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Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Cumberland County 5A
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.
Some folks' learnin' curves just look like circles...3A Camp/also hunt 4B