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Old September 15th, 2008, 04:03 AM   #16
 
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There is this one which is commonly known as the Walmart Special as it is the only place the 22" stainless barrel is available. Quality is like any other 10/22. The WS is tough to beat for the price.




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The reason we don't have a gunshop in our town anymore is because the owner figured he could make more money in the oil business these days.
Ha... we've had a similar problem in the past few years. We've lost two gunshops because the owners thought that they could make more money selling drugs. Obviously those shops were closed...
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There is this one which is commonly known as the Walmart Special as it is the only place the 22" stainless barrel is available. Quality is like any other 10/22. The WS is tough to beat for the price.

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Old September 15th, 2008, 03:57 PM   #19
 
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Seems to me that I read (June,2008 issue, pg.18) an article in the NRAs America's First Freedom Where New York mayor "BLUNDERING" Bloomberg's trying to convince Wal-Mart to FILM every firearms purchase and keep a registry of everyone who purchases a gun at one of their stores. Read the article then decide if you really want to buy a gun from Wally-World. Think I'd rather make the 50 mile trip, buy from someone who makes their living selling firearms and not have to smile for the cameras. Hell, make a day trip out of it, buy your 10/22, a couple boxes of ammo and a package of targets from the "REAL GUN DEALER" then find a place on your way home and sight in your new rifle. Keep this thought in mind, if the real gun dealers fold up and blow away because they can't compete with the giant retail places where are you going to buy your next gun when the retail stores are pressured by political correctness to stop sellling guns and ammo all together? Buy from those that support your right to own a gun in the first place not the big retailers that don't depend on gun sales to stay in business!! Holeshot 308
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But what if your local gun dealer is an a-hole? Whats the point of video taping someone anyway...they have to file paperwork to say who bought it so whats the difference.

Besides walmart is already phasing out selling guns and ammo. Only a few stores in this state still sell them. I guess when they go away I'll order online...I try to buy local when I can but not if the customer service is bad .I get nothing but bad attitude from the local guy.... they want my business they have to earn it....and oddly enough I got better service and more time spent with me from the guy at Walmart than I did at the gun shop. Probably not the norm but it was my expereince.
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You're right, some gun dealers are a-holes especially when your just looking at .22s, no big profit margin for them. Whenever you go shopping for another gun you might try Davidsons Gallery of guns. They will show you a listing of gun shops in your area along with their prices. One good thing about Davidsons is they give you a lifetime guaranty on the gun. I used them when I bought my Mini-14 and my Savage FP-10 Choate in .308 and saved quite a bit of money on them plus I've got the lifetime guaranty on both of them.
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I bought one over a year ago and I shoots fine. Now there are some brands I would worry about, but Ruger is to proud of their product to sell it to Walmart cheap stuff in it. Besides mine has been all apart, I didn't notice anything that look cheap or rough. It all looked good to me. If the price is right BUY IT.
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I have owned a Wal-Mart Ruger stainless w/ 22 inch barrel for about eight years now. I have shot nearly 10,000 (yes 10,000) rounds through it and it still works great. It proved to be so accurate that I eventually put a Nikon 3-9x40 scope on it and can shoot amazing 50 yard groups with CCI mini-mags. I love this gun.
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I bought my 10/22 at Wal*Mart. I had to send it back to Ruger (twice!) before it would feed anything reliably. I tried all kinds of ammo too.

When I finally got it back working, I found that it wasn't as accurate as I'd like a 22 rifle to be. So I sold it and bought a used 77/22.

So, if you MUST buy a 10/22, don't buy it from Wal*Mart. (for the above and other reasons too) I'd recommend a used 77/22 if you want to stay Ruger, or a bolt-action, tube-fed, Marlin if 77/22s are out of your budget.
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I bought my 10/22 at Wal*Mart. I had to send it back to Ruger (twice!) before it would feed anything reliably. I tried all kinds of ammo too.

When I finally got it back working, I found that it wasn't as accurate as I'd like a 22 rifle to be. So I sold it and bought a used 77/22.

So, if you MUST buy a 10/22, don't buy it from Wal*Mart. (for the above and other reasons too) I'd recommend a used 77/22 if you want to stay Ruger, or a bolt-action, tube-fed, Marlin if 77/22s are out of your budget.
I wouldn't blame Walmart for your 10-22 troubles...they all come out of the same factory whether you buy it from Walmart or from a local dealer...

The more I shoot my 10-22 Stainless the better it performs.
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Big chain stores, such as Wal*Mart, Home Depot, Menards have been known to put pressure on manufacturers to get their prices down, under threat of not carrying that manufacturer's products.

Sometimes, the only way to bring prices down to that level is to cut corners somewhere. I'm not saying Ruger would do this, only that it is a possibility. It certainly happens with power tools at the big box home improvement stores.
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Big chain stores, such as Wal*Mart, Home Depot, Menards have been known to put pressure on manufacturers to get their prices down, under threat of not carrying that manufacturer's products.

Sometimes, the only way to bring prices down to that level is to cut corners somewhere. I'm not saying Ruger would do this, only that it is a possibility. It certainly happens with power tools at the big box home improvement stores.
I know what your saying...and would agree in most cases but not with Ruger. I know a few folks that work at the plant in Newport (its only 30min away) and they will back that up. In fact Walmart gets the exclusive on the 10-22 Stainless with the 22" barrel. Its as good as any 10-22 produced plus a few extras...
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If you buy a walmart 10/22 try to find the one special made for walmart. Stainless 10/22 with nice wood stock and 22' barrel (walmart exclusive). I still see them in wally world occasionally. Nice Gun!
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They typically keep long guns in the more rural stores, however that doesn't seem to stop them from selling ammo in all stores, at least around where I live.
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Wal-Mart Guns, Wal Mart Sales

I believe Wal-Mart sells the same quality firearms as any other retailer. However, their commitment to honest sales and proper gun handling is open to question.

Right after Christmas 2007, my local Wal-Mart tried to back out on a sale. They had marked down (15%) a lot of guns that had not sold in a while. They had a 7.5" barrel .454 Casull Super Redhawk that had been roughly handled (scratches on the barrel and cylinder and wear on the sights and the rear sight blade had one "ear" broken off). So, I made an offer to take an additional discount if they would fix the rear sight.

The manager on duty accepted my offer, money changed hands (debit card) and I went home. The next business day, I got a call from another manager saying they would not honor their sale, as their policy was not to do repairs of any kind. No apology, no offer of adjustment in price, nothing but the offer to give me my money back. We went back and forth for a couple of weeks (I got no answer back to my phone call to Wal-Mart Headquarters), but did get a lot of attitude from the locals. I decided to be the adult in the situation and took delivery on the gun (I did get to the gunsmith who restored the firing mechanism - you know Wal-Mart disables all their guns in their stores, right?) and he said the gun was OK to shoot.

Would I buy another gun from Wal-Mart? Yes, probably, but I would watch them like a hawk.

Good luck and good shooting.
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