PPK/S jam with Speer Gold dot
Bought a new S&W PPK/s last month with CTC grips. I really like it. But, I had a problem at the range today. using Speer Gold Dot, The second round jammed. (Failed to load) When I inspected the round, one of the copper wedge shaped jacket segments was crimped slightly. I fired the rest of the mag allright and then another without problems. I have fired about 150 rounds since I bought the gun with no problems, but most have been ball range ammo. It likes the ball. I have only fired two mags of HP prior to today. I clean the gun and lube it after every use.
I mention the crimped jacket because I had a similar problem with my Ruger LCP just before firing the Walthe. Both are .380, I used Speer in both. In the LCP the second round jammed and when I inspected the round, one of the wedge shaped jacket segments had actually bent back enough to feel how it was lifted.
I haven't had any problems with either gun until this incident. Both guns are cleaned and lubed after every use and I'm not a limp wrist shooter.
Any one had a similar problem or have any sugestions? I'm loading with ball for carry at present because I can't get Cor Bon or Hornady or Federal in .380 around here right now. In fact I got the next to the last box of ball in the area.
4/2/10 After thinking about it, I now believe the tearing of the jacket on the hollow point occured when the round failed to load and the slide jammed the point against the top of the breech. I remember the jam, it happened the same way in both guns. The slide stuck half close and I could see the round tilted upwards and jammed against the top. But I've shot a lot of ammo over the years and never saw a jacket segment bent out and lifted off the sub layer. That didn't happen in the Walther, it just crimped the jacket slightly. Maybe gun, Maybe ammo, who knows. I'll just have to try some more brands when I can get it.
What do you think of FMJ .380 Vietvet
I've kind of come to the conclusion that with a load like a .380, penetration will be the problem, if you have one, not expansion. So maybe FMJ is the way to go anyway. I can get it and it feeds everytime. Any thoughts.
Small Navy site between the mountain and Echo Company.It was good to have you guys out there.
I got mine because everything else hurts
I know that sounds facetious, but it's true. I just like the feel of the PPK/S. All metal and solid. And the recoil is managable for old hands with tendon problems. I bought a Taurus 709 slim first, but I couldn't control the darn thing and it hurt. Traded it on the PPK/S with Crimson Trace grips. I can put five where ever I want them to go day or night. I like the LCP also. Even as light as it is the recoil is still managable and with the CT laser guard, very accurate out to 20 feet. Don't expect to be using it beyond that anyway. So--I guess what I really like is the .380. I couldn't handle the 9mm, .40 or .45 anymore, especially at the range firing 50 or 100, but I can fire the PPK/s and LCP all day. (if I could afford to do so.) And I suspect that five on target rapid fire will do the job. Trouble is, mine is an uninformed opinion, so I continue to gather all the info on .380 performance I can.Thanks for your input