Walther P22 Feeding Issues


December 28, 2008, 04:02 AM
I'm getting frustrated with my P22. I've tried several different ammo brands, and haven't experienced 10 trouble free shots in a row...any ideas short of selling it.

Anyone interested in a P22?

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December 28, 2008, 04:03 AM
Oh yeah, it's a clean 3.4" gun

December 28, 2008, 04:04 AM
Have you tried CCI Minimags?

December 28, 2008, 04:08 AM
No, I a little bit cheap. Do they work well? Should I spend 5 cents a round instead of 2.5 cents a round...wow I am cheap!

December 28, 2008, 04:18 AM
My p22 eats up federal bulk...

December 28, 2008, 05:10 AM
Completely degrease/de-oil the gun. Then give it a light pass with a can of remoil spray.

Should work well with any high velocity bulk pack ammo.

Except Remington Thunderbolt. That stuff is just crap.

December 28, 2008, 08:01 AM
My p22 eats up federal bulk...

Mine too:D

If you are mechanically inclines you can download a copy of the "P22 bible". Detailed instructions on disassembly, tune up, re-assembly. Mine did not need it, but it was a fun way to spend a couple hours.

rust collector
December 28, 2008, 08:28 PM
The members have plenty of experience to share


It's a fun little gun with its own issues and a few not-necessarily-intuitive solutions. Read and learn.

December 28, 2008, 08:42 PM
I'll check out the P22 Bible. I love taking my guns apart to the point that I panic. Thanks for the info.

December 29, 2008, 12:06 PM
My P22 eats Remington Golden Bullets all day long. Won't eat much else though.

December 29, 2008, 12:09 PM
The P22 will shoot most rounds once the gun had had a steady diet of 500 rounds or more of high velocity ammo. I recommend CCI Minimags.

You can be cheap with the P22 but you're going to have to spend some $$ on high velocity ammo first.

December 29, 2008, 02:07 PM
The P22 is a hit-or-miss proposition these days. Some of them work with darn near anything; others don't seem to want to work at all. But the hotter the round, the more likely you are to have some success. So by all means invest in a box or two of mini-mags and give them a run-through. If they work, there you go. If they don't, consider an alternative. There are plenty of functioning .22s out there these days that will allow you lots of good days at the range.

Walther has made a number of quality firearms through the years; the P22 is not among them.

December 29, 2008, 04:18 PM
I checked out the p22 bible, and I want to try some of the mods. Have any of you performed them?

December 29, 2008, 07:24 PM
Interesting. I shot one today and while I was talking to the range officer, he stated that his (earlier production) was problematic due to magazine flaw. He got a new one from the mfg. and was successful after that. Contact Walther and see if they still do replacements.

December 29, 2008, 07:38 PM
Mine jammed a little at first. Probably needed a little break in period. I'd say clean it, lube it, and try different ammo. I've used CCI minimags and subsonics (suppressed and unsuppressed) and it's worked fine. Cheap junk bulk ammo isn't worth the frustration if you spend more time clearing jams than shooting. At least buy one box of CCI and see if it feeds those ok after you've cleaned it and lubed it before you start trying the mods from the P22 bible.

December 30, 2008, 07:19 AM
Early production magazines were problematic and you should check that out on your gun. Updated magazines have slots cut on the sides where the shell base rides near the top of the magazine .

Careful with the mods presented in the bible. It is easy to go to far and the used P22 I purchased had gone through the bible procedures where the owner ruined the hammer by removing too much surface metal.

It took me 6 months to get a hammer for mine. It is running well now and shoots pretty much anything . On a new gun, give it some round count before doing too much fluff & buff. 500 rounds will help break things in. Also make sure you lube the thing .

December 30, 2008, 10:48 AM
I have two P22 pistols and have had continual feeding problems with both. I posted a thread here about a year ago and tried all of the recommendations. In the end I sent both in for service.

Both were serviced, but only one was fixed. Magazines and ammo were not the problem because the slide would hang up when it was empty.

I have given up on them and went with a Ruger.

If you are the original owner, send it in. They will pay shipping both ways.

December 30, 2008, 05:19 PM
I second the Remington Golden Bullet HP's ($15.97 for 550 at Wally World) I have about 600 rounds thru mine, tried alot of the cheap stuff, excellent luck w/ the Remington Goldens and a close second is the Winchester 333 HP. Not so good luck w/ Federal Bulk or Wildcats.

December 31, 2008, 01:52 AM
Not to be flip, but you need to sell it and buy a Ruger. That is what i finally did.

December 31, 2008, 04:20 PM
Like he said. Get rid of it.

December 31, 2008, 04:28 PM
I just sold my P22 and the guy that bought it told me that they have had less problems with the P22's that were post N (I think) in the SN and had an A on the bottom of the mags. He said that they were less prone to failures.

December 31, 2008, 08:04 PM
I had the exact same problem with mine, and after three trips back to Walther it works great now. They said it was the "trigger arm bar". Just FYI

January 5, 2009, 05:38 PM
After reading your input, I decided to do a total degrease job, lightly lube it, and try CCI Minimags.

Report: after 100+ rounds of 38 grain HP (3 stores didn't have round nose) It cycled 100% of rounds, and had one failure to fire, but fired on 2nd DA attempt.

There is still a hang-up at the halfway point of the action. It will hang up loaded, empty, cocked, and w/o the magazine.

I was much happier with the cycling performance, but I am forever tainted on the gun.

Thanks, for the input.

January 6, 2009, 12:08 AM
How many rounds are through it? I would think 500+ would take care of any minor fitting issues and after that you may need to break out the P22 bible.
Glad to hear it's running better. They seem to need a little breaking in.

January 6, 2009, 01:20 AM
It's' well over 500. I started with 50 CCI Stingers as recommended, then Minimags, and then cheap bulk, which brought out the feeding issues.

January 6, 2009, 03:08 PM
The newer magazines have a "B" at the end of the serial number. My B magazine has been flawless, but I get lots of feed issues with my older A magazines.

Mine feeds CCI Mini Mags and Federal Auto Match flawlessly. Those are the rounds I use when teaching new shooters. Federal bulk work pretty well, but I get 1-5 failures to eject out of every 550-round box. I don't mind a few minor problems to save $. Federals are weaker than Remmington Golden Bullets, and fail to cycle the slide on occaision in both my P22 and Buck Mark. Remington Golden bullets have caused numerous feed jams in my P22, and I get too many misfires with them.

P22 Mods: I rounded the trigger bar ears , chamfered the lip of the barrel, and applied Blue Loctite to my safety to keep it from "walking". The hammer/safety profiling mods in the P22 bible are just too sketchy for me to try. I polished the barrel hood and muzzle for cosmetic reasons. I also elongated the slot in one of my A magazines using a Dremel, but found no improvement in magazine function. I recently fashioned a recoil buffer using poly tubing in an attempt to keep my slide from cracking again. Go light on the Stingers...

August 17, 2009, 09:10 AM
I purchased the Walther P-22 in November and used it for the first time in June. Bought 500 rounds of Remington Thunderbolt 22-LR. The first 50 rounds went off without a hitch. The next 150 were nothing but trouble. Every 4th shot failed to cycle the slide. Got disgusted took the gun home, cleaned it thoroughly and then found this forum. I used it for the 2nd time this weekend. Shot 300 rounds of CCI Stingers with absolutely no problem at all. The ammo made all the difference.

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