Well, took the M&P compact out for my annual Fourth of July shoot on what was a rainy, drizzly, misty day here. Thought I would start with a mild-ish load so I broke out the Tennessee Cartridge Company - 125g - FMJ (RL)
. Here were my first six shots at about 13 yards:
I consider this to be OK range ammo. I have gotten the occasional failure to feed and failure to fire with it in all my Sig chambered pistols. I got one of each with this box! The disconcerting part is that, with the failures to fire, instead of just seeing a nice dimple in the primer, the primer almost seems to crumble...like it is brittle and breaks apart in the primer pocket. The same thing happened this time!!
I also had the slide lock back once before the mag was empty.... I think that was all me!
Next up was Load-X - 124g - JHP
. This stuff had some oomph! - and it ran 100%. I had this popcorn tin lid balanced up on a stake and it would fall very easily. But the Load-X just zipped thru it like a hot knife thru butter...... without even jiggling it!
Then I decided to run some Precision Ammunition - 100g - copper matrix NTF (non-toxic frangible)
. This company no longer exists as they got bought out by RWS, who wanted their frangible bullet recipe! I was planning to get up close and personal (short range shooting)with the steel but.....after the second shot I had this!!:
Now that's a pretty bad jam! The empty case was not extracted/ left in the chamber and then the next round tried to feed! This actually happened six out of the first eight times before I just completely gave up attempting to use this ammo. Not sure what the deal was!? I was worried that I had a problem with the gun's extractor!! For comparison purposes, I have used this load once in my P226 with no issues - and on three occasions with my G33 having issues each time (3-4 failures to feed per box). For today.... my short range shooting was cut short.
So, I pulled out some Trident Ammunition - 124g - JHP (RL)
. This stuff has run great in a couple of my pistols annnnd....................... it ran great in this one as well! 100% - no issues! first shots at 13 yards!
Felt better about things after that! Grabbed my Ruger and put a few boxes thru that but I wasn't ready to go home just yet. So, I did a quick barrel change to 40 S&W and broke out LAX ammo - 180g - FMJ
. This load was stout and shot very well. (I have used LAX in 38spcl and liked it also). I must have been finally settling in behind the trigger because this LAX was just going where I wanted it to!
Here is "rocking the gong" at 22 yards......
I put 100 rounds of LAX thru my "now" .40 M&Pc with zero issues. I finished the session - going long range - hitting the ram at 100-105 yards six out of ten shots!! ( I should have rushed home and ordered more right away - LAX had a 6% off offer going over the 4th holiday!). Here is a shot of the ram in case you were wondering how big it is:
850 rounds 357Sig thru this pistol now representing 14 different loads &
150 rounds .40 thru this pistol now representing 2 different loads