carry ammo for PF-9/Hornady issues
so I've only recently gotten my CCW, and I've been using Hornady Critcal Defense. I've had no issues with any 115 gr. FMJ ammo in it, and I've shot about half the box of CD I have with no issues there either. I really liked what I saw/read in terms of penetration and reliability in terms of the bullet not getting clogged or failing to open up on target. But I've read now a thread on here and another one online at some other forum that users were having alot of issues with FTFs. So now I'm reconsidering this round.
Can people here offer better words on hornady in terms of reliability, especiallly with this weapon?
If I do look at other ammo, what recommendations do yall have that stays around 115 or 124gr. (all of the ammo in the FAQs recommendations are much hotter.) I don't want to go too hot, because I've read that there are issues with jams in the PF-9 when the ammo is too hot, because of the short, faster recoil. I do want a round with good penetration and expansion, but reliability is my number one concern. Any suggestions?
I was looking at Remington 124 grain Golden Saber. Has anyone run this through a PF-9?
Thanks for the help
I've shot several boxes of Critical Defense with zero problems.
My pf-9 does not like Federal HST, however.
I also have shot several boxes of critical defense through my PF-9 with out issue, I think most of the bad results have come from other brands. A CD round is probably the easiest round to chamber for any hand gun, very pointed bullet with a plugged tip, to avoid issues with it getting stuck.
I have not run Remington Golden Saber through my PF-9 but I thought I read some one having problems with it. My suggestion is by a box or two of CD and try it, if it doesn't work go with something else, but CD would be my first choice.
I use Gold Dots with no issues
I have used Winchester Ranger Bonded, Cheap Wal Mart Federal, Various Russian made stuff, Remington HP, and have had no problems of any kind with it. It is a little rattly though. It seems to shoot where I aim it. Usually not over 30', as I don't see this as a target pistol. Very easy to conceal though.
The only real issue I have heard from some guys I know that have fired them is the rubbery material will catch on the front of some magazines and act just like a brake pad like on a bike wheel. It slows down the travel of the bullet going up in the magazine to feed and causes a nose dive failure to feed.
From what I hear it is a gun by gun issue. Like any ammo you will just have to give it a test to see if your gun will have this problem.......
If you have had no issues with it I wouldn't make an issue out of it. If it fires good in your gun I would go with it.
Thanks for all the responses. I have personally never had a round (and I've fired multiple types of ammuntition through it) malfunction in my pf9 due something other than my own error ( I had to get used to not accidentally pressing the mag release on recoil since I have large hands). I bought a couple boxes of CD that are of the same lot and a couple golden sabers, I'm going to put a good bit through to evaluate any issues.
But the issues I have heard about the CD haven't been ejection or feed issues, but bad primers that wouldn't explode in guns that hadn't had issues of light strikes with other ammo. I just wanted to make sure that most people hadn't had issues with that as I'm weary of trusting a tale on the internet that could easily be propagated and retold from one offhand story. Anyone have any problems with bad primers?
I've tested a LOT of SD ammo in my PF-9 and have had no problems. Accuracy differed greatly. My gun seemed to favor the 147grainers with Golden Sabers being my choice. Followed by Gold Dot 147gr and then a tie with Ranger 147gr and Golden Saber 124gr. Now this is MY gun and I based it on accuracy and felt recoil (for quicker follow up shots).
The Gold Dot 115gr were accurate but what a kick! Follow up shots were not as easy to put on target in rapid fire.
I did shoot Hornady TAP-FPD 124gr. Shot nice with no problems. Just not accurate enough for me.
I tested some 124 +Ps as well and they were like the 115gr Gold Dots, just a little too much recoil.
All FMJ 115gr and 124gr ammo I have shot have been super accurate. Seems in the short barrel of the PF-9 the SD ammo POA/POI varied.
Again, the gun has functioned great with over 500 rounds. 1 FTE with a new shooter that probably limp wristed it.
The only ammo it had any problems with was Dynamit Noble. Seems they have harder primers. It shot fine in a Glock and Beretta.