WalMart ammo.


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Glock19Fan
March 5, 2005, 05:31 PM
Hello.

I went to WalMart today for some ammo. The sporting goods section was crowded, but I was patient.

It was finally my turn, and I asked for a box of WWB 115 grain FMJ (my practice load) and a box of WWB 147 grain JHP (my practice and self defense load). I said it just as I typed it above. After I said JHP, he looked for it for a second and said "147 grain jacketed hollow point). I didnt think much of it until he laid the boxes on the counter. I was looking at the front of the box and realized that it just said JHP, not "Jacketed Hollow Point". I cracked a smile as I realized this guy most likely also had an interest in guns.

Also, this was the first time that I can remember not being asked if its for a rifle or a pistol.

Is it just my area or have they stopped asking this stupid question?

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Zach S
March 5, 2005, 05:41 PM
Most of the time I'm buying .45 so they dont ask. Depending on who's working the counter I dont get asked about 9mm or 22 either. To be perfectly honest, I cant remember them asking in a long time (I normally said SMG).

MoeMentum
March 5, 2005, 05:48 PM
I don't get too excited about walmart people, after all, they don't make all that much, most are working two jobs, and just trying to get by..If I want knowledge, I will go to a gun store.

whm1974
March 5, 2005, 05:48 PM
Most of the time I'm buying .45 so they dont ask. Depending on who's working the counter I dont get asked about 9mm or 22 either. To be perfectly honest, I cant remember them asking in a long time (I normally said SMG).

What is their reaction when you say "SMG"? When I brought a WWB .38 SPL JHP+P last year I didn't get asked handgun or rifle. Next time I buy ammo at walmart I'll say both to confuse them.

-Bill

homeka45
March 5, 2005, 05:51 PM
Be thankful you can buy ammo at your walmart, they don't even sell any here in Hawaii.

trickyasafox
March 5, 2005, 06:10 PM
nothing says wal-mart competence like asking for a box of 223 wwb and being handed 22-250. . . . .

Edmond
March 5, 2005, 06:16 PM
I don't get too excited about walmart people, after all, they don't make all that much, most are working two jobs, and just trying to get by..If I want knowledge, I will go to a gun store.

I don't really understand much about that. Just because they aren't making much or work two jobs to get by, that makes then not exciting? They aren't people?

armoredman
March 5, 2005, 06:38 PM
I buy Winchester 115gr JHP at our Wally World, as it is decent carry ammo, (re Evan Marshall testing), and most of the people working the gun counter have absolutely no idea what they are doing. That's OK, I help them find it, pay, and walk away.... :) We don't get asked "the question" either.

NHBB
March 5, 2005, 07:08 PM
that is nice you have an assorted selection of loads available in the same caliber at your wally world... the ones around here have a pretty crappy selection. I suppose it is just as well as the clerks fumble enough just trying to find the right cartridge, they usually need it pointed out by finger exactly what you want. the older I get the harder it is to make out the difference lol, im going to have to start bringing some binoculars to accurately pinpoint my selections. :D

can't complain about the price though... but on a disgruntled note there is usually nobody working the sports section and it has taken up to 20 minutes to find a live person to get behind the counter to make the sale. I have often daydreamed of picking up the clerk phone myself and give a creative page over the intercom that would be sure to incite a faster response time. :D

nipprdog
March 5, 2005, 07:44 PM
Also, this was the first time that I can remember not being asked if its for a rifle or a pistol.

that means you're getting older. ;)

its a 'legal age' question. generally, they only ask it if you might look under 21.

I wish someone would ask me that question. ;)

Catuela
March 6, 2005, 05:16 AM
There is an old retired Army 1st Sgt. that was working my local wally world last time I was there.

I just happened to be in Wal-Mart with my sister and swung over to grab some Winchester for my .45 to go to the range with the next day so I wouldn't have to make another stop before heading home.

His exact words.

"What the @#$% kid, just go 2 blocks over to Dance's Sporting goods and get some ammo worth putting through a barrel."

