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Old 01-23-2013, 08:45 AM   #1
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Polishing PPS feed ramp

Has anyone polished their PPS feed ramp? If so how did you go about doing it exactly? I have seen a couple Youtube videos about polishing feed ramps in general, I am more or less curious if there are any specific recommedations for the PPS.
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:14 AM   #2
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I use a Harbor Freight "Dremel", it is much less powerful than a real Dremel, that way it takes longer, but that way I do not have to worry about going too far.
I use a polishing attachment, with some compound.
I also hear you can use a cotton bore mop and put it in a drill.
I would try out whatever you are going to use on one of your hand tools first. Polish part of a wrench or pliers first to see what your working with.
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:49 AM   #3
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I have NEVER seen a post-wartime Walther commercial product that needed to have the feed ramp polished.

I have seen P.38s all but destroyed because a new Dremel owner could not get his P.38 to fire 9mm wadcutters or gape-mouth hollowpoint bullets.

Hint: Military pistols are designed for military ammunition.

Polishing a feed ramp should be done by hand, wrapping 600 grit wet-or-dry around a dowel if it is done at all. Just a gentle smoothing, no change in the contour.

If it needs more than that, take it to a professional gunsmith... hopefully, before you destroy the pistol. Polished feed ramps are frequently seen at gun shows where someone is passing his problems to the next person.
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:59 PM   #4
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Simichrome Polish and a Q-tip. Just slick it up. If its rough or bumpy sent it back to the factory.
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Old 01-23-2013, 05:26 PM   #5
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Are you trying to fix a problem, or just polishing to polish because everyone is doing it?

My feed ramp is nicely polished, I run little copper-clad lead ingots over it in groups of 6-8.
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:43 PM   #6
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Any factory feed ramp can be improved by a little extra attention to detail.....that is the world of modern machining..........improve on it or live with it...!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:55 PM   #7
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I took a little Mothers aluminum & mag polish and a rag and just hand polished mine while watching tv. Took some elbow grease but reflects like a mirror
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:00 AM   #8
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I thought about polishing it because I jave read on some other gun sites that It can keep a gun reliable after it has been fired alot, I have over 3,000 rounds through my PPS. It looks like there are little markings from the bullets jackets in the feed ramp which I haven't had any luck getting off with just cleaning the gun like I normally do. I think I'll avoid using any power tools and maybe do it by hand. The last thing I would want to do is accidently mess up the feeding ramp.
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:30 AM   #9
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Why bother? You think Walther would put out a gun that didn't feed reliably? Honestly, you'd just be wasting your time and de-valuing the gun (not that it really matters, but still). I say leave it be and shoot the thing!
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:35 AM   #10
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I had trouble with feeding before I polished mine right out of the box. After reading through the forum, you will find this is common issue for several new PPS owners. I used 1500 grit paper used for fiberglass and auto detail work and wet sanded it with a dowel. Only took about 15 minutes of light work and I was careful not to change the shape or contour. Then I finished with cotton tipped dremel to give it a high gloss shine. No issues since that from any ammo I've fed through it.
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