WalMart answers yes to my request.

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  1. Ronbo

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    Hi folks. I just wanted to pass on an interesting finding. Three days ago I e-mailed the walmart customer servie center at corporate headquarters. I asked (very nicely) if they would consider stocking Tula ammunition in .308. I mentioned that they already stock it in .223 and some pistol calibers and that online forums indicate some walmarts already stock it. Today i received a call from my local Walmart to let me know they will begin carrying it. The sporting goods associate i spoke to this morning didn't know anything about it, but it's also possible he passed on our conversation this morning, since they called after i talked to him. I am glad to have a local supply of cheap plinking ammo now.

    I suspect they will carry it at a price that makes it nearly as cheap as reloading so I can save my brass for dedicated hunting loads and experimentation.

    The real point of the thread is information. This is my experience and i am sharing it with you. Ask and you may get a similar result. WalMart prides itself on tailoring store inventories to locality. There is a store only 30 minutes from here that carries a whole line of .308 ammo from federal to winchester..but not tula..yet. My local store had very little for the .308 and Steve told me today he will probably have the same stock of winchester and remington (not federal..don't carry it...lol.) next year that is sitting on the shelf since deer season started this year.

    He told me guys around here aren't buying the other tula ammo in some cases because it is manufactured in Russia. I am over that, having served during the cold war and in desert storm. I have an experience based opinion on which one is the greater evil. He said those same guys won't buy swiss pistol ammo. I guess if you want a new item at WalMart, corporate is the place to ask the question, since the associates and managers simply respond to corporate and can't really add items on their own. Likewise, none of these people will know you want it unless you speak up. Clearly The Associate has feedback from customers, but as usual, most of it is "i don't ...blah, blah, blah...negative feedback, while they go sight in annually and pay 20 bucks a box and shoot most of it at a deer that gets away.

    Ammunition is a drop in the bucket for a place like Walmart and they don't even worry about it because it gets you in the store. They have a force-fed inventory like most retailers, so it is to their benefit to get you in there anyway they can. I realize there is the local gun dealer/pawn shop (always the same place here in this town.) Unfortunately, the price of every single new item from rifles to scope rings adds up to a huge chunk of change and no significant service to justify it, at least here in this town. I used the "community citizen" angle and told them hunters who practice more become safer hunters because they are better shooters. I said WalMart can help us do that by providing good practice ammo at a fair price.

    So, if your ammo is missing on the WalMart shelf, this may be useful information to you.
     
  2. whtsmoke

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    Pretty soon you wont see anything but that stuff at wally world and then someone will come along and gripe because the products arent amereican made, i think we are doing this to ourselves.:(
     

  3. Ronbo

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    I doubt there will be any competition during deer season. I'm buying winchester power points. You may buy remington core-lokt, joe blow may buy federals if our walmart ever decides to carry it in larger calibers.

    I agree we do it to ourselves, but the pocket book is wearing a little thin and when i get off my 12 hour swing shift, here in america, i want to shoot. I see no possibility of Russian FMJ plinking ammo running american made ammo. In Missouri, we can't even hunt deer LEGALLY with FMJ ammo. It is specifically stated "bullets designed to expand" or some such equivalent verbiage.

    The old standbys are safe and nobody in there right mind shoots Factory deer hunting rounds in Bulk for plinking and everyday informal targets.

    Anyway, if you want something that isn't there, try emailing corporate...should work for american made goods too.
     
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  4. jpattersonnh

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    I'm not touching this. Maybe I should. Crap ammo from a Country that really would rather see you dead. Good choice!!
    Do you know what happened to PMC? Read up!!!!
     
  5. DrumJunkie

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    There's no way to keep everyone happy. The goal in trail anyway is to get the least amount of angry people.

    I'm all for buying American and will if I can find a product that has not priced itself out of competition. I will agree, we have done it to ourselves. Everyone wants to make what they consider a justified wage and companies are in business to make money. WE only have to look at the American auto industry to see how that comes back to bite us.
     
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  6. Ronbo

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    I expected you to reply and i don't generally do this, but here:

    P.S. This is not a thread asking for information or opinions. :) I'm not interested in any opinions on the ammo as i have already confirmed its quality/accuracy to my satisfaction for my intended usage. If you have done your homework and think it's for you, give it a shot.

