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Old 08-14-2019, 11:38 AM   #1
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Evo Ammo observation

Carry ammo is so expensive these days I thought I'd share an observation with other Evo owners, if only to save a buck.

I have been fiddling around with trying to decide what to carry in my new Evo. I am currently carrying 147 grain HSTs that I already had on hand, and they shoot great, but I am not a fan of 147s in short barreled 9mms. I sorta settled on trying Hornady's Critical Defense, it always shoots really well for me, so I bought a box.

I always try hand cycling first, and sure enough when I try to sling shot load the Critical Defense from a full mag, every third mag or so the rubber tip on the Critical Defense would manage to snag on the bottom of the feed ramp and create a pretty good and annoying jam. I have heard of this happening in other weapons from other shooters, but this is the first time I have actually experienced it. Why Hornady doesn't make the rubber tip about 2mm shorter so it doesn't stick out I will never know, but they don't.

I would bet money if one loaded properly you could run through the whole mag shooting the gun without any issue. But, I am not going to carry a round that if I am in the (highly unlikely) situation of needing to reload just to have it hang up at the most inopportune time.

No dogging the ammo, it's really good stuff I use it in other guns I will save this box for something else. I just want to give other Evo owners a heads up this may not be the best carry ammo choice for the Evo.

Ordered some Fiocchi Extrema 115 XTP's to try next. XTPs have always fed like a dream in anything I've tried them in, they consistently perform very well in testing, and the Fiocchis are considerably less than the Critical Defense anyway.

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Old 08-14-2019, 04:20 PM   #2
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My Micro 9 doesn't like them. The same thing happens.
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Old 08-16-2019, 11:12 AM   #3
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Got the Fiocchi XTPs in. I learned that Academy really will ship you 2 little boxes of ammo for free in 3 days. Nice.

And as expected the XTPs hand function/test flawlessly. After I burn a few up will be my carry ammo.
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Got the Fiocchi XTPs in. I learned that Academy really will ship you 2 little boxes of ammo for free in 3 days. Nice.

And as expected the XTPs hand function/test flawlessly. After I burn a few up will be my carry ammo.
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Old 08-16-2019, 10:25 PM   #5
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Evo Ammo observation

Check out Target Sports for the 124 grain HSTís. I watch their sales and usually find them for $29 something for a box of 50. Pretty reasonable for high quality defense ammo thatís proven.


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Old 09-08-2019, 06:05 PM   #6
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I’m literally carrying my EVO CS with the Critical Defense Ammo in it. This is good to know. Will probably swap out the ammo for something more reliable.
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Old 09-08-2019, 08:31 PM   #7
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Yeah I always hand function test and also shoot ammo before I carry it. This is why. I have never had an issue with Critical Defense in anything else, but not a good choice for the Evo or Micro 9 apparently.
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