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Old 06-02-2015, 09:46 PM   #1
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What's the best .380 ammo for the PPK/S

Point type and grain bullet. Thanks
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Depends on the manufacturer of the weapon. German, French, and Interarms PPK/S are made for FMJ, and my Interarms manuals specifies 95-grain FMJ in particular. S&W PPK/S are designed to handle pretty much anything you can throw into them, including hollow point. I've yet to find anything my S&W PPK/S won't digest.
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Thanks, I believe mine was German made in 1976. I'm hoping it will handle hollow points.
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I've found them all to be ammo-picky, including the S&Walther (maybe it's just mine?). No matter. What works well in my PPK/S might not work well in yours, and vice versa. Best to try a variety of different brands, keep some detailed notes along the way, and then determine which brand best fits your particular pistol and your needs.
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Thanks, I believe mine was German made in 1976. I'm hoping it will handle hollow points.
Make sure you run several magazines of your chosen ammunition through it before you rely upon that particular hollow point. That can get expensive, but it'll be worth it in the end for the piece of mind and safety.

I found that Remington UMC .88-grain JHP ran reliably through my Interarms PPK/S. I assume it did so because the bullet profile is remarkably similar to a full-metal jacket. And another great thing about this ammo is that it's almost as cheap as FMJ range ammunition.

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Thanks for the advice UX and searcher. The hints are getting less and less subtle that as a carry piece the .380 PPK/S is not a good choice. Is that a fair inference?
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I used to carry my Intearms PPK/S using that Remington 88-grain JHP all the time. That weapon is now retired. I now primarily carry a P99c AS in 9mm, but I frequently fall back on an S&W PPK/S in .380 using Hornady Critical Defense or sometimes in the summer an S&W PPK in .32 using FMJ.

So, no, I don't think they make bad carry choices. They're of reasonable weight, exceedingly thin, and easily concealed.
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That's good to hear. "They're of reasonable weight, exceedingly thin, and easily concealed." We're definitely on the same page there. I bought a box of Winchester 95gr JHP to start. I'll just have to shoot it and see how it performs. Thanks
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I believe that there is a trade-off between what you like and what is considered "best" for defense. The PP series pistols,to me,are just like a beautiful woman,they are terrific to have and hold.There are better,both in price and stopping power than the Walther,they just are not the same.So many people on the forums think they are going into combat,you're not,just walking around town and need something to protect yourself.A 380 is fine for self-defense.I am sure there will be several that disagree,that's why so many calibers and pistols are made.
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I believe that there is a trade-off between what you like and what is considered "best" for defense. The PP series pistols,to me,are just like a beautiful woman,they are terrific to have and hold.There are better,both in price and stopping power than the Walther,they just are not the same.So many people on the forums think they are going into combat,you're not,just walking around town and need something to protect yourself.A 380 is fine for self-defense.I am sure there will be several that disagree,that's why so many calibers and pistols are made.
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