Gander Mountain..Bass Pro..Cabela's....

Discussion in 'Firearm Accessories & Gear' started by LONGHAIR, Apr 24, 2011.


    LONGHAIR New Member

    Gander Mountain VS Bass Pro Shop VS Cabela's VS Local Gun Shop.....Witch are the cheapest and has the best customer service in your past experiances....Bass Pro for Fishing...Cabela's for Hunting...Gander Mountain ??...
  2. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

    Meh, all have their good and bad points.

    I no longer shop on-line at Bass Pro for anything. It seemed like everytime I did in the past, there were items that were backordered without notice until the shipment came. No notification at check out.

    Cabela's is fine if items are on sale or in the bargain cave. Otherwise, they are pricey. Their service has been good to me and orders shipped on a timely basis. Once, I placed two orders within a couple of days of each other. I called and asked if they can just charge one shipping charge, and they did.

    Gander Mtn...I have bought plenty of stuff from them in store but they are also very pricey. I only go there if I am in need of something and I am close to their store.

    Local or mom & pop places can be great with personal service, but I have found they are generally more expensive than the chains because of buying power.

    For me anymore, I shop on-line at discount places or buyer's club type places.

  3. spittinfire

    spittinfire Active Member Supporter

    I'm with skully. I also trade and buy from individuals as deals present themselves.
  4. aandabooks

    aandabooks Active Member

    We're getting a BPS near us in the future. I hear they are very pricey.

    Last gun came from Gander. Same price as anywhere else and they were convenient. Their clothing is top of the line at top of the line prices. Did pick up a few sweatshirt/Ts off the clearance rack this weekend.

    Never been in a Cabela's so can't comment.

    I frequent a few LGS in my area and they are almost always several dollars more than Gander, Dicks or we have Pressleys in my area.
  5. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper New Member

    BPS was okay when I was working and staying away from home close to a retail store. Could browse a couple times a week and wait for what I wanted to come up on sale.
    Gander mt. I've got one reasonably close(50min), I buy from them on occasion. I often get really good deals on their hunting clothing and camping gear and sometimes foodplot supplies. The last time I bought a firearm from them was about 8 years ago when one I wanted was on special and was a smoking deal. Ever since then their "sale prices" seem to be more than the usual prices from online or other local dealers. Their reloading components are ridiculous. Usually 1.5 to 2X more expensive than what I can buy elsewhere.
    Cabelas is about an 1hr 15 from me. They often have great buys and I've spent a few thou there in the last year on long arms, reloading equipment and predator calls. Usually something I'm looking for is on sale, and is usually on stock. Their customer service has been excellent the few times I've needed it.
    The LGS is where I prefer to do business, even if it cost me a couple extra dollars. However availability is often a problem and when I've ask about ordering a certain firearms or components they usually try to push something they have on stock. Same thing when I want to get something shipped to their FFL. They are getting better though. They've come to realize what I ask for is what I want. I have been making it a point to mention that if they don't want to deal with me, and get what I want at a reasonable profit margin, I've got no problem spending a lot of cash elsewhere;)
  6. colmustard

    colmustard Active Member

    Cabelas is the bomb! But too far from me. Bass pro shop here has really bad customer service, so I try not to go there, I like the mom and pop stores but not much selection. Gander mtn. is my main choice, good selection good price and they are nice to deal with and dont treat you like a 5 year old.
  7. aandabooks

    aandabooks Active Member

    I have recently been told that if you are a Scout or Adult Leader and have your ID card from BSA, Gander gives a 10% discount and Cabela's gives a 25% discount. I seriously doubt this would apply to firearms or ammo. But for clothing, camping goods etc. I will take any discount I can get.
  8. FaTmAn

    FaTmAn New Member

    I hate to say this depending on what it is i just go to wal-mart. For target ammo,fishing gear and such as lures, some hunting items. but my wife also works there and gets a 10% discount. For my more serious items if buying a firearm i shop around between shops intill i find the price i want to pay. Bass-pro, and cabela's are just to far away inless i do the ordering online and want to wait for what ever it is that im looking for. So thats how i go about finding the stuff i need.
  9. jayguy

    jayguy New Member

    I like gander mtn. and local gun shops there both really cheap for me.
  10. ZombieKiller83

    ZombieKiller83 New Member

    The Gander by my place tries to sell used, beat up guns at almost the same price as their new ones:eek:.Like for instance they had a NIB Glock 17 for 599.99 and in the used section they had a beat to s*** Glock 17 that they were asking 575.00 for! Their pistol and rifle ammo is way pricey but overall i usually get pretty good service from them but they are my last resort stop. Cabelas is like Gander only bigger haha but they seem to be a tiny bit more reasonable on their ammo pricing but not by much.
  11. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

    BPS and Cabelas are great if its on sale and if you have a store it is a good place to go spend a lazy sunday.

    Gander Mtn is great if you need a laugh. Last time I was in mine they wanted $79.99 for 1k CCI small rifle primers they wanted $89.99 for 1k of CCI Small rifle BR primer. I looked at the guy laughed and walked away. Seen a used glock 17 in the case for $650 and a brand new Glock 17 right next to it for $500. Seen a Winchester Model 94 in 30-30 they wanted $1900 for it. It looked like a ranch rifle tape on the stock sling torn in places 50% of the bluing worn off with some pitting they had it marked as EXCELLENT condition.
  12. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

    Well I am addicted to Cabelas! And for the biggest part they have very good customer service. I also like Midway USA for other items. I do not think anyone is quicker on delivery normally. But for weapons in general I like the individual idea as well as to barter at the gun shows. As much as I hate to say it you can not beat Wal-Mart for guns if you know what you are buying. They do tend to inventory the lower range of weapon company's models due to inventory cost of the deluxe models. Once again they are fairly reasonable due to buying power. But since the liberals have even infiltrated the Wal-Mart management group. As some may have noticed, a lot of their stores have stopped handling firearms. Or possibly they can not find anyone at the wages they pay who knows that much about the products to take care of this area and assure a laws are followed. Anything I hate is to go to a store and deal with someone who does not know their product. Or worse tries to BS me acting like they do when they do not!

