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Old 07-06-2018, 04:39 PM
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Dang it! Tried to by some 357 mag defensive loads and ended up with 357 SIG loads. Didn't help that they were Sig sauer brand so the SIG right after the 357 didn't really stand out.

And of course they would not take them back. Mad at myself and mad at the store for telling me that there was a federal law against taking ammo back. I can find nothing about a federal law.
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Old 07-06-2018, 04:43 PM
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Federal law? Not that I know of, but with things as they are, I don't blame a store for not taking back a box that could have been tampered with.

Take them to your range next time. I always see people who are buying a box to get through the day without making a store run.
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Old 07-06-2018, 04:51 PM
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I'm told it is a state law and have never heard of any shop that will take ammo back ( or accept ammo with a trade). It makes good sense. The liability of taking ammo (new or old) into a shop from a non controlled and insured source and then reselling it is enormous.
That said, I feel your pain as I've been there myself and have seen it happen to others too.

p.s. On the bright side, you now have an excuse to get something chambered in 357 sig.
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I'm sure someone will swap them out with you.I will if your near me
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Every LGS I frequent has at least one sign:
ALL AMMO SALES ARE FINAL, NO EXCHANGES, NO RETURNS
I'm told it's an industry-insurance-legal-liability.

Keep them with you when you go shooting. Put some "feelers" out among shooters you know, and other folks at the range. You'll probably be able to at least work out a trade.
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I understand the return policy. I just don't like being lied too.
I am more mad at myself than anyhting
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Old 07-06-2018, 05:21 PM
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I worked about 12 years part time at a large LGS.
Don't know about federal law,, but it was a store policy, no returns on ammo.
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Old 07-06-2018, 05:22 PM
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I jumped all over .38 at Wally World that scanned at a stupid low price. Fortunately for me, they only had one box. It turned out I'd bought Super rather than Special. I eventually found a seller that took it from me at a Gun show, with a couple bucks towards a box of 9mm.
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Shouldn't be too difficult to find someone at your local club or range who will take those .357SIG cartridges off your hands. Just one of life's little learning experiences.
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Old 07-06-2018, 06:30 PM
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I occasionally buy ammo at estate auctions, typically mixed lots.

I keep what I want and sell the rest to my LGS. This is a long standing arrangement.
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Old 07-06-2018, 07:00 PM
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Now that I think back, I had more than one episode. I bought a lot of HP ammo from a guy on a local forum. It was all 9mm with one box of 357Sig so I spoke up for the 9mm only. When I went to pick it up, he threw in the one box I couldn't use.

I ended up trading it for a fresh bear claw to @SigFan on this forum. Not sure who got the better deal.
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p.s. On the bright side, you now have an excuse to get something chambered in 357 sig.
How I came to own a .22 WRF rifle.
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If you happen to be a reloader and shoot 40.. you could shoot them out of the 40 and they should neck up so you can resize as 40..

They sure wouldn't be very accurate...
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sounds like a good reason to get a gun in .357 sig to me. I've bought the wrong ammo before and either traded it or just stashed it away in the closet.
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Had a friend who was sold 9x18mm for his PPK. Counter guy recommended it for his gun! Never asked if he ever found a buyer. Two boxes of cheap Russian **** is hardly enough reason to get a Makarov or CZ-82.
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Old 07-07-2018, 12:45 AM
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I had another officer buy two boxes of 45 GAP instead of ACP. I traded him 45 ACP and shot the Gap in my S&W 625.
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Purchase a pistol in .357 Sig caliber !
Problem Solved !

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Not a problem, go to your local source for recycled LEO guns and pick up a Glock 23 for $250 - 280 and get a Lone Wolf conversion barrel for $99.
Then get a 9mm conversion barrel for $99 and the Glock .22 Conversion kit for $330. This allows you to shoot all common pistol calibers for little money.
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Hey ....You got the ammo, Now you need a 357 Sig , perfect excuse....
A new gun...Yeah , that's the ticket !
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I jumped all over .38 at Wally World that scanned at a stupid low price. Fortunately for me, they only had one box. It turned out I'd bought Super rather than Special. I eventually found a seller that took it from me at a Gun show, with a couple bucks towards a box of 9mm.
I have shot .38 Super in a S&W M19. It went bang and put a hole in the target. Larry
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Buy a gun that uses the ammo you bought!
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Or you if you have a .40 cal, chances are you can get a drop in barrel. As long itís a Sig, S&W M&P (FS or Shield) and maybe a couple others.