    If you have a negative opinion of this ammo, start your own thread. :cool:
    If you are a benchrest competitor, you know better than to buy this for competition.

    Every negative i've read about Tula (or wolf, for that matter) concerns AR type weapons anyway, so there are WAY too many possible operator induced variables to even apply to my simple bolt-action lifestyle.

    If you don't like tula ammo, don't buy it. Pretty simple.

    It shoots great in my guns, simple bolt action hunting rifles. It is not junk just because it is steel cased. The metal used in the casing has nothing to do with quality, just production cost, which trickles down to you, the buyer as a good price. Tula ammo, like the other russian ammos, will get you outside shooting more and get you familiar with your gun in many ways. It is safe, inexpensive ammunition. When you want to tighten things up and check your progress, get the ammo you prefer for that and be prepared to pay at least double , triple or more.

    If you are going to shoot pumpkins on youtube or milk jugs or just plink a lot, use this and shoot more. Pick the tool for the job.

    I hate long disclaimers, but I've already experienced the targeted rebuttal of some experience-based information, even on this forum. See signature and better yet, keep it to yourself.


    I wrote this specifically for you JP and saved it so i could cut and paste now.
    Incidentally, i am in total disagreement with you on bipod shooting and "holding the barrel down" Stay out of my threads unless you have something pertinent to the post please.

    Now, if anyone needs a product walmart doesn't stock, try emailing them...the purpose of the post.
     
  7. spittinfire

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    If you like the ammo then fine but I won't put that stuff anywhere near my weapons. Maybe I'm stuck in the red scare but I try not to buy products from countries that hate us.
    While they are now carrying your poor russian ammo they are no longer carrying 240 gr 44 magnum(WWB if it makes a difference) which I've been using for practice and to build up my brass supply.
     
  8. Ronbo

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    I guess you guys just can't resist...THE PURPOSE OF THE POST IS TO LET FOLKS KNOW HOW TO GET AN ITEM INTO WALMART IF THEY DON'T CURRENTLY STOCK IT.

    Now, can we stop stereotyping Russians and other ethic groups and not type every little word that pops into our heads?


    I specifically stated the opinions of the ammo are not being solicited here. I was VERY specific about my usage, the complaints I've read about and the appropriate uses of the ammo I asked for if anybody wants to try it. I'm not selling ammo, just letting folks know how to get what you need if it isn't there.

    Good grief. This is REAL world useful information, not made-up crap about inflated abilities or references without links to "read up" on.

    I am now going back into my normal mode of ignoring posts that don't apply to the purpose of the thread. You guys make it tough. Believe me, i don't care as much as you may think, except for feeling sorry for those who take forum talk as gospel

    "I won't stay out of your threads as the dribble you are spewing is wrong in every way."

    Sorry JP..all real world experience...ALL true. Still waiting for the pic of the 200 yard, offhand, iron sight, moving 1 inch target shot in 16 degrees with 15 mph wind with a 75 year-old rifle.
     
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  9. JTJ

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    I recently read a blurb somewhere about Hornady working on steel cases for their target ammo to reduce the cost by 40%. Question is, will they make it or buy it with their name on it?
     
  10. spittinfire

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    Hey, I'm glad you contacted your local store and they are bringing a product into that location. I disagree with your reasoning because I think you can get a much better product for a slightly higher price and you'll have some brass you can use numerous times or sell.
     
  11. Ronbo

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    thanks

    Thanks for all your opinions guys.

    Substitute Pillsbury cinnamon rolls everywhere you see an ammunition reference and try to get the point of the thread. Maybe it will help you get a tool or brand of paint or whatever. Somebody MAY want or need a way to get THEIR CHOICE of ammo or cinnamon rolls into their local WalMart.

    This is correct, accurate information, based on real-world experience...except for the cinnamon roll part.
     
  12. whtsmoke

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    i am sorry you feel this way but how can you thank people for thier opinions when you stated that this wasnt a thread asking for opinions and you didnt want to hear them. i think you are confused a bit and should set back and listen to those that have been aound longer. i am going to print your post out and take it down to my local walmart tha i dont frequent and see if they will start stocking Nosler custom ammo.
     
