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Sheepdog1968
08-09-2009, 11:11 AM
I love my Sig. Might be due to the fact I waited nearly 20 years before buying it.

How many total rounds have you put through yours? Any idea what the max possible would be? If you do have a high count any scheduled prevenative maint you have followed or Sig reccomends?

I've a little over 8,000 through my P220. Its still in very good shape. The top of the slide rails have a bit of wear but nothing that concerns me. It now has a very slight rattle between slide and frame. I think of this as a good thing as less likely to jam - not that I have ever had that be a problem.

I'm guess I should be able to get 100,000 rounds through it no problem.

Many thanks and I look forward to your thoughts.

Greg-Dawg
08-09-2009, 11:21 AM
9K rounds out of my P226...but 16K rounds out of my Glock and it's as good as the day I bought it.

J-cat
08-09-2009, 11:28 AM
I'm guess I should be able to get 100,000 rounds through it no problem.

Per my conversation with Sig customer service, maybe a third of that. You will tear the rails off the frame at that point. Sig will replace the frame for free, though.

Greg-Dawg
08-09-2009, 11:29 AM
^Correct. I've shot a 100K Sig and the slide was loose, side to side on its frame.

J-cat
08-09-2009, 11:53 AM
It's not the aluminum that wears, but the ano. The reason aluminum rails fail is due to the nature of the beast. Ferrous metals, like steel, are elastic. They flex under pressure (within a certain range) and return to normal without permanent damage. Not so with aluminum.

Sheepdog1968
08-09-2009, 1:44 PM
Thanks for the comments so far. By the way, I have absolutley against Glocks or other polymer guns. They are all good. In a Guns and Ammo article (could have been its sister handgun mag) they had a retired LEO who had a Glock w 70,000 or so rounds through it. It was not shooting as accurate as it used to and all they needed to do was put in a new barrel to fix the problem.

Yes, knowing what I know now I would have likely gone w the all stainless Sig. I will still probably get one at some point.

So, at 30,000 rounds will Sig replace the lower as part of prevenative maintenance? If so, maybe I can have them go w stainless at that point.

Sheepdog1968
08-09-2009, 1:49 PM
Thanks for suggestion re greas e as well as how aluminum fatigues differently. I'm using my Blackberry so my apologies for not quoting above. FWIW, large meetings at work where I am but one of many are now much more interesting since I found I can easily use calguns via BB.

J-cat
08-09-2009, 2:03 PM
So, at 30,000 rounds will Sig replace the lower as part of prevenative maintenance? If so, maybe I can have them go w stainless at that point.


No, it has to crack first. Not all of them do. 90% of the guns they make will never see that kind of round count.

Sheepdog1968
08-10-2009, 3:14 PM
No, it has to crack first. Not all of them do. 90% of the guns they make will never see that kind of round count.

I agree. That's why I've always thought buying used guns is often a great deal. Good price discount for what is essentially a new gun.

sigfan91
08-10-2009, 3:47 PM
Sig recommends changing the recoil spring and the trigger bar spring, along with the roll pin that holds the breach block to the slide (old school) every 3000 rounds. I can't find the exact thread on sigforum that recommends that right now.

There was a question posed on sigforum, asking whether the stainless steel frame is more durable than aluminum frame. The answer was YES. However, only a tiny percentage of all Sig owners actually fire enough rounds to wear out an aluminum frame. So essentially the aluminum frame will provide a life time of service to the owner.

RangerRick
08-11-2009, 7:36 AM
I have just over 16K rounds through my P229 and it shoots as good as the day i got it (or maybe I'm just better after 16k rounds :p) The top of the barrel is starting to wear a little but I figure I can get at least another 5k rounds before I have to replace it.

Sheepdog1968
08-11-2009, 8:59 AM
I have just over 16K rounds through my P229 and it shoots as good as the day i got it (or maybe I'm just better after 16k rounds :p) The top of the barrel is starting to wear a little but I figure I can get at least another 5k rounds before I have to replace it.

Cool. Have you changed any parts yet?

kduly
08-11-2009, 9:19 AM
8k for my P228 (original owner sice 94) and it shoots as good as the new. Slide is still in great shape & tight, frame is still very nice.

HowardW56
08-11-2009, 9:23 AM
My Sigs all probably average around 7.5K..... Ss far all I have needed to do is replace one extractor and the springs in my 357 P-229...

Freagan
08-11-2009, 10:59 AM
I don't know how many rounds the original owner of my p228 put through it, but he said it was a safe queen and there weren't even any barrel smileys on it so I believe him. Now since I have owned it I have put over 2k through it and there are definitely smiles to be had (both on the gun and on me haha)

krim
08-11-2009, 3:23 PM
Just short of 23k on the P228 now, still on 2nd recoil spring. Slowing down now that I have more to use.

DCF
08-11-2009, 4:12 PM
Probably 550 to 600 rounds on my Sig 226. Cleaned it last time I went to the range. I just clean and oil the rail of the frame and the slide. Do I really need grease for that? Sounds logical because it's metal to metal contact and it make sense to use grease instead of just gun oil.

cr250chevy
08-11-2009, 11:57 PM
Where did you get this information?

Per my conversation with Sig customer service, maybe a third of that. You will tear the rails off the frame at that point. Sig will replace the frame for free, though.

liketoshoot
08-12-2009, 5:38 AM
Which one? I have 2 P6's that have over 10,000 each and have not changed the springs yet, my 220 has around 2,000, I have 3 226's with average of about 5,000, (except one is now a 22 with over 25.000 rounds), my 229 is the baby with about 1500 rounds.............................
None have had any work done to them except once and a while I clean them.

J-cat
08-12-2009, 7:00 AM
Where did you get this information?

From Sig customer service back in 2002.

Sheepdog1968
08-12-2009, 9:34 AM
Which one? I have 2 P6's that have over 10,000 each and have not changed the springs yet, my 220 has around 2,000, I have 3 226's with average of about 5,000, (except one is now a 22 with over 25.000 rounds), my 229 is the baby with about 1500 rounds.............................
None have had any work done to them except once and a while I clean them.

Just short of 23k on the P228 now, still on 2nd recoil spring. Slowing down now that I have more to use.

Impressive number.

HowardW56
08-12-2009, 9:38 AM
The 357 SIg P-229 is the only one I needed to change the springs on. I don't know if the higher velocity / recoil takes it toll on the springs sooner...

RangerRick
08-13-2009, 8:04 AM
Cool. Have you changed any parts yet?

The only thing I have changed are the grips :)

It's getting to be time for a new recoil spring but other than that its all original

Sheepdog1968
08-13-2009, 8:24 AM
I changed mine at 5,000 rounds. There was no FTF or anything like that. FWIW, the spring was about a quarter to half an inch shorter than the new one.