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Old 04-14-2019, 04:37 PM
Old Grey Hare Old Grey Hare is offline
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The Correct Number of Magazines to Take to the Range

For me it turns out to be six.

I had four for my 73B Series 70, and I got two more for a total of six. All are Colt (checkmate, really) blue 7-round. Identical to what came with the gun.

Yesterday was the first time I shot with six mags, and I had a revelation: Six is the correct number for me. I shoot with 6" splatter targets on a regular target or a backing cardboard. I put four when I had four mags, but that means I didn't have a Barney. And if I did make a Barney, then I was short one mag. Or over by one target.

With six I put up five targets, then:


1. Load one up with five rounds. This is my Barney. I use the one that came with the gun, which I marked by filling the lettering and pony on the baseplate with white-out then wiping it off before it dries. Leaves the lettering and pony nice and crisp.
2. Load up the other five with seven rounds.
3. Barney the gun, safe it, then put a full mag in.
4. Safe down, shoot the eight rounds.
5. Repeat four more times.
6. Bring target back, photograph it, patch what can be patched, replace what needs to be replaced, send it back
7. If more ammo = true goto 1, else stop.


For me, anyway. We all shoot different and at different targets.

Now I need two more for my little sig 938, because you guessed it, I only have four for that one. And these are expensive!! Good god, 30 bucks for an OEM stick!

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Old 04-14-2019, 04:55 PM
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My range bag has slots for 7 mags. That’s the number
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Old 04-14-2019, 09:11 PM
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For me it turns out to be six.
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Six for me ... for different reasons ... so we -must- be right!

The club where I shot, plan to resume shooting, a game much like “Steel Challenge”, gave most stages five runs. So a mag loaded for each run, plus a spare should a mag choose the match to fail. Then “practice as you play” since I wanted all my mags in a set to have similar wear.

Get the same answer using two methods and that must be the right answer ... in math.
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Old 04-14-2019, 11:23 PM
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For me it's

A - The number I want to test in a new build/purchase
B - At least two for every caliber I am going to shoot that day (assuming all are tried and tested)
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Old 04-15-2019, 12:25 AM
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It’s a subjective question. As many as I feel I need to shoot.
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Old 04-15-2019, 05:08 AM
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For me it depends, for bull shooting with the 1911 one is enough.

For IDPA or Tactical Shooting at least two spare ones.
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Old 04-15-2019, 06:04 AM
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It’s a subjective question. As many as I feel I need to shoot.
Good answer. Whatever I put in my range bag. Always a couple of extra boxes of ammo in case I feel like shooting more.
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Old 04-15-2019, 08:03 AM
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One more than I end up needing!
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Old 04-15-2019, 09:47 AM
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Practice, usually 5 or 6.

IDPA or USPSA SS, 15; 12 for load and reload, Barney, one with 6 rounds in case a stage starts with a downloaded magazine, spare.

USPSA Limited 2011, 6+.

Steel Challenge, 5 RF, 6 CF.

Magazines are normally preloaded at home, especially for competition. That way I can talk to people and look at match stages instead of hurriedly loading up.

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Old 04-15-2019, 12:04 PM
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There is no correct number. Take what you want and have fun!
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Old 04-15-2019, 06:35 PM
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I take how ever many I have for the gun or guns I am bringing. Then always a couple boxes of ammo.
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Old 04-15-2019, 07:31 PM
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I take all of them for any gun. I load them before I go to the range because I’d rather shoot while I’m there than reload. For me this is anywhere from 6 to 15 magazines.
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Old 04-15-2019, 09:26 PM
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Why would you need more than one? That's all I ever use.
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Old 04-15-2019, 11:55 PM
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It depends on what I am going for.

If I am going to try and run plate racks or pepper poppers with a handgun. Then I bring a bunch of magazines. If I am just going to try out a 200 yard plus varmint round then I might just bring the bolt gun or one magazine depending.
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Old 04-16-2019, 02:39 AM
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For me it is 7. I have six places in my belt and one goes to magazine pocket in front of my shooting trousers. If training alone I'll normally shoot these and pack up. When training in group I'll top up as needed.

If taking a wheel gun I'll have 9 moon clips (4 holders, 2 in each + one to start with)
Again if training alone I'll shoot these and go home, if training in group I'll bring more moon clips, up to 25 or so.

All and all, I'll try and have a plan, a skill to work on, concentrate on that for small amount of shots and time, then call it a day.

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Old 04-16-2019, 08:15 AM
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I take all of them for any gun. I load them before I go to the range because I’d rather shoot while I’m there than reload. For me this is anywhere from 6 to 15 magazines.
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If your range charges by the hour, why pay for re-loading magazines?
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Old 04-16-2019, 12:32 PM
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The Correct Number of Magazines to Take to the Range?

That would be ONE! One that is dedicated to and is known to work in the gun being used!

The recommendation would depend one what the task will be!

In reality I have at least 3 dedicated magazines for each gun in the safe or EDC.

Game guns have at least 5 dedicated mags plus spares.

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Old 04-16-2019, 07:35 PM
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Why would you need more than one? That's all I ever use.
Because (to me) shooting a mag, then having to reload it, shoot, reload, shoot, reload, gets old. Fast. Like really fast.

Having at least 3 speeds things up at the range, use a lula to stuff the boxes quick. Minimize time, maximize shooting.

OTher's experience may vary.
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Old 04-16-2019, 07:46 PM
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I use anywhere between one and a dozen. Probably five most of the time. IfI had to rent a lane at a range I would then bring as many preloaded mags as was needed so that I did not pay the range anything to stand there and load magazines.

There are times when I’m just wanting to be very slow and deliberate, mainly bullseye shooting but not always, and that is when I only use one magazine. Between magazines I’ll spend time being a brass rat. Being slow and deliberate can be very calming.
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Old 04-16-2019, 08:21 PM
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I Being slow and deliberate can be very calming.
Indeed. And even with multiple mags I take my sweet time, as I'm still nowhere near being something like a steel shooter. I can take 10, 20 seconds to make a shot if I'm going for absolute precision. Plus there is a zen-like, calming thing about it.

But I loathe the break in rhythm that comes from reloading mags. If I'm going to reload, it's reload it all, change / fix targets and go again.

So after thinking it some, The Correct Number of Magazines for the Range is:

Magazines = Targets +1. The +1 is the barney. I guess this only applies to paper, 'cause with steel.. who knows, i've yet to try a steel range.
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Old 04-16-2019, 08:53 PM
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I don't know, I generally go to the range after brunch at my favorite diner so I'm moving slow anyway
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Old 04-17-2019, 11:04 AM
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I take all I have 14. I don't like loading mags at the range. Its for range time not loading time, that I can do at home.
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Old 04-17-2019, 11:55 AM
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The correct number is at least ONE for each gun. If you practice reloading you need at least 2.
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Old 04-17-2019, 05:56 PM
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Typically, I like to shoot between 100 and 150 rounds per gun----and what I do, is load-up my mags before I leave the house----and whatever number of mags it takes, it takes. Workz for me!
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Old 04-17-2019, 06:54 PM
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Can you ever really have enough . 23 magazines and I still could use more .
I shoot 400 rds or more each range trip .
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