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Thread: Carry ammo shooting high, any recommendations?

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    Default Carry ammo shooting high, any recommendations?

    Hello All,
    I've been using Federal HST 124g as my self defense ammo in my Kahr S9 but it shoots high. Whereas all of the practice ammo that I've shot it typically spot on, no matter the brand or grain. It's just the 124g HST that I find difficult to be highly precise with.

    Has anyone else had similar issues and what did you do to correct this? I'm considering switching to a different self defense ammo otherwise trying a different grain of HST. Should I go heavier or lighter? I already shoot 6 o'clock for precision shooting, so there is no adjusting to be made with aiming. Your input is appreciated.

    God Bless
    Ralph

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    Itís been a while since I have done any Kahr testing but I settled on Hornady critical defense 115 gr. for my 9mm Kahrs and donít recall any problems.

    I do use HST 124 gr. in my glocks and Sigs and it seems to hit spot on in those. Just havenít done any Kahr testing lately.
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    I use their ammo almost exclusively. Never had an issue with it. Out of my former Kahr MK9, it always shot low.

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    Are the HST's, +P? OR Just hotter loads.
    In my opinion, some shooters don't handle the hotter recoil as well as they do the target ammo. So...the tip of the barrel moves more, just after the trigger is pulled, causing the ammo to shoot a little high.
    On another note, high school physics, shows that a faster bullet fired from a stationary pistol. Will get to the target faster, and not drop as much due to gravity. Most people do not fire pistols at great enough range for this to make a difference.

    Final question, does it shoot high when someone else uses the pistol, to see if it's ammo or user.
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    If you insist on the same brand of ammunition, I'd guess your best bet would be to try a lighter bullet first- NORMALLY the heavier bullet will be in the barrel a bit longer (dwell time) and be riding the bore a tiny bit longer during initial recoil.

    I'm just a lifetime rookie so don't take my word for it. I may have overheard this idea at the barbershop .... naah, I haven't been in a barbershop in 25 years



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    Hello and thanks for the input.

    No, no. These are standard loads and it's not user error. I'm a very accurate shooter and manage 8in or better groupings from 90ft with my Kahr S9 with my best grouping at that distance being 5 3/4 in (7 rds). Paul Harrell actually did a video on this specific issue. So I'll try 115g in HST and a few other brands to see which offers the best POI. I'll let you know how it goes in a few weeks.

    Thanks,
    Ralph

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