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Old March 2nd, 2009, 02:48 PM   #1
 
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SR9 jams

I bought a new SR9 over the weekend, an OD green model. I took it out today and had a pretty lousy time at the range with it. It stovepiped like crazy.
Now, I carefully followed the directions in the box to disassemble and assemble it. I took it apart to clean and lube it before shooting.
I had PMC Bronze FMJ ammo, which I've used in other guns with great success. For the first 25 rounds this thing was a single shot. It would either stovepipe, or just not eject the round at all. I had to rake the slide everytime. It started to get where a few shells would eject normally, but not very often. I quit after one box.
The shop I bought it from wants to see it. I'll take it to them after work tomorrow.
Any thoughts about the problem?



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Old March 2nd, 2009, 03:03 PM   #2
 
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I started shooting my SR9 2 weeks ago. The first 3-4 mags stovepiped about every 3-4 rounds. Somewhere around 100 rounds things began operating much better.

I took it out again last weekend. Fired about 150 rounds, had 4 stove pipes. So things seem to be getting better. (That thing sure eats ammo fast!)

In my totally unexperienced eyes, it looks like the extractor spring is just very stiff or the fit in the slide is too tight. It won't let loose of the spent shells. When I first cleaned it, I couldn't get it to move with my fingers. After cleaning this weekend, I could just begin to move it.

My suggestion, just keep shooting it. I've heard it takes about 500 rounds to break it in.
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I've sorta been thinking about buying an SR 9. I don't need this kind of problem with a new gun. I don't want to go through ten boxes of ammo to make the thing shoot right. I've not read of this problem before.

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You need to try another brand of ammunition to determine that your PMC isn't the problem.
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I agree another brand of ammo. I have an SR9 which I have put about 100 rnds. Of Winchester FMJ with no problems.
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never had any problems with mine, maybe you just got one that slipped through QC. I agree, I wouldn't put up with a pistol that needed a case of ammo just to break it in.

There was another poster on here the other day who had a new SR9, and his chamber wasn't cut deep enough to chamber a round. THAT"S pretty sloppy QC, if you ask me.
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I have over 2000 rounds thru my sr9, I did have a few stovepipe jams the first couple hundred rounds, but not anymore, I was used to shooting my glock before and the sr9 handles a little differant.
As far as ammo goes, I use winchester bulk from wally world, rem. UNC, magtech, federal. I read somewere that PMC ammo does not work well in the sr9, lots of james.
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Well, Pakettle was right about the PMC. I went around after work and tried to find some other range ammo. It seems here people either have Wolf, or the expensive 20rd boxes of personal defense hollow points. I finally found a pawn shop that had some Win. White Box.
I was able to get to the range before the sun went down, shot about 75 rounds and, other then one or two stovepipes, it did great. It was getting dark, and I wanted to save some ammo for later, so i didn't shoot up the whole box.
The PMC must be loaded at a lower pressure. I've used it in older, well broke-in guns without problems, which is why I assumed there was a problem with the gun, not the ammo. It was at alot of shops around here, priced like Wolf, but brass cased. I won't be buying anymore.
I was breathing a deep sigh of relief driving home from the range. I gave the gun a good cleaning afterward.
Now, I just need to find more WWB.
Thanks for your help guys.
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Stovepipe

Im new to shooting. What exactly is a stovepipe jam? Im here in California waiting my lame ten days to get my new SR9. I am wondering so I will know what it is if it were to happen to me.
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A stovepipe jam is when the shell gets stuck half way in the slide, the empty end sticking out, looking like a stovepipe sticking out of your roof.
If you stick to good ammo, like the Winchester white box ammo, or Remington/UMC ammo, and keep a firm grip, it may not happen at all.
I hope you enjoy your new Ruger!
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Thanks! Im excited to get it whenever that may happen! Damn California and there 10 day waiting period. haha. Thanks for the response about the stovepipe jams. It makes sense now.
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jamming

I bought a sr9 2/15/09 shot americaneagle,speer lawman and remington umc ammo and they shot the same jam after jam.So after about 200 shots i took it back the gun shop and sent it back to Ruger. Gun shop said it was probably the extractor and that they have not heard of any problems with them.Said it wolud be about two week turn around time but as of 3/06/09 nothing yet but wating.This was my first Ruger pistol and might be my last. I feel your pain and good luck.
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I fixed my problem by switching to Win, White Box ammo. It ran fine with that ammo.
While I was figuring this out, I contacted Ruger by e-mail. They were quick to respond, and ready to have me send the gun back for service. I didn't feel it necessary after the good results with new ammo. I did let them know about my results with the PMc and got a "thank you" in responce.
I think Ruger will take care of you. Let us know.
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Hmm. I've got about 1k rounds thru mine with no issues. It's a really nice weapon in my book.
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yeah hopefully it was just a fluke.
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