Alternating SD ammo in mag?

Alternating SD ammo in mag?

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    Alternating SD ammo in mag?

    I'm thinking about alternating Speer GD 124s and 115s in my sd mag. This would be because 115s are more readily available than the 124s, and I could conserve my 124s. What do you think of this idea? It seems to me that it would work just fine.


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    sounds like a recipe for inconsistent felt recoil/shot placement and slow recovery/follow up shots. conserve 124 grains ? why ? you wont need them if you`re dead because you can`t consistently hit what you`re aiming for.

    if you really must alternate ammo then put the 124s in the gun and the 115s in the spare mag.
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    I have enough trouble with round count when things get fast and I only have ONE bullet weight in my mags. I can't imagine cluttering my mind trying to count TWO different ones! IMHO, it's nonsense.
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    Am I reading this correct? You are trying to stagger ammo types to conserve your self defense ammunition in a self defense situation?

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    No. I wouldn't do it. First off, you are most likely not going to be shooting your SD ammo, period, so if you have enough to fill a magazine or two (and you've function tested it in the weapon), you really don't need to "conserve" it. Secondly, if you do have to shoot your firearm in self defense, you want it to be consistant and perform as expected; taking the BG down as economical as possible isn't the goal.
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    My personal opinion is not to compromise on a lethal force situation. My life is worth a top quality handgun and top quality ammunition.

    As has been noted if you want to carry FMJ's in your spare magazine that's your decision however your Speer Gold Dots should be the only ammo loaded in your carry gun.
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    I get what y'all are saying. Both loads are JHP, if that makes a difference. Both are Speer GD JHPs. I wouldn't be counting rounds---just aiming and firing. It makes sense to load the backup mag with the 115, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spirit4earth View Post
    I'm thinking about alternating Speer GD 124s and 115s in my sd mag. This would be because 115s are more readily available than the 124s, and I could conserve my 124s. What do you think of this idea? It seems to me that it would work just fine.
    I would want all of the ammo in the magazine to be identical regardless of whether 115 gr. or 124.
    Is the 124 gr. GD is in such short supply that you do not have enough for a full magazine?
    Conserve?

    I'm going to assume you have shot "enough" of each of those loads to prove they are reliable.
    It is implied that there is a sufficient supply / availability of 115 gr. GD; I would stick with that assuming 100% proven reliable function.
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    Never a good idea. Different weight bullets have different recoil and point of aim. Sometimes one is a little longer or shorter than the other and can cause feeding problems. Best advice is to use all of the same ammo. You should have at least two mags for each gun so just load one with 115 and the other with 124. That is what I do when I am short of SD ammo. I find that 124 gr. GD ammo is available and am sitting on a surplus of it. Just need to keep looking and you will find it, albeit at a high price.
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    I like to alternate 147, 124, 115, 90gr. frangible, FMJ, tracer, AP, incendiary, rubber/riot, and blanks. Carry a 30 round mag, and fire rounds into the air (especially the blanks) until you get to the desired effect.

    No, load what will most effectively/quickly stop a threat, and K.I.S.S.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nmuskier View Post
    I like to alternate 147, 124, 115, 90gr. frangible, FMJ, tracer, AP, incendiary, rubber/riot, and blanks. Carry a 30 round mag, and fire rounds into the air (especially the blanks) until you get to the desired effect.

    No, load what will most effectively/quickly stop a threat, and K.I.S.S.
    in a combat shotgun it would be a viable approach. buck shot and then slugs as the distance closes. cycle out the buck shot and go straight to slug if needed. or insert any ammo type into the chamber as needed.
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    Not too pile on but no that's a bad idea. One mag one grain the other mag the other. Don't overcomplicate things.
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    ...buck shot and then slugs as the distance closes...
    That's a unique approach. Most folks I know use the reverse, meaning - shoot slugs at a distance and buckshot as the distance closes. Please explain the reasoning behind your tactic. Thanks!
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    Why?
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    Hummmmm...was that last one a 115 or a 124...damn can't remember...chit..now I gotta unload the mag and start over....honey can you keep the dog quite so I can concentrate..I'm trying to save us a few pennies here...can you help me....gosh what should be the first one out of the barrel ...a 124 or a 115....man this is complicated......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spirit4earth View Post
    I'm thinking about alternating Speer GD 124s and 115s in my sd mag. This would be because 115s are more readily available than the 124s, and I could conserve my 124s. What do you think of this idea? It seems to me that it would work just fine.

    Personally I wouldn't. I've been carrying almost four years and have not fired a self defense round in actual self defense yet. So, from that standpoint I've managed to conserve 100% of what I had. Now that ammo has gotten tight, I don't practice as much with self defense rounds, but when I carry; I carry the best that I've got.
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