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Old 11-04-2010, 03:27   #1
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PMC starfire

so I bought a Kel-Tec P11 last weekend and noticed immediately it did not like my Speer Gold Dot 115gr hollow points. They are a long round and the P11 has a fully supported barrel with a short, steep feed ramp. It would often lock up when manually loading and had a FTFeed in the 15 spare rounds I tested.

Note, I'm cheap and only had 40 rounds (two boxes) to test and since I wanted to have enough for 12+1 with a spare magazine, I only shot my surplus ammo. It's not much but it's better than nothing if you ask me.

I had also brought along 15 spare rounds of PMC Starfire 124gr hollow points though unsure how they would really perform out of a 3" barrel. the Starfires fed flawlessly despite my tired, hung over and malnourished (not to mention broken finger) shooting hand. They have a shorter OAL than the Gold Dots and a more rounded front. I do not have a chronograph nor was I at a range to test the favored 'milk jug test' but the fact that they actually cycled thru the gun was a major improvement to me

has anyone else tried, tested or seen these rounds? They were cheap in comparison which was also a plus (and might allow for more testing) but besides that I don't know if they will actually perform as expected or just become the worlds most expensive FMJ defense round.
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Old 11-04-2010, 04:25   #2
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Tom Burczynski is the guy who designed the PMC Starfire HP round. He is the same guy who designed the Federal HST round, after he left PMC. Pictures of the Starfire when fully expanded look very similar to the HST round.

I believe the Starfire rounds are now made in Korea.
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Old 11-04-2010, 12:49   #3
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I have never owned or shot the 9mm, but I shoot and carry (sometimes)

this in 45acp. I like them. No tests, just carry/shot.

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Old 11-04-2010, 14:21   #4
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Somewhat of a "test". Take results with a grain of salt because water is obviously different than tissue.
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Old 11-04-2010, 14:32   #5
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I had some in 9mm about 10 years ago for carry. It was 124 gr and was probably not the modern version that is out now. However, it was very accurate and fed well but was really dirty and made quite a large cloud of smoke when you fired it.
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