Regardless of how ammusing he was I bought some anyways cuz I got no problems the cheapo 230gr FMJ, and I knew I would wind up talking myself into going to Dance's and buying a couple more boxes anyways.

Tman
March 6, 2005, 08:38 AM
Most of the time at wally world, there is a small grey haired woman working behind the counter. I'll ask for 9mm ammo and she'll ask " hollow point or full metal jacket". I guess it comes from living in Texas. I think a few people who work there are familiar with guns.

Werewolf
March 6, 2005, 09:49 AM
I have often daydreamed of picking up the clerk phone myself and give a creative page over the intercom that would be sure to incite a faster response time.
Do it!
When I used to by ammo at Walmart I did it all the time. Usually I just dialed ZERO but if no one showed up in what I considered a reasonable amount of time I'd use the page function and just say all over the store, "Customer needs assistance in Sporting Goods". That almost always worked.

The only time that didn't work an assistant manager came over and he was ticked I'd done it. He said that phone was for employees. I told him if there'd been an actual employee serving Sporting Goods I wouldn't have had to do it. He explained that the employee was on break and that store policy prevented any other employee from filling in. Since he'd specifically stated "Store Policy" and not corporate I asked him if maybe he'd like to explain that policy to the corporate guys in Arkansas? He stepped behind the counter and took care of business but he definitely wasn't happy about it.

It's been a while since I bought Wally World ammo since I now reload all the calibers except .40 S&W that I shoot (and S&B .40 S&W is way cheaper and better than WWB .40 S&W). WW ammo is OK for what it's sold for - target and plinking. That said now that I reload going back to WWB levels of accuracy just isn't acceptable anymore.

Mr. Mysterious
March 6, 2005, 10:50 AM
I find Wal-marts for vary from store to store. The one by where I used to live was one of those make your own policy stores. They refused returns, and I just loved to call 1-800-WAL-MART right after I meet one of these "store policies". It's classic to hand the phone to an associate and state, "Hi, this is a corporate employee they want to talk to you AND your manager". Talk about getting stuff done. There was never an associate in sporting goods, they carried very little ammo, usually only a box of 9mm WWB at a time. It probably had a lot to do with store location though.

The one that I live by now, is a worlds of difference. My only complaint is that they never have enough lanes open. The sporting goods department is usually staffed by competent employees, that know what you want when you ask for it. They don't ask the "Is this for a handgun" question. They don't make stupid comments and have no problem asking what you are going to shoot today, which is fine for me, because who doesn't love to talk some guns. They also have a good stock in, usually at least 8-10 boxes of all the WWB stuff. They also have a wide assortment of calibers instock. This is pretty good for a metro store, but I sure miss my Wal-Mart back from where I grew up (rural store) they had an ammo selection that puts all the Indy area stores to shame.

JeepDriver
March 6, 2005, 11:01 AM
I love the prices at Wal Mart, but I hate going into a Wal Mart.

There is never anyone at the sprotinggoods counter, so I have to spend 20 min lookinig for someone with a key. Then if I'm lucky enough to find someone they look at you like you're a terrorist if you buy more then 1 box, So I usually buy all the boxes of WWB 9mm when i go in :evil:

EVIL5LITER
March 6, 2005, 11:55 AM
[quoteIt's been a while since I bought Wally World ammo since I now reload all the calibers except .40 S&W that I shoot (and S&B .40 S&W is way cheaper and better than WWB .40 S&W). [/quote]

Where are you buying this S&B ammo at? I've been having to settle for the WWB ammo because I thought it was the cheapest way you could buy .40S&W.

As for my local Wal Mart, the Sporting goods guys are really knowledgable and can usually give good recommendations on ammo choice. There is a large selection, and they even have so much ammo on hand that they have to discount some of the older stuff so that it will sell.

