View Full Version : Average .38 and .357 Costs

July 27, 2006, 11:21 AM
About how much does it cost for a box of .38 ammunition? .357? I don't think this will influence my decision on which revolver I get (Ruger GP-100 I believe) but I'm curious, so... help me out.

July 27, 2006, 11:31 AM
I buy .38 for about $10 a box at the range..I believe .357 are about $3-4 more per box

July 27, 2006, 11:43 AM
IS that for a box of like... a hundred? Fifty...?

El Paso Joe
July 27, 2006, 11:45 AM
The prices that Renfield quotes are about right - check out the prices at cheaperthandirt.com although you will have to pay shippint on those. As to what you buy, I would suggest the .357 - you can shoot what ever you want in it. And, all other things being equal, the cost difference is a fair investment.

Mostly, I would suggest adjustable sights (they are pretty good these days) and know why you bought it (e.g. for concealed carry or home defense), pick the sort of ammo you are going to use, and practice (practice, practice). See if the local range or NRA has training.


July 27, 2006, 12:16 PM
Those prices are about right for retail, 50rd boxes. But you can also get reloads at some places for good values, and also at gun shows. I've traded with these folks several times and have been pleased with their reloads: (before I started loading my own, that is :) )


July 27, 2006, 05:12 PM
I get Winchester White box or blazer .38 for $3.99 to $5.00 for 50 .357 from $8.00 to $11.00 depending on brand.

July 27, 2006, 05:33 PM
Cost of factory .38 Spl/.357 Mag ammo? Honestly, I couldn't tell you right off hand, even though I shoot a lot of .38 Spl and .357 Mag. IIRC the last factory ammo I bought for either caliber was late last year when I went to Georgia Arms (yes, it is fairly close to here) and stocked up on SD/HD ammo.

I reload. EVERYTHING I actually shoot in .38 Spl and .357 Mag are reloads.

Hence, I'm not all that concerned about the price of factory loads, it just doesn't apply to me anymore. But I do know this: even though I don't cast my own lead bullets but buy them pre-cast, it still ends up costing me a whole lot less in ammo this way. For that matter, it is still considerably cheaper when when loading JHPs than buying them as factory loads, even though the jacketed bullets cost more than lead cast. Plenty good enough for practice ammo, or for my SHTF stockpile.

July 27, 2006, 06:04 PM
At Bass Pro Shops, I frequently see 50rds of 38spec for $6 to $7.

Even a cheap LEE reloader set up will pay for itself quickly.

My wife carries a 38spec loaded with Federal 110gr PD Hydro-shoks. expensive bullets to practice with. For the cost of the LEE reloading setup, primers, powder and bullets, I broke even at the cost of about 500 rounds. After that, I was duplicating the Federal round for something like 10% of the cost.

July 27, 2006, 08:09 PM
I get Winchester White box or blazer .38 for $3.99 to $5.00 for 50 .357 from $8.00 to $11.00 depending on brand.

Wow, where? I'll order online for those prices.

July 27, 2006, 08:10 PM
For a frame of reference, i get .38 spl for about $10/50 from walmart, or .357mag for $18/50 wwb.

July 27, 2006, 09:43 PM
Get S&B for about $9 in .38 and about $12 for .357.

July 27, 2006, 11:38 PM
I just bought my 1st box of .38 special 100rds Winchester White box for just under $19. After looking around at different retail stores, I have found 38 special is about the same price as 45ACP.

July 27, 2006, 11:43 PM
The cheapest prices for ammo I've seen are at academy sporting goods and Wally world