ppk/s and modern ammo

ppk/s and modern ammo

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    ppk/s and modern ammo

    does the ppk/s utilize a locking breech, or is it blowback operated? will it stand up to a steady diet of corbon dpx/corbon powr' ball/corbon jhp?
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    The ppk/s will easily handle a steady diet of anything you want to run through it.

    For reliability use only Walther or oem magazines.
    They are usually a Must Use.

    The ppk/s is SOMETIMES finicky feeding some brands of hollow points unless the feed ramp is highly polished. Some ppk/s pistols will feed anything.
    I got lucky...some buyers have trouble getting some hollow point bullet configurations to feed 100%

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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    The ppk/s will easily handle a steady diet of anything you want to run through it.

    For reliability use only Walther or oem magazines.
    They are usually a Must Use.

    The ppk/s is SOMETIMES finicky feeding some brands of hollow points unless the feed ramp is highly polished. Some ppk/s will feed anything. I got lucky...some buyers have trouble getting some hollow point bullet configurations to feed 100%
    I had one that wouldn't even feed ball ammo
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    does the ppk/s utilize a locking breech, or is it blowback operated?
    Blowback.


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    Hello. In my experiences with the pistol, the all-steel PP-series of Walther pistols are "up" to the steady diet of about any 380 ammo around. As has been mentioned, the guns are straight blowback, relying on the recoil and mainsprings to retard/slow up the slide's rearward motion. The 380 ACP is a relatively low-pressure, low-momentum round and has worked fine with this system for decades.

    I have but two of these pistols now and both are reliable with both ball and every JHP I've fed them...but they are both PP's and made in Europe.

    The PPK's and PPK/S pistols I've owned that were made here worked fine, but observations made on other folks' PPK's/PPK/S pistols were that the American-made-assembled guns were sometimes hit or miss as to whether they'd feed JHP's and in some instances FMJ.

    I have not examined any of the S&W versions of the pistol and cannot honestly comment on them.

    Best.

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    The PPK/S American.
    Mine is an INTERARMS & it is built extremely well.
    No feed or function related problems.

    The feed related problem is naturally a quite easy "fix" since the basic pistol design is proved...and has stood the test of time.

    Since the barrel does not move and is set in the frame the barrel throat & the frame both combine to form the cartridge feed ramp.

    Some brands of hollow points (depending on their OAL & bullet nose configuration) will "wedge" during the feed cycle on some pistols.

    That frame/barrel juncture needs to be blended very smooth & then polished.

    The rearmost 1/3 of the top of the barrel chamber needs to be highly polished with a bit of Jewelers Rouge on a felt bob using a Dremel Moto Tool.

    The hard top edge where the beveled "barrel throat cut" meets the barrel chamber needs to be lightly edge~broken and then polished.

    That should solve any and all feed related problems with hollow points.
    Information according to a very qualified Smith that had previously customized and worked on them.

    NOTE: It is NOT necessary to do any of that unless the pistol displays feed problems.
    If (by chance) it does then that will solve the problem.

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    I have a recent PPK Smith and Wesson, I've got 200+ rounds trough it mostly ball but some HP It has been 100% so far, I know it's not that many rounds yet but so far so good. I carry ball for CCW for best penetration and functioning.

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    I have a .22lr PPKs that was manufactored just prior to WWII. I use only standard velocity .22lr's in it. I have several .380acp guns of which one is a Walther PPKs. I carry only Geco ball ammo (Its the highest velocity I can find) in them as the rate of expansion of HP ammunitions is nil to non existant. And if a round does expand it does not have the velocity to penetrate to the vital organs, especially if the BG is wearing heavy clothing. JM$.02W

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