Gun and Game Forum banner

21 - 34 of 34 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
12,340 Posts
You need to find you a better gun store with owner/manager that know how to run their business. . I have 2 here in the local area that have ammo for any firearm they have in stock. And they have walls racks, cases, and vaults full of firearms.
Here's just one small corner.
View attachment 162827

View attachment 162828

View attachment 162829
Whoa whoa whoa! I have minimal stock at the moment and even if I could get it, we can only afford so much. On top of that, we are a small store without a lot of room for storing mass inventory. That doesn't mean I don't know how to run a business. I don't have a single gun in the store that I don't have ammo for, but I have nothing like what's shown here. I put all of the ammo I had back as soon as this went crazy, selling only to those purchasing guns or 'very regular' customers. I try my best to take care of my own. My prices have not changed unless an increase was seen when I've been fortunate enough to get more, the sad thing is, the suppliers are taking advantage as well, and I am seeing increases in ammo prices.

But again, I try to limit ammo sales to regular customers and to those purchasing firearms, because I will not sell/stock a gun unless I have at least two boxes of ammo for it. Do I know how to run my business? Apparently not by your standards as my cupboards are not overflowing.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,035 Posts
You need to find you a better gun store with owner/manager that know how to run their business. . I have 2 here in the local area that have ammo for any firearm they have in stock. And they have walls racks, cases, and vaults full of firearms.
Here's just one small corner.
View attachment 162827

View attachment 162828

View attachment 162829
Name that store. Spring is here and we travel. I drop buy gun stores everywhere, just a thing my truck does, it just cannot drive past a gun place, unless my wife is with me then it forgets. . The pallets of bulk ammo that once filled the aisles are no where to be found. Last week I stopped at a large range/gun store that I have used as a source of guns and ammo for decades. They always have multiple copies or hard to get stuff, that is why peopIe drive a ways to get to them.
The only handgun ammo they had was 45 acp, nothing else in stock,, nothing I jokingly asked when was the last time they had 380 on the shelf, he laughed and could not recall. This is a go to place about 20 miles west of Oklahoma City.

Their ammo shelves are 99% empty. They normally had hundreds of rifles and shotguns on several rows of gun racks. They are about 25% filled, just empty rack space. They spread them out so that whole areas are not bare. Anyway . if the prices are fair name that store. Might have to burn some gas before Biden bans it.

Curiosly I have both a Bass Pro and a Cabelas within an hour drive. Cabelas never has any ammo, Bass Pro always has a small amount that they put out through the day and they ration it. Seldom do I say god things about Bass Pro, but they are doing right by folks needing ammo, at least at the Oklahoma City store. I also noted last time that Bass Pro has every gun display and rack full of guns. Cabelas has maybe 20% of it's pistol cases filled, the rest is just bare.

Hopefully Remington will fire up ammo production and Ruger will put the Marlin guns back in the pipeline and by Christmas all this will just be a bad memory. I really thing Ruger bought the Marlin assets cheap which builds in lower production costs which is a good thing for gun people. Good article by Bryce Townsley. Smart guy.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
24,565 Posts
Discussion Starter · #23 ·
Name that store. Spring is here and we travel.
Past & Blast
139 E. Main Street
Whitesboro, Texas 76273
903-564-5444

Blackbeard Armory and Range
2926 Texoma Parkway
Sherman, Texas 75090
903-819-2755

Tap Smith just recently opened Blackbeard Armory and it isn't as large of a store as Past & Blast is.
He worked for Past & Blast for several years though so he knows how to run a gun store.
Both of them have lots of suppressors etc also.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
24,565 Posts
Discussion Starter · #24 ·
Do they have 30-30, Rex? Serious question, brother.
Hmm, they do not.
I called Past & Blast and Blackbeard Armory & Range and neither have 30-30 ammo. Elizabeth at Blackbeard said that is currently the most unobtainable regular hunting cartridge for some reason. Hopefully Federal, Winchester, or one of the major manufacturers will switch over a line to loading that soon...
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
9,919 Posts
Hmm, they do not.
I called Past & Blast and Blackbeard Armory & Range and neither have 30-30 ammo. Elizabeth at Blackbeard said that is currently the most unobtainable regular hunting cartridge for some reason. Hopefully Federal, Winchester, or one of the major manufacturers will switch over a line to loading that soon...
Yah, 30-30 is another unicorn these days. Thanks for checking, my friend.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
4,670 Posts
I think that the deciding factor here is Ruger is not owned by a conglomerate and Remington/Marlin were dissolved by the conglomerate Cerberus Capital, I believe it was by design. Hedge funds have an uncanny reputation for bleeding a company of all of its worth and then selling the assets. Ruger has a reputation that THEY want to maintain, whereas when Remington was bought by "The Freedom Group" aka Cerberus Capital neither TFG or CC gave two cents what happened to Rem they just wanted a return for thir share holders and quality suffered. They made junk and the gun owners did not buy...the lawsuits were the nails. I think Ruger is a solid mfgr and wants to remain such...time will tell, JMHO
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,472 Posts
30-30 is scarce here in Maine too. We typically see only seasonal runs of that caliber, around August/September - just the once a year.
I was thinking of buying a 30-30 lever action since about January (Gun club will be having a lever-action match and I didn't have one). My criteria is that I am not going to buy a gun unless I already have the ammo, or the store can sell me some along with the gun. There are lots of rifles available but no ammo.
I settled on a Rossi model 92 in 44 Magnum because I have rounds and reload that caliber.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
11,277 Posts
those shelves look similar to the ones i built in the basement rooms.
 
