How much SD ammo to test for reliability?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Desertrat View Post
    I find I only need to shoot about one mag thru my Glocks.


    i think that is the key here!






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    Hey, if you want to take the chance, go ahead and carry a weapon with ammo you haven't tested sufficiently.

    But keep this in mind...when one things goes wrong, others quickly follow.

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    Just to clarify.....when I try a NEW ammo that has not been cycled
    thru my guns yet....I will shoot about 100 of them. When I know that they work ok.....I will shoot a mag thru at each session just to make sure all is still working properly. I would never just "grab" some SD ammo and load it up without testing, and leave it sitting in my night stand or in my mag pouches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Desertrat View Post
    Just to clarify.....when I try a NEW ammo that has not been cycled
    thru my guns yet....I will shoot about 100 of them. When I know that they work ok.....I will shoot a mag thru at each session just to make sure all is still working properly. I would never just "grab" some SD ammo and load it up without testing, and leave it sitting in my night stand or in my mag pouches.
    That makes a little more sense, your original post was misleading and seemed to say you only shoot one mag of your SD ammo before calling it good and betting your life that it will function 100%. A hundred rounds is much better but that is still less than half of the accepted recommended standard of two hundred and fifty rounds. I care enough about myself and family not to go halfway on something their lives may depend on. Of course you decide what your life and teh lives of your loved ones are worth to you
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    Another nice thing about packing a wheelgun.

    For me, it's not an issue. Within reason, if it fits in the cylinder, and the cylinder closes, it'll go bang.
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    SD ammo is a luxury, I have WWB loaded in mine. I just can't afford SD rounds at the moment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SilenceDoGood View Post
    SD ammo is a luxury, I have WWB loaded in mine. I just can't afford SD rounds at the moment.
    If you can afford the gun you can afford some good defense ammo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SilenceDoGood View Post
    SD ammo is a luxury, I have WWB loaded in mine. I just can't afford SD rounds at the moment.
    How much is your life worth? How much are the lives of your loved ones worth? I get being stone broke been there done that as I am sure most of us have. Still you must have something worth enough to buy enough SD ammo to be sure it is 100% reliable in your gun and to load your carry mag(s)
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    Quote Originally Posted by GunnyBunny View Post
    For me, it's not an issue. Within reason, if it fits in the cylinder, and the cylinder closes, it'll go bang.
    Is all ammo 100% reliable in all wheel guns? Some how I doubt it but even so IMO at best your statement is only partly true. Not all ammo will be accurate or expand reliably out of your gun especially if it is a snub nose or has less than a four inch barrel. With some ammo even a four inch barrel is marginal. IMO you would benefit from doing some performance testing with your carry ammo
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    Question, offer opinions or facts, please.
    We just picked up our new Kimber Pro Crimson Carry II's and it's break-in time. Should we fire target ammo first to break in the gun, then fire SD ammo, or the other way around and why?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rugergirl View Post
    Question, offer opinions or facts, please.
    We just picked up our new Kimber Pro Crimson Carry II's and it's break-in time. Should we fire target ammo first to break in the gun, then fire SD ammo, or the other way around and why?
    Ball ammo for most of the break in. Why? Because it's a lot cheaper. After you get to about 300-400 rounds switch to SD ammo for the next 150 or so. That should give you a great idea on how its going to perform and it will let the parts mate to each other.

    It's been asked before, so I'll go ahead and answer; You don't have to do all 500 in one day, one trip, or on one cleaning. It's a good idea to clean it after 100, 250, 400, 500, or something similiar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerbouchard View Post
    Ball ammo for most of the break in. Why? Because it's a lot cheaper. After you get to about 300-400 rounds switch to SD ammo for the next 150 or so. That should give you a great idea on how its going to perform and it will let the parts mate to each other.

    It's been asked before, so I'll go ahead and answer; You don't have to do all 500 in one day, one trip, or on one cleaning. It's a good idea to clean it after 100, 250, 400, 500, or something similiar.
    Good that's what I was thinking, target ammo for break-in is lot cheaper. Recoil shouldn't be much different anyway. If time permits I can get in 200 rounds today and another 200 this weekend, then try the SD ammo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LongRider View Post
    Is all ammo 100% reliable in all wheel guns?
    No. I had a S&W 340 pull the bullets from .38 special loads due to the recoil.

    Locked the gun up nice. Lucky it was on the range, otherwise I'd have been in deep...

    But hey. testing carry ammo is to expensive. Pay no attention to me. Carry your gun with ammo you haven't shot sufficiently to insure reliability.

    It will probably work just fine...


    Or not.

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    I scrapped together all my money to get a reliable gun... a glock 23 which is my pride and joy.

    And to answer your questions

    -The life of my loved ones are worth everything to me, my life is worth a great amount to me as well, which is why i carry; however, if I spent 20 bucks on SD ammo, I would be cutting into my food budget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rugergirl View Post
    Question, offer opinions or facts, please.
    We just picked up our new Kimber Pro Crimson Carry II's and it's break-in time. Should we fire target ammo first to break in the gun, then fire SD ammo, or the other way around and why?
    I'd say fire some ball ammo for the first few trips. try to keep a round count. After about 400-500 rounds try some SD ammo. Note any failures after the initial break in time when firing SD ammo. You should be able to fire at least 100 rounds of SD ammo with no failures or problems. Until then I'd say it's not ready for carry.
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