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PM9 Best Carry Ammo?

Discussion in 'Kahr Club' started by Burns, Jan 15, 2010.

  1. Burns

    Burns

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    Hi everyone,

    I just bought a PM9, and you guys all know how exciting it is to bring a new one home! :dancingbanana:

    I haven't taken it to the range yet but, of course, I'm already looking up holsters and carry ammo on my lunch break. Holsters are easy, carry ammo is a bit more difficult.

    I really want the best stuff I can get and I started out looking for ballistic gel tests from a 3 inch barrel, preferably from a PM9 w/ the polygonal barrel. I was thinking about possibly going with the Speer Short Barrel 124 +P if I can't find any results, and wetpack results don't convince me.

    If you guys know of any gel results floating around the internet, please let me know. Or, if you have other reasons to recommend certain carry ammo other than the average worthless suggestion such as "well, I carry ____ and it works for me!", I'd like to hear your comments. Thanks in advance for your input.

    I hope it's a reliable one!

    Burns
     
  2. peterj

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    Corbon DPX +P is starting to make some noise. Claims 100% weight retention and good penetration for a light Barnes X bullet. It has been gaining popularity with big game hunters.

    I just got a PM9 but have not had a chance to test the DPX as of yet, I hear it feed fine in Kahr.
     


  3. peterj

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    Forgot to mention Corbon powerball. Ballistics show 1475 muzzle vel. with 483 lbs. at muzzle.
     
  4. cziv

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    I carry Winchester 147 grain JHP's My PM9 likes them, they shoot soft (felt recoil), very accurate and they're good penetrators.
     
  5. the perfesser

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    Check also the parallel thread on "Kahrs and Hornady Critical Defense."
     
  6. ripley16

    ripley16

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    Short barrel pistols often generate a lot of muzzle flash. One round that has very low muzzle flash is the highly regarded Hornady TAP FPD. I get very good accuracy with these rounds too.
     
  7. ltxi

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    Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel is very good choice. Personally, in 9mm I'm using std pressure 124 gr HydraShok even if it is a last gen load...I have a ton of the stuff, it's accurate, and still quite effective.
     
  8. Sharky7

    Sharky7 Boomshakalaka

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    I like heavier rounds.

    I have run several boxes of both Speer Gold Dot 147 and Federal HST 147 through the PM9 - no problems, no jams, works great.
     
  9. Burns

    Burns

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    I just got back from the range. Shot about 275 rounds through the PM9 with no cleaning. Guess how many malfunctions...

    ...ZERO, that's how many! I shot Blazer Brass 115 grain FMJ, Winchester 115 grain JHP white box "Personal Defense", Corbon 115 grain +P, Winchester 147 jhp and Speer 124 grain Gold Dots without a problem of any kind.

    I LOVE this gun. It's tiny, but I had absolutely no trouble handling +P; they were actually enjoyable to shoot!

    The lesson in all this is to never let the internet tell you which guns are reliable and which are not. This is going to be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

    Burns
     
  10. ltxi

    ltxi

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    Huh...pretty much the same experience I had when I switched from a 442 to the PM9 for edc about a year and a half ago. Regular companion now to my cell phone, car keys, and wallet. Welcome to the club
     
  11. alnitak

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    I use Federal HST in both the 124g +P and 147g.
     
  12. 3427

    3427

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    IMO the answer is what round feeds flawlessly in the pistol and what round is most accurate.
     
  13. fra3

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    I do not own the PM 9 but my Father in Law does and the best all around ammo is the Federal Expanding FMJ. Its the round with a small rubber ball in the tip of the FMJ that causes the round to expand on impact. It has had zero feeding or firing issues and it is available in a +p which makes it a really great little shooter. My .2 I like the critical defense and Gold Dots as well. f3
     
  14. packinaglock

    packinaglock John 3:16

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    I want to try this in my PM 9 also
     
  15. bigswedegml

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    I have Hornady Critical Defense in mine and love it.
     
  16. scrapperid

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    Lots of defense experts (and your old physics teacher) will tell you the heavier bullets penetrate most reliably. 147 gr HP's That and shot placement are most important, assuming the round functions every time in YOUR gun. Check that a lot now and reconfirm now and again at practice. I like gold dots, hst's, gs, even wwb 147 hp expanded well in wet pack tests I did. (Very informal and in no way scientific)
    Wayne