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Old 09-13-2012, 06:45 PM   #1
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22lr conversion FTE's?

I just picked up a 22lr conversion for my P226r (9mm). Well I guess I should say, ordered from Sig and backordered for 4 or 5 months...

Anyway it cane in a few weeks ago and I finally got out to shoot it.

I had a ton of failure to extracts. I'd say conservative count would be 30-40 but probably closer to 50-60 out of 200 rounds. Ammo used was 100 rounds of 36gr Copper Plated HP CCI Mini Mags and a 100 rounds 36gr Winchester Copper Plated HP bulk that was rated 20fps faster then the CCI stuff.

Other then the fit being a little rough feeling on the rails. Like the finish is a little gritty. The only thing that looks out of place is the extractor. When the slide is in battery with a round chambered the extractor protrudes away from the slide about a millimeter at the point it connects with the case lip. When chambered I can push on the extractor and push it in. The extractor will spring back out and be a mm from flush.

These conversions are new to me so I don't know if this is suppose to be like this or not?

Either way, I called and they sent me a shipping label. Only thing that sucks is I'll be without my beloved 226 for a few weeks.

What is your opinion on cause?

I'm thinking it's all a fit issue with the extractor and barrel. But also maybe the bolt face? The cut out for the base of the case is slightly rounded and not as sharply cut as my Ruger MKII? My only thoughts on cause.
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Old 09-14-2012, 09:16 AM   #2
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I don't ahve a sig 22 or conversion but the 22 i have is pretty finicky. i am surprised you have issues with the cci minimags. that is the only thing mine reliably eats
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I know, I expected a few failures as it's a 22 and well, I just expect them. But this was really bad. The Winchester was rated faster too do I figured if anything that'd help.

A few people have mentioned having problems with 36gr stuff and 40gr worked better. Even if 40gr works better I can't see 36gr having that many failures. A few sure but 3-4 a mag is a lot!

It went back to Sig this morning.
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I know the winchester hollowpoint that are 555 rounds for 12 buck are total garbage. i wonder if you need a different spring for the conversion. personally i prefer dedicated weapons, but to each his own.
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Wouldn't be surprised if it needed new springs. It'd like a dedicated but that's twice the cost of just the kit. I needed a cheap way to practice more as I shoot competitions and while 9 is cheaper it's not as cheap as 22.

The Wincheter was in a 525 bulk pack and loaded fine and was no different then the Mini Mags. Both sucked.
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My P-226 shipped as a .22 classic, and I actually added a .357 sig conversion kit to mine.

It need a few hundred rounds to break in and now eats 40gr. cprn Minimags with ease. Other brands didn't function well.
Make sure to use plenty of grease/oil on the rails.
It wouldn't group well and needed some "back to sig" sight work.

If you send it back, get an action enhancement at the same time and consider the srt trigger too while it's back home, imho.
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Yeah they offered the Action work for 20% off but money is tighter and I'm a big believer in the, "If it ain't broke don't fix it" camp with my guns.

I'd be a little surprised if it was just a difference in bullet weight but who knows.
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Try a few remington golden bullets.. I find them to be the most reliable across all 22 cal I have.. Try the rn if you can find a box. Both RH AND hp work in my 226-22
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CCI makes a 22lr bullet called the "Stinger". They are rated at 1640 fps. They seem to be the highest fps bullet on the market that I have seen. It is a nickel plated casing with a copper plated hollow point bullet. Usually sells for around $6 for 50 rounds.
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Mine hates most bulk 22 ammo except it eats up the Winchesterb bulk. I use and it likes CCI Stinger and Velocitor ammo.

I talked to the local SIG LEO rep and he said use the hottests ammo you can find.
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