Kahr PM9 and ammo

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    Kahr PM9 and ammo

    I FINALLY was able to get to a shooting range to break-in my PM9 that I bought in January. I ran through 100 rounds each of Remington UMC and another manufacturer that I got from the local shop called Bronze. I had no problems whatsoever except for me getting used to the way the gun aims and not getting tight groups. (They did settle down significantly after the 200 round breakin was done. Probably because I figured out what the sight picture should be.)

    Then I had a box of Winchester White box. In the 50 rounds that I shot of the WWB, I had 2 failure to feeds (one for each magazine) that were easily cleared. It looked like the round wasn't popping up like it should. It could have been from my fingers getting tired of loading the magazines and not pushing them back all of the way into the magazine. After this, I did shoot a magazine of Speer Gold Dots to get a warm fuzzy that it would load since I was going to carry with that. No problems with those 7.

    I started wondering if I should even bother with the WWB anymore or go with the cheaper Remington for target loads. So that leaves me this question... What ammo does other PM9 owners use regularly? That way I don't spend $50 on ammo and find out what others already know.
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    I don't have a PM9 (a friend had one that was a POS so that kinda turned me off)...

    the reason I'm posting is simply to advise you to fire a lot more than just one magazine of your chosen "carry ammo." Seven rounds is not enough of a sample size to really prove anything.
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    I understand that 200 rounds is the accepted "test" of ammo. I only had a box of 20 and my main goal was to just break-in the gun per the manual. I'll be running through the ammo more later, but the expense would be significant and the wife would balk at me burning through $150 worth of ammo in about an hour. So I'm gonna spread it out a bit.
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    My PM9 eats everything I've tried. I have found that the little gun needs to be well lubed. You hear/read people say that it needs to be "wet" to run well.

    If I understand correctly, you fired 250 rounds. I have found that when shooting more than a 100 rounds through it in one range visit, I will shoot some lube into it before moving to the next 100.

    My PM9 had some problems initially, so after a trip back to Kahr, I ran the break in a second time with the new barrel. I blasted it out with Gun Scrubber every 50 and sprayed lubed it with Rem Lube. Since then I have had no problems.

    When I arrive at the range, I fire 3 magazines of my carry ammo - just as carried. With the mags empty, I move onto the practice rounds.

    YMMV.

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    Mine will feed WWB, Speer Gold Dot and Win Ranger T ammo reliably. It does not like the Federal HST rounds, I think the nose is too flat. My preference is 147gr Speer Gold Dot, because it's on DocGKR's list of acceptably performing handgun ammo.

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    I used WWB for my PM9"s break in without a FTF. Since then I tested Gold Dots and Corbon DPX for carry. Both worked and I have decided to use the Corbon

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    My PM9 eats anything. I just shoot whatever is on hand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    My PM9 eats anything. I just shoot whatever is on hand.
    Same here. So far, I've fed mine:
    Remington Golden Saber
    Federal HST
    Winchester Ranger
    Magtech
    WWB
    Blazer Aluminum
    Blazer Brass
    Remington UMC
    and it's never hiccuped.

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    Mine feeds on everything, including the steel cased Wolf crap

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    Quote Originally Posted by cvhoss View Post
    Same here. So far, I've fed mine:
    Remington Golden Saber
    Federal HST
    Winchester Ranger
    Magtech
    WWB
    Blazer Aluminum
    Blazer Brass
    Remington UMC
    and it's never hiccuped.

    Hoss

    How many rounds of HST have you run through it? I haven't tried any since the early days of owning the PM9 and now I'm wondering if it's worth the hassle and cost of re-testing.

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    2000+ rounds 100% reliable
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    Remington UMC
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    Life has been good to my PM9 eating the following:
    HST 147g
    WWB
    Blazer Brass

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    Ive been using "Independence" brand in mine which is made by CCI. I also have shot a few Speer Gold Dot 124g+P which also worked perfectly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    My PM9 eats anything. I just shoot whatever is on hand.
    Me, too. I've run Blazer aluminum, WWB, Remington UMC, Federal HST and Hydrashock, and Remington Golden Saber through it with no hiccups or coughs. I found 124 grain standard 9mm (i.e., not +P) works best for me in that gun.

    Btw, that gun uses a traditional revolver target type sight picture, not the "tactical" picture that glocks & sigs use. That is, the target appears above the front sight, not under it.
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