Smith & Wesson Forum

Go Back   Smith & Wesson Forum > >


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 09-02-2012, 10:55 AM
M&PUSER M&PUSER is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 145
Likes: 0
Liked 33 Times in 27 Posts
Default Reloading the .380 ACP

Is it worth reloading for the .380 ACP [9mmX17mm]?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 09-03-2012, 03:07 PM
Houdini1953's Avatar
Houdini1953 Houdini1953 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Hendersonville Tennessee
Posts: 881
Likes: 111
Liked 151 Times in 113 Posts
Default

NOPE! Go ahead and buy manufactured ammo!
__________________
59,M&P9,40,40C,357,(2)45,G26
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-03-2012, 03:42 PM
OKFC05 OKFC05 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 6,279
Likes: 1,043
Liked 2,089 Times in 1,033 Posts
Default

Aside from a slight reduction in powder, it costs the same to reload .380 as to reload 9mm Luger; you decide what your time is worth.
__________________
Science plus Art

Last edited by OKFC05; 09-03-2012 at 03:47 PM.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #4  
Old 09-03-2012, 03:44 PM
shovelwrench's Avatar
shovelwrench shovelwrench is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Pennsylvania 17963
Posts: 1,156
Likes: 91
Liked 83 Times in 56 Posts
Default

YEAH, then I can pick up your brass....

No, really though, as long as you don't mind paying at least twice the money for half the amount of ammo, buy new factory ammo.
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #5  
Old 09-03-2012, 04:23 PM
J. R. WEEMS J. R. WEEMS is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: WINCHESTER, VIRGINIA
Posts: 2,211
Likes: 2,222
Liked 2,045 Times in 794 Posts
Smile .380 RELOADING

I have said this so many times but maybe once again. No, for the most part, as long as you can STILL buy it. However, and especially if you are younger, it might pay somewhere down the line if you at least can. If the up and coming election doesn't go the right way, all bets are off not only concerning , some guns, of course, but ammo, clips holding more than 10 rounds and the list goes on. JMHO.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-03-2012, 04:32 PM
venomballistics's Avatar
venomballistics venomballistics is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Escaped WI, Omaha NE
Posts: 7,000
Likes: 3,225
Liked 3,797 Times in 1,991 Posts
Default

if you load for everything else ... go for it If not, there are far better places to start reloading ... start with the gun you rock out with the hardest and heaviest.
__________________
it just needs more voltage
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-03-2012, 05:50 PM
jwh32 jwh32 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Omaha Nebraska
Posts: 81
Likes: 0
Liked 6 Times in 4 Posts
Default

YES, for me it is, Hornady 90 gr XTP over3.2 gr Tite Group



john
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 09-03-2012, 05:59 PM
Grayfox's Avatar
Grayfox Grayfox is offline
US Veteran
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Bartlett, Tennessee
Posts: 3,009
Likes: 471
Liked 4,095 Times in 1,322 Posts
Default

Depends on how much you shoot. If you shoot 100 rounds a year, no. Its not worth the time.
If you shoot 100 rounds every range trip, absolutely.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 09-03-2012, 06:37 PM
Rule3's Avatar
Rule3 Rule3 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Florida, NRA CERT RSO
Posts: 16,113
Likes: 5,837
Liked 5,926 Times in 3,164 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by M&PUSER View Post
Is it worth reloading for the .380 ACP [9mmX17mm]?
Why not, what's the difference between it or 9mm, 40 SW etc.

Is it $7 or $8 a box of 50??. Heck the last ammo "shortage" 380 was impossible to find anywhere. If you shoot it, reload it. If you just carry a 380 for SD then maybe just buy a box but that is true for any caliber.
__________________
"Running Against the Wind"
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 09-04-2012, 05:59 AM
alwslate alwslate is online now
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Indiana
Posts: 3,391
Likes: 784
Liked 1,963 Times in 1,059 Posts
Default

I own seven 380 automatics but don't shoot them very often compared
to all the revolvers I own. It varies but maybe 150-200 rds a year total.
It isn't worth it to me to hassle with loading 380s even though I load
several other calibers. I try to save the brass anyway but always lose
some. I think the best load for the 380 is the standard 95 gr FMJ and
so I just stock up when I see a good price.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 09-04-2012, 07:39 AM
Titegroups Titegroups is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Florida
Posts: 1,338
Likes: 65
Liked 236 Times in 157 Posts
Default

I load it, just another set of dies, I don't shoot much of it but the price for factory stuff has always been too high IIRC WWB at wallyworld was $40/100. Set of dies was about $40. Easy choice.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #12  
Old 09-04-2012, 08:32 AM
SMSgt SMSgt is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Florida
Posts: 2,546
Likes: 517
Liked 1,407 Times in 731 Posts
Default

I prefer to reload everything I shoot, regardless of caliber.
Reply With Quote
The Following 6 Users Like Post:
  #13  
Old 09-04-2012, 08:44 AM
blujax01's Avatar
blujax01 blujax01 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: C-Bus
Posts: 6,345
Likes: 4,311
Liked 4,863 Times in 2,066 Posts
Default

