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86brick
06-04-2011, 20:16
I recently purchased a new SIG P226 in 9mm and was wondering what kind of ammo people are using for the range and for self defense?? So far I have put 200 rounds through the gun using Federal 115gr. FMJ, Remmington UMC 115gr. FMJ, and PMC 115gr. FMJ without any issues. When I had my G19 I was using some of the RWS ammo that is steel core (124gr. FMJ) from Walmart and had good luck with it as well, but was a little worried about how it might affect the barrel because it is steel core. Has anyone used the RWS or similar steel core ammo with their SIG?

Thanks for any responses.

pisc1024
06-05-2011, 09:53
I think you'll be fine with running steel core ammo as long as it has the copper jacket on it. I run any fmj I can find for practice in my 226. If I have a choice I try and find the 124gr fmj's. As for SD, I like the Speer GD 124gr +p.

86brick
06-05-2011, 17:42
I think you'll be fine with running steel core ammo as long as it has the copper jacket on it. I run any fmj I can find for practice in my 226. If I have a choice I try and find the 124gr fmj's. As for SD, I like the Speer GD 124gr +p.

Yeah, I like the 124gr FMJ also, that is what I usually ran in my G19. I have a couple of boxes of the RWS that I will try to use up, although the indoor ranges around here usually don't allow it because it sparks of the back stop. Thanks for the response.

JK-linux
06-05-2011, 18:27
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pisc1024
06-06-2011, 04:10
Yeah, I like the 124gr FMJ also, that is what I usually ran in my G19. I have a couple of boxes of the RWS that I will try to use up, although the indoor ranges around here usually don't allow it because it sparks of the back stop. Thanks for the response.

Yea I run the same stuff through my g17 as I do my sig. Sig can take it.

86brick
06-06-2011, 08:07
Yea I run the same stuff through my g17 as I do my sig. Sig can take it.

Cool, that's good to hear. Thanks.

backbore
06-08-2011, 20:29
I run whatever standard pressure stuff I get on sale through it. Sigs reliably feed whatever you buy. I prefer to run 115 or 124 grain slugs as my 228 groups best with them just like my old 226 did (don't have that one anymore).

lawdog734
06-12-2011, 16:05
Ranger talon 124 gr +p+ for defense and whatever I find a good deal on for range.

CU4X4N
06-13-2011, 01:09
The range ammo I use in my 226 is Blazer Brass 115g

http://www.fatwallet.com/static/attachments/61747_cc5200a.jpg

Defense ammo is Hornady TAP LE 9mm 124gr CQ

http://www.gandrtactical.com/PDGImages/124gr%209mm.jpg

South Fla
06-13-2011, 03:06
Federal HST 9mm 147gr +P LE (P9HST4)

Cobra64
06-25-2011, 21:35
Yea I run the same stuff through my g17 as I do my sig. Sig can take it.

Ya think? You should do a little research on Sig Sauer.

SPIN2010
06-25-2011, 21:58
Federal HST 9mm 147gr +P LE (P9HST4)

I second the heavier round. :supergrin:

pisc1024
06-25-2011, 22:47
Ya think? You should do a little research on Sig Sauer.

What am I running through my glock that I shouldn't be running through my sig?? Is a sig 9mm only rated for standard pressure ammo? Maybe you could shed a little light on the subject for me?

South Fla
06-25-2011, 23:44
What am I running through my glock that I shouldn't be running through my sig?? Is a sig 9mm only rated for standard pressure ammo? Maybe you could shed a little light on the subject for me?

I'm interested in the reasoning behind this too.

JK-linux
06-26-2011, 07:45
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86brick
06-26-2011, 09:55
Ya think? You should do a little research on Sig Sauer.

Please tell us about what you found through your research.

Cobra64
06-26-2011, 10:29
What am I running through my glock that I shouldn't be running through my sig?? Is a sig 9mm only rated for standard pressure ammo? Maybe you could shed a little light on the subject for me?

Sig Sauer and its affiliated companies such as J.P. Sauer & Sohn have been manufacturing combat pistols before Gaston Glock was born.

The Sig P226 9mm (NATO round) was approved by the United States military in 1984 as a standard issue sidearm.

The United States Navy SEALs are issued the P226.

The P229 was specifically engineered, designed and manufactured to accommodate .40 S&W and .357 Sig pressures. The United States Air Marshalls and Secret Service have been issued the P229 in .357 Sig.

Sigs do not have a reputation for exploding chambers, whereas Glocks have been known to have these issues in .40 S&W.

Knowing this, it never ceases to amaze me when people question whether a Sig can handle the same loads as exploding Glocks.

