Shooting the ammo you carry

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    A friend of mine starts his range sessions with the cheap stuff and finishes with whatever he was carrying since the last time he was at the range.

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    One mag at the END of every range session in my G19. I want to end my session with the same thing I may need the next time the weapon is discharged. JMO
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    I have shot enough to make sure it feeds. I do not like shooting +P and +P+ through my small carry guns. It not only beats up the gun it beats up me.

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    About once a year I'll run a box of my carry ammo to ensure my 1911's still like it. I might as well make it worth my while, so I do it in the summer. I'll take my excess watermelon's, cantaloupe, chicken eggs, tomatoes, etc. Line them all up at attention, like good little Democratic Liberals. Add some vinegar and oil, and it turns into a nice liberal garden salad.


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    I use a comparable FMJ for practice versus what I carry in my weapon.

    Example: Duty carry Federal HST 180 grain
    practice Blazer CCI 180 grain

    according to my department they are close match.

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    I voted occasionally. One more perk from carrying a revolver. My revolvers launch any manufactures .38/.357 caliber round flawlessly.
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    I shot one full mag of each of my carry ammo to verify function through each mag, and haven't shot it again in the last year. At double the price it's hard to justify but i'll be buying some more shortly and giving it a go with another box or two of it.

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    I don't shoot carry ammo exclusively, but I'll run a 20 rd box of Gold Dots through each gun on every range visit. My life's worth enough to me to make sure that what I'm depending on to save it will function like I want when I need it to.
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    Every time I go to the range and shoot one of my carry guns I shoot the ammo which is in it... for several guns that is ball ammo but for some it means I shoot a cylinder or a magazine...
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    I shoot just enough for familiarization. It's just too darned expensive to practice with.

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    I used to shoot it all the time when I carried 115 grain FMJ's. Now I'm loaded w, 147 grain JHPs. I ran a couple magazines thru, but they are too expensive to practice with on a regular basis.
    If your carry ammo acts that different than your practice ammo, you need to make some adjustments to your carry ammo.
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    Clint Smith recommends shooting about 500-600 rounds of practice ammo and 100-200 rounds of your carry ammo BEFORE you take it to the street. Good enough for me. Funny enough, in my 1911, my carry rounds have never had a FTF or FTE (stovepipe), while my practice rounds do. Makes me feel good.

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    occasionally...

    Just to prove function. At around $1.50 a pop it is a pricey practice. In the current economical conditions I cannot afford to do it often. Besides, at civilian self defense ranges what's a 1/4 to 1/2 inch (if that) anyway?
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    Quote Originally Posted by smolck View Post
    Funny enough, in my 1911, my carry rounds have never had a FTF or FTE (stovepipe), while my practice rounds do. Makes me feel good.
    I think I have close to 3K "premium SD/HD rounds" through my pistols - like you, I have had absolutely no FTFire/Feed or FTE with any of them (excepting what seemed to be a unique issue of my particular SR9c with the Cor-Bon 115 gr. +P DPX). My FTF(ire) rate on even range-fodder WWB 9x19 is currently well below 1%, but nonetheless, it does make me feel better that even through the thousands of SD/HD ammo I've gone through, there hasn't been a single failure.

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    I rotate the chamber round and the top round in the mag whenever I reload from cleaning, demonstrating, etc. I'll occasionally shoot those two rounds when the look a little abused. FYI: I've been told chambering the same round repeatedly will set the bullet back but have measured several times and don't see it happening.

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