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When reloading, are the remaining ammo in a partially empty gun magazine/clip discarded or not?

I would like to know as ammo could be hard to come by in Killing Floor and I don't want to waste it, if reloading a partially empty magazine/clip might discard the remaining bullets or shells.

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In short: No, No ammo is wasted from reloading a non-empty clip.

Now Killing Floor's system is sort of different from that of other FPS games, in the fact that it shows you, in the bottom corner of the screen, the amount of ammo in your current clip, and the amount of clips you are currently holding.

For example my medic gun (at lvl 5 medic) has a clip size of 64, and can hold 6 clips of ammo:

Full Medic Gun Pic

This means that I have 64 + 64*6, or 448 bullets to fire at some mutants.

When I fire ten shots, and then reload, my magazine gets restored to 64, and my clip size will not change. Now wait before you say "Clip size doesnt change? awesome that means I have infinte ammo! :D", because you have spent those ten bullets, the number of extra clips you have left has simply been rounded. So after firing ten shots, you now have 438 bullets left, which is 64 in your gun, and 374 / 64 in your spare clips, which is about 5.84. Now rather than say "Herr Derr you got 5.84 clips left!" the game makes it easier on you by rounding the 5.84 and letting you know that you have approximately 6 clips left.

The fact that this number stays at 6 proves that you do not loose the extra ammo in a clip while reloading, due to the fact that if you did, you would lose 64 shots each clip every time, so after shooting only a few and reloading, the extra clips count would be 5:

448 - 10 bullets shot - 54 remaining in clip - 64 put into new clip = 320, 320/ 64 = 5

Where as killing floor does it this way:

448 - 10 bullets shot - 64 put into new clip = 374, 374/ 64 = 5.84 ~= 6

Screenshot proof:

  1. Fully Loaded Gun
  2. Shoot a good number of shots
  3. Reload
  4. Have fewer ammo clips

Now this time we'll only shoot a couple shots:

  1. Shoot a couple shots
  2. Reload
  3. Have the same amount of ammo clips

Therefore there is no ammo lost upon reloading a partially empty clip.

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Apologies on saying I would add screenshots sooner, I got tied up this weekend. Also it was 6 clips not 16, 1088 bullets did sound like a lot :P – hammythepig Aug 12 '12 at 22:32
Good answer! Upvoted and accepted! – galacticninja Aug 15 '12 at 7:59

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