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    Quote Originally Posted by captsam54 View Post
    Supply and Demand......
    This ............ people that carry .380's tend to shoot them a lot less then folks that carry 9mm.

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    That and 9mm is a military caliber that is made in bulk for some big orders. This drives the unit cost for making 9mm ammo down quite a bit. 380 is not used as a military caliber and does not get the same type of bulk treatment.

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    I believe it has been a fairly recent accomplishment that the .380 caliber "technology" has been able to be put to the size a gun that used to be only found in the .25 caliber or smaller. I paid $25 for a box of 50 aluminum blazer CCIs in 2009, because that's all I could find, without excessive travel or postage. The walmarts near me had no ,380 in 2009, and I stopped there often! Happily, things are better now!

    Several calibers, including .45 and .32 cost about the same as .380 cartridge. Like mentioned above, the 357 sig will cost you even more! I assume the the .45 GAP is up there too in price. I like the economics of the 9mm cartridge (with a little help from NATO), but I like even better the concealability of .380 pocket guns.

    It's no rip-off in my book!

  5. Quote Originally Posted by SGB View Post
    This ............ people that carry .380's tend to shoot them a lot less then folks that carry 9mm.
    Seriously, why do you think this is? Are more .380 owners casual carriers who just like something easy to carry "just in case", rather than "head to the range" types who enjoy shooting?

  6. Quote Originally Posted by G50AE View Post
    That and 9mm is a military caliber that is made in bulk for some big orders. This drives the unit cost for making 9mm ammo down quite a bit. 380 is not used as a military caliber and does not get the same type of bulk treatment.
    I appreciate this answer. Makes alot of sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RJT CCW View Post
    For several reasons.

    1. Because the manufacturers can

    2. Due to the lower manufacturing quantities

    3. Due to the increased popularity of the .380 for pocket / discreet carry

    Add it all up and the price of .380 ammo has always been higher then comparible 9mm ammo. Just think how hard it was to find .380 a year of so ago. That came about due to increased demand for the .380 and a lack of production... IMHO
    You forgot that the .380 is very popular (because it is legal) in Mexico and they are grabbing up all they can.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheldon View Post
    You forgot that the .380 is very popular (because it is legal) in Mexico and they are grabbing up all they can.....
    Yes. In countries like Mexico, the citizenry are prohibited from having anything larger that a .380, as they reportedly want their military to have larger calibers and larger guns than their citizens.

    You will notice this line of thinking trying to take hold in the United States...

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    Supply and demand
    Peaceful- 45ACP "When you want to send the very best"

  10. Blame the Judge for 410 prices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mistergus75 View Post
    Seriously, why do you think this is? Are more .380 owners casual carriers who just like something easy to carry "just in case", rather than "head to the range" types who enjoy shooting?
    I would suggest that most .380s now are so small that they are not very fun to shoot, and honestly some of the smaller ones can't stand as many rounds as a full-size 9mm. You can take a Glock 9mm to the range with 200 rounds and have a fun day. If you take a Ruger LCP to the range with 200 rounds you're going to have a sore hand and 100 left-over rounds.

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