Blown up Glocks:

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2/Davis1950/Weapons/Glock/GLOCK40KABOOM.jpg



http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2/Davis1950/Weapons/Glock/GlockCracked.jpg






My P229ST in .40 S&W

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2/Davis1950/Weapons/Sig%20Sauer%20Guns/Marks%20Sigs/P229/P1000607-1.jpg




http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2/Davis1950/Weapons/Sig%20Sauer%20Guns/Marks%20Sigs/P229/P1030089.jpg




http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2/Davis1950/Weapons/Sig%20Sauer%20Guns/Marks%20Sigs/P229/P1030092.jpg



Believe it or not, firearms existed before the advent of the Glock G17 in 1985.

Cobra64
06-26-2011, 10:45
Please tell us about what you found through your research.

See my previous response. I did my research most likely before you were born and have since acquired a modest Sig collection based on Swiss and German engineering.


http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2/Davis1950/Weapons/Sig%20Sauer%20Guns/Marks%20Sigs/P1000553-PICASSA.jpg




http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2/Davis1950/Weapons/Sig%20Sauer%20Guns/Marks%20Sigs/P220/P1000576.jpg




http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2/Davis1950/Weapons/Sig%20Sauer%20Guns/Marks%20Sigs/P226/P1000564-PICASA-1.jpg




http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2/Davis1950/Weapons/Sig%20Sauer%20Guns/Marks%20Sigs/P229/P1010212.jpg



http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2/Davis1950/Weapons/Sig%20Sauer%20Guns/Marks%20Sigs/P239/P1000583.jpg



http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2/Davis1950/Weapons/Sig%20Sauer%20Guns/Marks%20Sigs/P232/P1010207.jpg


The precursor to the P230/P232 was was the Sauer 38H designed in 1938 and used by officers in Nazi Germany from 1939 through 1945 (World War II for those who are history deficient).

86brick
06-26-2011, 15:59
See my previous response. I did my research most likely before you were born and have since acquired a modest Sig collection based on Swiss and German engineering.


http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2/Davis1950/Weapons/Sig%20Sauer%20Guns/Marks%20Sigs/P1000553-PICASSA.jpg




http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2/Davis1950/Weapons/Sig%20Sauer%20Guns/Marks%20Sigs/P220/P1000576.jpg




http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2/Davis1950/Weapons/Sig%20Sauer%20Guns/Marks%20Sigs/P226/P1000564-PICASA-1.jpg




http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2/Davis1950/Weapons/Sig%20Sauer%20Guns/Marks%20Sigs/P229/P1010212.jpg



http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2/Davis1950/Weapons/Sig%20Sauer%20Guns/Marks%20Sigs/P239/P1000583.jpg



http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2/Davis1950/Weapons/Sig%20Sauer%20Guns/Marks%20Sigs/P232/P1010207.jpg


The precursor to the P230/P232 was was the Sauer 38H designed in 1938 and used by officers in Nazi Germany from 1939 through 1945 (World War II for those who are history deficient).

Thanks for your response, I was born in 1983 so you're probably right. You certainly have a very nice collection of SIGs as shown in your pics. I was not aware of the Glocks having the issue with the exploding chambers on the .40 S&W, however, I did know that SIGs have been around much longer than the Glocks. My original intention with this thread was to find out what others were using for the range and SD as well as to see if anybody had used the steel core ammo such as the RWS which I had previously used in my G19 before I traded it in favor of the P226. I still have about 100 rounds left that I purchased from Walmart that I might just keep for self defense seeing how I can no longer use it in the indoor range as they have banned it and I don't have access to an outdoor range. I did a little research on the RWS ammo and found that the RWS 9mm round is produced for and used by the majority of NATO pact countries in Eastern Europe. RWS is used by SIG SAUER for firearms function testing as well which makes sense because RWS ammo is made in Switzerland.

South Fla
06-26-2011, 18:26
Sig Sauer and its affiliated companies such as J.P. Sauer & Sohn have been manufacturing combat pistols before Gaston Glock was born. OK....

The Sig P226 9mm (NATO round) was approved by the United States military in 1984 as a standard issue sidearm. OK, yes it was....

The United States Navy SEALs are issued the P226. OK, so be it...

The P229 was specifically engineered, designed and manufactured to accommodate .40 S&W and .357 Sig pressures. The United States Air Marshalls and Secret Service have been issued the P229 in .357 Sig.
When were we discussing the P229, .40s or .357s??? :dunno:

Sigs do not have a reputation for exploding chambers, whereas Glocks have been known to have these issues in .40 S&W. OK, what is your point?

Knowing this, it never ceases to amaze me when people question whether a Sig can handle the same loads as exploding Glocks.

