08-14-2019, 11:38 AM
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: Kansas City
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.
For what it's worth....
Pro Carry II .45 ACP
EVO TLE 9mm...and a bunch of other stuff.
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