PPQ & reloads
Took my wife to the range yesterday with her PPQ. I was shooting reloads in my 226 and decided to try them in the PPQ they locked the slide up solid without fully chambering. Cleared the stoppage and fired them in my 226.
Back at home we stripped the pistols and found the the reloads wouldn't drop all the way and headspace into the chamber but would in the 226 barrel.
Anyone else had similar problems ?
I recently had the same problem with my reloads in my 9mm Glocks. After checking the cases REAL CLOSE, it seems that I hadn't set up my Hornady LNL AP correctly. I had it set to seat and crimp all in one step and the bullet was getting crimped before getting all the way seated (my fault, not the gun or reloader). This resulted in a VERY SMALL bulge at the base of some of the cases. It was small enough that I had to get out the calipers and compare quite a few of my reloads. They would work all day long in my Ruger P89. Feed then through my G26 or G19 and, occasionally, the slide would lock up just short of being in battery and would be locked up so hard that I'd have to put the front of the slide against the wooden picnic table at the range and put some brute force behind it to get the round to eject. I made some adjustments to my reloader (namely, seating and crimping separately) and voila!, no more issues. Check your brass very carefully, especially some of those that locked up the gun. I'd bet you have something similar going on. The PPQ apparently has a tighter chamber than the P226.
I checked the reloads pulled the bullet the case is fine so it appears it's down to bullet shape .
What bullet are you using and what OAL? I don't know if this is your problem, but if you have the OAL too long, I have heard that the bullet can start into the rifling, stopping it cold, resulting in a failure to chamber. If it is some oddball bullet, I can see it causing a problem. If it is a common bullet (like round nose FMJ or plated), then I have no idea, unless the OAL is too long.
Look closely in the PPQ chamber, you will see that it is necked down to tighten the
the seal on the casing when firing. I think that is your problem. I don't know jack about
reloading, but that is what you are dealing with. Gotta resize your casing to fit.
Your P226 doesn't have this feature, nor do the Glocks.
Swab the bore, take a magnifying glass and you will see it clear as....
well, look closely, it's there. Make sure the chamber is dry, a little oil
will hide it.
HK's have this feature also from what I understand.