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Old 02-20-2012, 01:35 AM   #11
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sounds to me like an issue with the firing pin and/or a spring and not the ammo.

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Default Same problem

New S&W BG 380, shot 50 rds of PPU with 1 FTF. Shot 6 Speer Gold Dot okay.
Compared 3 casings each. Speer nice deep hit in the primer. PPU all light strikes. Measured all casings down to .0005" in and out of the gun. All important measurements are the same. My conclusion was it is the hardness of the primer enclosure. The hammer swings onto the firing pin but does not have enough travel to apply force indirectly to the primer. The force imparted by the hammer must "throw" the firing pin against the primer with enough force to cause an a good indent.

A heavier firing pin or stronger hammer spring (as pointed out) will fix it. I just bought 500rds of PPU so I guess its now plinking ammo.

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Light indent misfire is the term you are looking for. Hard primers can be the cause, but a gun that will not fire EVERY commercially loaded round is defective (IMHO). If you have problems with the PPU, you will have problems with Speer ammo. Their primers are especially hard. Remington has soft primers. Winchester has middle of the road hardness primers.
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Your weapon should fire all rounds, including hard primer military ammo. You have a weak hammer spring. Betcha they'll gladly replace it for ya!
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Way to revive an old thread.

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Still think its junk. That has been the only brand that has done it.

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Still think its junk. That has been the only brand that has done it.
Lol thats funny
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The guys are correct. By all indications it is the gun. The firing pin, weaker spring or tolerance of the firing pin travel is different on it that is my bet. Shoot one or two of your good rounds through it. And then two of the bad ones that will fire. Then compare the depth of the firing pin strike in the primers. If it is that much of an issue you can probably visually tell the difference just by looking. The bad rounds should have a shallower strike caused by the primers being a little or a lot harder, or one of the above issues. The good rounds should have a deeper strike on the primer. A gunsmith can fix this for you very easily. I do not know what kind of customer service the company itself has. But if they in the USA or have a service center I would contact them regarding the problem first. Only some ideas and things to diagnose the problem as the others have hit it dead on also.

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Still think its junk. That has been the only brand that has done it.
Most guns will favor one brand or loading more than the others, doesnt mean its junk. Your uneducated oppinion on the other hand.... ive never had any issue with prvi, best ive ever used, far better than Remington.
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Most guns will favor one brand or loading more than the others, doesnt mean its junk. Your uneducated oppinion on the other hand.... ive never had any issue with prvi, best ive ever used, far better than Remington.
No I do not have a degree in "ammology" but I do know this I have now shot about 400-500 rounds threw this pistol of varous brands and the only one I have had issues with was the PPU. Friends have also had problems with other calibers of PPU. Do a search and you will find many others with similar issues. I am not trying to hurt anyones feelings and I appericate the folks who have tried to help in this post. I do agree that many guns function better with certain brand ammos. If it works for you then great. I prefer to buy American made stuff when I can anyway.
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