Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Zsnark, Mar 13, 2013.
Bersa Blues...a continuing saga
Hey all of my supporters,
Got a bunch great info. Some of which I can't try at present. Like, I can't find any .380 of any brand. Been shooting S&B, but I've got two boxes of PMC which I will try ASAP. Another brand will have to wait until this panic buying goes away; which hopefully it will and supplies will loosen up.
Anyway, I will keep you all updated on the ongoing saga of "How the Bersa Jams".
P.S. Silly me, I have the same gun in .22LR. I am having similar and worse problems there as well but I have a lot of ammo of different brands to try before I complain about it.
My Bersa's loved PMC and hated S&B. Each pistol is its own "person" and will decide if it is picky or not but PMC often works well (cross referencing from other's experiences discussed on BersaChat).
I don't have a 22lr version but they are reputed to work well stouter 22 (Mini-Mag for example) and not digest the weak stuff very well. Again each pistol in an individual.
I'll continue to try different brands when they come available again. I do believe I've got 50 0r so mini mags from the last century.
Isn't your Bersa a 380? Mini Mags are 22.
Also it is good not to be married to your pistol, in a matter of speaking. Especially with the ammo shortage, there is a point where further testing and searching becomes more expensive than the gun's worth. How do I know? Trust me on this one.
How about standard cartridge dimension. A .380 should do right with anything that is around; unless, of course, if the ammo is out of spec.
This is more of a question than a comment. But suppose I was someplace where the military used 9mm K. Should I worry about it functioning in my piece? I mean, like .380's been around since 1908, at least.
I'd appreciate feedback about this. I like autos, .45s and 9mms have been relatively easy with new guns. What's this stuff with .380.
I know MY problems started WITH mag replacement! Oh Bersa, where does it end?
Gun never jammed with any of the other ammo put through it. And the same S&B ammo worked fine in an LCP. Something about the combination of ammo and gun just didn't work.
Got one each....22lr and .380.
Ammo is unavailable at present but I will check out your recommendation re S&B. I do believe my other Bersa .380 functioned flawlessly with S&B; so, I am a little "unconfident".
This link is discussing S&B primers. But I came across this bit, which I thought you might be interested to read. It sounds like the same batch of S&B ammo that I came across:
Ahah! Eureka! Many kudo to you guys (and fems!?)
Hi again, gunners;
I tried to pin point who the individuals were who put me on the right track. It was a number of you. So this is a shotgun Thanks to all.
I switched ammo on my Bersa .380 from S&B to PMC. Today, I shot three separate mags of PMC w/o a hitch. Ammo availability being the way it is. That's all I could do. But, the point is, apparently S&B doesn't cut it!
Also, in my Bersa .22lr, I tried some minimags from the last century (I'm old) which did very well, not perfect, but well. Tried some Mexican hot rod .22lrs which did even better. But, again, ammo availability restrained my testing.
Many thanks to you all for your suggestions. THR is hot!
I think you put me in the right direction. PMC has gone through w/o a hitch. Can't do much testing until ammo gets more available.
In my original message I am quite specific about when and how the jams happened.
I am amazed! A guy from S&B contacted me for specifics about what my problem is/was. Talk about keeping your customers opinions in front of your company. I never ever made an attempt to contact S&B.
I am astounded that they must be monitoring THR. Have not responded yet because my KB skills suck but will give him detailed info on my/our probs with there ammo. Anything you'd like to add will be included.
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