Reloading Section at Walmart

FM-793

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Feb 18, 2009
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Just came back from a week in North Central Pennsylvania on business. Went into a Super Walmart in St. Mary's, PA and decided to take a look around. I almost fell over when I saw they had a full blown reloading section. Everything - dies, powder (sold out), bullets (Hornady & Nosler in most popular flavors). They had press kits - I think it was a Rock Chucker and another RCBS. RCBS tumbler, Lyman scale and books. Prices rivaled anything I've seen on-line. Bought the Nosler guide for about $26. I was thinking about buying a bunch of the Hornardy 120 gr V-Max in 7mm, but thought better once I imagined the TSA response to finding "ammo" in my checked bag. Didn't think it was worth the effort to explain that bullets alone weren't dangerous as I was being "probed".

The guy next to me was complaining loadly that they were sold out of 150 gr .30 cal bullets. I laughed. Are you kidding? This Walmart sells bullets!

Is this new or experimental, or have there always been Walmarts that sell reloading gear?
 

MadMo44Mag

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A lot of Wally Worlds in UT, WY and other states have reloading sections.
I sure wish we had them here but from what a Wally World mgr told me, they don't want to fight the Southern Baptist down here.
I don't know if this is true but the Southern Baptist due wield a lot of power in southern states.
 

FM-793

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*Ahem* I'm Southern Baptist. Well, I was raised Catholic, so technically, I guess I'm a Batholic.

Seriously, though, most of the Southern Baptists that I know here in Houston and in East Texas shoot and hunt. Of course I could be "self-selecting" - I tend to hang out with the types that hunt and shoot.

Here in Houston, I think the issue is more likely the high concentration of anti-gun types.
 

MadMo44Mag

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FM 793 I sure don't know but I do remember when we had "BLUE LAW" and that was a southern baptist thing. Hardware items could not be sold on Sundays.
Doesn't change the fact I sure would like to see WW selling reloading supplies. That would mean another source where components are hard to find.
 

Bullseye Shooter

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Our WalMart here in Graham has reloading supplies. I checked yesterday and they had about 10 cans of RE 22 and some H335 (IIRC), some bullets in stock, a few bags of new brass, reloading books, presses, etc. The old WalMart we had, did not have supplies, but when they opened the new Super Center a few years ago, they expanded the sporting goods section. They get most of their powder from Gene Sears Supply in Oklahoma.
 

country_boy

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Why would Southern Baptists have problems with walmart selling reloading supplies?? I'd be fine with no hardware on sundays and or a dry county. That would take care of dwi's.
 

oldguy

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Don't think "Southern Baptists" care about gun powder being sold unless you snort it.
 

wshbrngr

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I don't think its the Southern Batptists, and I wish Walmarts here stocked re-loading supplies. I don't see why they couldn't if they wanted too. Probably has more to do with reserving the shelf space.

I was just working in North Eastern Arkansas and I found that the walmarts out in 'the sticks' (like the whole state is not out in the sticks ) have reloading supplies. (Mostly RCBS stuff).

Unfortunately, they were sold out of most of the stuff I need/wanted.

I was able to buy a few boxes of hornady bullets. (.38 and a box of .45LC that I can't use, but am willing to trade)

Its hit or miss, they have 2 super-walmarts in Jonesboro, AR, one has reloading supplies and one does not.
 
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