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Old January 26th, 2020, 01:56 PM   #1
 
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Anyone playing around with .357 SIG?

I messed around with .357SIG 10+ years ago but never really got all that much into it...had a few people call it a '9mm on steriods' (it uses the same .355 diameter round as the 9mm.)
It's definitely a smokin' hot little round but at the time it was fairly expensive and, unless it was shot in a longer barrel (4.5" to 5") it didn't really get up to the performance it was intended for.
Nowadays, I'm seeing it for at or below the cost of 'good' 9mm JHP ammo...and thought about giving it another run???
Anyone currently playing around with this caliber? If so, what do you like best about it...or worst about it?
What are the good, bad, ugly aspects of it and which brand, grain, etc. would you recommend for EDC, hiking/woods carry, hunting, plinking, etc.?



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Old January 26th, 2020, 03:48 PM   #2
 
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I have been thinking about building an AR around it...same BCG as my AR-40.

I also got the barrels for my sig p250 for .357 sig so it is just a barrel swap. Just havenít tried it out yet.

Now to get dies for reloading.
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I have a couple. Actually three. Sorta. I have two Sig SP2022's in 40S&W and I bought a 357Sig barrel that I can use in either one. I also have a Sig 1911 Nightmare Fastback Carry in 357Sig.

I reload for every caliber I shoot except two: 357Sig and 38-40. Why those two? Because they're both bottle necked pistol calibers and IMO it's not worth the aggravation. I don't shoot either one of them much so I don't mind paying for the ammo.

The 357Sig is nothing unique. Very similar to 40S&W. I don't dislike it but since I have several 40S&W it's a redundant caliber for me. I'm probably going to sell one of the Sig 2022's and the 357 Sig barrel and also the 1911.
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I have a 357 SIG barrel for my two SIG P229s and shoot it occasionally. It is pretty loud and generates a good bit of muzzle flash. Definitely more recoil impulse than 9 mm Luger shot from the same pistol. Comparable in that regard to 40 S&W.

Where are you finding 357 SIG cheaper than 9 mm Luger of comparable quality?
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My EDC is a Glock 33(357Sig). I feel comforted carrying 11+1 in a small package.

I am a Ruger Fanboy at heart. I always have been, but I found that I point shoot a Glock better than any other handgun.

My carry load is the 125gr Speer Gold Dot.
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I bought a used Sig P320 subcompact 40 S&W conversion slide, barrel and recoil spring for $164 and then ordered a new Sig P250 subcompact 357 sig barrel online for $81 so I could convert my 9mm Sig P320 subcompact into 40 sw or 357 sig whenever I want.
I already reload 400 corbon which is a bottle neck pistol caliber so I'm planning on reloading 357 sig too.
What I'm using the gun for is woods carry because FMJ 357 sig penetrates deeper than hot loaded underwood FMJ 10mm and the recoil is a lot less than 10mm.

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I have been thinking about building an AR around it...same BCG as my AR-40.
I also got the barrels for my sig p250 for .357 sig so it is just a barrel swap. Just haven’t tried it out yet.
Now to get dies for reloading.
In an AR-pistol platform...that'd be interesting...plenty of velocity out of a 7.5" or 10.5" barrel would really make it smokin' hot!

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Where are you finding 357 SIG cheaper than 9 mm Luger of comparable quality?
Couple of the local vendors have it that way...and the new Sportsman's Warehouse is $1 per box of comparable Hornady 147 grain JHP XTP less...

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My EDC is a Glock 33(357Sig). I feel comforted carrying 11+1 in a small package.
I am a Ruger Fanboy at heart. I always have been, but I found that I point shoot a Glock better than any other handgun.
My carry load is the 125gr Speer Gold Dot.
I love Ruger Revolvers and their older P-Series pistols...but when it comes to semi-auto's, I'm a Glock fan...I find that their grips (depending on the pistol size and generation model) fits my smaller hands better than most other pistols on the market...especially the subcompact pistols...26, 27, 33, as well as the 30SF, and 36.

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I bought a used Sig P320 subcompact 40 S&W conversion slide, barrel and recoil spring for $164 and then ordered a new Sig P250 subcompact 357 sig barrel online for $81 so I could convert my 9mm Sig P320 subcompact into 40 sw or 357 sig whenever I want.
I already reload 400 corbon which is a bottle neck pistol caliber so I'm planning on reloading 357 sig too.
What I'm using the gun for is woods carry because FMJ 357 sig penetrates deeper than hot loaded underwood FMJ 10mm and the recoil is a lot less than 10mm.
I, too, considered it as a possible woods / hiking pistol...shot placement is #1 concern and penetration is #2...and the more I'm reading the penetration aspect, especially out of a 5" barrel is fantastic...and out of a longer barrel is how the .357 SIG performs best!

The video spoke volumes as far as ballistics and penetration through same barriers!

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I am 357 Sig fan. It is my second favorite behind the 10MM. I really enjoy reloading and shooting both. I do CC a Glock 33 with a G23 mag with an X grip. I feel that it is a reloader's caliber because of the cost and availability of local ammo. It packs a punch, but it is not for everyone.
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