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GoingPro
08-03-2009, 2:29 PM
Which caliber would you choose? I'm leaning more toward the .40 cal just cause i'm a bigger caliber type of person!

hung380
08-03-2009, 2:31 PM
.40 because you can change the barrel to .357 sig and 9mm.

locosway
08-03-2009, 2:32 PM
.40 because you can change the barrel to .357 sig and 9mm.

This

trapshot68
08-03-2009, 2:32 PM
9mm cause I have none of the other ammo nor am I interested in starting....

Nikola
08-03-2009, 2:33 PM
9mm because you won't be tempted to shoot the expensive stuff. And I really don't feel underarmed if I have my P226 9mm.

Black Majik
08-03-2009, 2:45 PM
9mm. Because German stamped slide P226s didn't come in .40/.357SIG. :D

Iknownot
08-03-2009, 2:46 PM
9mm. It's the cheapest. It makes the 226 the most fun to shoot due to less recoil.

IMO, at least.

trickyvic
08-03-2009, 2:46 PM
9mm. Because German stamped slide P226s didn't come in .40/.357SIG. :D

:iagree:

MiguelS
08-03-2009, 3:21 PM
Put down the .40 cal, because if you are itching to shot a lower cal such as 9mm or 375 sig, you can.

If you buy a 9mm, you cannot interchange the barrels up. I bought a P6 for my 9mm.

I figured a 9mm conversion barrel and 2 9mm mags would cost me $320 total. For $350-$400 you can get a P6 9mm and have two pistols.

leitung
08-03-2009, 3:38 PM
Put down the .40 cal, because if you are itching to shot a lower cal such as 9mm or 375 sig, you can.

If you buy a 9mm, you cannot interchange the barrels up. I bought a P6 for my 9mm.

I figured a 9mm conversion barrel and 2 9mm mags would cost me $320 total. For $350-$400 you can get a P6 9mm and have two pistols.

+1.. Go with the .40 or .357SIG, that way you can shoot .40, .357, and 9mm as you wish.

Yes, .40 & .357 are more expensive, but it's nice to have a choice.

sholling
08-03-2009, 4:21 PM
9mm is affordable and there are great self defense loads available.

RT13
08-03-2009, 4:40 PM
The P226 is an awesome platform for any of those calibers. I own two P226's one in 9mm and one in .40 with a .357sig semi drop in barrel. The P226 was designed around the 9mm and if I could only choose one I would choose the 9mm where it performs best. But as others noted, if you get a .40 or .357, you can get a barstow 9mm barrel not factory 9mm barrel. Unfortunately they are not always a true perfect drop in and may require you ship the slide and barrel to barstow for proper fitting. This is why I prefer a 9mm P226 straight from the factory and not have to alter anything on the gun. And I got another P226 in .40 separately. But that's just my opinion. You'll be happy with anyone you choose. I think the P226 is one of the very best guns ever built. And 9mm is cheaper to shoot than .40 and gets the job done just as well. The .357sig round is hard to find and very expensive. Another note when swapping barrels in the same gun, your point of impact will change due to the sights vs caliber.

Greg-Dawg
08-03-2009, 6:10 PM
.40S&W because you can easily find ammo.

hoffman259
08-03-2009, 8:46 PM
.40/.357

hi_desert
08-03-2009, 8:51 PM
P226/9mm, P229/.40, at least that's the combo that I went with

shoupdawg
08-03-2009, 9:10 PM
This

This again.

bondmid003
08-03-2009, 9:25 PM
I just bought one in .40 and you can't go wrong with .40

TZL
08-03-2009, 10:05 PM
i would go the other way around with the bigger caliber in the bigger gun, then again my 228 and 229R are both 9mm....

P226/9mm, P229/.40, at least that's the combo that I went with

J-cat
08-03-2009, 10:14 PM
9mm, cuz I like the 9mm.

Nikola
08-03-2009, 11:00 PM
9mm, cuz I like the 9mm.

