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How desirable is 9mm largo?

Posted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:13 am
by FamilyFirearms
Ok, for some reason I just had to have a Astra 400 and of course it is in the Largo caliber. I got it at an auction and seen a can with a bunch of Blazer ammo as well but got the gun not the ammo. I looked up on their site and sure enough they no longer sell it as well as most every other place who used to. I knew it cost more or would only be old corrosive stuff and that was why I stayed away from the Star pistols in this caliber even though I have a couple in 9mm and .45 and love them.

Ok, now to my point. I have a friend who owns a company who remanufactures ammo for all of the point blank ranges and makes new ammo as well (new cases and components). I asked him if he could do a run of 9mm Largo for me and what it would have to be to make it worth his while. He told me 100 so I said I could do 100 boxes, he said no, 100 cases :o How desirable do you think the ammo would be at a reasonable price? The stuff I do see for sale is $50 a box which I do not think is reasonable.

Yes I know it can be handloaded with same available components or reloaded.

Re: How desirable is 9mm largo?

Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:03 am
by Rapidrob
There is a need for quality ammo if the price is right. No more than 20 cents a round.
The case is easy to make from .38 Super brass which is easy to find, most Astras will cycle well with this brass.

Re: How desirable is 9mm largo?

Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:36 pm
by ammolab
Starline sells 9 Largo brass and your buddy could load it on his 9mm Luger line with no need for new dies/equipment (just adjustment).

PCI is a firm like your buddies. They make 9mm Largo. Graf & Sons has it in stock.

https://www.grafs.com/retail/catalog/pr ... ctId/25348

Re: How desirable is 9mm largo?

Posted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 8:26 am
by FamilyFirearms
We checked into starline and in bulk, it is 12cents a case. He has the same machines as hornady uses for their custom ammo and would have their own dies and set up which he would not charge me for.

Re: How desirable is 9mm largo?

Posted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 8:31 am
by FamilyFirearms
I checked your link and $34.00 a box is pricey to me ( not that it is, I am cheap). I was hoping to get it under $25 a box.

Re: How desirable is 9mm largo?

Posted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:33 am
by AGB-1
There is no more cheap Largo ammo.

Re: How desirable is 9mm largo?

Posted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 2:14 pm
by ammolab
FamilyFirearms wrote:
Thu Aug 24, 2017 8:31 am
I checked your link and $34.00 a box is pricey to me ( not that it is, I am cheap). I was hoping to get it under $25 a box.
Well then, you will need to buy 2000 boxes from your buddy to get it that cheap.

Re: How desirable is 9mm largo?

Posted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 2:47 pm
by FamilyFirearms
ammolab wrote:
Thu Aug 24, 2017 2:14 pm
FamilyFirearms wrote:
Thu Aug 24, 2017 8:31 am
I checked your link and $34.00 a box is pricey to me ( not that it is, I am cheap). I was hoping to get it under $25 a box.
Well then, you will need to buy 2000 boxes from your buddy to get it that cheap.
He want to do 100 cases. Cases are .12 each then bullets, he buys powder by the truckload as well as primers. Machines are aoutmated and will do 5000 rounds an hour on a lower setting (for quality control, he never runs them any faster).

Re: How desirable is 9mm largo?

Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:09 pm
by Tuna
While there is a demand for this ammo it is not a huge one and is limited. More people have a pistol but never shoot it and it just sits in a safe. They may have a box of ammo that also just sits there. Not a big demand cartridge. You can use .38 auto or .38 Super brass to make the rounds as Rapidrob suggested. Some people have used .38 auto in their pistols with no problems at all BUT never use .38 Super ammo in it as it will damage the pistol.