  13. Ronbo

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    Being around longer is completely irrelevant. I only have time to post here because I slept in after night shift today. I will never reach 1000 posts probably. I am normally out shooting, but life got in the way today. I can assure you, I am not confused in the least. The fact that some folks simply can't withold an opinion when I specifically stated i wasn't looking for one at the outset isn't ME being confused. I guess the OP doesn't get to set any parameters here. Sarcasm of "thanking " folks for their UNSOLICITED opinions seemed pretty obvious. After all, you ARE being sarcastic with your little Nosler idea AREN'T you?

    "i am going to print your post out and take it down to my local walmart tha i dont frequent and see if they will start stocking Nosler custom ammo. "

    Incidentally, i did not take a piece of paper to the local walmart and ask for custom ammunition and i even mentioned in this thread the price expectations for people wanting that type of ammo. Again, read the thread.

    You may find emailing the way i ACTUALLY DID will work like it did for me, instead of sarcastically creating a scenario you and i both suspect will NOT work. Being around a long time on a forum is a poor indicator of experience, btw. The smoke cloud of those who have the most posts eventually clears when they post googled advice from a bad source. This is happening today on this forum and others around the world as local forum "experts' suddenly give out some patently bad advice and somebody newer around the forum points it out for what it is.

    This is a very disappointing flow of bad information out of good from you guys. What was wrong with my initial thread, just because some of you have pre-conceived notions about the ammo i used as an example? If i had said winchester or federal or remington, you would have kept it to yourselves.

    FWIW, the CURRENT pricing of surplus ammo is NOT "just a little more" as a percentage of what we pay and much of the ammo that is still twice as expensive has berdan primers, just like the .308 steel ammo i'm getting. Both not reloadable, so now we're forced to recycle brass to recoup cost...steel is recyclable too, guys. WalMarts are everywhere...those of you who don't go there, who cares?

    I am trying to get some reality into the world of shooting for the budget-minded now, since the thread has wandered well off into the world of personal opinion and even outright name-calling. I have stated nothing that isn't substantiated and repeatable by any shooter on a budget or otherwise.

    No, there is no point in arguing with you guys who think being here longer makes a difference. Believe it or not, you can't believe everything you read on the internet. I tried to pass GOOD information in a timely manner. I passed good points and possible bad ones on the ammo. My thread covered the whole range of all the crap you guys are pitching at me. The whole "countries that hate us" idea is pretty dated and not entirely accurate either. FWIW,this info thread is also posted on other forums and is getting the opposite of the nonsense i'm reading here. I thought this was a better place than that.

    Jp, i apologize for attacking you. Read your recent responses to my posts and tell me if i have misinterpreted them. I am still waiting for your pictures of that shooting you promised. I can assure you you would get a big thumbs up and great shooting from me if you post them. That thread was about modern rifles and accuracy. Again, i contributed a timely picture that showed a single shot typical of THE RIFLE....the topic of the thread.

    As a group, i guess the majority here is remaining silent, but those who have chosen to make this a negative thread are winning on volume. Quantity is a quality.

    It would be nice to hear from some folks who found the information useful, like i already have on other forums.
     
  14. powg

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    wal mart .....

    this america...we have a choice in what we do and buy ...im glad that people are still thinking and will tell the corp. what our opinions are on goods and services etc.....cant do that in other countries .....now if we could just get a stupid $1.00 tax on every shopping buggy left out in the parking lot ,because some lazy ass will not walk 20 feet to put it in the pin we could pay off the national debt
     
  15. powg

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    ronbo ......ive got your back

    i also will never have 1000's of post ....im a 12 hr shift worker in the mining industry ...heavy equipment operator .....ohh i said operator ...i 'll probably just get tired of the forums because the more i use em the more i find that alot of people are self absorbed and tend to pack -up against us mere mortals ....yes ,im talking to the super/duper sniper /operators with guns soooo much more accurate than mine. id bet that 75-90 % of these gun gods dont shoot enough to be lethal on anything,man or beast ,anywhere near what their weapon is capable of.. or even if they would have the nuts and wits to make that decision .
     
  16. Desdenova

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    That's pretty cool

    I wonder if I could get my local Walmart to start carrying .44 Special. Might have to send corporate an email. Haven't been able to find any locally. It's nice to take the S&W 29 plinking without the big expense and recoil
     
  17. DrumJunkie

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    I've not used that particular ammo so I didn't think an opinion would be of any use. I've used other commie ammo though and don't really have a problem with it.It's not match ammo but I'm not shooting in matches anyway.
     
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