I bought this P229 in March, 1999. At that time, I could find about seven or eight ammo offerings (357Sig)from a few manufactures. Then, as new offerings came along, I would buy a box or two. These include factory, factory remanufactured, frangible and (what some may call) exotic ammo - from large manufacturers down to (what some may call) "boutique". The lightest load I have shot thru thru the P229 was 45gr and the heaviest load was 180gr.
Well, on this trip I shot loads 198, 199 and 200 - Two of the offerings being from Hornady:
First load up was Hornady - 115g - FXT (critical defense)
. Only 20 rounds in this box so only once "around the pattern". I say a range trip is like a fishing trip..... You always forget something! Well, I forgot the popper on this trip so no 30 yard target. Here are the first three shots at 14 yards on paper:
Not sure where the first shot went? I assume high. Without paying attention, I put black sticker targets on a black background, and I was cussing myself for doing so when I lined up the first shot! (that's my excuse...and I'm sticking with it!)
Anyway, a pretty good run the rest of the way. I went three-fer-three on 18 yard steel to my left and the same on this 18 yard steel to my right:
And 3/3 on the gong at 25 yards as well:
Actually...NO misses the rest of the way! Hit each of three knockdowns at 35 yard on the first shot and then went 5/5 on the far steel @50 yards! Every round fed, fired and extracted perfectly!
Next load up was Fiocchi - 124g -XTPHP
and here was six shots (two sets of three) on paper @14 yards with it!:
Ended up going 7/7 on both 18 yard steels. Here was the 18 yard steel to my left:
I hit the gong a respectable six-outta-seven..... and did OK
on two of the knockdowns at 35 yards. Here was my numbers on those:
2-4 on the 8" square knockdown target
1-5 on the 8" round knockdown target
2-3 on the 7.2x12" small silhouette knockdown target
The round knockdown was a bug-a-boo! And I thought I should have done better at the far steel, where I only hit 50% at 5/10. Anyway, the Fiocchi functioned flawlessly as well!
No big celebrations with pumpkins and full soda cans like when I hit the 10,000 round plateau, but I did take out this paint can with one shot (about 10 yards) with the Fiocchi:
Next load up (and the 200th load) was Hornady - 90g - Frangible
and here are six shots @14 yards on paper with it:
I only went around the steel one time at normal range....as I like to use frangible ammo "up close and personal". I only had one miss - at the gong at 25 yards! Here is one shot, one hit on each of the knockdowns at 35 yards:
And then 3/3 on the far steel at 50 yards:
After that, I got up close to the steel pictured above, and practiced drawing and quick double or triple taps! No issues with the Hornady frangible either so perfect function on the day with the P229.
In the 200 loads, I have now shot all the offerings from CCI Speer = 6
all the offerings from Federal = 7
all the offerings from Hornady = 8
all the offerings from Winchester = 7
Totals for the pistol:
357Sig: 11,206 rounds representing 200 offerings
40S&W: 236 rounds representing 1 offering
Parting shot: exit hole on paint can using Fiocchi ammo!