Mixing Ammo in your mags

Mixing Ammo in your mags

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    Mixing Ammo in your mags

    How many people mix ammo in their magazine, cylinder?

    As discussed elsewhere having a variety in the mag or cylinder.


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    Only one type as don't understand why you would need to mix rounds.

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    Smacks of weak indecisiveness.

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    I've never mixed ammo types/brands in my magazines. Why?

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    Actually, back in the 70s’ this was fairly common in LE. In particular, the CHP use to mix HP with SWC. It wasn’t policy although some believed it provided an option during hot-stops. Personally, I stuck with SWC's as a rule. Damn I'm old...
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    I dont mix my handgun ammo, but I do mix my shotgun ammo. I keep a Mossberg 835 handy when Im around the farm. I mix some #4s in with some 00 buck. #4s first then the buckshot. Recipe for dead coyotes.
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    Nothing in any of my carry mags except HST.
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    Yes, but only for .380 since it is marginal for penetration. Alternate Hornady Critical Defense (for expansion) and FMJ-Flat Points (for penetration) in my wife's LCP.

    Above .380, all JHPs.

    Below .380, all FMJ.
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    I have heard it called "Dutch Loading". I don't mix ammo in the magazine or cylinder, I don't see how it would be possible to remember what was next in the middle of a gunfight. Now if you wanted to carry a good JHP in the gun and a magazine full of bonded bullets or maybe FMJ I could see that. Assuming the gunfight is still going after the first mag, you might be shooting through cover. I can see that. I have seen rifle magazines loaded for SHTF with tracers near the bottom so you know when it's almost empty, but I don't think that applies for CCW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10thmtn View Post
    Yes, but only for .380 since it is marginal for penetration. Alternate Hornady Critical Defense (for expansion) and FMJ-Flat Points (for penetration) in my wife's LCP.

    Above .380, all JHPs.

    Below .380, all FMJ.
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    I load RBCD or Glaser for the first three rounds figuring they put wide although shallow holes in body tissue and aren't as dangerous to any bystander. After that I load Corbon DPX, figuring that if I need to shoot someone more than three times, I am going to need more penetration, particularly for a head shot.

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    I have only one gun for carry and one type of ammo because that's what I practiced the most; it never occured to me to change that unless a much better round came on the market. K.I.S.S.
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    Cool You really shouldn't mix ammo types

    Quote Originally Posted by vn6869 View Post
    How many people mix ammo in their magazine, cylinder?

    As discussed elsewhere having a variety in the mag or cylinder.
    When you mix ammo types you run the risk of being less accurate.
    Different rounds have different recoil accuracy etc.. When a time comes (hopefully never happens) you need to be as accurate and sure about you ammo as you are where the bullets are going.

    Just for the heck of it. try shooting 3 different types of ammo and you may be amazed at the difference. I was when i saw the huge difference in Hydrashok silver tips and winchester target loads.

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