Cycling

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by kcolg, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. kcolg

    kcolg New Member

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    I mix different kind of ammo in my pistol`s magazines( specially in the 9mm's, some ar regular pressure,some +P,some +P+,different weights ,etc),in theory ,is this going to affect cycling,is it a bad idea?
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  2. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    If your pistol & mags are mechanically sound it should operate just fine. There will be a difference in cycling, especially between normal and +p(+) ammo as the slide will move faster. Accuracy will be affected as different ammo with different weights will shoot to a different POA. Not sure why you'd do it myself as it would be difficult to track down problems. It would be good for a "stress test" of a gun though...
     

  3. Missileman

    Missileman New Member

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    I always mix in ball, hollow point, +P, etc in my magazines when I'm breaking in a pistol to see if I can force a malfunction. If the gun runs smoothly with a mix then it is one step closer to being a trusted defense pistol. After several hundred rounds of ball, mixed magazines, weakhand shooting, and then at least 100 rounds of my defense load without a malfuntion, the gun can go "into service."
     
  4. FCross7

    FCross7 New Member

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    I don't see why that would cause malfunctions over using a whole mag of type (x) ammo. I wouldn't think it would matter whether you've got it mixed or have a whole mag. I don't see where it would change anything from a mechanical standpoint.

    -Fred
     
  5. kcolg

    kcolg New Member

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    Thanks for all the answers, the reason I mix the different type of ammo in my "defense" magazines is debatable ,and it would be good to hear your opinions too:
    The concept basically is that since it's kind of unpredictable how a bullet will perform ,I rather have different types just in case.
     
  6. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Some ammo may be weaker or stronger and will have an affect on slide reaction.
     
  7. FCross7

    FCross7 New Member

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    That part I get. But I don't see where one shot will affect what happens on the next shot. The different shots totally separate actions and should act the same no matter what the shot before it did or the shot after it will do.

    -Fred
     
  8. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    If you happen to use ammo your gun doesn't like - there will be no "next shot" without a clearing drill...
     
  9. Texanbybirth

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    FCross7 is trying to say that even though ammo can cause a malfunction, cycling different ammo will not cause a malfunction. The gun will only fire one round at a time. The "bad" ammo will not care if it is in a magazine with a bunch of "good" ammo or with a bunch of the "bad" ammo. It is still more likely to malfunction than a magazine of known "good" ammo.
     
  10. FCross7

    FCross7 New Member

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    This is true.

    I may have misread the posts, but it seemed to me that some were saying that using different types of ammo in a single mag made it more likely to jam than using a single type of ammo. Sorry for the confusion.

    This is exactly what I'm saying. If the round is gonna cause a jam, it's gonna cause a jam regardless of what other rounds are in the magazine, be it the same type or something different.

    I'm not knocking what anyone else does, we all have little things we do different than anyone else. I guess I just didn't see the point at first, but it is a little quicker way of finding out what type of ammo your gun likes if it's picky.

    -Fred
     
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  11. kcolg

    kcolg New Member

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    I forgot to mention that even though I keep these mag mixed with different type of ammo, it is whitin a selection I tried and informally tested on penetration/expansion ,and worked well, plus I have the same model "practice " pistol that my defense pistol's so this last ones are in very good condition .