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Old 11-20-2013, 11:02 PM
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Am I just imagining things, or is the price of 9mm dropping while the price of .45 is increasing post panic?

Right now I'm finding 9mm for around $.25-.30 a round while i'm finding .45 for around $.40-.45 a round

During the panic i was finding 9mm for around $.30-.35 a round and .45 for $.35-40 a round

And everything is still 25% more expensive than it was in early 2012....
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Old 11-21-2013, 4:03 AM
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The gun shops I go to say they cannot keep .45acp pistols on the shelves. Seems it's in high demand right now. You might want to get into reloading.

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Old 11-21-2013, 6:50 AM
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Las Vegas is about the same.
When you can find 9mm, it's around 28-34 cents a round.
I picked up some Federal 230 gr FMJ at Wal Mart, $24.99/50.
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Old 11-21-2013, 7:40 AM
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The only 9mm at my area Walmart is JHP. No FMJs. Neither FMJ or JHP 45s at all... I've been checking around twice a week too.... oh well.
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If you need 9mm or 45acp keep your eye on Cabelas.com. I've had some luck getting them at Walmarts in SD but it's pretty easy to find on Cabelas if Walmart doesn't have any. I'm stocked on 9mm but still buying little bits of 45.
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Old 11-21-2013, 7:49 AM
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I think the price of .45 has remained steady from panic to now while the price of 9mm has dropped a little.
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Old 11-21-2013, 7:54 AM
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The gun shops I go to say they cannot keep .45acp pistols on the shelves. Seems it's in high demand right now. You might want to get into reloading.
Indeed.

I am currently reloading plated 9mm 124gr (current component prices, and not the typical 115gr that people buy) for about $0.13 ea for all components.

(I have pressed enough ammo [.223 and 9mm] to say that 75% of the cost of the press has paid for itself in ammo, in <2 years, and I haven't reloaded a lot in the last 11 months.)
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Look at how many of us shoot 1911s that's why.

And the other thing too is you have to remember 9mm was at a premium for a while being the common caliber that and 5.56 and 22lr were the hot item so they were priced higher for demand and profit but now it's over so it's coming into it's own again.

As for 45 getting more down ive idk about that but the price gap is understandable.


For basic factory FMJ it should be closer to $0.15-$0.22 per 9mm and $0.25-$0.35 per 45. Anything above is still priced high. These are based off pre SH panic. I now keep record to have a base of real world pricing and when sh*ts still hiked.
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There is another element to the price of 45s, when you can only have 8 bullets which are you going to choose?

125 grain 9mm or 250 grain 45?
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There is another element to the price of 45s, when you can only have 8 bullets which are you going to choose?

125 grain 9mm or 250 grain 45?
Oh please not this argument again.

But for me I'll take the one I shoot better and trust over what someone on the interwebs told me is better. PLus I'd rather have 17 9mm than 8 45.

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There is another element to the price of 45s, when you can only have 8 bullets which are you going to choose?

125 grain 9mm or 250 grain 45?
I dont know....

I have different guns that I carry . I like 9mm, 38,40 and 45.

I like 9mm in my duty GEN4 17 (17/19/33rd magazines) and lke 9mm in an off duty S&W 3914. 8rd magazines.

I like .45 in my Colt Commander in 45ACP ( 7/8rd magazines) and Glock 21 (13 rd magazine) .

I really like 38 special in my K frame 2-3 inch S&W revolvers.

Iits not about caliber , capacty etc. Its about having a quality handgun that you are comfortable with .

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Am I just imagining things, or is the price of 9mm dropping while the price of .45 is increasing post panic?

Right now I'm finding 9mm for around $.25-.30 a round while i'm finding .45 for around $.40-.45 a round

During the panic i was finding 9mm for around $.30-.35 a round and .45 for $.35-40 a round

And everything is still 25% more expensive than it was in early 2012....
Nothing to imagine. The past couple days I've picked up 600 rounds of 9mm Winchester 115 FMJ at Walmart for $.26/round. 32ACP & 380 prices have also dropped (slightly). But 22rl ammo at a respectable price continues to be hard to find.
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Old 11-21-2013, 9:28 AM
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Plenty of 9mm JHP on the shelves yesterday at Cabella's in Reno.
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Old 11-21-2013, 5:13 PM
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Am I just imagining things, or is the price of 9mm dropping while the price of .45 is increasing post panic?

Right now I'm finding 9mm for around $.25-.30 a round while i'm finding .45 for around $.40-.45 a round

During the panic i was finding 9mm for around $.30-.35 a round and .45 for $.35-40 a round

And everything is still 25% more expensive than it was in early 2012....
Dude, be nice. 9mm is at $.2074 and the 45 ACP is at $.3114.
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Old 11-21-2013, 6:34 PM
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Oh please not this argument again.

But for me I'll take the one I shoot better and trust over what someone on the interwebs told me is better. PLus I'd rather have 17 9mm than 8 45.
actually...id rather have 13 rounds of .45 than 17 rounds of 9mm (I have 17 9mm)...this is why i run a glock 21 and not a 1911. .45 ammo does cost more but darnit the .45 glock is smooth and sweet.

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Old 11-21-2013, 6:48 PM
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Tons of 45acp on the shelves of Cabelas in Glendale, AZ. $22/50 rd box for Herter's brass cased. Seemed the average was $.45-.50 a round after tax for FMJ. Cheapest I have 9mm on the shelves for was $.33 a round after tax, usually closer to $.40 a round after tax. I think 45acp pistols are selling because for the most part it has been almost as cheap to shoot during the panic as 9mm.
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^^^ Hmmm, good point. So maybe the .45 ammo pricing might create an increase in demand for 9mm guns and tip the balance again?

For now, maybe we should buy what's cheap(er) and can use later anyways. If that's 9mm, so be it.
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Old 11-21-2013, 9:31 PM
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^^^ Hmmm, good point. So maybe the .45 ammo pricing might create an increase in demand for 9mm guns and tip the balance again?

For now, maybe we should buy what's cheap(er) and can use later anyways. If that's 9mm, so be it.
Possibly. I'm not too optimistic about ammo prices. I remember a time, not to long ago, that I could walk out of walmart with a federal 100 round pack for $19.99 + tax. Those days are long gone, panic-struck idiots let these businesses realize many were willing to pay double that.

I stick to reloading my plinking ammo and only buy factory loaded ammo to use for concealed carry and home defense. Much better value, a 50 round box of 9mm costs me $4.50, a 50 round box of 45acp costs me $6.50.

Anyone that isn't wealthy and enjoys shooting large quantities of ammo is a prime candidate to learn to reload. I get to shoot 3xs as much as I would if I didn't reload, and it's a fun hobby in and of itself.
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Old 11-21-2013, 9:52 PM
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If I am loading lead (I only load jacketed in 9mm), my 45 Auto costs about the same as my 9mm (about .14/round) and my .40's a few cents more each. If I am loading 45 Auto with jacketed the price goes up to about $.20/round.

My nuclear 10mm and 45 Super loads cost about $.30-.35 round, as I new use new Starline brass with each round. Subsequent target level 10mm and .45 Super loads cost about $.15-.20/round.

It has been a while since I bought any commercially assembled ammo.
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Old 11-21-2013, 10:44 PM
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The price of ammo haven't gone down. Rather it increased just recently. For ex. 100 rds of federal black box in 9mm was $22 and some change, it's now $25 and some change. Also, 100 rds of 45acp was $32/$33 and some change, it's now $38 and some change.
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