HD Spare Reloads?


December 26, 2006, 04:52 PM
How many reloads do you keep with your home defense firearms(s)?

What kind of firearm(s) are they, and what type of reload i.e. slugs, hollowpoint?

Personally, I have a 870 HD 12guage with a full 6 round tube of #4 shot and 4rounds of #4 in a sidesaddle. Five Federal 2 3/4 inch 1oz Rifled Slugs sit nearby. Gonna get a pistol when I'm 21 with at least 1 spare mag.

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December 26, 2006, 05:07 PM
Well 4 or more...but I wont say how many more or what kind...if you break in at 3a.m. or some other time you can find out if you like.

Bazooka Joe71
December 26, 2006, 05:26 PM
It just varies...

I have one reload for my 9x19, one reload for my .45, and a few reloads for my AR....But in all reality, if you need more than the bullets in your gun(maybe one reload) then you are probably dead anyway.:D

December 26, 2006, 05:31 PM
Mine takes loose rounds so, a few hundred :neener:

December 26, 2006, 05:35 PM
But in all reality, if you need more than the bullets in your gun(maybe one reload) then you are probably dead anyway.

I like to make sure my targets dead.

Police: Why did you fire 51 rounds?
Me: Cause I had 5 magazines.

December 26, 2006, 05:37 PM
My HD gun is whatever I was carrying that day. I just set it on the head board when I go to bed. If I really need to get nasty there is always a loaded 30 round mag in my AK, all I have to do is put one in the pipe only problem is I would have to open the vault first.

Fu-man Shoe
December 26, 2006, 05:52 PM
I keep a .357 revolver handy with a speedloader, for a grand total of
12 rounds. I also keep an 870 handy, with a buttcuff holding an extra
five shells.

I can't seriously imagine needing more than that. If by some strange
chance I do, I have a sidefolder AK with a 20 round mag in it, also
kept handy.

Aside from that, I guess I'm screwed. :eek:

Fu-man Shoe

December 26, 2006, 06:06 PM
The pistol nearest my hand when I'm in bed sits next to four spare mags. Other pistols in stash safes around the house have either three or four spare mags with them.

M2 Carbine
December 26, 2006, 06:25 PM
The shotguns are usually loaded with #4 buckshot.
The pistols usually have an extra magazine near them.
The revolvers usually have a speedloader or two beside them.
The .223 pistols usually only have a 20 round magazine.
The .223 rifles usually have 30 round magazines.

Ala Dan
December 26, 2006, 06:41 PM
Also, 4 or more but I too decline comment as to what kind~!;)

December 26, 2006, 06:44 PM
In the bedside table drawer is my Witness 10mm fullsize all steel w/16 rounds in it and another 15 in spare mag. Also with that is my XD45 loaded w/14 and anogher full mag next to it. Leaning against the headboard is my mossy 12ga with six #4 buck 3" magnums. Game plan is to drop a pistol in each robe pocket and grab the mossy I'm not sure I'd even pick up the spare mags but it all depends on how many of them there are and how much time I've got. Wife has 9mm hicap with spare mag for total of 31 rounds. AK74 and other heavier stuff is in unlocked while we're home gunsafe all loaded to capacity with spares where possible. Unfortunately ( I lose sleep over this weak point) no M-79s.:banghead:

December 26, 2006, 08:01 PM
Loving Wifes M1 carbine-- 30 in well, 2X15 on stock Win JHP
Her 357 --6 in place w/2 speed loaders

My AR-15--- 30 in the well 62gr JHP , 30 on the stock SS-109
My P220 45, 7+1, 2 Xtra mags


Livin in Texas

December 26, 2006, 08:31 PM
more because I have the mags, why not keep them loaded than any other reason. just ball rounds in em though

December 26, 2006, 08:33 PM
well gee whiz, if I am at home, I don't usually think in terms of 'how many reloads' I have. Unless they attack with Apache 'copters or M1 Abrams tanks, I think I er, have enough.

December 26, 2006, 08:56 PM
I'm in the "4 or more" also.
I have a Win. Defender, 8 shot 12 ga. with a butt cuff. ( #4 and 00 buck)
My pistol is S&W compact .45, 7 shot. ( 185 gr +P )
I think if things are so bad these run dry...before I'm hit...they're way too bad for me to win anyway.

December 26, 2006, 09:01 PM
... I keep one extra moonclip around. I fugure if I cant rip a guy to shreds with 10 hydrashoks then maybe I should just forget it a jump out of a window. The reason I use a revolver as opposed to a hi-cap semi auto is because a revolver cant jam and HD is just too important for the possibility of error.

