I just bought a Walther PPK/S .380. Shot about 25 rounds of American Eagle 95 grain through it and that was enough. Kicks like a mule, So much so that it bruised the web between my thumb and finger. Does anyone know of a lighter load? Thanks.
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The problem is that a lighter load may not reliably operate the blowback action of your Walther PPK/S. My blowback Sig P230SL is pretty unpleasant to shoot for the same reason. And it slices the web of my hand, as well. In my opinion a locked breech 9mm of similar size and weight is more fun at the range, more effective for carry, and cheaper to practice with.
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I have the same problem in .380. I've pulled lots of rounds apart and most are loaded pretty stout. 99% of what I shoot are my reloads which are mild but still 100% reliable. Have you considered reloading? It would save you about 60-70% on cost also.
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I have owned my PPk/S for a numer of years now. It being a straight blowback gun, it was not a pleasant range shooter. I am a handloader and load light loads for my blowback 380 guns, and full tilt loads for my locked breech guns. I did not have to change any springs for 100% function. A win-win situation for me.
The 95-grain is pretty much the standard for .380. And American Eagle is milder than European loadings, some of which are downright hot. I have some Italian-made Perfecta that I don't use any more because it stings my hand to shoot in a Ruger LCP. I have heard of 88- and 90-grain hollow-points, but this is not a significant difference.This message has been edited. Last edited by: egregore,
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