Please HELP! P220 Problems

Please HELP! P220 Problems

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    Please HELP! P220 Problems

    Please HELP! Today I bought a used Sig P220, after purchasing it and returning home, I find that when I go to rack a round in the chamber with 8 rounds in the mag, the round nose dives below the feeding ramp and mangles (rather expensive) hollow points. Anyone else share this problem? I got two factory 8 round mags with it, both do it with 8 rounds loaded. When loading the 8th round into the magazine, it feels as though the last round "snaps into place", making it particularly difficult for the slide to pick it up off of the magazine metal lips.
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    "it feels as though the last round "snaps into place"," - that's normal.

    Disassemble your magazines and make sure that that the previous owner installed the magazine springs the correct way...because if not then that is one reason why cartridges will take a nosedive instead of chambering.

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    Also, just FYI the factory 8 rounders don't have the best reputation. I don't recall what the exact issue or solution was. I believe there was a number of threads about them on Sig Forum.
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    crap.
    i really liked the idea of an 8 round single stack. trying QK's idea...
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    nope. still just nosediving. flipping the spring did nothing.

    can any sig fans off the top of their heads tell me if the springs in the magazines go skinny spring towards bottom?
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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    "it feels as though the last round "snaps into place"," - that's normal.

    Disassemble your magazines and make sure that that the previous owner installed the magazine springs the correct way...because if not then that is one reason why cartridges will take a nosedive instead of chambering.
    Yes, as QK mentioned. Take your mags apart and check to see if your springs are in the correct position.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Broken View Post
    Please HELP! Today I bought a used Sig P220, after purchasing it and returning home, I find that when I go to rack a round in the chamber with 8 rounds in the mag, the round nose dives below the feeding ramp and mangles (rather expensive) hollow points. Anyone else share this problem? I got two factory 8 round mags with it, both do it with 8 rounds loaded. When loading the 8th round into the magazine, it feels as though the last round "snaps into place", making it particularly difficult for the slide to pick it up off of the magazine metal lips.
    Please help!
    Wish I could help, but my 1993-vintage 220 runs like a sewing machine with the factory 8-rounders. Does the same problem happen with FMJ?
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    I havent tried FMJ i could only afford a box of nice PMC starfire carrry rounds... (which are in fact snubby, compared to ball ammo)
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    If I was you I would try some different ammo, especially since it did it in both magazines. If it just did it in one it could be attributed to the magazine, but since it was in both, try some different ammo. If the same thing occurs, than you have taken a variable out of what could be causing it, because you know it isn't ammo related.
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    hmmm time to sell blood for .45 ammo.
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    help! family stranded! need .45 ammo!
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    crap, scratch the link off that....
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    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=...t:429,r:11,s:0

    Hopefully that really long link works. I'm not around my 220, so I can't take the mags apart, but it looks like from that image, assuming the owner laid everything out logically as it appears, the skinny end of the spring goes under the follower, at the top of the magazine. If the link doesn't work google image search: sig p220 factory magazine disassembly, should be in the second row.
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    good info, thanks buckeye!
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    Sure thing, which way were you trying to springs?

    I hate feeling like something i just spent hard earned money on wasn't worth it, hopefully you can get your 220 running quickly, I really enjoy mine.
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