December 26, 2006, 10:39 PM
hd gun is a xd service model .40
12+1 in the gun with one reload. if i need more than that i m in a seriously bad way.

Still 2 Many Choices!?
December 26, 2006, 10:46 PM
Whatever pistol I am carrying always has a reload or two be it the 1911, the Glock 23, or whatever... Rifles always have atleast 2 loaded mags(more like 4 - 6) in a ready to grab package. I figure that if I have need to grab a rifle, the pistol ran dry so I must need that rifle reaaaaally bad!!!! So of course more rounds is better:scrutiny: !!! If that weapon runs dry and the threat still exhists, I guess I'm screwed unless I can reach one of the other firearms:uhoh: !!

December 26, 2006, 10:56 PM
I keep more loaded mags handy than I'd ever have any reason to think I'll ever need in one encounter.

The reasoning on this is sound.

If you have less than you think you'll need, you're a damned fool.

If you have as much as you think you'll need, the chances of your being wrong are assured.

Besides, does the statistic that most civilian gunfights involve 3 rounds fired justify loading only 3 rounds?

Redneck with a 40
December 26, 2006, 11:18 PM
I keep my Mossberg 500 12 gauge loaded with (5) 2-3/4" #1 buckshot and
(5) 2-3/4" #1 shells in the butt-cuff. In my top dresser drawer is the Xd-40 with one 12 round mag in the gun and one 12 round mag next to it. The way I see it, if 10 shotgun rounds and 24 rounds of 40 cal. don't end the fight, then I'm waving the white flag.:p :D :neener:

December 26, 2006, 11:41 PM
A .357 in the nightstand, 1 reload; 9mm in a drawer near the front door 1 reload; .380 on a shelf in the study near my computer, 1 reload. Also have an M1 carbine in the closet with a number of loaded magazines near. In case someone questions safety, there are no children around.

December 27, 2006, 12:22 AM
My plan is not to reload just keep switching guns, its a lot easier.

I like to have 5 mags for each handgun with 3 always loaded, as for rifles I think 10 mags with at least 3 loaded would be a good starting point.

December 27, 2006, 01:18 AM
Pistols: 1 or 2 mags depending on the capacity.
shotgun: 6 in Cruiser Ready + 4 on the stock
SHTF guns: unloaded with many charged strippers near by.

Black Majik
December 27, 2006, 01:34 AM
No spare reloads for myHD guns. I doubt I'd be able to complete a reload anyways at 4am. It's pretty much what I have in my gun, but I have other spare loaded guns. :D

Dr. Dickie
December 27, 2006, 08:01 AM
My home defense is a .45, and I like to keep at least 1K of reloads on hand.
Actually in magazines next to my bed, two magazines total (one in the gun, one next to it).

December 27, 2006, 08:30 AM
For the main HD gun, my Mossbers 590, it has 8 in the tube, Federal 3" oo buck (15 pellets per shell) and 4 federal 1oz slugs in the speed-feed stock.
For the S&W m637 38spl, no reloads, just 5 135gr speer gold dot hp's.No need for reloads IMHO as its my "backup" to the shotgun above.If I unload all 8 rounds of buckshot, the all 5 from the snubbie, and the 4 slugs, and still need more, I'm screwed royally, these are "super-zombies" that simply cannot be killed.:D

Bazooka Joe71
December 28, 2006, 05:19 AM
If I unload all 8 rounds of buckshot, the all 5 from the snubbie, and the 4 slugs, and still need more, I'm screwed royally, these are "super-zombies" that simply cannot be killed.

The man's got a point.

December 28, 2006, 06:16 AM
I should have more reloads ready to go than I do - I'm just paranoid about spring fatigue and still believe that a modern double-stacked magazine spring in a fully-loaded mag will weaken with time. So, I buy lots of spare mag springs and rotate.

I do feel 20-ish rounds of shotgun ammo should be about 18-19 more than I'd ever need... but, better safe than sorry!

Why would someone need more than (one, two, etc.) reloads? Here's an example: one maintenence worker in town was assaulted by 10-15 loitering thugs in the MGM casino parking garage. A few days later, the same thing happened at a Wal-Mart a couple miles from my house. Now, I've yet to hear of a homeowner being invaded by such a large number of criminals, but just because I haven't yet read about it in the local paper doesn't mean it is impossible.

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