Believe it or not, firearms existed before the advent of the Glock G17 in 1985.

You still haven't answered the question that was asked...
Ya think? You should do a little research on Sig Sauer.
Here as well. I've been feeding my P226 everything from dirty Walmart, to gourmet botique loads, to hot and heavy handloads in weights from 90gr to 147gr, and speeds from subsonic to +P+ since 1994 without any malfunctions. I must be missing something. Please elaborate Cobra64...

I was born in 1960. You did your research in the 1950's with .40s S&W, .357 Sig and 9mm NATO rounds? Amazing. I want to ride in your time machine some time. lol

Cobra64
06-26-2011, 18:50
You still haven't answered the question that was asked...

I was born in 1960. You did your research in the 1950's with .40s S&W, .357 Sig and 9mm NATO rounds? Amazing. I want to ride in your time machine some time. lol


http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2/Davis1950/Happy%20Faces/AwJeeze.gif

Dogguy
06-28-2011, 14:44
I recently purchased a new SIG P226 in 9mm and was wondering what kind of ammo people are using for the range and for self defense?? So far I have put 200 rounds through the gun using Federal 115gr. FMJ, Remmington UMC 115gr. FMJ, and PMC 115gr. FMJ without any issues. When I had my G19 I was using some of the RWS ammo that is steel core (124gr. FMJ) from Walmart and had good luck with it as well, but was a little worried about how it might affect the barrel because it is steel core. Has anyone used the RWS or similar steel core ammo with their SIG?

Thanks for any responses.


Okay, first things first. I don't have a SIG P226. I do have a couple of P229s, both 9mm.

The RWS ammo you were using was probably not "steel core" ammo. If the RWS is like the GECO I use at the range (RUAG makes both brands), it uses a copper washed, steel jacket for the bullet. This is good ammo and the jacket material doesn't hurt anything. I use the GECO 124 gr. FMJ in my SIGs and my Glocks and I prefer it to other range ammunition. If your range bans steel jacketed bullets, you can still find a lot of other brands of copper jacketed bullet to use at the range. I've never had any problem with FMJ ammo from Winchester (WWB), Remington (UMC), Federal (American Eagle & Champion) or PMC Bronze.

There is a lot of really good quality self defense ammunition available these days. Speer Gold Dot, Federal HST and Winchester Ranger all get good reviews based on actual shootings. There's probably more data on those loads than others because they are some of the more popular types in all calibers with LE agencies. While they are all +P or +P+ loads, it is unlikely they will do any harm to your SIG P226 given the fact that you will not be shooting nearly as many of them as you will range ammo like the RWS.

And, just a footnote, SIG-Sauer actually began marketing their first handgun in the 1970s. Prior to that SIG existed in Switzerland and Sauer & Sohn existed in Germany, both making firearms as separate companies. However, there was no SIG-Sauer until they got together in a cooperative effort for manufacturing. So, as we know it today, SIG-Sauer has only been making handguns about 10 years longer than Glock.

86brick
06-29-2011, 08:57
Okay, first things first. I don't have a SIG P226. I do have a couple of P229s, both 9mm.

The RWS ammo you were using was probably not "steel core" ammo. If the RWS is like the GECO I use at the range (RUAG makes both brands), it uses a copper washed, steel jacket for the bullet. This is good ammo and the jacket material doesn't hurt anything. I use the GECO 124 gr. FMJ in my SIGs and my Glocks and I prefer it to other range ammunition. If your range bans steel jacketed bullets, you can still find a lot of other brands of copper jacketed bullet to use at the range. I've never had any problem with FMJ ammo from Winchester (WWB), Remington (UMC), Federal (American Eagle & Champion) or PMC Bronze.

There is a lot of really good quality self defense ammunition available these days. Speer Gold Dot, Federal HST and Winchester Ranger all get good reviews based on actual shootings. There's probably more data on those loads than others because they are some of the more popular types in all calibers with LE agencies. While they are all +P or +P+ loads, it is unlikely they will do any harm to your SIG P226 given the fact that you will not be shooting nearly as many of them as you will range ammo like the RWS.

And, just a footnote, SIG-Sauer actually began marketing their first handgun in the 1970s. Prior to that SIG existed in Switzerland and Sauer & Sohn existed in Germany, both making firearms as separate companies. However, there was no SIG-Sauer until they got together in a cooperative effort for manufacturing. So, as we know it today, SIG-Sauer has only been making handguns about 10 years longer than Glock.

Thanks for the informative post. You're right, the other day I was at the local gun shop and seen they had a wide variety of SD ammo. I picked up some Federal HST and Ranger T 124gr. +P ammo.