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    Ammo that doesn't cause malfunctions should never cause malfunctions when mixed. If the slide/bolt moves all the way to the rear, the fact that the previous round already down range was a 147 grain HST doesn't matter to the gun or tothe 115 FMJ being stripped of the magazine.
    I almost always shoot a mixed magazine when trying a new ammo to make comparison of recoil impulse flash, and point of impact.

    The only reason mixing is a problem for practical applications is point of impact shift (which you can avoid by careful testing and selection), and recoil impulse (which you can also avoid by careful testing and selection)
    As long as you select 2 rounds that have the same point of impact and same feel, I can't objectively argue against it.
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    No advantages to mixing ammunition, but it does smack of of a certain inexpert indecisiveness.
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    The old time engineer speaks here: The question isn't WHY NOT? The question is WHY?

    As has been said, the best practice is to carry only one type for defense. When I feel I might need a different load, I carry a second mag loaded that way, never mixing rounds in the same mag.

    If all else fails, carry two guns, one loaded with the one load and the other loaded with the other load.
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    I recall this idea of mixed ammunition type being discussed in firearms periodical's for revolvers during the late nineteen sixties and early nineteen seventies. The conclusion was it was an idea without merit for law enforcement applications.

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    When I was growing up, the chief of police was a family friend. Though retired, he still is. He told me that he carried magazines that were staggered with JHP and FMJ. His logic was to cover the possibility of having to shoot through something, wall, door, car or anything a bad guy might use for concealment. I can understand that logic although I've never staggered ammo for SD purposes.
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    to me it doesn’t make sense to fill the mag with different types of ammo. I either have enough faith in my ammo to carry a mag or two full of it, or I don’t have enough faith to carry it at all. If I think the second type of ammo that I mix in is better, then I would just carry that, rather than mixing it in with my first type.
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    My reasoning not to do so is, how do you know which round you need when? And how are you going to select said round, eject live rounds until the right one chambers, or just fire away until it comes up? Dance with what you brung.
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    I load the magazine with one type of HP bullet that I think is good for SD (whether its Gold Dot, HST, or Ranger) and that has been tested in the pistol.
    If I was concerned with attack by a bear then all the bullets in the magazine would be what I would want to defend against a bear with.




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    Quote Originally Posted by SunTsu View Post
    Ammo that doesn't cause malfunctions should never cause malfunctions when mixed. If the slide/bolt moves all the way to the rear, the fact that the previous round already down range was a 147 grain HST doesn't matter to the gun or tothe 115 FMJ being stripped of the magazine.
    I almost always shoot a mixed magazine when trying a new ammo to make comparison of recoil impulse flash, and point of impact.

    The only reason mixing is a problem for practical applications is point of impact shift (which you can avoid by careful testing and selection), and recoil impulse (which you can also avoid by careful testing and selection)
    As long as you select 2 rounds that have the same point of impact and same feel, I can't objectively argue against it.
    Thank you!! This mirrors my thoughts exactly. I was just unsure if there are any proven functional problems with doing so. But I am glad to find out that almost everyone here has an opinion or three!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmcgilvray View Post
    No advantages to mixing ammunition, but it does smack of of a certain inexpert indecisiveness.
    Well Mr Expert. Care to provide the facts to back up your claim.

    Geez, I come here to ask a simple question and all I get (with 2 exceptions) are smart ass replies. I'm out and good health to all of you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hatchee View Post
    Well Mr Expert. Care to provide the facts to back up your claim.

    Geez, I come here to ask a simple question and all I get (with 2 exceptions) are smart ass replies. I'm out and good health to all of you!
    I would suggest asking better questions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hatchee View Post
    Thank you!! This mirrors my thoughts exactly. I was just unsure if there are any proven functional problems with doing so. But I am glad to find out that almost everyone here has an opinion or three!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hatchee View Post
    Well Mr Expert. Care to provide the facts to back up your claim.

    Geez, I come here to ask a simple question and all I get (with 2 exceptions) are smart ass replies. I'm out and good health to all of you!
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