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Preferred Ammo for your Caniks

Post by Janik » Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:19 am

The topic of "favorite" ammo comes up quite a bit from Canik owners. Some people experience FTE's and failure to lock the slide back when breaking in their Canik. I had this issue a couple times with new Caniks and attribute it to the stiff RSA. So I generally run a couple boxes of 124gr NATO through any new Canik first to loosen things up. After this, I have no trouble running any ammo I have on hand. And that includes weaker ammo like Remington UMC, PMC Bronze, WWB, etc. I do tend to stick to only a couple brands however.

Since my carry ammo is either Federal HST 124gr, or Speer Gold Dot 124gr, I tend to buy 124gr ammo most of the time for practice. I like the Speer Lawman quite a bit and buy it by the case when possible. I also buy the Winchester Nato 124gr by the case when possible as well. Both have been very accurate through all my Caniks. But I will buy other brands of ammo when on sale, steel case and brass. But really, after a couple boxes of NATO or Speer Lawman in a new Canik, I can feed it almost anything without issue. I say "almost" because there may be a brand out there I haven't shot yet that could potentially cause a problem.

What's your "go to" ammo? Or do you really even care, as long as it goes bang?
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Post by 3375 Mr Unice » Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:24 am

My preference comes down to price. I have a local reloader https://www.rapidammo.com/
My SFX and DA eat this all day long. I do not have to pay for shipping. It comes out better than anything from Wally World.
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Re: Preferred Ammo for your Caniks

Post by reloader762 » Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:01 am

I ran a couple boxes of the German MEN 124 gr. NATO ammo through my TP9SA when I first got it as well as some 124 gr. FMJ's I had reloaded with no issues. These days all it gets is a steady diet of my NOE 124 gr. TC cast lead bullets, powder coated and sized to .357" behind 5.0 grs. of Power Pistol. For carry ammo I like the Federal 124 gr. +P HST https://www.sgammo.com/product/federal/ ... mmo-p9hst3

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Post by TL1000RSquid » Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:00 pm

Price usually determines what I buy generally stick with the following brands, Magtech, PPU, S&B, Blazer, Winchester, Federal, MEN, Lawman, IMI, Fiochi. I mostly buy brass cause my indoor range requires it. My ammo runs the full range of 115-147, dont run 147 much in caniks since none are a suppressor host yet.

Dont carry any of the tp9's so mostly FMJ I run through them.
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Post by NWcityguy2 » Sun Jun 10, 2018 2:06 pm

When my TP9SFL was brand new with the stock spring, I ran some factory Gold Dots 124 +P through it with strong ejection. I also ran some full power reloads with a slower powder through them, no problem. No problems with slide lock back either.

But, since I don't shoot max power 9mm ammo out of it regularly, I did end up switching out the factory spring with a Glock Gen 3 setup. I use a 13 lbs spring to shoot 147 grain ammo at about 875 fps or 125 grain ammo at 1100 fps.
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Re: Preferred Ammo for your Caniks

Post by Imaginos » Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:49 am

For general plinking and targets I use the inexpensive Federal Aluminum 115 grain. Never had any issue in any of my Caniks (SFX, SA mod 2, or Elite-S).

Pending approval/arrival of my carry permit, but definitely interested in what people prefer to use for personal defense ammunition.

Skimming the forum, but not seeing this yet x are Canik’s rated for +P or +P+ ammunition?
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Post by DWARREN123 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:46 am

Mostly my reloads.
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Post by outposter5150 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:15 pm

I have found that 124 grn bullets work the best in my SF and SFX (as well as a Glock 19 and 43). My carry ammo is 124 HST so a reload was developed that pretty much matches the HST for practice using a 124 HP and 4.4 grains of Bullseye. This enables both of the Caniks to put a full mag (20 and 18) into a 1.2 inch hole at 15 meters using a rest. This round is also used to hit a steel plate, 8 in X14 in, 50 % of the time at 100 yds with the SFX w/ a Vortex Venom red dot sight. I plan on checking velocities of the HST and reloads on both the SF and SFX in the near future for comparison and possible tweaking of the reloads.
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Post by Lgaam » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:31 pm

In the ammo boxes right now, I've got 115gr S&B, Tula, FM (new and reman, FMJ and XTP), and Wolf. In 124gr, I've got S&B, Aguilla, FM reman, and HST. There's even 7 rounds of Civil Defense in my discards jar, waiting for the next range trip.
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Post by Tejas Products » Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:30 pm

