How many times do you chamber a round?

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    How many times do you chamber a round?

    Fellow DCers,

    How many times do you chamber a round before putting it aside for the range?

    I got to my last box of .45 +p HSTs and I want to make it last...

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    I must be having some reading comprehension problems, but I don't understand the question....
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    Yeah...I'm not sure what you mean either?
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    +1

    Thought it was going to be the age-old question of "do you carry with a round chambered or not"--what's the question again?

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    I beleive he's asking how many times do you guys chamber and unchamber a round before you consider it.... Unfit for use

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    Quote Originally Posted by XDFender View Post
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    Thought it was going to be the age-old question of "do you carry with a round chambered or not"--what's the question again?

    I thought the same also.

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    I think he is asking about re-chambering a round. You have your carry ammo and unload your weapon. You remove the mag and extract the round in the pipe. How many times do you put the round you extracted from the barrel back into your carry weapon? The first round you would fire if you got into a situation.
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    I personally was once told to set them all on a perfectly flat surface (Glass table for example) then place a straight edge - metal ruler on it's edge works awesome - on top of the rounds. If any of them do not touch the ruler dispose of them.

    I'm anal so I use a set of calipers - but the ruler/glass works very well.
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    I believe Reborn is correct in what the OP is asking. Since I carry 1 in the pipe and a full magazine I rotate the first 2 rounds whenever I unload and reload. I always check them for any setback on them. Any sign of setback and the rounds are discarded as unsafe to use, even for range use.
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    To avoid the bullet being set back in the case I place the round directly into the chamber then advance the slide home. This preserves the round but could damage the extractor in some firearms. My pistol is a Sig so I have no concern that I am damaging my extractor.

    Alternatly you could buy a caliper like reloaders use and do some research on exactly how much bullet set back increased chamber pressure in your loading, then disgard rounds that have acheived dangerous chamber pressure for your handgun. -Jay
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    I understand what your asking. I will chamber it once and then "cycle" it into the mag with the other rounds. I buy a new box or so about every month or so and take the old ones to the range. Hope that helps.
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    What does the term "setback" mean?. Sorry, but am still learning.
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    Set back is when the bullet gets pushed farther back into the case from being chambered multiple times in an auto. It can cause increased pressure and be hazardous.
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    I usually fire the rounds in the chamber and magazine, when I go to the range. Then after that magazine, I load it with cheap hard ball for target pinking.

    Then upon cleaning, I reload the magazine, and chamber with fresh bullets from the box.

    Just recently I took several boxes of 9mm to the range, my dad gave me. All of them where at least 20 years old. NOT one misfire. So age is not a factor, as much as use can be.

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    I know it is particularly dangerous in the .40 S&W cartridge, due to its already high pressures. Does anyone have any qualitative comparison with the .45 as it is so much lower?
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