Cost is just one aspect. You can make mo' better ammunition tailored specifically for your .380. And that's half the fun!
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #14  
Old 09-04-2012, 09:23 AM
kenjen kenjen is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: pa.
Posts: 384
Likes: 15
Liked 75 Times in 46 Posts
Default

all i got to say is watch your fingers if you do decide to reload them, small cases and fat fingers don't go together to well, don't know how many times i pinched my finger...
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #15  
Old 09-04-2012, 03:54 PM
gregintenn gregintenn is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Lafayette, Tennessee
Posts: 4,764
Likes: 3,476
Liked 3,691 Times in 1,436 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by M&PUSER View Post
Is it worth reloading for the .380 ACP [9mmX17mm]?
More so than for the 9mm Luger.
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #16  
Old 09-04-2012, 07:31 PM
shovelwrench's Avatar
shovelwrench shovelwrench is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Pennsylvania 17963
Posts: 1,156
Likes: 91
Liked 83 Times in 56 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by SMSgt View Post
I prefer to reload everything I shoot, regardless of caliber.
AMEN brother, if you allready reload, why not throw a couple hundred together.

Personally, I don't like to have to go to the store. Let alone to buy ammo. Not to mention you can load that Buffalo Bore stuff on the press for the cost of the cheap stuff.
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 09-04-2012, 07:33 PM
Moonman Moonman is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Northeast Ohio
Posts: 4,226
Likes: 2,743
Liked 1,651 Times in 886 Posts
Default

You can have a few components around incase they go full tilt 9mm manufacturing again and have no time to produce .380.
__________________
NRA Pistol/Rifle Inst. RSO
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 09-04-2012, 10:42 PM
Lil' LadySmith's Avatar
Lil' LadySmith Lil' LadySmith is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: NorCal
Posts: 181
Likes: 959
Liked 442 Times in 84 Posts
Default

We recently went through and did cost breakdown to determine if it was worth loading for the .380 ourselves. Initially we didn't think it would be but as we did more looking we came to the opposite conclusion.

The main factor was the brass. If you don't mind getting once fired brass from someone then you can save quite a bit. (new brass is 2-3 times more than once fired depending on the brand) We went with once fired and, combined with a plated bullet we found and like, we got the initial cost down to nearly 50% of what factory loads would cost us. Now that we have the brass (and can remove that cost for the next round) we'll be saving approx. 66%.

It'll all depend on the brass you buy and the bullets you choose and how well you can keep from losing your brass. Of course, if you don't have the dies already then you'll use up some of that savings initially as well.

L'LS
__________________
L'LS
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 09-04-2012, 11:45 PM
M&PUSER M&PUSER is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 145
Likes: 0
Liked 33 Times in 27 Posts
Default

Thanks for your responses.

I reload for everything I own too. I currently shoot about 150 to 200 rounds when I make my trip to the range, so it sounds as if I can save a substantial amount of money.

Brass I've got. Any suggestions for an accurate load? And which bullets?
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 09-04-2012, 11:59 PM
ArchAngelCD's Avatar
ArchAngelCD ArchAngelCD is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: PA, USA
Posts: 4,511
Likes: 197
Liked 1,130 Times in 727 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by M&PUSER View Post
Brass I've got. Any suggestions for an accurate load? And which bullets?
95gr FMJ bullet (I'm currently using Magtech bullets)
3.2gr W231
CCI-500 primers

95gr RN cast bullet from Missouri Bullets
3.0gr W231
CCI-500 primers
__________________
Freedom is never free!!
Reply With Quote
  #21  
Old 09-05-2012, 12:09 PM
Ceapea's Avatar
Ceapea Ceapea is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Midwest
Posts: 610
Likes: 261
Liked 164 Times in 86 Posts
Default

Back when the micro 380's were all the rage, if I could find 380 at all, it was $18-$22/50. Recently, I've been seeing it for $13-$18/50, not as bad. Still, I can load my own 380 for $6-$7 a box. That makes it worth it to me...all day long.
Of course, I have a 380 worth shooting, a lot, a Sig P232. Very accurate and fun to shoot.
I can't say either about the micro 380's that I have shot.
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 09-05-2012, 12:27 PM
Maximumbob54's Avatar
Maximumbob54 Maximumbob54 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 7,194
Likes: 8,722
Liked 1,794 Times in 996 Posts
Default

It depends on if you buy in bulk enough with your reloading components or if you buy local off the shelf. If you buy in bulk I find it worth reloading just about anything I want. If you buy only a few boxes at a time them maybe not. I don't care how little I shoot something. I'll reload .25 ACP just to do it.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #23  
Old 09-05-2012, 03:23 PM
44wheelman 44wheelman is online now
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 938
Likes: 72
Liked 182 Times in 116 Posts
Default

All my lgs carries is jacketed... I don't need to be wasting expensive bullets on paper..so yes; reload.

