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Old 04-26-2017, 01:55 PM   #1
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First range trip P220 Elite SAO 10mm

Just returned from my local indoor range after shooting $30 worth of 10mm (one box!)through my new P220 SAO Elite.

One thing is for sure....you certainly aren't shooting a 9MM! Recoil is pretty stout and snappy, but the pistol soaked it up and the excellent G10 grips give you an excellent purchase on the pistol. Given that you are shooting such a powerful round the P220 actually shot fairly softly once I became accustomed to it.

Accuracy wise I did fairly well. Took me a bit longer than usual to get the sights dialed in. Very nice sight picture, by the way! Shooting from a rest, head shots on a 'bad guy' target at about 20 yards was fairly easy, but not as tight as with my P226RX SAO in 9mm. I think I have concluded that my PELT equipped P320s and SAO P226's, a Legion and the above mentioned RX have me spoiled. The trigger on the new P220 is pretty good, but a fair amount heavier than the others. I am sure it will smooth out with time, and I may also install a lighter mainspring, which I have done with the P226s, in the future.

Had three failures, but I believe they were all my fault. The first time the fresh round was trapped between the slide and barrel, the other two the empty ejected but the new round failed to feed. I am almost positive that upon recoil I dumped the mag!! I had done that once before with my P226 Legion. Being conscious of my grip should take care of that in the future. One other observation: this thing slings brass!! There was a small area with several empties to my left and about 18 feet behind me where they bounced off the divider and hit a cabinet! Also, as I have seen in a few Youtube videos you can see where the empties are hitting the slide just above the extractor.

All in all I am happy with the new P220. Not sure I will ever shoot it as well as my SAO P226's but I am sure I can get proficient with it.
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Congratulations!
I am happy with mine that I carry when hunt.
Enjoy it!
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I love the 10mm.

Try some of these loads from Underwood.
  • Underwood 155gr FMJ flat-nosed, 1500 fps, 774 ft-lbs.
  • Underwood 180gr TMJ flat-nosed, 1300 fps, 676 ft-lbs.
  • Underwood 135gr JHP, Nosler bullet, 1600 fps, 767 ft-lbs
  • Underwood 155gr JHP, Hornady XTP, 1500 fps, 774 ft-lbs
  • Underwood 165gr JHP, Gold Dot, 1400 fps, 718 ft-lbs
  • Underwood 180gr JHP, Gold Dot, 1300 fps , 676 ft-lbs
  • Underwood 200gr FMJ, brass jacketed, 1250 fps, 694 ft-lbs
Also, the SIG Sauer Elite Performance Ammunition, 180gr FMJ round-nose, 1250 fps, 624 ft-lbs, is great target ammo and within 50 fps of the same load from Underwood.
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Underwood.......feelin hot, hot, hot!!
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I love the 10mm.

Try some of these loads from Underwood.
  • Underwood 155gr FMJ flat-nosed, 1500 fps, 774 ft-lbs.
  • Underwood 180gr TMJ flat-nosed, 1300 fps, 676 ft-lbs.
  • Underwood 135gr JHP, Nosler bullet, 1600 fps, 767 ft-lbs
  • Underwood 155gr JHP, Hornady XTP, 1500 fps, 774 ft-lbs
  • Underwood 165gr JHP, Gold Dot, 1400 fps, 718 ft-lbs
  • Underwood 180gr JHP, Gold Dot, 1300 fps , 676 ft-lbs
  • Underwood 200gr FMJ, brass jacketed, 1250 fps, 694 ft-lbs
Also, the SIG Sauer Elite Performance Ammunition, 180gr FMJ round-nose, 1250 fps, 624 ft-lbs, is great target ammo and within 50 fps of the same load from Underwood.
That Underwood ammo looks like some pretty hot stuff! I actually shot SIG Elite ammo that I picked up at the SIG Elite dealer where I bought the pistol. It was, interestingly enough, far cheaper than the other ammo on the shelf by at least $5. I was told that because they are a SIG Elite dealer they can buy SIG stuff cheaper, and that they pass on the savings. I have noticed that their prices on most SIG stuff reflect that. BTW....I also was given a SIG hat!! Least SIG could do for me after buying four premium SIG pistols in the past few months!!

I checked out my local Field & Stream store this evening. $35/box of Remington range ammo, fairly mild stuff it seems. This will likely be a pistol shot relatively little I think.
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Congratulations! I hope that was a 50 round box of ammo and not one of those puny half boxes.

Now y'all have me thinking about getting one. I love the P220 and a 10mm would be awesome!
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Congratulations! I hope that was a 50 round box of ammo and not one of those puny half boxes.

Now y'all have me thinking about getting one. I love the P220 and a 10mm would be awesome!
Yup...Box of 50! I loved the P220ST in .45 I owned years ago, and the thought of buying one in 10mm, especially with the long slide, SAO and G10s kind of pushed me over the edge.
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Underwood makes some good 10mm. I also like buffalo bore.
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Quick update re: dumping mag causing failures

Just a quick update. I mentioned in my original post about having a couple of failures because I thought I accidentally hit the mag release. I was mistaken. I believe I have a bad magazine as it has popped out a few times since as I was checking out the pistol and not even shooting it. If I push the baseplate forward and then back while it is in the pistol it will pop out! I am not sure if this is one of the two mags that came with the pistol or the spare I bought. I will call the shop where I bought it tomorrow to see how to get the mag replaced.
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Carefully compare and measure the mag catch slots in the magazine tube (body) between the magazines and see if you see a difference.


I can't remember; was this pistol new or used when you bought it?
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The pistol was new. I was able to recreate the problem several times with the one magazine, but not with the other that I tried.
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