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Need advice please

Post by GunnyK » September 14th, 2015, 10:01 pm

Hello All,
I am a new member and new P64 owner. I brought my gun home yesterday, cleaned it up and polished up the feed ramp. I dropped a round (brown bear, steel case) in the chamber while the gun was disassembled to check the seating and something didn't seem right. I noticed that the round stuck out a little bit more that what I'm used to seeing with my other auto handguns. Is this normal with this gun? I have attached some pics of what I'm seeing. Any help / advice with this will be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Need advice please

Post by robhic » September 15th, 2015, 12:40 pm

I just went and stuck a 'Bear' in one of my P-64s and you're really close. My cartridge went in so the upper (right/hand) side of the groove was even with the chamber housing. Yours looks like it might be 1/32 or so of an inch more stuck out? Feed ramp looks polished (!!!) but did you do the chamber? Might be a lacquer build-up from shooting the older steel-case ammo which was coated with it. A gift from the Europeans to you! :mrgreen: Cleaning might take care of that.
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Re: Need advice please

Post by GunnyK » September 15th, 2015, 2:23 pm

I did polish the feed ramp. I probably went in the chamber a little as well. I was always taught that a nicely polished feed ramp is good for chambing with semi autos. Maybe not so with these older guns. Now I wish didn't polish it. I still haven't fired it yet. Probably will tomorrow. Hope I didn't screw up a perfectly good gun. Thanks so much for replying and the advice!

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Re: Need advice please

Post by lklawson » September 15th, 2015, 3:13 pm

Looks pretty close to me, but it's hard to tell by photo.

Get a snap cap or build an inert and test. Feed the snap in from the magazine. Make sure that the slide closes all the way and that the trigger will engage, which means that the Out of Battery disconnector isn't preventing use due to the slide not being in battery.

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Re: Need advice please

Post by GunnyK » September 15th, 2015, 3:30 pm

I'll try it out. Thanks Kirk!

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Re: Need advice please

Post by Curly1 » September 15th, 2015, 5:25 pm

Welcome to the forum Gunny.

I don't think you caused any problems with a little polishing.
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Re: Need advice please

Post by GunnyK » September 15th, 2015, 5:43 pm

That makes me feel a little better. Thanks Gary! Unfortunately I can't find any 9x18 snap caps in my area so I had to order them online. Probably won't receive them till next week but I figure it's Better to wait for the snap caps before taking it to the range with live ammo.

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Re: Need advice please

Post by robhic » September 15th, 2015, 6:33 pm

I , too, polished my feed ramps. I think it is a good idea and hope you didn't think I was implying that that was a problem. It's just so shiny! You did a heckuva job but I wondered if you had done a good cleaning inside the chamber as there have been a few reports of problems caused feeding AND extracting due to lacquer buildup from using the old steel-cased ammo. If not, do the chamber, too, and see if that gives you what you need.
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Re: Need advice please

Post by chestertnted » September 15th, 2015, 8:26 pm

I looked at mine. It is possible yours is just a tad off. Just see if you do have a build up in the chamber. Be careful and point down range when go to shoot it. Hope it works out.
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Re: Need advice please

Post by makczak » September 16th, 2015, 8:50 am

Not sure why. But sounds like good advise below.
Never tried Brown bear ammo.
I have always used Monarch 9x18 steel. From Academy. They always seem to carry it at 3 different story around here. Never any problems and cheapest around. $11.00/box here in TX.
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Re: Need advice please

Post by chestertnted » September 16th, 2015, 1:07 pm

The lacquer buildup is a problem. I buy ammo from Bulkammo.com. They have a full price range .

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Re: Need advice please

Post by GunnyK » September 17th, 2015, 12:42 am

Man, I can't thank y'all enough for all of your advice. I'm gonna take this puppy out to the range next week and I will give a full report when I'm done. It's great to have a place where people have similar interests who actually want to help others by offering their advice and wisdom. Thanks again!

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Re: Need advice please

Post by PA-Joe » September 20th, 2015, 5:21 pm

You are using 9x18 ammo correct and not 9x19?

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Re: Need advice please

Post by GunnyK » September 20th, 2015, 8:00 pm

Yes , it is 9x18. I finally got the snap caps I ordered and everything seems to be feeding and cycling ok. I'm taking it to the range this week so we'll see how it goes. I will definitely give a full report and let y'all know how it went.

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Re: Need advice please

Post by GunnyK » September 23rd, 2015, 10:30 pm

So I finally made it to the range today to try out my new P64. I put 150 rounds through it and only had 1 FTF in the beginning (maybe second magazine). I installed a new Wolfe recoil spring and put on a Handall Jr. Hogue slip on's but it's still pretty snappy. Maybe if I put on some Marshal grips it'll help a little? Anyways, it shoots just fine and I thank everyone again for all of the advice.

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