Buying Gun due to ammo availability?

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    Buying Gun due to ammo availability?

    Salute all,

    Ok this is a first for me but my usual carry is a SA1911 in 45acp but here there is shortage of 45acp in local area. For practice I have a small supply but have switched to my old standby my Tarus 357mag revolver which im comfortable with.

    I have a few other calibers to choose from but all large. I was considering the purchase of something in 40cal, seems to be an abundance of that caliber ammo around. I'm also getting into reloading but a shortage of primers has me considering a new gun purchase which you don't have to twist my arm to do..lol

    Has anyone else considered a gun purchase of late by ammo availability?
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    Not really recently, but I've built my collection around certain calibers and the ease of being able to find them. For example, 9mm is a mainstay in my collection, as is 12ga. Both are easy to find and get even during a shortage like the one we are now starting to come out of.
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    It is something to be weary about, I would loathe to buy a .380 right now.

    It seems we're coming out of the shortage thankfully, but .45ACP is still scarce in some areas, but I've managed to keep a couple hundred rounds on hand even while shooting IDPA. If you're a smart shopper and build up a nice stock over time, shortages like this won't hurt you as bad. If I were buying new, the only guns I would pass on are the .380s, they tend to be very picky and need to be tested, without enough ammo to prove function, I'd pass.

    .357 Sig has been relatively scarce as well, but I've been seeing TONS of .40, and a good amount of 9mm.

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    I've had pretty good luck buying ammo online as of late.

    It's not at Walmart prices, but they have it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JD View Post
    If you're a smart shopper and build up a nice stock over time, shortages like this won't hurt you as bad.
    Thats the key right there; I've bought ammo for guns I dont have with the sole intention of using it as trading fodder. I made out like a bandit with 380 gold dots and 5.56 this past year.

    I do own a few 5.56 rifles, I don't have a single 380.
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    Since 40S&W is plentiful around here I recently bought a Berreta 96 that was at a price too good to pass up.
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    I agree with Sixto about having a diverse collection. People laughed at my XD in .45GAP, but I bought the heck out of ammo when every thing was in short supply. I can still find New-Old stock at smaller shops while traveling, and most still have low prices on the dusty boxes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    Since 40S&W is plentiful around here I recently bought a Berreta 96 that was at a price too good to pass up.
    I have also been looking at several 4o's that being 1 most of my collection is 44 and 357 mag 45acp 45 LC , and Many different rifle calibers . it seems where ever I go looking for 45 there out but 40cal they have plenty
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    In my travels this summer from FL. to Wisc., the only ammo I found hard to get was .380. When I could, I'd pick up a couple of boxes. The only .380 I need is for my favorite pocket gun, Kel-Tec's 3AT w/mag. ext. It's no fun to shoot anyway. But if you have to.......

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    I have purchased calibers that were my second choice before due to ammo selection / availablity. Wanted a 41 mag, bought a 44 mag. I suspect that the 45 and 380 ammo shortage is because they are two of the hottest selling guns right now. Stock up when you can. I have 72lbs of 380.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomEgun View Post
    Salute all,

    Ok this is a first for me but my usual carry is a SA1911 in 45acp but here there is shortage of 45acp in local area. For practice I have a small supply but have switched to my old standby my Tarus 357mag revolver which im comfortable with.

    I have a few other calibers to choose from but all large. I was considering the purchase of something in 40cal, seems to be an abundance of that caliber ammo around. I'm also getting into reloading but a shortage of primers has me considering a new gun purchase which you don't have to twist my arm to do..lol

    Has anyone else considered a gun purchase of late by ammo availability?
    Yep. I like to shoot. I can get .40 and .22 cheap. Same with my rifle.
    .308 is way cheaper than 30-06.

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    Cant get a purchase passed wife ACK right now but in January :}
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    I 'support' a particular gun shop, and I've had no problem getting any ammo that I need, .380 included (even if it took a little time).
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    I bought a S&W 442 snubby 38spcl because the ammo was readily available. Turned out to be a handy piece. Like it so much, I bought an older S&W mod 49 snubby too. I already had a .357 mag revolver and lever action carbine rifle and I can shoot 38spcl through them too. When I ventured into semi-autos, I bought a Ruger P95 9mm, but too large to CC. When looking for a small semi for CC, I bought the Taurus PT709 because it was in 9mm luger. Readily available round and already in my stock because of my other 9. It makes perfect sense to me to coordinate purchases around calibers that are available and fit into your collection well. What good is a gun if you can't find the ammo?
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