why the shortage ?

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by oscarmayer, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. oscarmayer

    oscarmayer New Member

    Jun 24, 2008
    just visited a local gun shop as i was wondering around looking at the ammo. i noticed tons and tons of 22,32,9x18 mak, 9mm, 38 in various forms, 40,357, 45 but only 4 boxes of 380. and that was remington 102gr jhp. why is there a 380 shortage ? when all other calibers seem to be easily had.
  2. topper

    topper New Member

    Aug 2, 2006
    deep in the woods
    Just looking on this forum, in the last few months, the 380 ammo seemed to be the one with the most shortages. I do not need 380, but i'm like you, oscarmayer, WTF is going on? Is it going to spread to other calibers as well? I just don't like what I see in the gun shops, as toward some ammo shortages, prices escalating on guns and ammo, and in general a bad feeling about what is on the horizon for gun purchases. Something just don't feel right. Are we in for another round of banning something? I sure hope not.

  3. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    What I've heard (don't know if it's true, but makes a lot of sense) is that the machinery used to make 380 is the same that is used to make 9mm, just adjusted slightly differently. 9mm has been selling so much that they have not stopped making it, to readjust the machinery to make 380.

    I know Winchester does something similar, with 307 Winchester and 375 Winchester and a few others that aren't real big sellers. They only make a run of that ammo once a year. When it's sold out, you have to wait until the next run. Obviously the machinery does not sit idle for the rest of the year. They readjust it and make something else. Since 307 is just 308 with a rim, I suspect, this year, they never shut down the 308 line, so no 307 got made.
  4. oscarmayer

    oscarmayer New Member

    Jun 24, 2008
    ok that makes sense, the 380 being made on the same line/machines as the 9mm. i was floored at the amount of 9mm the local store had but yet they had very little 380.
  5. ARB

    ARB New Member

    Jan 23, 2009
    Mid Missouri
    Jeez, maybe someone should let the manufacturer know that we're hurting out here. The .380 has been in short/no supply for quite a while. I treat the few .380 cartridges I have as if they were gold.
  6. Terry_P

    Terry_P New Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    There have been several new pistols come out in 380 like the LCP, Taurus, etc and I'm guessing the scheduling hasn't reacted to the increased demand. If you have one then save your brass and start rolling your own.
  7. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    Nobody has much of anything in this part of the country. Made a trip to Bass Pro Shop yesterday to get some SD ammo in .45cal., and all they had was about 4 boxes of Remington Golden Saber in 230gr., and about the same in 180gr. No Corbon, no Hornady, no Hydro Shocks, nothing that you would depend on. The Golden Sabers were listed on the shelf at $37.98 for 25 rds. I bought two boxes, but paid only $65 at the check out. No 380 at all of any kind. Can't get it at any of the gun shops I shop at. I personally don't buy the "machinery used to make 380 is the same that is used to make 9mm, just adjusted slightly differently", at least not completly. Try buying SD ammo in any caliber. They might have a good stock of ball ammo, in a few calibers, but you just can't hardly find the good stuff in any caliber. I think that we are in for a long dry spell, that just might get a lot drier down the road. Spending lots of money on reloading supplies, and still having problems getting components.
  8. Helix_FR

    Helix_FR Active Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    Imperial, MO
    There is a huge demand around here. I was talking to a local shop owner and he said he has sold more handguns in the .380 caliber in the past year than he has ever sold in the last 5 years. I'm finally starting to see 88-95 grain FMJ and JHP's bullets for reloads start to trickle in. I'm hoping the ammo is soon to follow.

    JUNKKING Well-Known Member

    Our Walmart has all you want .....Winchester white box bulk but 34 dollars for 50. Not too cheap.
  10. Maximilian II

    Maximilian II New Member

    May 25, 2009
    Northwest GA
    Wow, I pay around $20 a box for .44mag and .32 auto, 50 rd. boxes for both. I was unhappy that the smaller caliber cost the same as the one that was around twice the overall size!
  11. durk

    durk Active Member

    Sep 19, 2006
    I heard that more women are buying and shooting more .380 cal guns.
  12. 22WRF

    22WRF Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2004
    What shortage?
    I have 500 rnds loaded Cast lead and FMJ, 100 rds of XTP.
    150 XTP bullets and 500 of empty brass. I just need primers
  13. Double D

    Double D Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    North Florida
    I have mag tecs for 20.00 for 50rds and golden sabres for 19.00 for 25rds and some golden sabre +p for 19.00 for 25rds. All 45 acp. I have some hornady 380 critical defense for 21.00 for 25rds. I just cant see marking ammo up that high.
  14. ARB

    ARB New Member

    Jan 23, 2009
    Mid Missouri
    Do you ship out of state?
  15. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    I have plenty of components for .45, .38, .357, and .44 mag/spcl. What I can't find is the .380 components. I have many thousands of rds loaded and ready to go, and I have several thousands of rds ready to load in the calibers listed above. No real shortage on this end, but still looking for more!:D
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