Security 9 and hollow points

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Fredo

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I'm having a problem with Hollow Points in my security 9.
When I load it with a magazine's with hollow point rounds the gun jams when I rack the slide. I'm a little nervous about relying on it for protection
 

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Not an uncommon problem with some semi autos.
Is it really vitally important to carry hollow points or just personal preference?
 

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If it's an arm you might use for 'serious business' H.P's usually keeps the bullets where you want it, inside your designated target(enemy) instead of carrying on through with a lot more energy and possibly hitting a friendly behind.
They also transfer more energy into that target usually stopping them from killing your family or you due to a pass though which often allows them to keep on shooting. Self defense loads work best when the work as designed. Sure you can use FMJ but you put others at risk as well as yourself, when used for S.D. Plinking in the woods or range are a different matter, shoot away!
you could probably get it to feed S.D. by polishing the ramp or swapping different springs.
 
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Try different brands and types of hollow points. Some feed much better than others. Sometimes a heavier bullet weight will feed better.

I've found that the Remington HTP 115gr JHP 9mm +P feeds well in a couple of finicky 9mm pistols I have.

Here's a link to an interesting website comparing various 9mm defensive loads in ballistic gel. You can see how much difference there can be in the performance of ammo of similar design.

 
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Have you actually shot it with those rounds or have you just racked the slide? If you haven't shot those rounds yet do it first before you do anything else. Racking the slide is a lot different than actually shooting your S9. How many rounds have you fired in your S9 so far? If it's only a few your S9 just may need a little more breaking in.
 

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I don't have a Security 9, but my son does. He had good success with Remington 124 grain Golden Sabers. As I recall, we also tried a few Federal 124 grain HST's, and they fed fine, though at most it was a couple of mags worth. If your gun just doesn't do well with hollow points you might take a look at Hornady Critical Defense. It's an expanding round that is shaped like typical ball ammo.
 
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Try locking the slide back, inserting a loaded magazine and releasing the slide by 'slingshotting'. I'd bet the pistol loads properly and will cycle fine while actually shooting.
HP comes in many shapes and various nose profiles. IIRC, the Remington HP nose is somewhat rounded vs a square profile HP on others. I'm currently carrying Norma MRP(?) 108 grain which has a bit of rounded profile nose similar to the Remington. The Norma works in every handgun we tried(Taurus, Glock, Springfield, Ruger, S&W)
 

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"Jam" means different things to different people. Could you post a close up pic of a "jam" for us? It would help in figuring out the issue.
 

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All good advice, and I'll just add that some semi's - 1911's for example - can't be considered broken in till you've put 4 or 5 hundred rounds thru it. Given the price of ammo these days that usually comes as a complete surprise to newbies and they often don't have the $$ to do that right away, or at all. Cost of ownership usually isn't thought about much.

I spend at least $200/month just on practice ammo, and I don't have to pay for range time as most folks do. It does cut into to my bourbon budget tho. ;)
 
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It's only doing this when you rack the slide and load the first round? Have you tried shooting your carry ammo and if so does this happen when you're shooting? If it's only happening when you rack the slide that's no indication of how it will act during live fire. You could be riding the slide forward too and that could be causing the round to catch.
 

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Thanks for taking the time to respond.
I am a new shooter and yes it only happened when I loaded the gun . After I had a couple of jams when racked the slide the gun shot flawlessly.
I'm 72 and I've only been shooting for a few months. I've taken a CCW course and a basic pistol course. I took a membership at the range and I go once a week. Guess I freak out a bit when things go wrong.
People like you on this forum have been great on helping me in my journey
 

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That's definitely a cause for concern, especially when you're relying on your Security 9 for protection. Hollow points can sometimes be pickier about feeding correctly, compared to round-nose bullets. Here are some things you can try to troubleshoot the issue:
Make sure you're using quality, factory-made ammunition. Cheap or poorly made ammo can cause all kinds of feeding issues.
Double-check that your magazines are in good shape and properly maintained. A weak magazine spring or damaged feed lips can cause jams, especially with hollow points.
Check the feed ramp on your Security 9. Make sure it's clean, smooth, and free of burrs or rough spots that could snag the hollow points.
Try different brands and types of hollow points. Sometimes a particular gun just doesn't like a certain shape or weight of bullet, and switching to something else can solve the problem.
If none of these suggestions work, it might be time to consult a gunsmith or contact Ruger's customer service for further assistance.
 
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