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Old 10-15-2012, 01:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Talking .357 SIG ::love it or hate it?

I'm in the market for a new poly striker and have had my heart set on a Walther PPQ in 9mm. However, I just read an article in the new Handgunner mag about the .357 SIG round and the Glock 32 in particular. It got me thinking about maybe going that route whether its the 32 or something else. Does anyone here shoot .357? Do you like it? Have you shot it and hated it? Despite the obvious drawbacks of price and availability what are some pros and cons of the round?
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Old 10-15-2012, 03:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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I have an M&P in 357 Sig and I really like it. It is gaining popularity with law enforcement partly because it performs very well at penetrating hard barriers. At the same time, it doesn't have anexcessive penetration on soft targets, human tissue. Another minor advantage is the inherent reliability of bottleneck cartridges.

What I like is that is hotter than a 9mm but is almost as cheap to reload because it uses the same size bullets.

Also, even factory ammo is much less expensive than it used to be if you shop around. IIRC, you can buy online for $14-$15 per box of 50. My reloads cost me $6.50 per box of 50 for jhp.
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Old 10-15-2012, 03:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Haven't shot it yet, But would love to. Will definitely be paying attention to this thread.
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Old 10-15-2012, 07:55 PM   #4 (permalink)
 
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I had a .357 Bar-Sto conversion barrel for my .40 Sig P226 that I ran extensively. You're basically shooting a 9mm bullet with a .40 powder charge behind it - very zippy round with great expansion. Texas DPS/Rangers have been using Sigs chambered in .357 for over a decade with great success - I've heard anecdotes that refer to getting hit with a .357SIG round as the firearms equivalent of getting struck by a bolt of lightning.

That being said, it's a SNAPPY cartridge. They have some oomph behind them, even more so than the .40. It was ok in a full size P226, but I would imagine in a smaller gun it would be a real handful. I personally don't have anything in 9mm or .40 anymore, as I sold everything and standardized all of my pistols to .45 to minimize all of the calibers I had laying around.

Bottom line - .357SIG is a great round, but it's snappy and more expensive than its more common counterparts. Not as expensive as it used to be, but if you're pinching pennies at all that would be something to consider. If you reload you can reduce those costs and also work up loads that aren't as potent for range use. If you want the best of both worlds and like Glocks, buy a Glock 22 and a .357SIG conversion barrel for it. Magazines and internals are the same since the rear of the case is the same size as the .40. Same thing with the Sig P226 - mine ran flawlessly with both barrels.
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Only issue I have with the .357 Sig is that ammo is less readily available than a 9mm / .40 / .45 (which are literally everywhere)
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Old 10-15-2012, 08:34 PM   #6 (permalink)
 
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.357 Ammo is hard to find then?
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Old 10-15-2012, 08:46 PM   #7 (permalink)
 
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It's more common today than it used to be, but still harder to find than most.

It's not as bad as .45GAP...nobody uses that one.
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what is .45GAP?

The reason I asked about the .357 ammo was I see a lot of it at the Gun Shows here in OOOOtah....
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Originally Posted by Arckadian View Post
what is .45GAP?

The reason I asked about the .357 ammo was I see a lot of it at the Gun Shows here in OOOOtah....
They're talking about the .357 Sig. Not the more common standard .357. Two different animals.
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Old 10-15-2012, 08:58 PM   #10 (permalink)
 
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apperently I am uneducated here what is the difference?
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