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I read years ago about ammo choice for carry, especially when carrying in vehicle that it was wise to carry a combination of hollowpoints (HP) and ball ammo, and put them in the mag HP/Ball/HP/Ball/etc.

Reason being that you would have the ball to shoot thru glass, metal, heavy clothing, etc. and ball does seem to work better than people may give it credit especially in 45 and the HP rounds for obvious reasons.

Any opinions or experience ?
 

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I've heard people say that the practice is

A. Stupid
B. Amateurish
C. Legally dangerous
D. Everything else negative

But I've stacked magazines quite often, especially when on road trips, and for the reasons noted. Usually I don't do it, and when I do it's only with 9mm, since there's much greater capacity available. When I sit down to load mags I assign the rounds an X (HP) or an O (ball) and jot down on a piece of paper how they're to go into the magazines, working from right (top round) to left (last round). Usually it works out to something like two HPs to three rounds of ball.

Or if I'm lazy I just load up with NATO ball only.
 

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Back in the bad old days I carried a mag of 147gr HP in the G19, and kept a couple of +2 hicaps stuffed full of Super-X ball in the console for supressive fire.

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Pat
 

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Fundi, have a look at a thread on this website about "Dutch Loads". As mentioned, some of us doing close protection did this decades ago when there wasn't the high-tech, high performance, more reliable 9mm ammo there is today.
 

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Hi there,

Hard Ball only. I am looking for penetration in a car gun. I also do not use "dutch loads" anymore in smaller pocket pistols. I have experimented with the practice at the shooting range and have had some malfunctions in auto loaders.

I look for complete reliability and count on shot placement to do the rest.

Chris
 
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