PF - 9 question


Steve H
June 9, 2012, 05:48 PM
It's Saturday so I can't call Kel-tec. Does anyone have much experience using +P ammo in the Kel Tec PF 9? The website does not give any indications. I'm thinking about Winchester Ranger 124gr (RA9124TP). Not going to use it as a steady diet for the gun just carry ammo. I have been putting 124 gn. FMJ std pressure through the gun with no problems and I'd like to carry the Ranger stuff, I really like it in my 45's

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June 9, 2012, 05:54 PM
I also had this same question when I owned one and the conversation went something like this:

"Yes our barrels are rated for +p, however, I wouldn't recommend using them for extended periods of time."

Take it for what you will. Personally, I only went through a mag or two just to see if it would feed (it did) and only loaded it up for CCW and just used ball ammo for the range.

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Steve H
June 9, 2012, 06:15 PM
Thanks Kenny,

What you do is exactly what I what I want to do. This gun is NOT an everyday plinker just a easy to carry CCW. I have some 147gr Win Ranger T series that I might try but I want to think that the bbl may be too short for that heavy of a HP.

June 9, 2012, 06:43 PM
No problem Steve.

I don't have any experience with the Ranger Ts but I don't think you'll have an issue. Good luck and be safe.

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June 9, 2012, 06:53 PM
It's perfectly safe to run +P ammo in the Kel-Tec PF-9.

Yes, it'll wear the gun out much faster, but +P ammo wears ANY gun out faster than standard pressure. Of course when you start down that path of logic you eventually get to the point where you're debating whether non-cycling blanks wears the gun out faster than not shooting the darned thing at all. Or maybe that only happens when you're sleep deprived...

Anyway, the point is, the +P rounds won't turn your gun into a grenade, and they'll be unpleasant enough to fire out of such a small and light firearm that I wouldn't tend to worry about firing them too often.

June 9, 2012, 06:57 PM
Mine cycled Speer Gold Dot 124 gr +P better than it ate anything else.

Sadly, it had chronic indigestion, so it is currently collecting dust in a used gun section, at an LGS.

June 9, 2012, 07:00 PM
There is a idea out there. Practice with what your going to carry. And I believe it! And load for it. A PF-9 will take a beating. But a steady diet of bad ass will hurt it.

Been there and done that. :)

June 10, 2012, 02:09 AM
I fired 1 mag of Corbon +P in my PF-9 . Thank you no more Went back to normal 9mm HP no need for +P in that light of pistol.

June 10, 2012, 09:35 AM
I carry Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel in my PF9, 124gr +P. I have shot enough to know it works, the gun isn't designed for a lot of range work, (neither is my wrists with this gun). The Short Barrel ammo seems designed for guns like the PF9.

June 10, 2012, 02:32 PM
Both Speer 124gr +P GD and Federal 124gr +P HST chrono'd 1136fps for 355 ft-lbs. I liked the gun, but it wasn't 100% reliable so I sold it and now carry a LC9.

June 11, 2012, 08:17 AM
As others have mentioned, Yes you can use and fire +P 9mm ammo in the Keltec PF9 but I beleive there is very little point in doing so as there is little to gain. The Keltec PF9 has a 3 inch barrel and +P ammo is usually made for 4 inch barrels or longer from what I was told. Someone please correct me if I am wrong as I am not a amo / ballistics expert, I may play one on TV but am not in real life :D God Bless :)

June 11, 2012, 09:33 AM
You'd still get maybe an extra 100-200 feet per second from the +P round versus a standard pressure round out of the 3" barrel.

Although Speer offers a 9mm round called the 'short barrel gold dot' that's supposed to equal the +P velocity in a standard pressure loading.

June 11, 2012, 08:54 PM
Yeah Kel Tec says +P is alright but isn't recommended as the sole ammunition for the gun.

June 12, 2012, 09:08 AM
Yeah Kel Tec says +P is alright but isn't recommended as the sole ammunition for the gun. yes, they put it in the manual, on page 4.

Said manual is available on the KT website for free download:

Not much of a mystery, really.

June 12, 2012, 10:35 AM
I just use standard pressure Remington 115 JHP's in mine. They're snappy enough guns as it is. If I want more oomph, I just switch to my bulldog .44, CS45 or one of my 10mm's.

June 12, 2012, 03:08 PM
...I just use silvertips in mine, and am much satisfied. However, I would retire it if K-T ever starts making a .45...

June 13, 2012, 02:36 PM
There are many very effective non plus P designs.....Why bother for what little gain you may realize. Having said that plus P's are approved in limited numbers as per the Kel Tec manual.

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