I wonder if the shortage of .380 ammo has begun to improve and why that cartridge was so hard hit in the first place.
I'd have known the make and model even if you hadn't mentioned it. The PP/PPK series seems to cut everyone's hand. I've found a way to hold mine that eliminates this, but it's not the same grip I use with "everything else" and hence is not "instinctive."William R. Moore said:I recall a guy about 6'4" and 270 lbs who felt anything larger than a PPK was an unreasonable burden. A buddy told me he fired about 1 magazine a year and whined about the slide cutting his hand :cluebat:
While that is true the same machines with just a change of dies can make almost any other cartridge too. Every ammo plant I've been in has one or more loaders that do only 9mm but they also have lots of loaders so I'm pretty sure that changing dies is less of an issue and there very well might be a machine all set up for .380 that is idle because operators aren't available. Depending on the machine it takes several people to run them although one crew may be able to monitor a couple of loaders. There is ALWAYS an inspector at the end of each one though. Just keeping the hoppers full for brass, powder and bullets can keep somebody hopping.380ACP is made on the same machines as 9x19,