Why is .380 ammo more expensive than 9mm?

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by hackercat13, Jan 17, 2011.

  1. hackercat13

    hackercat13 New Member

    Jan 13, 2011
    Washington State
    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?
  2. oscarmayer

    oscarmayer New Member

    Jun 24, 2008
    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.

  3. hogger129

    hogger129 Well-Known Member

    Nov 29, 2009
  4. 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

    oscarmayer New Member

    Jun 24, 2008
    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

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    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.
  7. graehaven

    graehaven Well-Known Member

    May 26, 2007
    Rochester, NY
    I stay away from the UMC stuff - very dirty, crappy ammo.
  8. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    .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
  9. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    And let's not forget the military contracts for 9mm.
  10. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    yes, that always helps the poularity and longevity of a cartridge...
  11. gun-nut

    gun-nut Member

    Jan 15, 2011
    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.
  12. bayhawk2

    bayhawk2 New Member

    Nov 9, 2010
    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

    TheGunClinger Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    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.
  14. hogger129

    hogger129 Well-Known Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    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.
  15. graehaven

    graehaven Well-Known Member

    May 26, 2007
    Rochester, NY
    I too like the Winchester better for range shooting.
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