+P+ ok in Sig P229?

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    +P+ ok in Sig P229?

    Can my sig handle Buffalo Bore +P+ 147gr 9mm ammo? Getting some defensive ammo to test in my gun. Will only be shooting five rounds through my gun (saving the rest to carry.)
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    A SIG can probably handle it, but I wouldn't run anything that stout in mine. Maybe +p, but no more. My 226 gets standard pressure fodder. The XDm gets 124 +p, as I get a good deal on that ammo.

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    Should be no problem. The P229 has a machined steel slide. That is what they uprgraded the P226 to so it could handle .40 and .357Sig.
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    It will handle it just fine, however I wouldn't give it (or any pistol for that matter) a steady diet of +P+. Any pistol, no matter how sturdy it is, will probably become a bit loose with a steady diet of +P+'s. You stated you would be shooting 5 rounds just to test for functionality, and then using it as your carry load. That should not be a problem. Use it with confidence.
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    Winchester, Speer & Federal all make 147 gr 9mm loads that pass the FBI protocol (can't say as I've seen the Buffalo Bore load tested) and do it without resorting to +P+ pressures. Why subject your p229 to increased wear unnecessarily?
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    The stainless steel solid slide of the Sig 229 will be just fine with +p+ loads. Like said above... I wouldn't shoot thousands of rounds through it... but I wouldn't think twice about running 100 through it to test function.

    I'd also like to not that this is purely speculation on my part and I have nothing but the beer in my hand to back me up on it... and that will be gone soon.

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    Five rounds I wouldn't worry about. But I'd consider shooting a few of them at the end of each range session of regular 9mms so you are familiar with them for carry. If you really want to continually shoot something like a 125gr JHP at 1350-1375fps, get a Sig in .357Sig which is built for those operating pressures. I try to practice with what I will use for carry in regards to std, +p, or +p+. I do carry 9mm or .38sp chambered guns at times so make sure I run some carry ammo through them when practicing. My main carry is in .357Sig (Glock 32) which is all the same (no different pressure loadings).

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