Originally Posted by JLA
Ammo inconsistencies can almost always be traced back to the Walmart/Academy/other bulk store shelves. It was explained just like this to me by a trusted friend after his conversation with Winchesters head marketing/sales rep regarding thier WWB ammunition..
He said Huge distributors like Walmart and Acedemy and others have such big buying power that they can come in and tell a manufacterer what they will pay for their product and what they will sell them for. Its either play by thier rules or turn down a multi million dollar a year contract. So basically ammo thats getting manufactured by bulk buy discounters get special ran on separate machines with cheaper materials and less QC. Thats why certain ammunition youd expect to be reliable isnt.
So after finding this information out I decided to test the theory for myself. Crappy ol remington rimfire ammo was my test subject, and maybe it was just a fluke deal but i bought a box of rem T bolts from Walmart and a box from Downings guns in cleburne.. different lot numbers. The Walmart ammo jammed and misfired. PRolly had a dozen or so failures out of the 50 round box. The small gunshop ammo fired fine with no hiccups. and I even fired it after the walmart stuff so it had to work thru the fouling leftover from that.
I aint saying dont buy from walmart, cheap ammo is better than no ammo. Just keep in mind you get what you pay for. That said, I do still continue to buy my CCI minimags from walmart, in fact i buy 30 dollars worth each time we go get groceries just so i stay stocked. It continues to function perfectly for me.. maybe CCI dodged the cost/quality issue by not bulk packing CCI minimags.
I buy out 40gr CCI mini-mags every time I go to Wal-Mart
they usually only get 1k rounds at a time.. pretty measly and obviously sell out fast (especially if I am buying). The 36gr HP are always in stock though.
Hope your friend can get it figured out OP, I don't know much about this firearm. Might just want to try a new magazine, and hopefully it works. If not, try posting in technical questions and info forum. Good luck