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bullet compression

Discussion in 'GATE Self-Defense Forum' started by cham87, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. cham87


    Oct 8, 2011
    Is bullet compression real?

    I carry a full mag in my glock 17, but like to keep one in the chamber. Everytime i get home I eject the bullet and keep my gun unloaded. I have heard that if you rack the same bullet eventually it will become compressed which can have many bad effects. Anyway to prevent bullet compression? Can i just rack my gun and hold onto the slide and let it go into the feed ramp very slowly, or will that not help with the problem of bullet compression?
  2. Mas Ayoob

    Mas Ayoob KoolAidAntidote Moderator

    Nov 6, 2005
    Repeated chamberings aren't good at any speed. Extractor and ejector are still chewing up the case rim, which can still compromise reliability down the road. Compare chambered rounds with unchambered ones, and when they're measurably shorter set aside for practice...and if they're REALLY shorter, discard and dispose of.

    Might want to consider a lock box where you can keep the pistol loaded upon returning home...safer, quicker access, and a quick solution to your chambered round problem.


  3. cham87


    Oct 8, 2011
    ... I hate bullet compression :(. Me knowing it exists make me not carry one in the chamber, because i cannot afford to be buying new ammo all the time. AAAH. I like to go to the range as well so even if if I had the lock box setup which would be nice, I like the idea. But every time I go to the range I have to de-chamber that one round :(. Compression?!?!