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virgin territory 4 me; .40 S&W & .357 Sig...load recommendations

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by kmrcstintn, Mar 1, 2007.

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  1. kmrcstintn

    kmrcstintn Member

    Jan 5, 2006
    this started out as a rifle & scope purchase at my favorite shop; one of the employees was selling his Ruger No. 1 in .45-70 and the shop had a consignment Bausch & Lomb Elite 400 2.5-10 X 40 scope and I snagged the combo for $650 and the shop did the mounting & boresighting for free; long story short, I followed the instructions in the owner's manual and disassembled the rifle thoroughly for cleaning and lube and had a horendous time with reassembly (I tried 17 times in 4 hours and couldn't get the internals lined up properly and I gave up and took the gun back to the shop); I was given $625 trade in credit ($25 to cover the shop owner's time to disassemble my boo-booed gun and ressemble it correctly was deducted from a $650 total credit); I just felt that I would end up hating the gun since I am very anal about my cleaning and lubing regimen

    I spotted a consignment Sig Sauer P239 in .40 S&W priced way low at $450 with very little cosmetic flaws and most likely less than 500 rounds thru it (later that evening I stopped at a shop closer to home to get some ammo and spotted a NIB for $809 and a used one in similar shape for $649); the shop had a new P239 barrel in .357 Sig for $139; I snagged the combo for a little less than $600...one of the best used buys I have ever done :D

    what I picked up to try after breaking in the .357 Sig barrel:

    .40 S&W...Speer Gold Dot 'short barrel' 180gr; Federal HydraShok 165gr
    .357 Sig...Speer Gold Dot 125gr

    opinions on these loads for the shorter barrel in the P239? will .357 Sig feed using the .40 S&W mags (I carefully dry cycled several rounds in each mag and they fed, extracted, and ejected well; the owner's manual states that .357 Sig can't work in .40 S&W mags and visa versa); if the loads stated above don't suit you, what do you use?
  2. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 19, 2006
    I think any load from a major manufacturer will serve you just fine as long as you take the time to practice so you can place the shots. Stick with what you've got and spend your money on practice ammo. Congrats on the new pistol. :)
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