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Check Your Primers At Gander

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Potatohead, Nov 21, 2013.

  1. Potatohead

    Potatohead Well-Known Member

    Bought 7/100ct SPP primer trays at Gander.
    Well, 4 of them were actually 90ct. They were either shorted in the manufacturing process or some goon popped a row out of the sleeve and dumped 10 in his pocket. This was done to 4 of the 7 trays. They sell them by the 100ct sleeve and they are all just sitting there unwrapped. I should have checked :banghead::banghead:. From now on I will.
    I didn't figure on people dumping primers down into their pockets or wife's purse..

    So check your primer trays to see if theyre full fellas. ( You guys probably already do that.) Hopefully it was manufacturer error.

    I figure they just took 10 so customers would be less likely to notice when they pick it up. Maybe in the future they can rig the door scanners to ignite primers if theyre not swiped at the register! That would be a sight!! :fire::fire::evil::evil:
  2. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Bummer. Live and learn.

    Federal has some tape on theirs so they won't slide open easily, even when taken out of the 1K box. Off hand I don't remember any others that do that. Maybe CCI as well, but I would have to check.
  3. KansasSasquatch

    KansasSasquatch Well-Known Member

    That's probably why a lot of places keep them behind the counter. The Bass Pro's and the Cabela's in my area both keep them behind the counter, and individual flats of primers are taped up. It varies at local gun shops but I don't see it as being too necessary in a small shop. It definitely seems necessary at a large retail store.
  4. Potatohead

    Potatohead Well-Known Member

    No doubt. I guarantee I'll never forget to check again...
    My LGS has theirs (CCI) wrapped. It's ridiculous that someone would steal a handful of primers. They were 3.50$ per 100 i think.
  5. Schwing

    Schwing Well-Known Member

    That really stinks. I thought I was shorted once. It was a case of federal that had 3 or 4 boxes that were short a couple of primers. When I got to the bottom though, they turned up in other boxes that were kind of bulged up around the top. My guess is that they fell out and someone just kind of stuffed them back in.
  6. Potatohead

    Potatohead Well-Known Member

    Yea, I hoped that was it and looked around...didnt find any..

    It was pretty uniform so I doubt theyve fallen out somewhere. I guess I will call Gander today just so they know. Im sure they will be hearing from a few others. They had a good many different types and brands of primers out.
  7. witchhunter

    witchhunter Well-Known Member

    I remember the first time I bought a whole brick of primers, wow, I thought that they would last forever! My LGS sold them for .99 a tray or 8.99/brick. I went in there and asked for 700. He says "you come in here every week or two and buy a few hundred, why don't you just buy a brick?" Next it was sleeves of primers and, if I remember right, it was 15 pounders of surplus 4831 in a metal can.
  8. osteodoc08

    osteodoc08 Well-Known Member

    That happened to me when I bought a brick. Someone dumped 200 and put boxes back. I went back to my LGS and mentioned it, not expecting much. They replaced them on my word. I continue to be a loyal customer.
  9. Potatohead

    Potatohead Well-Known Member

  10. Wildbillz

    Wildbillz Well-Known Member

    A couple of weeks back there was a guy at my local Academy Sporting Goods in the ammo isle on his knees. Sure enough he had opened a pack of primers and dumped them out on the floor. At least he was making an effort to put them back in. But dumped on the floor, picked up by this guy. Didn't make me want to buy my primers there. Next time I was in they had all the primer boxes taped at both ends.

  11. ReloaderFred

    ReloaderFred Well-Known Member

    Not only do they steal primers in small amounts, but they'll open bullet boxes and drop a few in their hand and then close the box back up and put it back on the shelf. They also open loaded ammunition boxes and take a row of loaded rounds out of the middle and put the box back where it came from.

    There are lowlifes in every walk of life, I'm afraid. The 26 years of chasing them convinced me of that.......

    Hope this helps.

  12. Potatohead

    Potatohead Well-Known Member

    I hear you , it's ridiculous. I bought a box of ammo at a LGS that I don't go to very often. It was a box of Magtech 9mm JHP and their were about 8 or 10 FC headstamps in the box. I figure now that someone had maybe stolen a few out of the box and the LGS just replaced them with whatever they had an open box of in the back.
  13. marchboom

    marchboom Active Member

    With the way the lowlifes trash merchandise, I would like to see ammo kept behind the counter. They don't just open the box, they tear it open. Who wants to buy a box of ammo that has been trashed?
  14. ReloaderFred

    ReloaderFred Well-Known Member

    In some stores they do keep ammunition, primers and powder behind the counter, but with a large store, with a lot of inventory, such as Cabela's, Bass Pro Shops, etc., that just isn't possible. It's hard to get waited on in some of those stores as it is, so picking up a box of .38's could end up being an hour stop........

    You can't stop stupid, but you can ask the clerk to open the box for you and make sure it's what is on the label when you check out. That way, you've got a witness, and they can take care of the issue on the spot, rather than being disappointed when you get back home.

    It's the small minority that cause the problems. We used to refer to them as "the 10 percenters", since 10% of the population takes up 90% of our time.

    Just use a little due diligence when purchasing things that they can't take in return, such as powder, primers, etc. It's best to discover the issue before leaving the premises so they can fix it right on the spot.

    Hope this helps.


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