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I have a friend who bought five boxes of .32 S&W thinking it was .32 ACP. I bought them from him (I have several .32 S&W revolvers).
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SOME brands of .38 Super will chamber in SOME .38 Special/.357 revolvers. And some won't. If they fit, they will fire OK. The noise and recoil actually seem quite mild. The .38 Super bullet diameter is slightly undersized. Sort of like shooting .32 ACP in a .32 S&W Long revolver.

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I wish buying a box of the wrong caliber ammo was the worst mistake I made in my life. Is wasn't, not by a long shot.
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*Update*

When I made the original transaction, the store asked me to fill out an online survey. So I did. I told them that I understood their policy but I did not appreciate being lied to about the federal law.

The district manager called me Monday morning to apologize and insisted that I bring the ammo back and they would exchange it. He said they would not be able to sell it, but that they would donate it to the local police department. Of course the person that told me about the federal law was the one at the return desk when I went back in. It was a little awkward to say the least.
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When I bought my 627 V-Comp from Turners, I asked the salesperson for a couple boxes of ammo to bring to the range. One box of 38 Special & one of 357 Mag to get the feel for home defense rounds.
The 357 rounds were Sig Sauer, and being my 1st 357, I didn't know there was a difference.

The next day I ended up in the hospital for 2 months, not realizing that they wouldn't fit until after I got out.

Guess I should have realized that the word magnum was not printed anywhere on the box..
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Some brands of .38 Super will chamber in some .357 revolvers. Others may not. I have a friend with a Ruger Security Six which will accept most every brand of .38 Super we've tried. It's all about having a revolver with chambers on the large side of diameter specs with ammo on the small side of specs. If it fits, shoot it. Actually, they seem to be fairly tame loads when fired in a revolver, they are nothing like shooting .357 loads.
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Being that you had to fill out paper work and that .357 magnum ammo was probably listed some where in the data, gave you a good reason for the store to have to give you the correct ammo.

You lucked out this time.

Take your time and KNOW what you put on the counter, before paying for it.....
and always make sure that it is rung up correctly.......
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Look on the bright side, now you have the perfect excuse to either buy a brand firearm chambered in .357 SIG or convert a .40 S&W to .357 SIG!

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...and you've never bought a gun just to go with the ammo? lol
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Like someone mentioned, swap it off at your local gun show. I have done that with new ammo a few times. Bob
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NO, No, no, no, no

It will never blow out, because all of the propellant gases will blow by the .355 projectile in the .401 bore. You need pressure to fire form a cartridge case

Additionally, if it did work, the resulting case would be too long by about .1"

40S&W is not the parent case of 357SIG, they just share a case head
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I hate to be the one to inform you but while it's no longer federal law, custom still requires and demands that if you own a box of ammo, you have to buy a gun to shoot it in.

It's what maintains balance in the universe and we're sure don't want the planet wobbling any further off its axis.

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I rarely intercede when I am in somewhere like Cabelas here in Billings, however last hunting season a lady was asking for ammo for her husbands gun.

I clearly heard her say .38 special and the counter man grabbed a box of .38 Super and insisted that they were they same thing!!

I asked the lady if her husbands gun was a revolver or a semi auto.....her answer was it was a Smith & Wesson that was a duty revolver. .......38 special NOT .38 Super.

She was thankful that she did not get the wrong thing as it was NOT returnable and insisted on the clerk getting a box of .38 SPECIAL.......

Makes you wonder how often this very scene plays out every day ...

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If you have a 40, get a 357Sig barrel.
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I rarely intercede when I am in somewhere like Cabelas here in Billings, however last hunting season a lady was asking for ammo for her husbands gun.

I clearly heard her say .38 special and the counter man grabbed a box of .38 Super and insisted that they were they same thing!!

I asked the lady if her husbands gun was a revolver or a semi auto.....her answer was it was a Smith & Wesson that was a duty revolver. .......38 special NOT .38 Super.

She was thankful that she did not get the srong thing as it was NOT returnable and insisted on the clerk getting a box of .38 SPECIAL.......

Makes you wonder how often this very scene plays out every day ...

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BIL bought some .45 LC thinking he was buying .45ACP.
So I had to get a 45 LC revolver to take it off his hands.
He has done that more than once.
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Read 2 blunders here - bought 357 Sig and 38 super. I made both mistakes.
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You bought the wrong @*%!$# gun! (all in fun folks) bubbiesdad Firearms & Knives - Other Brands 12 08-20-2009 07:52 PM

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