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Trouble feeding self-defence ammo

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Rik, May 2, 2011.

  1. Rik

    Rik Beaverton Member

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    I have a KelTec PF9 that hates hollow point self defence ammo. It just won't feed more than 2 before jamming. It feeds ball ammo fine. The s.d ammo I am using is the Winchester LE 147 grain 9mm.
    It seems the hollow points just don't slide up the feed ramp fast enough. Is there a 'filled' hollow point sd ammo readily available? Any other suggestions? (besides replacing the KelTec :laugh:, my main carry is an XD)
     
  2. hatchetjack

    hatchetjack Western WA Active Member

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    Have you tried anything other than the Winchester LE? You can also try polishing the ramp.
     
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  3. MA Duce

    MA Duce Central Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Without actually inspecting the weapon it is impossible to offer intelligent feedback, ( and some would say not even then), but this is a problem that occurs with some HP ammo. If you are not savvy to tweaking pistols take it to a gunsmith you trust and have him look it over. Maybe a little ramp tweaking could help.
     
  4. Rik

    Rik Beaverton Member

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    The LE is all the hollow point I have put through it. I have run several boxes of Bi-Mart green/white box special through it without a hitch. I also used crocus-cloth to polish the feed ramp 2 cleanings ago. I just found a out-of-home gunsmith is just down the road. Anyone have good/bad to say about: Revelation Arms in Aloha, Gunsmith Roger Loock ??
    And any 'filled-tip' sd ammo?
    Edit: I found the NWFA poll & comments on Revelation Arms. :banghead: (look first, then ask)
     
  5. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    +1 had that problem with a S&W once, polished the ramp and no more problems. Try the Hornady Critical Defense ammo.
     
  6. rob240p

    rob240p Vancouver Member

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    I use the hornadys in my pf9, never had an issue!
     
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  7. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    The older KT's used to have problems like this, usually polishing the feed ramp did the trick, or changing ammo. I use the Hornady Critical Defense in everything but my Taurus Judge (and there are no "feeding" problems in it with the PDX1's in it)!
     
  8. billdeserthills

    billdeserthills Cave Creek, Arizony Well-Known Member

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    I use Cor-Bon Powerball ammo when feeding problems come up like yours.
     
  9. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Kel Tec doesn't polish anything other than just a tumble to take off the burrs. That extra hand finish just costs more. All the Kel-Tec's I have dealt with respond very well to some "Fluff-n-Buff" with 2,000 grit wet/dry sandpaper and metal polish.

    The Barrel is the big offender with the feeding problems. The feed ramp needs to be polished. Mine are shiny enough to see a reflection. Also, take some 2,000 grit sandpaper, wrapped around a pencil or dowel, and smooth out the chamber of the barrel. If you take a look at the top of the chamber you will probably notice that the top has some marks that show where the edge of the HP ammo has "stuck". Make it smooth and it will just slide into the chamber with ease. No need, or is it desirable, to polish the chamber, just make it smooth enough for the ammo to slide without sticking.

    The factories use FMJ for the most part to test. The long round nose will chamber far easier than HP's that have an "edge" that tends to catch any imperfection.

    In many cases the only difference between High End guns and Lower Cost ones like Kel-Tec is the amount of hand finish that goes into them. Some patience, sandpaper, and a dremel tool with metal polish, and one can make the Kel-Tec work flawlessly. Or you can just shoot the heck out of it, hoping that it will eventually break itself in.
     
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  10. Rik

    Rik Beaverton Member

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    I will do all of that and see where I'm at. I would sell it and only carry my XD but T-shirt weather is coming....
     
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    mjz52 Tri-Cities Member

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    I bought a Dremmel tool just for my PF-9. Polish the feed ramp and if that doesn't take care of it try switching ammo. Hornaday CD functions flawlessly in mine.
     
  12. boxer13

    boxer13 PNW Active Member

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    I too use Hornady CD for my Kel-tec, granted its the p-11 but I've had zero problems with w/o a polished feed ramp.