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Good news for Wal-Mart ammo customers

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by cratti, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. cratti

    cratti Well-Known Member

    Wal-Mart (at least the one I work at, as well as several others -- probably the ones that still sell guns) is now expanding its selection of reloading equipment to include more primers, powder, presses, dies, and rifle/pistol bullets. Be on the lookout for this within the next month or two.
  2. cliffy

    cliffy member


    I find Wal-Mart falling behind other ma-and-pa local firearm stores. Wal-Mart is very convenient to shop, but their sporting goods selection dwindles each year, whether fishing or hunting supplies. cliffy
  3. Yo Mama

    Yo Mama Well-Known Member

    Yeah, but now you get videotaped and have to sign for all gun purchases. No thanks. Really, I love/hate Walmart, but more and more lately I only support the local gun shop. If anything, it seems like reloading stuff is plentiful lately.
  4. cratti

    cratti Well-Known Member

    reloading equipment is in high demand around here lately (as in, we're selling primers by the case -- not the brick), and Wal-Mart has some pretty good prices on primers (about $31 for 1000 noncorrosive CCI primers - any size but magnum rifle or shotgun) compared to gun shops. That said, prices may be better online but frankly, after paying for hazmat, it's more expensive to shop online. Plus, some places don't HAVE real gun shops in town, and as such, they're forced to travel long distances just to get their hands on stuff like that. Figured, in any case, that some people would appreciate knowing about it.

    On a side note, don't take it personally, but as much as I hate all the corporate BS and stupid managers, please do not speak ill of my job. Do not assume that all Wal-Mart sporting goods associates are idiots. I don't talk crap about anyone's job. We do what we can in order to do what we need to.
  5. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Well-Known Member

    You may be surprised how many Mom & Pop gun shops video tape their stores as a security precaution.
  6. SaxonPig

    SaxonPig Well-Known Member

    In the 1990s I lived in a tiny rural town with no gun shops. The Wal-Mart there did sell reloading supplies but I have seen or heard of another doing so.
  7. cratti

    cratti Well-Known Member

    And you'd be absolutely appalled if you knew just how many places make you sign a form when you buy a firearm...
  8. rogerjames

    rogerjames member

    Video tape the **** outta me, I don't care just have some ammo. Went to my local Walmart 2 days ago, shelves empty... asked the attendant if they were no longing selling or just out... gotta I'm not sure response, but was told that they are just out:(
  9. cratti

    cratti Well-Known Member

    Well, yeah, it's hard to determine the status of the merchandise when the warehouses are out. Took us 3 weeks just to get ANY 9mm ammo in, and we sold 20 cases in under a week. Sold 184 boxes myself to one customer.
  10. Ben86

    Ben86 Well-Known Member

    184 boxes! Some people are really preparing for armagedon. I wish they would set a limit. Everything has been out in the wharehouse forever. They're not sure why, maybe a changover for new products+panic buying.

    I'd never buy a gun from walmart. They are too anti-gun plus they don't offer any type of warranty like my local gun shops offer. I don't mind buying their cheap target ammo, even though that is getting increasingly difficult to do.

    It's good to know they may be picking up reloading supplies. With everyone buying the manufactured stuff up I really want to get into it soon.
  11. Mini30

    Mini30 Well-Known Member

    Funny thing is, *ALL* our local suppliers of ammo and shooting supplies are at the bottom of their supplies; and the incoming shipments sell out in a day or two. My two closest WalMarts and the Big 5 are out of clays. WB 9mm and .45 are gone. The 2 Walmarts, the Big 5 and the local M&P gun store are out of .44 Mag. (I haven't checked the local Ace Hdwr yet).

    My co-workers report travelling 1-1/2 hours to Roswell to get their pistol fodder. Even the Lubbock Gander Mtn has been out of .410 buckshot loads every time I've checked in the last year.

    We are buying out the supplies; the ammo manufacterers just can't pump it out fast enough for two wars and panic-buying on the homefront.
  12. M40A1

    M40A1 Well-Known Member

    At least the stimulus plan is helping the ammo manufacturers!
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2009
  13. 22lr

    22lr Well-Known Member

    WOW, I went to 2 wal-marts today and both had completely full ammo cases. I help em out with that problem though.:D First time ive seen a stocked wal-mart case in a long time. It would be very nice if they started to sell Primers.
  14. Harve Curry

    Harve Curry Well-Known Member

    Where is "around here"? It would be helpful if we knew where?
  15. cratti

    cratti Well-Known Member

    Ben86: Nothin' but the manufacturer warranty. Kinda sucks, but that's how it goes. Only reason I've considered picking up a gun from work is because I'd get a 10% discount. Then again. That same discount applies to regular-price ammo, as well. So that cheap target ammo is even cheaper, too!

    Mini30: Right on all fronts! .44 Magnum ammunition is generally fairly popular right now, though the big sellers (in order from most to least popular) are:
    .380 Auto
    9x19mm Parabellum/9mm Luger
    .223 Remington
    .357 Magnum
    .38SPL +P
    .410 Slug and 00/000bk
    12ga Slug/00bk, 3" shells.

    Basically, they're going for whatever they think is most lethal, in event of a civil war/uprising/whatever. It's the person behind the trigger that determines the lethality. Most customers believe that since the 5.56x45NATO cartridge was derived from the .223Rem, they've got the deadliest gun in the world.
    On that same token, it always cracks me up to see people come in saying that "the government can TRY and take [their] guns, but they'll never win that shootout."
    Excuse me? If the government sent in militant forces to apprehend gun owners or confiscate guns they wouldn't be sending in idiots; they'd be sending in trained units. Moreover, one man can't hold off an entire squad no matter how many boxes of ammo he bought for his .380. You're outmanned, outgunned, and obviously outsmarted.

    M40A1 I've been saying since November that Obama should threaten to tax or outlaw every item, one by one (mind you, not really taxing or banning a single thing) in order to stimulate the economy.

    .22LR Get friendly with that store's sporting goods Department Manager. With luck, they can special order primers for you.

    Harve Curry Sorry. Abilene, Texas.

    Well, that's my rant for the night.
  16. Freezebyte

    Freezebyte member

    This is why my Wal-Marts are now limiting 2 boxes per person, no exceptions
  17. cratti

    cratti Well-Known Member

    When did they start this? That's news to me.
  18. andcam

    andcam Well-Known Member

    Walmart has primers and powder?!?! Does anyone know if that's just in select stores? I don't think any of the Walmarts here in Colorado have them...but then again I've never looked.
  19. 230RN

    230RN Marines on Mt. Curibacci

    This location deal is a persistent problem, and not only WRT shopping for gun-related stuff, but also when someone's talking about their local laws, among other things.

    "My local Walmart is giving away free ammo for a year with every gun purchased."

    "My PD issues free 9mm ammo to all law-abiding citizens in its jurisdiction."

    C'mon, folks, at least give an approximate location in your posts, if not in your profile.

    Terry, 230RN
  20. NC-Mike

    NC-Mike Well-Known Member

    I would rather pay double than buy _anything_ in a WalMart.

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