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Low PF 9mm for us non-reloader competition shooters

Post by LT USN (Ret.) » Sun Mar 10, 2019 3:49 pm

Any recommendations on a low power factor (PF) 124gr or 147gr 9mm commercially made rounds?

I'm not ready to jump into reloading until after I retire at the end of this year. I looked at some subsonic 147gr but the price per round starts getting up there.

Edit: must meet the 125 PF threshold. I want it all....
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Post by NWcityguy2 » Mon Mar 11, 2019 1:06 am

Most domestic 9mm loads will make about 135 PF in the 115 and 124 loadings. 147 loadings tend to be a bit stronger.

You can google "9mm minor" for some examples of ammo specifically meant to make PF and no more. Here is an example. https://atlantaarms.com/products/9mm-14 ... t-fmj.html The price goes up, but common sense says use it just for matches and practice the cheap stuff.
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Re: Low PF 9mm for us non-reloader competition shooters

Post by GlennSFX » Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:02 am

LT USN (Ret.) wrote:
Sun Mar 10, 2019 3:49 pm
Any recommendations on a low power factor (PF) 124gr or 147gr 9mm commercially made rounds?

I'm not ready to jump into reloading until after I retire at the end of this year. I looked at some subsonic 147gr but the price per round starts getting up there.

Edit: must meet the 125 PF threshold. I want it all....
Unfortunately your not going to find for the same $$ as 115g target grade ammo.
My son has been shooting these and has been real happy with them...
https://ncshooters.com/product/1000ct-9 ... er-factor/
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Post by LT USN (Ret.) » Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:39 am

GlennSFX wrote:
Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:02 am
My son has been shooting these and has been real happy with them...
https://ncshooters.com/product/1000ct-9 ... er-factor/
THat's not too bad, thx.
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Post by GlennSFX » Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:18 am

LT USN (Ret.) wrote:
Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:39 am
GlennSFX wrote:
Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:02 am
My son has been shooting these and has been real happy with them...
https://ncshooters.com/product/1000ct-9 ... er-factor/
THat's not too bad, thx.
Not sure what the shipping charges are.
Another option would be targetsportusa.com. They have Federal 150g Syntech for $119.99 for 500 rounds with free shipping.
https://www.targetsportsusa.com/federal ... 83051.aspx
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Post by NWcityguy2 » Mon Mar 11, 2019 11:16 am

I've seen others shooting the Federal and they have been very happy with it.
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Re: Low PF 9mm for us non-reloader competition shooters

Post by Texas1911 » Thu May 02, 2019 11:06 am

I cast my own bullets and reload. My 9mm is running me $5/100.

I've been running a 150 gr bullet with 2.7 gr Ramshot Competition. The brass rolls across the back of my hand. It's VERY soft shooting but runs my SFX with the stock RSA.

Another load I've been using is a 130 gr cast hollow point with 3.2 gr Sport Pistol. This one is a little more powerful but still very soft shooting. Runs with the stock RSA.
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Re: Low PF 9mm for us non-reloader competition shooters

Post by LT USN (Ret.) » Thu May 02, 2019 5:23 pm

oldfrank wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 11:37 am
https://atlantaarms.com/products/9mm-11 ... lenge.html
WOW, just with the numbers provided that come out to a 123.5 PF; can't use that for USPSA.

Like the ad says, "STEEL CHALLENGE" rounds.
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Re: Low PF 9mm for us non-reloader competition shooters

Post by Gemoose23 » Fri May 03, 2019 3:03 pm

The Federal American Eagle 124gr is what is used locally for "calibration". Easily found at walmarts. Right around 127-132 power factor depending on firearm.

Alternatively, if you want to shoot something similar to what you would reload.. Federal Syntech is a competition round with Coated bullets.
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Re: Low PF 9mm for us non-reloader competition shooters

Post by procrawler » Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:22 am

Apologies for my ignorance, but I am curious what purpose low power factor ammo is for
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Post by HeliarcLee » Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:32 am

procrawler wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:22 am
Apologies for my ignorance, but I am curious what purpose low power factor ammo is for
Low recoil, shoots softer allows for faster follow up shots.
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Re: Low PF 9mm for us non-reloader competition shooters

Post by Lthrnck1775 » Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:07 am

I tried Freedom Munitions "HUSH" ammo... Canik SFX hated it, even with lesser recoil spring… plus those guys screwed me on a sale. BUT, it is low power factor.

I use 150gr Syntech.
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Re: Low PF 9mm for us non-reloader competition shooters

Post by Retiredtrooper » Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:17 am

Up until they kinda went balls up, I would have recommended Freedom Munitions 147grFMJ. I have a closet full of their remans. Soft shooting and VERY accurate. Trouble is, their pricing now is more than what you can get factory new ammo for. I've talked with a few shooters who are using the Federal SynTech 150gr, and they swear by it. I'd go with that if you can find it reasonably priced.
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Re: Low PF 9mm for us non-reloader competition shooters

Post by Bfgloki » Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:03 am

Browning’s 147 grain stuff shoots pretty solid and is only like 900 fps if I recall
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Re: Low PF 9mm for us non-reloader competition shooters

Post by LT USN (Ret.) » Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:29 pm

Lthrnck1775 wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:07 am
I use 150gr Syntech.
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Re: Low PF 9mm for us non-reloader competition shooters

Post by RAP » Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:18 pm

Out of curiosity I have shot Federal Syntech 150 & 124 grain. Both were good shooting and made minor PF and I would not hesitate to use either one in a match if I didn't have my own reloads available. I personally prefer the 150 grain. It's very close to my own cast and coated bullets I mainly shoot.
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Re: Low PF 9mm for us non-reloader competition shooters

Post by smokee » Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:31 am

I just ordered a case of Syntech 150gr to try. Always something new to try..... :smile:
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Re: Low PF 9mm for us non-reloader competition shooters

Post by Lthrnck1775 » Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:18 am

smokee wrote:
Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:31 am
I just ordered a case of Syntech 150gr to try. Always something new to try..... :smile:
Brownell's has it on sale every now and then.... with free shipping too!
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Re: Low PF 9mm for us non-reloader competition shooters

Post by Lthrnck1775 » Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:20 am

Retiredtrooper wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:17 am
Up until they kinda went balls up, I would have recommended Freedom Munitions 147grFMJ. I have a closet full of their remans. Soft shooting and VERY accurate. Trouble is, their pricing now is more than what you can get factory new ammo for. I've talked with a few shooters who are using the Federal SynTech 150gr, and they swear by it. I'd go with that if you can find it reasonably priced.
I didn't know Freedom went out of business.... HAHAHA … couldn't happen to a shittier outfit with terrible customer service. Karma's a b*tch. Hope they enjoyed that extra $20 they screwed me over on. LMAOGF
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