 9mm.
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    yes, that always helps the poularity and longevity of a cartridge...
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    I know that here in ohio that most people are cairring the 380 for there ccw. The kel-tec firearms are very popular. But one more popular gun is the 45 Colt Judge. I have many people asking me to reload both cals. for them.
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    I bought a set of .380 dies just for this reason.It got so bad here
    that NOBODY had .380 ammo.If you could find it, it was sold at
    a rediculus price.A little dab of powder,sm. pistol primer,
    bullet.Problem solved.
  13. TheGunClinger

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    I bought the dies also. No one had .380 of any kind. Once I got the dies then all of a sudden everybody was stocking .380's. Go figure.
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    I use Remington UMC JHPs. But I don't buy their FMJ stuff because I can get FMJ for about $10 less if I buy Winchester brand instead.
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    I too like the Winchester better for range shooting.
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    Thats why I went with 9x18mm Makarov. $8.00 to $9.00 a box. A little more power. Since both lack real 'power' both would be ball use only anyway.

    The CZ82 holds 12 rounds anyway, more bonus. I would love to see a P3AT in 9x18mm. I would be the first to buy one. Maybe a conversion barrel.......
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    I don't reload 380 and never have so don't know if this holds true with the 380 or not. For me the cost of reloading 410 is high because I use a magnum handgun powder to achieve the the higher speeds with the smaller amounts of powder. This powder cost more than the powder I use to reload 12 or 20 ga. the rest of the components are close in price so no real change there other than it takes a little more effort and care with the 410 to make sure wads are inserted properly which slows done the process. Together this contributes to lower production and higher cost of materials.
  18. dragman

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    simple. 9mm is the most produced pistol ammo. It costs the company money to change over to make something else.
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    Absolutely its all about volume.
  20. The Count

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    I think its all BS. No good reason that a box of 38 SPL costs 15 and a box of 357 costs almost twice! That little bit of extra powder and a magnum primer? Please....
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