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P3AT ammo issue.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by khegglie, Feb 25, 2013.

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  1. khegglie

    khegglie Member

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    Would like some considered opinions guys.
    My 2 P3ATs choked on 90 grain Independence FMJ round nosed ammo with Failures to extract. I had no other FTE with this ammo in a NAA 380.
    I switched to 95grain FMJ Magtech and had 0 problems with extraction.
    The P3ATs are first gen with the non "Frankenstein" extractors. The Independence ammo did not feel under powered.
    Any opinions on the FTE cause ???
     
  2. Dan-O

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    Don't shoot Independence ammo in your gun if it doesn't like it.
     
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  3. khegglie

    khegglie Member

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    I get that Dano; I'm trying to get some thought on the mechanics of the fail.
     
  4. rooster59

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    Make sure you have a good grip and a "solid" hand when you shoot a mouse auto.
     
  5. slamfirev10

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    when was the last time you cleaned the barrel?

    when my p3at was new, it had to be clean and have a little "sheen" in the chamber with some loads, took about 200 to make it run "dry"

    magtech brass is very shiny (slick) so may be why it cycles
     
  6. khegglie

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    Thanks guys; is Magtec hotter than Independence?
     
  7. jrdolall

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    I am pretty sure I have used Independence at some point but it may have been 9mm rather than .380. My P3at has eaten everything I have ever fed it which is basically what I have found on sale at WM or Academy or my local LGS. I found 3 boxes of Tula 95FMJ at Wally World last week and ran a box through the gun this weekend with no issues at all.

    I kind of doubt that you limp wristed with one ammo and not the other. I guess anything can happen.
     
  8. CMC

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    I had a Kel-tec .380 Gen II , If I recall correctly.
    I called Kel-tec they asked me the seriall number and they send me the Next generation extractor ( free) and my extraction problems got fixed.
     
  9. GCBurner

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    My P3AT shoots most reliably with CCI Blazer 95gr. in the non-reloadable aluminum cases. After several hundred rounds, it seems to be reliable with most everything, including lead bullet handloads, but for actual carry for defensive use, I keep it stoked with the CCI stuff it likes best.
     
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