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Old 08-04-2011, 12:40 PM   #1
 
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well i shot my first sig and fell for it instantly. im having problems deciding on a caliber as i know sig offers the caliber change kit but it also notes it works best with the 22lr pistol and when i called CSR guy on phone said if tried with other calibers some modification may have to be made. so as it stands its between the the 229 in 22lr, 9mm, or 40cal. if anyone has had experiences with the caliber change kit that help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Old 08-04-2011, 12:54 PM   #2
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Let's see.....



Have owned a 229 since the mid 90's. I'm on my 2nd one, AG date code (older). It is my favorite handgun of all time, it's my 1911. Small enough to carry concealed and large enough to be a battle piece.



Anyways, but the .40. With the .40 you can simply buy a Sig factory barell in .357sig and shoot that caliber with no other modification necessary, only the barrel swap. The magz are built for .40 and .357sig and are stamped on the side as such. For 9mm, all you need is a barsto barrel. You can shoot 9mm out of the stock .40 magz. I'll let someone else chime in on the .22 as I have no experience with it out of this pistol.



I regularly shoot 40 and .357sig out of mine and carry .357sig daily in either the 239 (summer) or 229 (winter).
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helps alot thanks
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Old 08-04-2011, 01:29 PM   #4
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I have no experience with the exchange kit but I guess your decision would be based on what your going to use the gun for, plinking or self defence... I agree with BrickTop the 40 is an excellent caliber & not too awefully expensive to shoot & can be easily modified to shoot the 357 sig round, But the ammo for the 357 Sig can be pretty expensive,,



I'm kind of confused what your asking 229's come in 9mm 40 cal & 357 Sig
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Old 08-04-2011, 01:57 PM   #5
 
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they make the 229 in a 22lr and on the caliber change kit section it says thats the gun it is for. when i called sig and asked the rep told me that it will work on other cals like 9mm 40 or 357 but the slide may require some modification where as if i have original 229 in 22lr and buy say the 40cal claiber change kit it will slide on on if i try with a 9mm 229 it may require modification
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they make the 229 in a 22lr and on the caliber change kit section it says thats the gun it is for. when i called sig and asked the rep told me that it will work on other cals like 9mm 40 or 357 but the slide may require some modification where as if i have original 229 in 22lr and buy say the 40cal claiber change kit it will slide on on if i try with a 9mm 229 it may require modification






http://www.sigsauer.com/SigStore/cen...e-kit-387.aspx
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Old 08-04-2011, 02:25 PM   #7
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My recommendation would be get the 229 in the centerfire caliber caliber you choose and then get a .22 pistol that is kept as a dedicated .22. There have been some reports of unusual wear when swapping between centerfire and rimfire slides
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Old 08-04-2011, 02:38 PM   #8
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Thats what I was trying to say if You want a 229 a 9mm or 40 cal is a great choice, like mentioned above you can always convert the 40 cal to 357 Sig, If I'm going to spend big money on a Sig it's going to shoot @ least a 380 cal or preferabally larger caliber.. You can pick up a 22lr pistol cheap... I've owned a Walther 22lr pistol & it was an ok little pistol for the price. I just didn't like field stripping it, I can't tell you how many times the recoil spring slipped out of my grip & shot under the frefridgerator. ha ha many times..
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Old 08-04-2011, 09:44 PM   #9
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I have a 9mm P229R... I opted for the 9mm because, never having fired a P229 in 9, 40 or 357 Sig, figuring that the lesser recoiling 9mm would give me less muzzle climb after the first shot so that I could line up my sights faster for my second shot. If you opt for the 40, you can buy a 357 Sig barrel for it and vice-versa. It uses the same magazine.



I too agree that if you want a 22, instead of getting a conversion kit, buy a dedicated 22 pistol.
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Have owned a 229 since the mid 90's. I'm on my 2nd one, AG date code (older). It is my favorite handgun of all time, it's my 1911. Small enough to carry concealed and large enough to be a battle piece.



Anyways, but the .40. With the .40 you can simply buy a Sig factory barell in .357sig and shoot that caliber with no other modification necessary, only the barrel swap. The magz are built for .40 and .357sig and are stamped on the side as such. For 9mm, all you need is a barsto barrel. You can shoot 9mm out of the stock .40 magz. I'll let someone else chime in on the .22 as I have no experience with it out of this pistol.



I regularly shoot 40 and .357sig out of mine and carry .357sig daily in either the 239 (summer) or 229 (winter).


+1 for the .40. i have a 229 in 9mm and will either be supplementing it with one in .40 or replacing it. get the .40 from the start and then you can pick whatever caliber you want. as for the .22 the ruger mk3 pistols can be had for a decent price and shoot rather well.
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Old 08-06-2011, 06:42 PM   #11
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I've got three Sig P229s. One in 9 mm , one in 40S&W, and one in 357 Sig. All of them shoot great! I use the 9 mm and 40 S&W for CC. I got the 9 mm all fixed up on the Father's Day Special - short trigger, night sights, and action job - it is totally awesome! All of them are accurate and very dependable. You can't go wrong with any of them. I would like to get the all stainless steel P229 next. Good luck on your decision.
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If you want to shoot multiple calibers out of the same Sig, I'd suggest you buy a .40 cal.



I've got a .40 cal. that shoots .40 cal / .357 cal & 9mm.



I bought a .357 barrel & a 9mm from Bar-sto and it is wonderful to shoot.



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I started with the 9mm because I had a 9mm P250 at the time and because 9mm is a lot less expensive than .40. (Around here I can get a case of PMC 9mm for less than $200. .40 is more like $300 a case.) I love it. I carry it and shoot IDPA matches with it. Then I thought I'd like to try a larger caliber, so I bought a .40. I've been working on how to get a handle on the recoil, because it's quite snappy. A little bit of work on my grip has helped that somewhat. I tried a Buffer Tech recoil buffer, but it did nothing for me. What did make a huge difference for me is replacing the 16 pound recoil spring with a 21 pound spring. It's still snappier than the 9mm, but I don't get nearly as much muzzle flip as i did before. I also find that shooting heavier bullets helps. I can tell a big difference between 180 grain and 165 grain.
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Old 08-15-2011, 07:09 AM   #14
 
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I prefer the .357 sig but I also have the .40 barrel to interchange .
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