I just had a fellow walk in my store and ask for some ammunition for his deer rifle. I asked what kind and what calliber. He gave me a blank stare. I then tried to explain why i needed that information and he said he didn`t know. To save him a possible trip back i asked if he was shooting a lever action [probably a 30-30] or an automatic [probably a 30-06] intending to advise him to examine his rifle to make sure they were correct. He responded in a loud exasperated voice 'GIVE ME SOME SHELLS, HELL ANYTHING WILL WORK'. Needless to say he didn`t get to buy anything. axolotl
I worked in a Sporting Goods store in Montana at one time. I had several guys come in and ask for rifle ammunition. They insisted that if their rifle was a certain make(Winchester, Remington....) that only THAT brand of ammunition would work in their rifles. Some would ask,"If the ammo is marked 30-06 Springfield, will it work in a Winchester, Remington, Savage, Ruger..... rifle? To think that these folks are allowed to own firearms is somewhat frightening.
Yeah, scary and maybe not always the fault of the novice who has learned a few things, but not enough to be safe. The nomenclature of cartridges, worldwide, is varied and confusing. Last year a middle aged man bought a case of Soviet ammo from my gun show table. The wooden crate was clearly marked 7.62x54R. The following day, he returned and was angry with me for selling mismarked cartridges. He claimed that he tried every way to get these cartridges to fire in his 30-06 deer rifle, but that the bolt would not close, no matter how hard he tried. He said that he knew that 30cal equals 7.62, so why would these cartrdiges not work, unless the case was mismarked.
There used to be a judge in Virginia who had a habit of appointing me to represent anyone who did not speak English. When I told him that speaking English and Spanish did not necessarily give me a leg up on Korean or Vietnamese he looked me straight in the eye and said "Look, I know you are bilingual...you can do it if you try.."