  13. headhunter

    headhunter Member

    Cabelas is 21 miles west and Gander 32 in the opposite direction. Gander is nice because you can get up close and personal with long guns with out a clerk handing you one. Their prices are high and they don't offer powder in larger than 1# canisters.
    Cabelas no longer stocks powder in canisters larger than one pound (in store) you must order them but if you take delivery at a store there is no "haz mat" fees. It appears that the stores no longer stock my favorite 250 count Nosler pistol bullets. Cabelas offers a fantastic selection of clothing, almost too much. Their gear is usually as good as they claim.
  14. Werminator

    Werminator Member

    I pass a Cabela's daily on my way to work and in some regards love them and in others I can't stand to deal with them. I bought my .22 there a few months back. I knew what I wanted, had read up a lot, then asked the guy behind the counter for his opinion and he told me to buy something different... I asked if he had any first hand exeperience with that type of rifle and he said "No but a guy I met once told me..." To that end I have had no problems with my rifle and love it... I have been trying to locate a .22 pistol so I can afford to shoot for hours, but after dropping in to see their new and used counters, I won't buy anything used from them... They have two identical used pistols for sale but not for comparable prices... The one is for sale at 309 and is in pretty decent shape, the other for 389 looks like crap... Slide and frame faded and worn, pitting, etc... Regardless where I will be buying, I do my homwork on google, youtube, and the multitude of forums out there and I go in knowing what I want and why... In many cases I have found that a redneck on youtube with a handicam and some freetime can be just as helpful as the guys working firearms counters...
  15. NCSU08MS3

    NCSU08MS3 New Member

    LGS For Guns and accessories.

    Wal-mart for Ammo.

    Gander Mtn. / Bass Pro Shop for some Rifles/Shotguns and handling of weapons of interest because they've got a large selection IN STOCK, but both are VERY overpriced on their handgun prices, ammo prices (unless there's a good sale) and accessories (there are a few exceptions such as some cleaning supplies).

    This type situation is surprising to me because most of my other hobbies (Guitars, Aquariums) it's the opposite, Local places are considerably more expensive then the big chains (Guitar Center, PetsMart, etc.) so the only reason to shop LGS in those hobbies is to support the small business owner instead of a big chain while sacrificing getting the best price for YOU.

    Whatever the reason I for one am glad that with firearms I can get the best prices and support my local small business all that the same time (besides my ammo that I get at Wally World)...

  16. orangello

    orangello New Member

    I buy most of my handgun ammo at Wallyworld. I am not very close to a BPS or Cabellas, but there is a Gander Mountain nearby (30 minutes). There aren't very many local gun shops in town, but i have been VERY happy with one little pawn & gun place. When I was price shopping for a XD45 5", i found the only large local gun shop to be an even $100 above the local gun shop in the next town over (was near Gander until closing). Upon examining the XD45 in the next town over, i found it was OD green & wanted to compare to a standard black model; when i went a few blocks to Gander, i found a black XD45 5" for the same over-priced price as at the large local gun shop. I bought the OD one from the semi-local gunshop. I have priced some pistols at the GM since & they always seem very high. Since the XD45, all firearms purchases have been at the local Pawn & Gun; i just wish the guy stocked more ammo.
  17. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

    I love my local Cabelas. They have an awesome gun library. I usually shop around if I am looking for something new. Jimmy's place is usually cheaper. But Jimmy doesn't give me a $150 gift card for buying a $400 gun! And Jimmy simply doesn't have the antique stuff that you find in the gun library. But for new, I have never asked Jimmy if he had something and him say "no". The answer is usually, "What color do you want?" I went in there the other day and he had the PMR30...otherwise know as the unicorn.

    If you are wondering...Jimmy is the owner of "A Pawn" in Grand Junction.
  18. pyroman9

    pyroman9 New Member

    Interesting to see this here. I am a firearms associate at the local gander mountain so i may favor them a little.

    That being said.. I usually go to walmart for ammo, unless there is a great sale going on at gander in its usually cheaper for me.

    I see a few people commenting on the used gun prices at gander mountain. There are sometimes incredible deals, and sometimes they sit forever. What dictates that is what was paid for the gun by the store. If the employee offered to much and bought the gun to much... then they need to sell it higher to make profit. I know that I have made the mistake once or twice that I priced something to high because of various reasons. Usually its a learning experience.

    Nice deals do come along often though, you just have to be there, otherwise you miss out.

    As for the others:
    Cabelas - great stock online as long as its in stock, some nice deals.

    BPS - have only bought a few things online here.
  19. alsaqr

    alsaqr Well-Known Member Supporter

    i reload at least 10,000 rounds of centerfire rifle ammo every year. Reloading components at Bass Pro Shops, Cabela's and Gander Mountain are very high. My reloading stuff comes in large quantities from online retailers.
  20. Jess

    Jess New Member

    I like them all for different reasons. BUT if anyone talks down to me I leave, I have a real thorn in my side about how I get spoken to as a woman who enjoys hunting, fishing, and shooting.