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Bought wrong ammo!

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by goldpelican, Jan 6, 2017.

  1. goldpelican

    goldpelican Member

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    Well today saw a first.

    Went into Walmart to buy a Winchester white box of 357 Magnum. Asked for 357 Magnum, the guy was having a hard time locating it, I said "second shelf from the bottom", he pulled a box marked 357, rang it up, bagged it and handed it over.

    Got home and opened the bag. Guess who is now the proud owner of a box of 357 SIG.

    I don't think Walmart accepts returns on ammo (and I wouldn't argue with that policy).

    Fugly little things. Anyone else ever done that?
     
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  2. browningguy

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    No, but a friend bought a new BLR in .308 Winchester, and the clerks gave him .308 Marlin with the gun.
     
  3. JimKirk

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    Sorry.... I am a little less trusting of Walmart sports counter employees ,...I always ask to have a look before they scan it in.... I've heard too many accounts not to do so....
     
  4. goldpelican

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    This chap was actually quite knowledgeable and a fellow shooter. Both of us erred.
     
  5. larryh1108

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    A few years back I went to Walmart to get some .357Sig ammo. The ammo is in a locked case on the sales floor. After a time I finally located an employee with the keys and pointed to the box I wanted. The employee told me that was the wrong box and pointed to the .357Magnum ammo box. I told him that I knew which ammo I wanted and pointed to the .357Sig again. He sighed and reluctantly grabbed the ammo I wanted and told me as he rang it up that I am buying the wrong ammo and they have a no return policy so when I discover it is the wrong ammo I am stuck with it. I told him not to worry.
     
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  6. Lafitte

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    Heard a customer at Wally's ask for a box of 38 S&W ammo, clerk sets out a box of .38 special. Customer said no, I need 38 S&W, 38 Smith and Wesson. Clerk said oh, this fits Colts, Smith & Wessons and everything.

    Lafitte
     
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  7. Ks5shooter

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    Walmart enough said:uhoh:
     
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  8. GBExpat

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    Thanks for sharing that.

    I experienced something akin to that.

    Now I feel a little bit better about that lone box of .357SIG that has graced my ready-ammo shelf for several years. :)
     
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    I'm sorry to have to tell you this, but you must now buy a Sig .357. I know that may come as a let-down.
     
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  10. jmr40

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    That is the type of mistake that could easily happen at any gun shop. Even very knowledgeable sales person could easily see 357 on a box of ammo and pick up the wrong one by mistake. I've seen similar things happen with people buying 375 H&H mag when they need 375 Winchester ammo. With 5-6 different 300 magnums it is a common issue with someone knowing the difference, but still picking up the wrong box.
     
  11. Kendal Black

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    You know what you want, I know what I want... but if the other guy, behind the counter, isn't quite up to speed, it does no harm to take the box flap with you, torn from an expended box of the stuff you want. :(
     
  12. BobTheTomato

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    I think what you meant to write was that you now have a reason to buy a Glock 32.

    But in all seriousness I always double check no matter where I buy.
     
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  13. Buck60

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    I don't look at it as buying the wrong ammo .
    It is more like I have the ammo so now I need a gun to with it !!!

    LOL always look for that silver lining !!!
     
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  14. stoky

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    What Sports Counter Employees???
    Whenever I go by there, they're out smoking their lunch. Even if the're there, they're out to lunch. :cuss:
    If I ever did get someone to "help" me, I'd probably check inside the box to make sure it was the same ammo in the box as it said it was on the outside.
     
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    I was thinking the same thing! I have six boxes of 22 mag right now and think I have to go buy a single action revolver in 22 mag. since I have nothing to shoot them with. :(
     
  16. bearcreek

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    The best option of course, as others have mentioned, is to buy a gun to go with it. :) Another option is sell it on Armslist.
     
  17. Stubert

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    Couple of years ago a clerk in my local Dicks sold a man a remington rifle, the customer asked the clerk which ammo he recomended and the clerk told him you have to use remington ammo because it was made for the gun.
     
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  18. SwaneeSR

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    This is a pretty easy mistake to happen. With all the transactions us shooters make, the percentages say that this will happen to somebody.

    I do not see this as a Walmart problem at all, this could happen anywhere. Secondly, at least Walmart is "brave" enough to sell firearms and ammunition. I purchased my first shotgun at Target. Think of all the big sporting goods retailers that either do not sell firearms/ammunition or even if they do, they barely place it in their ad flyers and almost hide the fact.

    I guess there are a few calibers out there that you need to be extra careful and check the box before it is rung up. As for 357 SIG, maybe not popular, maybe a little tricky to reload, but performance-wise I have always heard good things. If the OP even stumbled upon a good deal at a gun or pawn shop..........destiny!!!

    Swanee
     
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    The old saying "Measure three times and cut once." is the best policy. Those folks that work there are usually underpaid and overworked if they are at all conscientious so mistakes can happen even to those that do know better!

    Off topic: Speaking of odd things the local Target store has several bullet holes in the bullseye on the sign out front.:what:
     
  20. forgottenson

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    At the local WalMart around here when they hand it to you they will ask you, "are you sure this is the right ammo?" before they start to ring it up.
     
  21. Cannibul

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    I can't begin to count the number of customers I helped that didn't know what ammo their gun used.

    People who didn't think that Remington .243 ammo would work in their .243 Winchester.

    People who thought that all 7mm ammo was the same...like .38 and .357 ya know.
     
  22. Drail

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    I once saw a customer ask the kid behind the counter if he could use .44 Spl. ammo in his .41 Mag., someone had told him that it would be cheaper. The kid behind the counter smiled and said "Sure, that will work". Usually I don't get involved in other people's business but I had to say something at that point. You have to wonder what else that kid told customers.
     
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  23. Cannibul

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    He would just need the right sized hammer to get those .44 SPL rounds into the cylinder.
     
  24. tommy.duncan

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    My SIL bought a Kahr 9mm at Academy Sports and they grabbed her 2 boxes of 9x18, then they would not exchange it for 9x19.
    The ammo was picked out by the gun sales clerk. Then they told her she should have checked the ammo before she paid for it.
     
  25. MedWheeler

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    I almost did the opposite several years ago, when I got "back" into firearms. At a gun show, I saw some seemingly-good deals on some all-steel, DA/SA 9mm pistols, and had sold away my only one a couple of years prior. I came real close to buying one of them, and probably should have, but didn't.

    If I had, I would have then needed to start looking into 9mm Makarov ammo, a round I was not then familiar with.
     

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