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Ok, so I had a P88C for the past several weeks and never took it to the range. I can't really stand safe queens
so I took it with me today.

Well, I guess it shoots OK. I did hit the target. In between disassemblies. Seems it doe NOT like cheap ammo. I had a bag of gun show reloads and it would not even chamber them. Pulled out 2 bullets before I figured this out.


It did take some Winchester white box OK. I shot the same cheap stuff in the P99 and P7 just fine.

Now, the gun felt fine. Good trigger and sights. Easy to handle. Not so easy to disassemble with a bullet in the throat.

I was shocked. So, I guess this is a real safe diva.

I did use the P88 mag in the P99 but not the reverse. My P99 mag would NOT lockup in the 88C.
 

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I hear that's unusual. The P88 was supposed to be uncaring about ammo. Maybe the 88C is different, but I would have assumed the action was the same.

I have a P88 and it has never experienced a failure of any kind, ever....
 

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Perhaps. But, for a gun intended for the military service, I think it should handle the cheap stuff.

The others do.
 

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I've never had a problem with my full size P88. Kind of weird your P88C had this problem. Is it brand new?

Of course I agree with Chip a little also. Mainly because I don't trust other people to reload. I've heard to many horror stories.
 

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Well, the P5 didn't like it either. I pulled 3 bullets from the cases before I gave up. If you buy from Houston Cartridge Company, watch the OAL of their cartridges.

The P7 ate it just fine. But, they eat just about anything but lead.
 

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I had the same trouble with our range reloads in my P5. The OA case length was around .040 too short.

If you shoot out of spec ammo, don't expect a precision engineered weapon to function very reliably.
 

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Quote[/b] (Herr Walther @ Oct. 16 2003,10:12)]If you shoot out of spec ammo, don't expect a precision engineered weapon to function very reliably.
Hmmm. While I consider my Walthers precision craftsmanship, I think the P7 qualifies as precision engineered.
 

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Yep, well, ya got me there.

Though I've never owned one, I have fired many P7's and I love 'em. Just not enough to buy one.

Different engineering dimensions and relationships between parts combined with a variable will affect reliability as well.
 

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Obviously, the Walthers have a tighter dimension and are less tollerant of OAL on the cartridges. It has its pros and cons.

And, just because the Walthers are picky on ammo, doesn't mean they will be dumped.
 
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