Reloading for SIG P238

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by OleEd, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. OleEd

    OleEd New Member

    Aug 19, 2010
    I bought some .380 Meister 92g RN bullets. Nats I can't find a COAL for this bullet in my manuals (Speer and Lyman). I determined a COAL of 0.980 from listed bullets. Is there someone out there that reloads a P238 with the Meister 92g bullets. I am loading Win 231 of 3.0g and 3.5gs as a start.

    By the way this is a great little pistol. For 20 of my 24 yrs in the Marines and Army it was a 45 all the way and glad I retired before the 9mm came about (Just don't believe a 9mm with ball ammo is right in a battlefield enviornment. In Nam I carried a 16 with the 45.). I love my SW586 .357 (shooting several deer) and my relative new Remington 1911R1 too, but this P238 is a neat little pocket pistol.

    I have the SW 442 which I carry a lot as well as a Taurus 709 Slim but this P238 is one I can just grab and go for walks with wife and for gas. I paid a bunch for the P238 - much more than I ever expected to for a .380 but after 200 rds of factory ammo and amazingly tight groups at 7, 10 and 15 yds (for me which is amazing), I have total confidence in this bugger.

    Sorry for the additional "dribble" :D but I do like this tiny 1911 style P238. NOW THINK ABOUT THAT RELOAD QUESTION AT TOP OF PAGE!!!

    Thanks bunch.:)
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2011
  2. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
    I've got the Marine edition P238 and love it. I'm away from my manuals at the moment, but will get you some info asap.

    Semper Fi,


  3. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    I reload for mine but I use the Berry's 100 grain RN bullet or the Hornady 90 grain XTP HP bullet.

    I have been loading both of them to .980 and they have been feeding fine in the P238. I recently bought a Russian Makarov in .380 and they want to stick in the magazine so I dropped them back to .975 for the RN but haven't loaded any HP yet. I haven't been to the range since I changed the length on the RN but I am sure they will be fine. I am going Wednesday to test them.

    I just looked at the Hornady #7 and the Speer #14 manuals. Neither one of them show a 92 grain RN bullet. Hornady shows 90 grain HP and 100 grain RN with a COL on the RN as .980. The Speer shows a 90 grain HP and a 95 grain RN with the COL on the RN as .970. The Lyman #49 manual shows a 90 grain alloy RN bullet with a COL of .980.

    I just got a 102 grain Lee Bullet mold and will start casting my own very soon.
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2011
  4. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    I decided this afternoon to get out my measuring stick and measure some factory loaded .380 to see where they are. I measured 5 or 6 from each box, here is the results:

    Aguilla 90 grain RNHP - .951 to .958
    American Eagle 95 Grain RN - .962 to .965
    Fiocchi 95 grain RN - .966 to .968
    Hornady Critical Defense 90 grain HP - .962 to .966
    PMC 90 grain RN - .972 to .974
    TulAmmo RN - .975 to .977 (No box so I don't know the weight)

    All of these feed perfectly in my P238 so I would say if you stay below the .980 you will be OK!

    BTW OldEd, Welcome to the Forum,
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