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Here's one for the ammo techs - I bought a box of DRT (Dynamic Research Technologies) 9mm 85gr HP. Naturally, I did the "after-the-fact" research. It is an interesting concept. Lead Free - penetrating, frangible round. I haven't fired any yet. Does a hell of a job on jell, I've see on Youtube.

On the Smith & Wesson forum, a few tried them and reported jamming after the first 4 rounds or so but otherwise had no complaints. Something about a non-rounded head jamming the recycle?
The lowest grain I've fired is Federal 95gr FMJ with no issues. So, jamming the recycle with an 85 gr., may be a low power issue? Or is it the non-rounded head?

I am a fan of Fiocchi ammo. Love it and have never had an issue. However, it is 115gr FMJ, so the head is rounded. Haven't found Fiocchi HP yet.

And....just an FYI at the range I use..Fiocchi 115gr FMJ 50 box...$20!...Got a box and the guy asked me if I wanted more! Try that at Academy or Walmart!....;)
 

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I have tried almost all of 'em in assorted calibers. The wife has DRT in her 9. She has experienced no problems in the couple of mags she has popped at the range. In my PT145 I have Magtech Guardian Gold (230gr JHP), with no problems at all in 40 rds. Mind you, I have no idea what it "would do", because the range isn't real-world, but I do know that it cycles just fine.

Yes, I DO believe that you should use at least some of your carry ammo in your carry gun at the range, even if it's not ALL you use at the range.
 

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Don't worry about what hasn't happened, shoot them.
 

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Next time at the range I'll pop off a few and see what happens. I'm still thinking that 85gr will be the issue.
 

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Unreliable ammo on the range isn't all bad, as it gives one the opportunity to practice "immediate action" clearance drills.

However, what you carry on the street better be 100% reliable.

:r_c:If not, switch to a revolver where one doesn't have to worry about a power threshold being met for reliable operation of the gun.
 

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Is it a good self defense ammo for CCW?
 
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