I agree! I just...like 9mm. But I get the impression this is a rare feeling.

bernieb90
08-03-2009, 11:03 PM
9mm because that is what it is intended to be. Deviations from original calibers usually end up costing in the long run as far as durability, and reliability. I know a guy who had 80K through his P226 9mm before the frame cracked. Sig sent him a new one, and he is still on his original slide, and barrel. SEALs shoot the snot out of 9mm P226s, and they last for 50-60K despite the hot stuff they run through it. Modern 9mm gives up very little to the .40 S&W as far as terminal performance yet has less recoil, and in the P226 is super accurate.

creampuff
08-03-2009, 11:06 PM
I agree! I just...like 9mm. But I get the impression this is a rare feeling.

I have the 226 in 9mm and 0.40, and I prefer the 9mm as well. It feels so natural, that it feels like I am shooting a 0.22.

J-cat
08-03-2009, 11:07 PM
I agree! I just...like 9mm. But I get the impression this is a rare feeling.

I dunno why. What's not to like?

J-cat
08-03-2009, 11:08 PM
9mm because that is what it is intended to be. Deviations from original calibers usually end up costing in the long run as far as durability, and reliability. I know a guy who had 80K through his P226 9mm before the frame cracked. Sig sent him a new one, and he is still on his original slide, and barrel. SEALs shoot the snot out of 9mm P226s, and they last for 50-60K despite the hot stuff they run through it. Modern 9mm gives up very little to the .40 S&W as far as terminal performance yet has less recoil, and in the P226 is super accurate.

According to Sig customer service, a .40 aluminum frame lasts approximately 35000 rounds. They will give you a new frame if you ever break it, though.

GoingPro
08-03-2009, 11:13 PM
man! what a toss up ! i think i need to head to the range and rent both of them before i purchase!

Greg-Dawg
08-03-2009, 11:14 PM
man! what a toss up ! i think i need to head to the range and rent both of them before i purchase!

Smart idea.

SDJim
08-04-2009, 7:50 AM
.40 because I have a P228 for when I want to shoot 9mm.

tiger222
08-04-2009, 8:03 AM
9mm because that is what the Baby Jesus intended.
I don't like 40 due to the "snap"
Otherwise 45 cal, but that is not an option. But get what floats your boat.

Ninja45
08-04-2009, 11:18 AM
9mm for me! On the P226, it is a match made in heaven! I have shot thousands of rounds through my P226 (W. German stamped) and it is one pistol I will not sell!

rorschach
08-04-2009, 2:09 PM
.40, because....

"If it doesn't start with a four, don't bring it to the war" -Col. Jeff Cooper

SIGFan951
08-15-2009, 10:58 AM
9mm because of the older P226s with the German stamped slides. I like the feel and balance of those much more than the newer stainless slide models built for the .40/.357 rounds.

fullrearview
08-15-2009, 11:23 AM
40 cuz thats wat 50cent rolls wit!!!!!! j/k

I was issued a .40, but trained with a 9mm. 9mm allows quicker follow ups but my 1st 3-4 with the .40 are still nice and tight.

That being said, my next pistol purchase will be a Sig p250....That way I can make it what ever I want!

bsg
08-15-2009, 4:25 PM
i'll take my old w german sig p226.

Federalist
08-15-2009, 6:11 PM
I have a .40 and love it. It is my go to handgun right now.

That said, I'm in the market for a 9mm too. Why? Simply because one can never have enough guns.

If I were you and were only going to get one, I would try out both. If you feel comfortable with the .40 and don't mind the higher cost of the ammo, go with it since you are a larger caliber guy. But the P226 is a GREAT platform, and you will be happy with either. Don't sweat it and enjoy picking out the new gun.

nemisis1400
08-16-2009, 1:20 AM
i voted for 9mm, cause thats what i have for mine.

Grayblue
08-16-2009, 2:10 AM
40S&W. Largest I can squeeze in a P226, I still have minimum of 10 rounds, and I can still handle it.