Wolf ammo in a Walther PPK


August 16, 2003, 06:29 PM
A friend and I recently shot a couple hundred rounds of wolf .380 ammo out of his Walther PPK (Stainless Interarms). Man did this stuff beat the crap outta his gun. The rails were slightly peened and the internal area which holds the firing pin has two new dents?

Is the too gun soft? Is the ammo too hot? Is it a mix of both. My makarov 9x18 loves wolf ammo. I told him to stop using the wolf. Too bad he has about 500 rounds to trade.:confused:

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August 16, 2003, 06:35 PM
Probably a combination of the Wolf ammo and the fabulous quality of an Alabama-made PPK. :uhoh:

August 16, 2003, 06:38 PM
I don't know. Anyhow, I bought some Wolf ammo when it first became available. Some people don't like it. I use it in my 9mm and never had a problem.

August 16, 2003, 06:43 PM
steel cases beat the crap out of guns. I'm not supprised that your walther got chewed up. I woun't fire it in any of my guns. I'd only fire wolf or any steel cased ammo out of a russian gun (makarov, sks, AK)

August 16, 2003, 06:53 PM
I don't think it was just the steel cases; if I was making a guess, I'd wager that Wolf .380 was loaded on the warm side of SAAMI spec. Same thing may have happened (though not as rapidly) with, say, Fiocchi.

The Alabama-made PPK's have, errr.... let's call it "less than stellar reputations for durability."

August 16, 2003, 07:00 PM
The PPK is his main off duty carry. I've tried to talk him into something stronger. A Makarov, G26, or a Kahr PMK in 9x19. It must be the "Bond" thing? When I looked inside the Walther I see alot of unnessary stuff waiting to fail. Finding a German Walther isn't an inexpensive proposition.:barf:

August 16, 2003, 07:04 PM
Supposedly the new S&W-made ones are a lot better. At least, I haven't see one broken yet, and they seem to have fixed the slide-bite issue.

OTOH, it doesn't make a heck of a lot of sense anymore, in a world inhabited by Kahrs and micro-Glocks. If he's totally hung on the PPK shape, SIG P-232's are a lot more reliable. Heck, I'd rather tote a Bersa than an Alabama PPK... :uhoh:

August 16, 2003, 07:14 PM
Bersa's are the 2nd or 3rd best handgun deal around. Bersa's deserve a lot more respect.

#1 Makarov

#2 CZ 9mm

#3 Bersa .380's

August 16, 2003, 07:16 PM

"It's like a PPK, only it works." ;)

August 16, 2003, 09:53 PM
Now if only they made one in .32ACP. And all steel. And blue. :)

Ol' Badger
August 18, 2003, 01:52 PM
Bersa's are great. I got mine for $ 165.00 and I shoot the poop out of it. I wish I can get 2 more and leave one at the House, one in the boat and the other for the car.

August 18, 2003, 02:21 PM
love my nickel bersa.

August 18, 2003, 02:52 PM
I'd say it was the Wolf accentuating the weaknesses of the pistol.

August 18, 2003, 07:51 PM
I just got a good deal, I thought, on a bunch of Wolf, 7.62x39 rounds (500) for my Ruger Mini-30 but hadn't heard the deal about steel cases. My gun is all Stainless too, is it going to affect it??? I haven't had a chance to shoot any of the steel cases through it yet. Is it going to really hurt a stainless steel Ruger???? :( :confused:

Ala Dan
August 19, 2003, 12:57 AM
WOW! Do I see a Alabama vs. Tennessee war raging?:D

Well Tam, as posted previously my daughter owns a
Gadsden AL made and assembled stainless steel .380
Walther PPK. And as I stated, it has had 0 malfunctions
of any kind using different types of JHP ammunition. I
know the "rap sheet" on these little gems is lengthy;
but I guess she got a good one? One could not ask
for a firearm to perform better!

When it comes to the SEC football "War Of War's",
you know that I'm a VOL fan.

So, I guess you could say at half-time the score is:

Alabama 7 Tennessee 7

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

Tropical Z
August 19, 2003, 10:27 AM
Wolf ammo is fine.You cant blame soft steel in a gun for stuff like that! My Tanfoglio GT-27 was noticeably beat up after the first 100 rounds i sent down range and that was using BRASS cased ammo.I got rid of it.Soft steel is soft steel,for Wolf AND the PPK.

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