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I've noticed that if I reload a magazine whilst the ammo count is white the clip will refill and my stock of ammo is not reduced.

Does this mean that reloading more often is more beneficial than letting the clip run dry before reloading?

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Reloading adds more ammo to your active clip. The game uses an ammo pool, rather than a clip based system, so there is no downside to reloading more often than necessary.

I think you're asking this because of the numbers on the HUD.

bottom-left HUD - ammo view - 10-30

Here, the number on the right is your current total ammunition, not the ammunition you have left after your current clip, and the number on the left is the ammo left in your current clip. Shooting depletes ammunition from both pools. Once you reload, the right number will not go down, it will simply fill the clip, making the left number show full clip again.

Now, I shot 5 times after the first image without reloading.

shot 5 ammo - 5-25

And this was taken after reloading:

reloaded - 10-25

This doesn't seem to be the case for all weapons, however, but it is the case for normal shooting weapons. The OVE9000 Saw, for example, has some sort of durability as the left number, and the amount of blades left as the right number on the HUD.

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  • Thanks. This makes sense, I thought that it was [current clip] [spare ammo]. – David Yell Aug 17 '13 at 11:34
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    @DavidYell I thought it was that way, too, but then I noticed it didn't make any sense, so I took it upon myself to properly test it out. – 3ventic Aug 17 '13 at 11:43
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    Prooved with Science! – David Yell Aug 17 '13 at 21:49

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