$3/100 primers,
free used range brass scrounged from the floor,
$1/100 powder,
& $4/100 lead bullets

VS: $16/box new ammo (the cheapest my lgs carries.)
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 09-05-2012, 03:52 PM
blujax01's Avatar
blujax01 blujax01 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: C-Bus
Posts: 6,345
Likes: 4,311
Liked 4,863 Times in 2,066 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Maximumbob54 View Post
... I don't care how little I shoot something. I'll reload .25 ACP just to do it.
That's the spirit!
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 09-05-2012, 03:56 PM
blujax01's Avatar
blujax01 blujax01 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: C-Bus
Posts: 6,345
Likes: 4,311
Liked 4,863 Times in 2,066 Posts
Default

http://www.handloads.com/

In the right column is a calculator. This makes it easy to figure costing. Whether you buy primers by the hundred or the thousand, powder by the pound or 8 lb keg, it will break it down into cost per round. As long as you know the charge weight, just pump in the numbers and it spits out the answer.

And the Load data database in the left column is very helpful as well.

The usual disclaimers apply.
Reply With Quote
  #26  
Old 09-05-2012, 06:10 PM
shovelwrench's Avatar
shovelwrench shovelwrench is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Pennsylvania 17963
Posts: 1,156
Likes: 91
Liked 83 Times in 56 Posts
Default

My favorite load is right off Alliants website. 4.8 of Power Pistol.

Only I've dropped all the way to 102gr GD on top of it where Alliant list it with a 90gr.

For plinkin lead, Meisters LRN will handle everything you can throw at it. Missouri's bullets are a great deal and what I shoot from most of my other calibers.
Reply With Quote
  #27  
Old 09-06-2012, 02:34 AM
Argonnakid's Avatar
Argonnakid Argonnakid is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Virginia Beach,VA
Posts: 461
Likes: 85
Liked 124 Times in 90 Posts
Default

I reload tons of .380, my wife has had surgery in both wrists for carpal tunnel and she loves to shoot. It's one of the easier calibers for her to shoot all day, short of a .22.

95gr. RN
3gr. Win 231
CCI 500 or Win. WSP, whatever is on sale
__________________
15T,15-22,5946 & some not S&W
Reply With Quote
  #28  
Old 09-06-2012, 05:48 AM
walnutred walnutred is offline
US Veteran
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Ohio
Posts: 3,624
Likes: 69
Liked 1,092 Times in 452 Posts
Default

A couple years ago I switched from carrying a P32 to a P3AT and being in the middle of the ammo shortages of '09 and '10 decided to reload 380. I found a set of used Hornady carbide dies on one of the auction sites for around $25 delivered. Sorted through all the used range brass I'd accumulated and came up with around 600 pieces of 380 brass. Ordered 1000 cast bullets and tried the 3.0 gn W231 load mentioned earlier.

The load worked fine so I stopped experimenting and loaded all my brass. I still have a lot of the ammo left but from start to finish I had half a day and just around $100 invested including buying the dies. The small cases were not fun to reload but to me it was worth the time and money invested.
Reply With Quote
  #29  
Old 10-03-2015, 08:08 PM
sarg1c's Avatar
sarg1c sarg1c is offline
US Veteran
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Eastern Kentucky
Posts: 239
Likes: 19
Liked 90 Times in 46 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by M&PUSER View Post
Is it worth reloading for the .380 ACP [9mmX17mm]?

Send me your brass...
Reply With Quote
  #30  
Old 10-03-2015, 08:17 PM
sarg1c's Avatar
sarg1c sarg1c is offline
US Veteran
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Eastern Kentucky
Posts: 239
Likes: 19
Liked 90 Times in 46 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ceapea View Post
Back when the micro 380's were all the rage, if I could find 380 at all, it was $18-$22/50. Recently, I've been seeing it for $13-$18/50, not as bad. Still, I can load my own 380 for $6-$7 a box. That makes it worth it to me...all day long.
Of course, I have a 380 worth shooting, a lot, a Sig P232. Very accurate and fun to shoot.
I can't say either about the micro 380's that I have shot.
I load the .380, , 90grjhp over 3.0 grs. Red Dot, or 3.4 gr. Bullseye.
love reloading for my Colt pocket light.
Reply With Quote
  #31  
Old 10-03-2015, 08:19 PM
rwsmith's Avatar
rwsmith rwsmith is online now
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: (outside) Charleston, SC
Posts: 16,085
Likes: 17,955
Liked 10,889 Times in 5,806 Posts
Default Anything that's reloadable...

Anything that's loadable is worth reloading. What if ammunition gets scarce again.
__________________
"He was kinda funny lookin'"
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hodgdon Reloading Data Center VS Hornady Reloading Handbook gsparesa Reloading 48 02-10-2013 04:50 PM
New to reloading! "JJ" Reloading 9 07-23-2010 04:17 PM
Reloading the .40 S&W epj Reloading 36 06-15-2010 04:23 PM
Need reloading help RETIRED96 Reloading 16 04-17-2010 02:39 PM
Reloading 9mm jimmyj Reloading 27 07-11-2009 01:28 PM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
smith-wessonforum.com tested by Norton Internet Security smith-wessonforum.com tested by McAfee Internet Security

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:46 PM.


S-W Forum, LLC 2000-2015
Smith-WessonForum.com is not affiliated with Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC)