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Posted: September 17 2017 at 6:38pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Somebody sold a student of mine a box of .38 Super +P...

For her beautiful Marlin 1894, chambered in .38 Special!   :shock:

Today she fed five of them into the magazine, and thankfully the first one failed to chamber. She didn't know. Her husband always purchased the ammo for their firearms and he passed some months ago. She's trying to get back into shooting.

Doggone it. Who the heck buys .38 Super, other than some IPSC shooters anyway? And they probably handload on a high-volume Dillon anyway.

Doggone it! Disaster averted.

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Posted: September 17 2017 at 7:55pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

The ignorance of some gun counter employees is staggering at times. Academy Sports and Dick's usually surprise me if I'm in one and someone asks questions. I don't recall anybody giving unsafe advice, but they sure do show that they don't know jack about what they're selling. You kind of expect that at Wal Mart, but not a for real gun store.

Glad she's OK. I doubt that would have damaged the gun if it's designed to handle .357 magnum ammo, but still wrong.

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Posted: September 17 2017 at 10:28pm | IP Logged Quote Ham Gunner

My Son was going shooting with a friend and they were going to a range that was the wrong direction from my house so he did not stop by to get extra ammo for his .357 mag. I forgot where he stopped, but likely Wal-Mart and they sold him a box of .357 Sig. and tossed it in a bag for him. He never noticed what it was until he got to the range.

I traded him out of it later and then found a buddy that had a handgun chambered in that round and I tossed him the box. At least it got used.

Yep, most of the clerks have not a clue about guns or ammo. Some like to pretend they do of course.

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Posted: September 18 2017 at 4:55am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

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Today she fed five of them into the magazine, and thankfully the first one failed to chamber. She didn't know. Her husband always purchased the ammo for their firearms and he passed some months ago. She's trying to get back into shooting.

Doggone it. Who the heck buys .38 Super, other than some IPSC shooters anyway? And they probably handload on a high-volume Dillon anyway.


There is the distinct possibility that she purchased this in error by her lack of knowledge of the cartridges. Stated her husband always got her ammo and she didn't know the difference when loading her weapon. Yes, she was sold improper ammunition, but one cannot place blame without proof upon the sales staff. Ultimately, it's up to the buyer to physically see and know what they're buying. I suspect that since she's getting back into shooting. Loaded her weapon with ammo that is very dissimilar to another and not know it. Yeah, I'm not jumping to conclusions about this.

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Posted: September 18 2017 at 5:25am | IP Logged Quote Rifleman 52

My (SOME DORK) was at Cabellas Gun Store working behind
the counter selling powders, primers, etc. I asked the
man for 1000 Winchester Small Pistol Primers. So he asked
me what was I reloading? I was a little taken aback by
this question. Knowing that I could really mess with this
guy but I did not. I said I know what I want and do you
have Winchester Small Pistol Primers? He forked them over
with out a single word from his uneducated mouth. At this
time primers were very scarce in the Obama days, and word
was out that Cabellas had a new shipment of primers.
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Posted: September 18 2017 at 1:23pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Ranger - yup - her own lack of knowledge surely contributed to the error, and she knows better now.

I'm sure she'll have proper .38 Special ammo next time, instead of .38 Super!

BTW - she also had a wonderful Pre-64 Winchester Model 70 30-06, which she used in my Hunting Rifle Seminar. Wow, what a rifle! I selected her ammo for that one, 165 grain Federal Fusion. It shot well.

That had been her father's rifle, and it has an OLD 4x scope on it and some crummy sling. She's going to replace both of those items. One look through my new 6x Leupold, and she was convinced there had been some improvements in optics over the past 50 years!

She was easily both the worst shot in the class, and the most fun person to work with. The other four shooters were all helping her get into the swing of it. Lots of fun, and great improvement by the end of the day.

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Posted: September 18 2017 at 6:15pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

Not much chance of screwing up .30-06 ammo. I used to lust after a pre 64 model 70, probably will still own one someday, just not as into the bolt guns as I used to be.

She sounds like quite a gal. The last time I RSO's out at our range, three ladies showed up who had just done the Women on Target the weekend prior and had shown up with a rather eclectic selection of handguns, most of which were pretty darn good ones, among them a for real Belgian Browning High Power. They were safe gun handlers and having fun, but weren't real knowledgeable and acknowledged that so they were therefore willing to listen to advice. Nice gals, I enjoyed having them out that afternoon.

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Posted: September 19 2017 at 12:25pm | IP Logged Quote STCM(SW)

"Who the heck buys .38 Super, other than some IPSC shooters anyway?"

Hey, I have a 1911 in 38 super! And don't do any of that IPSC shooting.....

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Posted: September 19 2017 at 7:00pm | IP Logged Quote M700

STCM(SW) wrote:
"Who the heck buys .38 Super, other than some IPSC shooters anyway?"

Hey, I have a 1911 in 38 super! And don't do any of that IPSC shooting.....


Ya, but you have one of EVERYTHING!

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Posted: September 27 2017 at 6:58pm | IP Logged Quote MontanaWolf

Yeah, my kid, well versed in my gun activities by ear & sight but not by brain or experience did the same kind of stuff at the gun range. Can;t remember what was put where but he & his friend (who owned the weapon) got a hard core Marine DI arse chewing in front of everyone there. Course that was pre-snowflake days.
SO now he just avoids guns unless someone knowledgeable is around. Life in Chicago means law abiding citizens have no where to shoot, unless you are a criminal then you can shoot all you want on any give street full of folk.

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