Hollow point ammo won't feed into gun

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    Hollow point ammo won't feed into gun

    Just bought a Sig Sauer P238 and filled it up with some overpriced Aguila .380 hollow point ammo and the thing won't load a single cartridge. The flat end of these rounds are getting hung up on the barrel. I tried some Lellier & Bellot FMJ ammo and they load just fine. Is this a known issue with this gun?

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    Hollow point ammo won't feed into gun

    Have you tried firing the rounds or are you just racking slide?

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    I would try different ammo. Just in case. If it happens with the different ammo, then I would contact the manufacturer.
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    Is the recoil spring worn out?
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    Not so long ago getting a semi auto that would feed hp ammo was hit or miss at best and most that would would only feed one brand. Ball was the sure thing. Now most modern semis will feed hp ammo. Especially high end ones but I wouldnt faint of suprize if I were to get one that would only feed ball ammo without some tweaking it.

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    Try polishing the feed ramp on the barrel.
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    When trouble shooting problems, it helps to be as detailed as possible and provide as much information as possible.

    Have you shot the gun at all?

    Have you shot the gun with other ammo?

    Have you tried loading anything other than the aforementioned Aguila hollow points and Sellier and Bellot FMJ?

    Have you tried to load any other hollow points?

    Using the Sellier and Bellot is not a fair comparison because it is a Full Metal Jacket hard ball ammo and your problems seem to be with Hollow Points.

    It may just be that your particular gun doesn't like the hollow points produced by Aguila. It is not uncommon for a gun to choke on certain brands or types of ammo.

    I would try other brands of hollow points first. If they feed fine, then it would seem your gun doesn't like Aguila.

    You can then simply avoid Aguila in the future, or you can have a gunsmith perform some reliability work on the gun to ensure that it feeds all types of ammo. One such piece of work is to have the chamber throated and the feed ramp polished. It is a reasonable job and usually clears up a lot of ammunition feeding issues.

    It's hard to go much further with the limited amount of information you offered.
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    My kahr cw9 has the same problem with Winchester pdx1's. try something different and see what happens. Hornady critical defense works flawless in mine
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    Don't know if you mean this happens during actual firing or are you just trying to load the first round into the chamber. If it's the latter, are you slowly riding the slide into battery or using the slide catch lever or slingshotting it home? Could make a big difference.
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    More information is definitely needed.
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    Hello OP! Anymore info you can provide? Is the gun new or used? How long have you had the gun?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddclancy View Post
    Is the recoil spring worn out?
    OP's first sentence: "Just bought a Sig Sauer P238..."

    Short attention span, huh?
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    Not a big deal to find that a handgun does not like a certain brand of HP. It may be a blessing that your does not like aguila brand. You can polish the feed ramp and try again but thats just the way many small handguns are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    OP's first sentence: "Just bought a Sig Sauer P238..."

    Short attention span, huh?
    Could be a used gun. Don't be that guy.

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