  • Like
Reactions: neophyte

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,035 Posts
Past & Blast
139 E. Main Street
Whitesboro, Texas 76273
903-564-5444

Blackbeard Armory and Range
2926 Texoma Parkway
Sherman, Texas 75090
903-819-2755

Tap Smith just recently opened Blackbeard Armory and it isn't as large of a store as Past & Blast is.
He worked for Past & Blast for several years though so he knows how to run a gun store.
Both of them have lots of suppressors etc also.
Thanks. Wife is getting suspicious. Wants to know why I want to go to Sherman and Whitsboro Texas, never wanted to go there before. WE have an RV so maybe I can get her to agree to the south side of Texoma. Do you know if they still have camping at the Air Force Recreation area near there? Or I suppose we could go to the big casino campground, been there a few times before. Pretty interesting planning vacations around places that might have ammo.LOL
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,035 Posts
30-30 Win Ammo | Bulk 30-30 Win Ammunition - AmmoSeek.com 2021 $2.50-$5.75 per round on Ammoseek and only a few there. Pretty hard to believe when 30-30 cannot be found in every gun shop. I reload so no big deal to me as I have ample components. I also have molds for bullets that weigh 113 grains and 200 grains, so lots of options there. Just need to get them cast and powder coated.

My primary deer gun now is 257 Wby and I prefer factory ammo for the few shots I fire at deer each year, so I checked. Only one offering in stock. $6.50 per round. I will pass. I have components for 200 deer loads, so it will be a long while, if ever, when I buy Wby factory ammo.

The only rifle round on ammoseek that s cheap and plentiful is 7.62 x 39. Ball ammo can be found many places for 40-50 cents. Unless Biden bans Russian import ammo that is the smartest way to go for shooting a bunch. When the grandkids want to shoot the AR, the 223/5.56 will be left home and the AR in x 39 will go. Interesting times. I also let them shoot all the 22 they want but that will eventually run dry as well.

What next? On the up side, the last few times I stopped in gun stores, 45 acp ammo was on the self at decent prices.
 
  • Like
Reactions: neophyte

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
24,565 Posts
Discussion Starter · #31 · (Edited)
Do you know if they still have camping at the Air Force Recreation area near there? Or I suppose we could go to the big casino campground, been there a few times before.
No, I'm not aware of RV camping resources up there.
FYI though, Past & Blast is open Tuesday through Saturday; they aren't open on Monday. I had a friend who drove down from the Joplin area a few months ago and forgot what I told him about being closed Mondays.

EDIT to add:
Years ago Blackbeard Armory was a bowling alley so they have a large parking lot that will accommodate large vehicles.

And the building Past & Blast is in was formerly a bank. There is a large parking lot on the east side of the building across the little side street where the ATM is located. So both places can easily accommodate a RV, dually and 5th wheel or gooseneck, etc. If you were in the market for collectible Winchesters, Colts, etc, if owner Matt Whitmire is there he has a bank vault full of that stuff onsite.
 

·
Premium Member
Winchester, Colt 1911, S&W revolvers
Joined
·
262 Posts
My range has plenty of handgun ammo (.22LR, .38 Special, 9mm, .45ACP).

It has a lot of long gun ammo except the low selling rounds (like .45-70, example).

I know several gun stores that have ammo in the back for regular customers. They want to hold it for their good customers.

I am down on 30/30 since I gave away 20 boxes to friends last hunting season.
162866


162867


I messed up and found I that only had 10 boxes of .357 Magnum (pure neglect of my supply). I just backed off shooting it until times get better.

JMHO, I think supplies are improving, and we will have plenty by the end of this year. I've seen two YouTube interviews with senior management that say they are working overtime and double shifts to get the product shipped out.
 

·
Premium Member
Winchester, Colt 1911, S&W revolvers
Joined
·
262 Posts
I apologize as I posted ammo stuff first in a Marlin thread. My mistake.

I always saw a YouTube by Ruger on the new Marlin. He said the new Marlin lineup will be announced soon. They expect dealers to have it late this year.

It should be interesting to see the new stuff from Ruger/Marlin/Remington, Winchester, and Browning. I can't wait to see it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,035 Posts
No, I'm not aware of RV camping resources up there.
FYI though, Past & Blast is open Tuesday through Saturday; they aren't open on Monday. I had a friend who drove down from the Joplin area a few months ago and forgot what I told him about being closed Mondays.

EDIT to add:
Years ago Blackbeard Armory was a bowling alley so they have a large parking lot that will accommodate large vehicles.

And the building Past & Blast is in was formerly a bank. There is a large parking lot on the east side of the building across the little side street where the ATM is located. So both places can easily accommodate a RV, dually and 5th wheel or gooseneck, etc. If you were in the market for collectible Winchesters, Colts, etc, if owner Matt Whitmire is there he has a bank vault full of that stuff onsite.
That campground is the Shepherd AFB recreation annex. I was there many years ago and it was a great place. 11 miles north of Whitesboro and a nice place to get away from the crowds since only military and retires can get in there. I had forgotten about it until you mentioned Whitesboro. It flooded in 2016 and the talk was they would not rebuild it but I just found it on line, so looks like that will be a destination this summer.
 
  • Like
Reactions: neophyte
21 - 34 of 34 Posts
Top