Why is .380ACP So Expensive

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by LandMonster, Sep 3, 2013.

  1. LandMonster

    LandMonster New Member

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    This round costs almost as much as .45 but must need half of the raw materials (lead, powder, brass and small primers) to make. And 9mm is almost $.10 cheaper per round, although it takes more material to make.

    I assume companies make more .45 and 9mm and the scale is what affects the consumer price, but still that's a lot of cash for such a small round.

    For you reloaders what does it cost to make a round of .380? What I have seen are load charts with 3-4 grains of powder.
     
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  2. bigjim

    bigjim New Member

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    380 brass = 0.08 per case
    3.0 grains 231 powder = 0.04 per round
    1 CCI SP primer = 0.08 per round
    Speer gold dot 90 grain 380 bullet = 0.20 per round.

    Total cost = $0.40 per round at todays prices.

    My costs
    380 brass once fired = 0.00 per case
    3.0 grains 231 powder = 0.025 per round
    1 CCI SP primer = 0.025 per round
    Speer gold dot 90 grain 380 bullet = 0.20 per round.

    Total cost = $0.25 per round 2012 prices.

    Remington High Terminal Performance Ammunition 380 ACP 88 Grain = $.58 per round.
    (Midway USA)

    There are the numbers.
    Jim
     

  3. bbertram

    bbertram New Member

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    As in most things, price is not determined by cost of manufacture but rather by demand and what the market will bear. The relative scarcity of 380 ( because not as much is being manufactured and distributed) is what I suspect drives the price difference.
     
  4. LandMonster

    LandMonster New Member

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    Thanks Jim. Those are compelling numbers and you are loading a premium bullet.
     
  5. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    when it comes to production you have to figure taxes, labor costs, utilities, insurance, rent/mortgage, administration costs, office supplies, manufacturing supplies, maintenance, groundskeeping, equipment costs and depreciation, shipping, advertising (box art is advertising as well), all these these things are MUCH bigger cost drivers than raw materials. im sure im leaving some things out as well.
     
  6. RUT

    RUT New Member Supporter

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    >>As in most things, price is not determined by cost of manufacture but rather by demand and what the market will bear.<<

    As is evidenced by the cost of 12 ga. ammo vs. .410. Go figure......
     
  7. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Ammo manufacturers have a limited number of loading machines. Most machines can be broken down and converted to load a different caliber. They are leaving machines "up and running" 24/7 in 9, 40 and 45 because that is what the people want the most of. Government contracts for these calibers make it cost ineffective to change calibers. They can sell a million rounds of 9mm a month, but losing a day of production to load .380 (or .41 Mag or .44-40, etc) just cuts into valuable production time in the "popular" calibers.

    I saw some .41 Mag at Academy last week. Remington 210 gr SP. I have not seen any .41 in years. I had to ask...$75 a box! No thanks.