Sig P238 Hollow Point Ammo Loading Problems

Sig P238 Hollow Point Ammo Loading Problems

This is a discussion on Sig P238 Hollow Point Ammo Loading Problems within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I've found the below thread from 2013 (link below). I just bought a new P238 (manufactured date Jan 2017) and have this same problem. It ...

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    Sig P238 Hollow Point Ammo Loading Problems

    I've found the below thread from 2013 (link below). I just bought a new P238 (manufactured date Jan 2017) and have this same problem. It feeds range ammo and shoots just fine. It's hard to believe that this problem is still being experienced 4 years later. Anyone have any new suggestions or else experiencing this?


    https://www.defensivecarry.com/forum/...ml#post5655058

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    As stated in the thread.

    And what HP's have you tried? Helps to add as much info as possible.
    Was it cleaned after purchase? Did you fully load the mags and let them sit a few days?
    Brand(s) of range and hp ammo? How many rounds?
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    In my P238 using the seven round mags, I've used Precision One XTP, Fiocchi XTP, Hornady XTP and Federal HST with a mixture of 115 & 124 grain without a single problem loading or ejecting. My P238 fires the Precision One XTP & Fiocchi XTP the best.
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    I've put Critical Duty thru mine as well as Sig JHPs and have not had any problems. For range ammo, Ive been using Blazer Brass or Fiocchi most of the time...also no problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mck1975 View Post
    In my P238 using the seven round mags, I've used Precision One XTP, Fiocchi XTP, Hornady XTP and Federal HST with a mixture of 115 & 124 grain without a single problem loading or ejecting. My P238 fires the Precision One XTP & Fiocchi XTP the best.
    In 9mm, I have found that pistols that balk at hollow points will feed the Fiocchi XTP with no problem. Maybe this is also true for .380.
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    I was taught after you beak in your sememi auto with 200 to 500rounds (depending on the gun) you then had to find what hollow point would reliably feed and hit the target at point of aim.
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    I'll repeat what I said in that other thread (replied and didn't even notice it was a long dead thread). I believe the school of thought that you need to run 200 or more rounds through a gun to check reliability is a leftover from times when semi-autos were not so reliable and ammo certainly was not what it is now (mostly the 80s when police were starting to put away their revolvers and switch to on and off duty semis.). I used to subscribe to that thought (when I would go out and do whatever somebody I thought knew better told me was best to do). But having owned a number of guns over time and testing them, I've gotten to where I'll run 100 FMJs and maybe 50 of my chose HP (after its first cleaning and oiling to make sure I've done my part in not inducing issues) and calling it good. All of my guns, minus a handful of 1911s needed no more than that and I've run them without issue ever since.

    With the 1911, they can be a little finicky in my experience and might need a bit more of a workout (not all of them). But with the options available today like Glock, XD, SIG etc, they're almost always good to go. And, if they aren't, you'll mostly see it within the first few shots. At that point, you just start going down the issue list such as ammo brand, magazine, etc. There's a lot of people in this world that can't afford to do 3-400 round premium SD ammo tests on day one, and they seem to be doing just fine. It's another reason to like revolvers, if you get through 25 shots with no issue, you're good to go 99.9% of the time.

    In your case, I'd be talking to SIG if you've tried other brands and they won't feed either.

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    I have a P238 too. I also have issues with what ammo will feed correctly. I bought some Critical duty and it would not feed at all, friend of mine had the same issue with it - same gun/ammo. Mine feeds Barnes just fine, haven't tried any other SD ammo.

    Mine will feed ball ammo, no problem with it at all. HP is different, I've found it works best with a rounded nose vs squared off.


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    I'm wondering if the Critical Duty/Defense is hanging up because of that polymer tip. I can't remember what 9mm it was now, been too long, but I had a gun that kept getting rounds hung up. I think it might have been my Canik. Either way, I've heard others say that tip can cause issues.
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    I don't know. Looked to me like the ramp is too steep and without a nice rounded nose it jammed into the ramp. As I recall there was another brand of practice ammo that did the same thing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave909 View Post
    I'm wondering if the Critical Duty/Defense is hanging up because of that polymer tip. I can't remember what 9mm it was now, been too long, but I had a gun that kept getting rounds hung up. I think it might have been my Canik. Either way, I've heard others say that tip can cause issues.
    My 9mm XDS will cycle those Hornady FTX rounds but I can tell it doesn't like them. And they hang during administrative loads.
    I also have a 9mm XD Sub-Compact, and it has never had an issue with these but I will no longer use them.



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    That really sharpened point on there probably doesn't help either I would guess.

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    Same Problem with my P238 Purchased January 2017

    I just wanted to add to the thread that I purchased my Sig P238 earlier this year and have run well over 500 rounds of FMJ of a variety of manufacturers without any problems, and then I loaded Sig Sauer 380 ACP Hollow Points thinking using their ammo with my gun would be a good combo, but no, every round wouldn't feed. It would jam the same way as described in all the posts. It was very alarming. I then put back my range ammo and no issues.

    I'm going to try some of the brands mentioned. It just seemed really strange that their own branded ammo doesn't work reliably in their gun.

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    Might try polishing the feed ramp with a fine grade steel wool.

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    I remember back in the day when the 70 series 1911s had a problem with some hollow points. I was told Remington had the best feeding ammo because of the round bulets. I don't know if that's true today.
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