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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-23-2014, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
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Question on gun makers and large chain stores

I was wondering if gun makers have a different grade or anything like that for models to go to chain stores. Like a browning x bolt is 799 at dicks sporting goods. Or the remington 700 at Walmart for like 475? Just wondering if they mass produce them at a lower quality and sell them.

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Re: Question on gun makers and large chain stores

Sometimes a manufacture will do a special run for a big store or distributor. Generally it's a different stock or something that sets it apart. The 700 BDL, Abolt, Vangaurd, ect that you buy at Walmart is the same gun you buy at the local mom and pop shop.
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Re: Question on gun makers and large chain stores

Often times the volumes of guns or dollars spent will factor into the pricing. Somebody like Wally world likely sells alot more guns thru thier stores than Dicks which is a regional company so Wally gets a better price and can pass the savings along. Not likely that mfg's do much with quality or different grades of guns, it's hard for them to manage and the liability aspect is not worth it. So they are are built the same.
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Re: Question on gun makers and large chain stores

Spot on. No manufacturer is going to expose themselves to any liability these days, in a litigious society where idjuts sue for not getting enough nappies at a burger joint, or coffee that is "too hot" when they spill it on themselves.

Walmart once had several special runs on things, haven't seen any lately that come to mind. Remember when they had exclusive "rights" to the Weatherby Vanguards in 300 Wby. made my Howa, for example? Then there were also some M70 Winchesters in synthetic stocks/matte metal and a Ruger 1022 variation available only at Wally's.

Last "special" I recall, was some years ago when Walmart had M700 laminated stock/matte metal finish ADL models in 30-06 and 270 at a good price.

And the same goes for major label ammo. Walmart buys a lot more of such things than any other chain, so they can negotiate pricing. Your local gunshop has to buy from a distributor, that gets their cut on the deal.

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