Are .380's a Ripoff?
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  1. Are .380's a Ripoff?

    Was at WallyWorld tonight. Saw Winchester ammo in both 9mm and .380, same FMJ type. Was easy to compare apples to apples, they were side by side.

    A box of 100 9mm FMJ target ammo was $19.99, box of 100 .380 (same type, FMJ) was $31.99. Twelve dollars more than the 9mm, for the same type ammo!

    Now...380 guns are a lot cheaper than 9mm guns, obviously that appeals to people (first time gun buyers?), but shooting them is much more expensive. So unless you just carry a .380 and never practice with it, over the long term, a 9mm is a lot cheaper to own.

    Question...since the effectiveness of a .380 is so questionable, and the ammo costs so much more, why do people carry them instead of, say, a sub-compact 9mm?

    mistergus75

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    I carry a .380 because I haven't found a sub compact 9 that is truly light weight and as compact as the Ruger LCP or S&W Bodyguard I carry. As far as ammo goes, the cost of the ammo can be a bit more than the 9, but not so much that I consider it too much to practice with on a regular basis.

    The other reason I like my .380 is because I often have pain and stiffness from arthritis, and the .380 doesn't compound it by its weight or recoil.

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    Most, not all 9mm's generate much more recoil than .380's.... especially in the polymer guns. Caliber only comes into play AFTER the shooter hits his/her target.
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    you want pricey try some .357 sig......
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    I carry my Ruger LCP when I can't fully concealed my Glock 26. And living in Florida where my dress code is usually shorts, t-shirt, and flop flops I tend to grab the Ruger LCP when I head out the door more latelty.

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    Reload them and cost fades into insignificence. The reason I carry a 380 instead of a 9mm is because I like the slower moving round. I call them "mini 45s". Lots of countries still use the 380s as their side arms. Lots more use 9mms. I like the idea of "dumping" most of a rounds energy into the target instead of shooting through them.

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    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

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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
    A year ago, the local gun shop was charging $50 for a box of .380 ammo. I later found the same ammo at $20 a box. Needless to say, I loaded up on it. I hate paying high prices but I knew when I started with guns nothing would be cheap. Gotta pay to play!

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    I have wondered the same thing only the question is why are 410 shotgun shells twice as expensive as 12 gauge. Anybody have the answer to that? But in the case of $50 vs $20 I guess it pays to shop around. And it is true, 'you play you pay'.

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