A real eye at range this week end.

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    A real eye at range this week end.

    Went to my regular indoor range this week end .

    I had not ran many rounds threw my .380 Kel Tek lately (been about two months )

    So thats the one I took this time .

    I brought 100 rounds with me .

    My .380 is in a rotation that I carry I usally change my rotation weekley.

    This Gun has about 1500 rounds threw it pretty much flawless.

    I decided to shoot my winchester hollow points that I had in mag .

    Note I always had use to pull these out the mag and shoot just regular ball ammo on range.

    After the trip I would clean gun and re install the hollow points.

    They where about a year old something told me shoot these today and refill with fresh ones later.

    Well that plan did not work five of the 7 rounds would not fire . The two that did sounded light.

    Lesson learned the hard way how often should you swap them out??.

    And is that for wheel guns to as I have a 442 in my rotation too.

    I know it was ammo problem because the 100 rounds all went as planed .

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    Sounds like something got into the cases. Age should not make a difference, especially one year.
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    Usually once a month I will shoot the mag of ammo in my carry gun and rotate the mags in my double mag pouch,first mag in gun,second mag in #1 slot,fresh ammo in #2 spot,so every 6 months I go thru a box of gold dot.
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    These were commercial, so they should not be a primer problem, but, just in case, do the primers look like they got solid strikes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillep Harding View Post
    These were commercial, so they should not be a primer problem, but, just in case, do the primers look like they got solid strikes?
    Not so. I've had eaxctly 2 misfires due to primers in my reloads since '75. I've had a buttload more with commercial rounds in that same timeframe.
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    Could just be a bad batch. They should be good for a lot longer than a year. Shelf life should be able to be measured in decades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmokinFool View Post
    Could just be a bad batch. They should be good for a lot longer than a year. Shelf life should be able to be measured in decades.
    Thats what I thought too

    I thought it might be due to me always takeing them out each time and the puting them back in mag .

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    I would suggest you have a gun smith look at your gun. The 100 rounds that did fire correctly may use a different brand of primer. If your going to continue to carry the same self defense ammo you need to make sure your gun will reliably fire it. I would also bite the bullet so to speak and buy another new box of the same ammo and see if it works reliably before I decided to carry it in this gun.

    Unless your gun and ammo went through the laundry I doubt it was a contamination issue. Modern ammo can take a lot of abuse.

    See this test soaking the primers in liquids for weeks at a time:

    The Box O' Truth #39 - Oil Vs. Primers - Page 1

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