Forgive me if this is common knowledge here by now, but I wanted to make sure folks here were aware of the Walmart smartphone app and how it can make finding ammo easier with just a bit of hustle and determination.
If you have a smartphone, you can use the app to find out when certain ammo is in stock at the Walmart stores in your area. Unlike their website, the app is accurate-- if it says something is "In Stock", that ammo is in the store. It may still be on the truck and an hour or two from being unloaded, but it is there! No matter what the employees tell you, it is there!
So the first thing you need to know is to use the app. The next thing is to find out when each store puts out their ammo. In my area, most stores get their ammo shipments at around 4pm. Some stores will bring it out as soon as it comes off the truck, and others keep it back for the night until the sporting goods employee arrives at 7am. You need to ask around and find out how they work it at the storesin your area.
Example: I check the app around 4:30pm and see the store 6 miles east of me is showing the Winchester 555 boxes of .22lr in stock. I know that store puts it out at 7am the next morning, so I get there at 5am, stand around with a few other guys until a little after 7am, and out comes the .22lr ammo like clockwork. Now then, from experience, I know when that store gets ammo, the store nearest to my house gets the same stuff the following day. Only this store puts theirs out in the evening. So on the same day I get ammo from the store 6 miles east of me, I check the app that afternoon, and bam-- it shows up in stock at the store right by my house. I go there about 5:15pm and might have to wait 45 minutes or so before they bring it out.
Another thing to know is the difference between "In Stock" status and "Limited Stock" status on the app. Pretty sure "In Stock" means more than 5 boxes, and "Limited Stock" means 5 or less. Example: Federal 9mm 100rd value packs come 5 boxes per case. If the store receives 2 cases, the app will show "In Stock". If they only get 1 case, the app will show "Limited Stock". You know those Winchester M22 1000rd boxes of .22lr? You will probably never see "In Stock" on those because they come 2 per case and I have never seen a store receive more than 2 cases for a total of 4 boxes.
One more thing: If there's a product that isn't listed on the app, such as the Remington 525rd boxes of .22lr, you can use the app's barcode reader to scan the UPC if you have a box laying around and check status that way. There are also pics of some UPCs available online, so you can scan them right off your computer screen. Unfortunately, I believe the stock status via UPC scan only works with Android phones and not iPhones. Pretty sure iPhone users can only check status on items that are listed on the app.
Okay, that was an awful lot of typing on this here phone. Hope I'm not giving redundant info here and I hope this will help some of you get the ammo you're after. If any of you have known about this and were keeping it a secret, shame on you!:)