God I love Alabama.

dolanp
March 6, 2005, 12:35 PM
I try and go to Academy instead when I can, they seem more knowledgeable (and cheaper to boot). ;)

I know not everyone is lucky enough to have one around though.

another okie
March 6, 2005, 04:03 PM
www.natchezss.com
www.midwayusa.com

I order pratice ammo, Blazer or S & B, 1000 or 2000 at a time.

No need to answer any stupid questions.

Nitram68
March 6, 2005, 06:02 PM
50/50 for me. sometimes I get a knowledgeable person, sometimes I don't

jefnvk
March 6, 2005, 07:15 PM
What I want to know is why the rifle and pistol ammo must be behind the counter orlocked, while cases of shotgun shells sit in the middle of the iasle.

possenti
March 6, 2005, 07:18 PM
Last time I bought 9mm at Wally World, the old guy at the counter was a shooter. We talked guns for about 15 minutes, and I told him he should work sporting goods full-time. He was retired and was only part time. Bummer.

p35
March 6, 2005, 07:27 PM
I just bought a 100 round box of Remington .40 JHPs @ Wal-Mart. Heven't tried it yet, but it looks good, Anyone else tried it?

lbmii
March 7, 2005, 12:37 AM
Wal-Mart bulk pack Remington 180 grain hollow point is the hottest 180-grain factory ammo I have tested. It averages 1013 fps from my Glock 35 with a 5 1/3 inch barrel. The hollow point appears to be of a modern advanced design.
The bullet has a wide hollow point and may cause feeding problems with some pistols.

The photo below is of Wal-Mart Remington Bulk Pack 180 grain hollow points that I recovered from a backstop made up of soft rich black dirt that was about 52 yards from where I was firing.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=18734

jobu07
March 7, 2005, 07:29 AM
I was the knowledgeable guy behind the counter for a while ;) Wal-Mart sucked to work for back when I did. But me and the guys usually had fun. Let me tell you, from being on the other end, there are some AWFULLY dumb customers out there. Then again, we had some AWFULLY dumb associates as well. Two way street I say :)

Selfdfenz
March 7, 2005, 07:44 AM
For the longest time I bought my 100 round WB 9mm ammo at Wal-Mart.
At my store I encountered a Anglo fellow who knows what is going on, a very nice Chinese fellow who tries hard but can speak almost no English or, most often, no one manning the booth.

Since another HRer pointed out Academy has the same ammo in 50 round boxes for less and there is always someone in their booth that can speak English I go there now. Takes up more room than bulk packs but no waiting and it's cheaper.

S-

LiquidTension
March 7, 2005, 09:37 AM
I keep hearing all of these tales about this mythical Academy place that has cheaper ammo than walmart, but I've never seen one. I think you're all just messing with me.

The people at my local walmart are ok, especially one older guy that works there. That guy never asks me what type of gun the ammo is for, but when other employees do I use the "subgun" answer. One time a customer behind me asked, "hey, what kind of subgun do you have?" Another time the guy behind the counter said, "son, you're gonna need a whole lot more ammo than that if you've got a subgun." Most of the time they're baffled and eventually just pick something.

p35
March 7, 2005, 10:06 AM
At the local Wally's, they never ask what kind of gun it's for. Maybe they figure I'm old enough to own either :p . They do want you to pay for it at the gun counter instead of the front, but since they ring up all your other stuff at the same time that actually lets you skip the lines at the front.

BTW, thanks for the reply lbmii- just what I wanted to know.

shep854
March 7, 2005, 10:32 AM
LiquidTension, if I weren't so stingy, I'd send you one of the three (at least) we have here in Birmingham. Hopefully, Academy will open a store near you. The only ammo that I find much cheaper is the aluminum Blazer 9mil, which was $3.86/box the last time I checked*. I only with they could bring Blazer .45ACP down near that price.

*Their Blazer .44Spl 200gr GDHP is also a good value, at $11.something/box.

