.380 jamming

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by poolshark13, May 6, 2008.

  1. poolshark13

    poolshark13 New Member

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    dirty harrys "joke thread" popped up a real question with me. ive got a walther ppk/s that has been jamming on me recently. its seen about 2000 rounds through it. is it normal for .380s to jam frequently with use, or is there another possible cause for the jamming? i clean it every 200 rds, so i dont think it has to do with the gun being dirty. any advice?
     
  2. Kestral

    Kestral New Member

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    Could be the magazine lips are damaged,try with another mag if available.or extractor spring is compressed & not allowing the extractor to move freely.or recoil spring has weakend,slowing down the slide return.
     

  3. poolshark13

    poolshark13 New Member

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    cool. im going to the range tomorrow, so i'll try it with a new mag. thanks for the advice.
     
  4. gorknoids

    gorknoids New Member

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    Take a real hard look at the feed ramp. You didn't really describe the nature of the misfeed, so I'm taking the next most obvious possibility. If there's any doubt about the smoothness, either polish it yourself or have a smitty do it.
     
  5. poolshark13

    poolshark13 New Member

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    the round gets out of the mag, but only about half into the barrel. ill take my camera with me tomorrow, and when it jams ill take a pic and try to post it later. if it is just the mag causing the problem though, ill be lucky it was an easy fix.
     
  6. RL357Mag

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    Are you using the same ammo as you did when it shot reliably? I have a PPK clone which shoots everything except Hornady XTP bullets. The reason seems to be the shape of the bullet. The Hornady XTP is a "truncated cone" design which tends to "hang up" when feeding. Speer Gold Dot hollow points and FMJ's NEVER jam...
     
  7. poolshark13

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    i use remington ammo, and thats all ive ever put through it. ive got pics loaded up on my computer, but cant figure out how to post them on the site. for my age i suck with computer stuff.
     
  8. npbwbass

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    380 diagnostics

    For what its worth I have a friend who had a similar Walther problem. I suggested replacing the recoil spring with a Wolf replacement and that did the trick. His old spring would bind on compression just enough to slow the inertial forward slid movement and it would jam like you are describing.
     
  9. h8dirt

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    I assume you have the S&W version. Mine locked up after 50 rounds and it took me almost a month to get a human being on the phone to begin "customer service". Your basic problem is the same as mine -- you have a POS. DON'T trust it with your life. Buy a real gun -- I did.
     
  10. G21.45

    G21.45 New Member

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    :D Bingo! We have a winner. That's it.

    Wolff Gunsprings
     
  11. npbwbass

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    Cool!

    Way cool! I am glad it helped.
     
  12. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    In auto loading fireams, the magazine is the weak link. It is relatively flimsy and gets a lot of abuse.

    CLEAN YOUR MAGAZINES WHENEVER YOU CLEAN YOUR GUN. Disassemble the mags and clean inside and out. As a general rule of thumb, the spring should have 3 coils of free length with the floorplate removed.

    If you have a fixed floor plate magazine (1911) learn how to disassemble it.