How much time for carry ammo?

How much time for carry ammo?

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    How much time for carry ammo?

    I was thinking about this subject today and thought to amass the wisdom of the Defensive Carry folks. How long do you carry ammo in your magazine before you deem it unreliable. I know the situation will change due to humidity and exposure to sweat or moisture.

    I had an experience at the range a couple of weeks back with my S&W BG 380. The first mag was Winchester hollowpoint rounds I'd been carrying for about 8 weeks. I had light strikes or misfires on about 2 or 3 of the rounds. I thought "great, the problem is getting worse." The next 50 rounds were flawless. This will be about 400 rounds through that gun. Maybe it has finally blasted through the light strike dilemma!

    Anyway, any thoughts or experiences are appreciated.
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    It lasts forever. The problem is the BG 380, known for light strike issues. Keep your ammo for however long you feel comfortable, no one will convince you otherwise.
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    You'll hear a wide range from the members here. For me, every 6 months. The top 2 rounds (the one in the chamber and the one at the top of the mag) get lit every range trip, to prevent a set-back induced squib load. (I do a lot of dry fire training at home, so I have to unload the round from the chamber. Reloading that round can cause a set-back of the bullet in the casing.)
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    I don't use range ammo for my carry guns. When I go to the handgun range, the first guns shot are the primary and the BUG with the ammo in them and the spare magazines. I want to know that the guns and spare magazines work as carried. I usually go to the range at least every other week.
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    I shoot my defense ammo when I change the clock twice a year. Unless something happens that might cause problems with my ammo. Like when I got caught in a complete downpour on my bike. Gun and ammo were completely soaked. Cleaned the gun and changed out the ammo after I got home and shot the rounds off a few months later with no issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LimaCharlie View Post
    I don't use range ammo for my carry guns. When I go to the handgun range, the first guns shot are the primary and the BUG with the ammo in them and the spare magazines. I want to know that the guns and spare magazines work as carried. I usually go to the range at least every other week.
    Pretty much my regime as well. The first mag shot at the range is the one I've been carrying, then I go to ball for practice. When I get home the spare mag with SD rounds go to into the EDC, the original mag gets filled with HP and goes into the mag pouch. So, my SD rounds live about a month.
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    I swap out my SD ammo (Used to be Gold Sabre by Remington, now Federal HSTs) every year. I tend to think that's a safe time period.
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    I change mine out about 3 times a year. At the beginning of the summer, end of summer, and around New Years. If I get rained on real good I'll change it out.
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    Your pistol the problem. Not the ammo . Best call S&W and get it fixed
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    It lasts forever. The problem is the BG 380, known for light strike issues. Keep your ammo for however long you feel comfortable, no one will convince you otherwise.
    I know. I'm moving towards carrying my Glock 26. It's a process. The BG was a gift from a mentor. I will eventually replace it with the G42. I want to have the option of having a smaller pistol. Not comfortable with that in 9mm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LimaCharlie View Post
    I don't use range ammo for my carry guns. When I go to the handgun range, the first guns shot are the primary and the BUG with the ammo in them and the spare magazines. I want to know that the guns and spare magazines work as carried. I usually go to the range at least every other week.
    You would consider Winchester hollowpoints range ammo?
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    High quality factory ammunition is basically waterproof.
    Exposure to penetrating type oils can possibly be problematic though.
    If your factory ammo gets wet in a downpour simply dry it off.

    I am not saying that high quality reloads are not waterproof only that there could be more potential variables with some reloaded ammunition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hick63 View Post
    You'll hear a wide range from the members here. For me, every 6 months. The top 2 rounds (the one in the chamber and the one at the top of the mag) get lit every range trip, to prevent a set-back induced squib load. (I do a lot of dry fire training at home, so I have to unload the round from the chamber. Reloading that round can cause a set-back of the bullet in the casing.)
    Squib load...had to google that one. Thanks again to the DC community.
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    Quote Originally Posted by addywon View Post
    I was thinking about this subject today and thought to amass the wisdom of the Defensive Carry folks. How long do you carry ammo in your magazine before you deem it unreliable. I know the situation will change due to humidity and exposure to sweat or moisture.

    I had an experience at the range a couple of weeks back with my S&W BG 380. The first mag was Winchester hollowpoint rounds I'd been carrying for about 8 weeks. I had light strikes or misfires on about 2 or 3 of the rounds. I thought "great, the problem is getting worse." The next 50 rounds were flawless. This will be about 400 rounds through that gun. Maybe it has finally blasted through the light strike dilemma!

    Anyway, any thoughts or experiences are appreciated.
    I run fmj ammo in my .380 carry gun, which I shoot several times per week, so the ammo doesn't stay in the mag very long.
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    BG380 is ammo sensitive, and in my experience it doesn't particularly like Winchester rounds, especially Winchester W Defend. It also hates steel cased Tulammo. On the other hand Fiocchi, UMC, Federal, Hornady, Precision One, and Lehigh all run fine.
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