Kalrog
March 7, 2005, 01:18 PM
The Academy on my way home has several types of ammo cheaper than the WWB ammo at WalMart. Both CCI Blazer (Al) and Wolf are $3.86/50 and CCI Blazer Brass and WWB are $4.99/50. This compares to WWB at WalMart of $10.9x/100 = $5.47/50. There are also 250 round packs of UMC (I think that is it - havent gotten that cause I usually get the Blazer) for $29.xx And it is much more fun at Academy - with better folks too.

Bear Gulch
March 7, 2005, 02:52 PM
I go to CAL ranch. They'll met WM price and I am supporting a local company.

Daniel964
March 7, 2005, 04:26 PM
I was in Sporting Goods at Wal-Mart yesterday and was told that ammo prices are going to go up this week.

Bear Gulch
March 7, 2005, 04:28 PM
They are great price wise until they run the competition out. Then prices creep up.

38SnubFan
March 7, 2005, 05:41 PM
I used to buy my ammo regularly at Wally World as well until I bought my .45. Found out it's a lot cheaper at Gander Mountain ($9.99 for 50-rd. box of 230-gr. FMJ, $14.99 for 20-rd. box of Federal Hydra-Shok 230-gr. JHP).

Once in a while, Dunham's has a good deal, but the stores up here have a really bad selection to choose from. (Warning: stay away from A-Merc ammo that they sell there. I bought 2 boxes of 158-gr. LRN for my .38. Took me 2 days and an extra 30 rounds of WWB 125-gr. JSP/"WinClean" to get the lead build-up out of the barrel.)

-38SnubFan

Selfdfenz
March 7, 2005, 11:00 PM
LiquidTension

I just checked the Academy Sports and Outdoors store locater and they don't have stores in SC...or NC or GA. Sorry.

J-

TheLastBoyScout
March 7, 2005, 11:22 PM
Last time I was there, a week ago, I had a guy who knew what he was talking about. He also had a "authorized to sell firearms" tag hanging off his ID tag; if this is the new policy, that may explain why the wallyworld arms merchants now seem to know what they're selling.

He actually assumed my 9mm was for a handgun, without bothering to ask. This was a problem, because I'm 18... He gave me a look and I saw "customer 21?" on the register screen, at which point I told him, "It's for a carbine."

TimH
March 8, 2005, 09:18 AM
Our Walmart has a guy thats knows his stuff.

Checkman
March 8, 2005, 11:05 AM
Bear Gulch-

CAL RANCH is great. I grew up in Idaho Falls and bought my 22 ammo there. Unfortunately there are none here in the greater Boise area, but there is a drugstore where I live that sells ammo fairly reasonably. Actually this drugstore sells ammo, guns, hunting licenses, etc. Talk about a blast from the past. I try to buy from them becasue they are local. Their guns are twenty to thirty dollars more, but I'm giving them my business - especially when it comes to Rugers.

Incidentally when I have bought ammo from the local Wal-Mart I have never had anyone ask me if the ammo is for a rifle or handgun. If the clerk dosen't know they just ask me to point out what I want.

scout26
March 8, 2005, 08:12 PM
Here in the People'$ Democratic Republic of Blagoevich (aka Illinois), just outside the walls of his Imperial Highness King Dickey the Second, you have to a FOID (Firearm Owners ID) Card to even cast you eyes on a gun or ammo. So I got my 11 year old daughter one (there $5 and good for 5 years). I love letting her buy her own .22 and 20 ga. shotgun ammo in Wal-mart. The clerks always look to me when the cash register says "Ask for FOID card". I just point at her as she's standing there holding her FOID Card and her money.

One time the elderly lady (housewares must have been over-staffed that night) nearly had a cornary when my daughter came up plunked down two value packs of Winchester 20ga and asked for a couple of boxes of 550 count Remington .22's. :what: :eek: :what: :eek:


Catuela: I'd pay money to see that retired 1SG as the greeter at the front passing out hugs. NOT !!!

Jefnvk: Everyone knows that Rifle and Pistol ammo is :evil: and can come to life and run amok, but shotgun ammo is incapable of becoming self-guided. (just check my skeet scores :rolleyes: :rolleyes: )

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