Aquila, CCI, reloads, pretty much whatever I can find the cheapest. My SF eats it all. For my carry gun it’s Hornady Critical Defense
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Post by Janik » Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:43 pm

Just got another thousand rounds of Winchester Nato 124gr. Now to put some rounds down range.
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Post by friggenfragger » Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:26 pm

Pretty much anything brass cased that's inexpensive. I was using Winchester USA forged steel cased, but after about a thousand rounds of that I started having issues running it reliably during competition. It was binding in my magazines causing ftf issues. I haven't had any problems out of brass ammo as of yet in my SF.
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Re: Preferred Ammo for your Caniks

Post by Sorge » Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:08 pm

Reloads
124 gr. Montana Gold bullets
3.6 or 3.8 or 4.1 grains of University Clays
Federal primers
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Re: Preferred Ammo for your Caniks

Post by Imaginos » Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:42 pm

I ended up picking up some Sig 115 gr hollow points for defense rounds. Any thoughts on those?
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Post by TL1000RSquid » Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:54 am

Imaginos wrote:
Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:42 pm
I ended up picking up some Sig 115 gr hollow points for defense rounds. Any thoughts on those?
Academy had them on sale for like $7 or $8 a box around last summer I snagged a few box's, saw some youtube ballistics testing after I bought them and they didnt seem to very consistent with expansion, they did shoot well and were pretty consistent accuracy wise I think I shot them all up testing hp loading reliability in some new guns rather then shooting up a bunch of my more expensive carry ammo.
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Post by Jerryjj » Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:35 pm

So far I have about 400 rnds of assorted 124g and 115g Remington UMC, federal, Armscor and Winchester and the Elite has fed it all without any malfunctions but I have the updated RSA. I usually try several brands and weights to determine best accuracy/impact and reliability but this pistol at 15 yards can put them in nearly the same hole repeatedly with everything I’ve tried so far.
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Re: Preferred Ammo for your Caniks

Post by JohnWHII » Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:48 am

Imaginos wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:49 am
For general plinking and targets I use the inexpensive Federal Aluminum 115 grain. Never had any issue in any of my Caniks (SFX, SA mod 2, or Elite-S).

Pending approval/arrival of my carry permit, but definitely interested in what people prefer to use for personal defense ammunition.

Skimming the forum, but not seeing this yet x are Canik’s rated for +P or +P+ ammunition?
I contacted Century Arms with the exact same question. Caniks are rated for up NATO and +P rounds. They told me NOT to run +P+ rounds through it.
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Post by TL1000RSquid » Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:26 am

JohnWHII wrote:
Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:48 am


I contacted Century Arms with the exact same question. Caniks are rated for up NATO and +P rounds. They told me NOT to run +P+ rounds through it.
oops well my SA didnt blow up.
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Post by JohnWHII » Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:27 pm

TL1000RSquid wrote:
Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:26 am
JohnWHII wrote:
Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:48 am


I contacted Century Arms with the exact same question. Caniks are rated for up NATO and +P rounds. They told me NOT to run +P+ rounds through it.
oops well my SA didnt blow up.
The only reason I could see as to why they say not to run +P+ through it, would be possible extra damage and wear on the metal rails in the frame due to harder recoil. That's just what I was told. I actually took a screenshot of the email and posted it on the Canik Fantik Facebook page some time back.
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Re: Preferred Ammo for your Caniks

Post by TL1000RSquid » Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:55 pm

JohnWHII wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:27 pm
TL1000RSquid wrote:
Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:26 am
JohnWHII wrote:
Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:48 am


I contacted Century Arms with the exact same question. Caniks are rated for up NATO and +P rounds. They told me NOT to run +P+ rounds through it.
oops well my SA didnt blow up.
The only reason I could see as to why they say not to run +P+ through it, would be possible extra damage and wear on the metal rails in the frame due to harder recoil. That's just what I was told. I actually took a screenshot of the email and posted it on the Canik Fantik Facebook page some time back.
Probably right, most current production modern designed pistols should be able to handle it, not that I'd ever run alot through one, just happened to have leftover IMI +p+ that was 'smg use only' labeled and at the time was in between owning any 9mm carbines.
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