I apologize if this is something that others have covered in previous threads. I didn't find anything while searching so I'm going to go out on a limb and post to see what sort of information might be available. This weekend, I was talking to my husband about my disappointment with hand-loads I bought at a Gun and Knife show. I've since been forewarned by a few in this forum, not to trust hand-loads unless you load them yourself. I had at least 4 jams - 3 on my H&K VP9 (which ran flawlessly on Winchester 124 gr and Browning 115 gr the previous 2 times I had it on its maiden voyage), and once on my G43 which as everyone here knows is supposed to be highly reliable. I say 'at least' because I posted earlier and thought about it afterwards. I think it may have been more. The Glock 43 had yet to have any jams until the hand loads and I was shocked when it happened. I guess it was good experience for me to get into the habit of magazine ejection, then slide actuation to clear the jam so I figure I've paid for this lesson. I got good enough at clearing jams, it was more of an expected part of my day yesterday so enough of that! Right?! Being disappointed with hand-loads, I ordered some high quality ammo online today. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the other stuff. It's 115 gr and I'm going to write to the maker. He's a local businessman and has been doing loads for business for 4 years. Inspecting the rounds, they 'look' fine but something is off. Rims are a variety of sorts and they all 'look' dimensionally the same. Crimps look fine too, but something is definitely different or I wouldn't have had so many problems yesterday. Here's what I ordered. WINCHESTER AMMO WC92 WINCLEAN 9MM LUGER 124 GR BRASS ENCLOSED BASE (BULK PACK, 1000 TOTAL ROUNDS). I want to see if there's a noticeable difference in performance versus the lead based ammo (these are lead free). And 2 boxes of these: HORNADY 90282 XTP 9MM HORNADY XTP JHP 147 GR (BOX, 25 TOTAL ROUNDS). I'm going to plan to use these in my EDC after my holster arrives but I also want to be sure the VP9 is good with them. I have to regain confidence that jams aren't going to happen with well known brands like Hornady, especially for personal protection. Has anyone here noticed that certain firearms, particularly the H&K or Glock which you own have more of a liking to one manufacturer over another and if yours also has less tendency to have issues releasing the case? Also, any comments about lead free ammo versus leaded and whether or not it's actually cleaner and has more controllable recoil?