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Walther PPK .22 - Grease the Rounds? Ammo Recommendation?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Connecticut Yankee, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. Connecticut Yankee

    Connecticut Yankee Well-Known Member

    I have a Manhurin made lightweight frame (?duraluminum) Wallther PPK 22. I have not yet had a chance to fire it. I saw an original instruction sheet for a German manufactured PP .22 from the sixties that had the instructions 'lightly grease the rounds'. Has anyone done this with their PP or PPK .22? Has it made a difference?

    Also, any recommendations for cartridges, Standard vs. High Velocity (or Extra High Velocity like Stingers)? Yes, I understand that I have to try different ammo in my particular pistol to see what works. But I am asking PPK .22 owners (especially the lightweight framed model) have you found any problems with cycling with Standard Velocity that was 'cured' with HV, or vice versa?

  2. David E

    David E Well-Known Member

    No need to grease current production .22 ammo.

    I'd start with Mini-Mags and go from there.
  3. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    Maybe try some Wolf Match Target ammo. They seem to have some sort of lube on them that makes them some of the cleanest firing rimfire ammo I have ever used.
  4. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    1. No, don't grease the rounds.

    2. Use high quality Hi-Speed ammo like CCI Mini-Mag or Winchester Super-X.

    3. Avoid cheap bulk pack Wallyworld ammo like the plague.

    Thats all you need to do.

  5. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Well-Known Member

    If you can acquire them, CCI Mini Mags are the way to go.
  6. bill3424

    bill3424 Well-Known Member

    My cousin has a aluminum version of the PPK .22 (Dural?) and it just eats up CCI Mini-Mags. I don't ever remember greasing the rounds.
  7. gbw

    gbw Well-Known Member

    As everyone says - my German PPK .22 works well with any quality hi-speeds, sometimes fails to function fully with std. velocity ("target") ammo. I have the instruction sheet in the box from Germany that says to lightly grease the cartridges but it's not necessary. Beautiful pistols.
  8. Connecticut Yankee

    Connecticut Yankee Well-Known Member

    Thank You Everyone

    I will try the Mini-Mags first and then the Super-X; I won't grease the rounds. Thank you all for your help with this, it is appreciated
  9. chriske

    chriske Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't "grease" any ammo, and certainly no rimfires : these seem even more sensitive to moisture damage than centerfire shells.

    Most lead .22 LR bulletrs are coated with some kind of grease/lube already, anyway.

    My own (German-made) .22 LR Walther PP functions best with high velocity solids.

    In my gun, Winchester T-22 are the most accurate standard velocity rounds, but won't cycle reliably (failures to eject) , while Federal High velocity solids are way more accurate than CCI's and Remington ammo fails to fire more often (3 to 7 times per 100 rounds : tougher brass ?).

    I think those Federals are called "Game Getter", their product n° 710 or 810, depending on packaging (per 50 or per 100). An extra benefit is that they are copper-coated, so feed great without scraping lots of grease off the bullet noses, which saves cleaning.

    YMMV, of course.
  10. Carl N. Brown

    Carl N. Brown Well-Known Member

    Could be a problem in translation.

    Most of the 20th century, .22 rimfire ammo has had some sort of lubrication, usually a dry wax lubricant coating of some sort. Some more obvious than others. Lubricant that could have been translated from German into English "grease".

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