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Old December 28, 2001, 11:58 PM   #1
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Anyone have a "pet" .357sig load?

I want to start reloading .357sig ammunition for my brother's P226, but can only find one load in one of my manuals for this round, using Nobel powder. I would much prefer to use one of my "in stock" powders, like AA#5, W231, WSF or Titegroup if possible. Anyone have any info from an 'online' manual, or your own loads?
Factory .357sig has become almost impossible to find here in Vancouver, Canada. I suggested that my brother buy a .40cal barrel for his SIG P226.
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Old December 29, 2001, 03:55 AM   #2
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Do your research well; the 357 SIG is a high-pressure cartridge with little room for error.

www.reloadammo.com/357sig.htm

www.realguns.com/loads/357sig.htm
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Old December 29, 2001, 11:38 AM   #3
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As always.....I reload .40cal ammunition for my Glock 35 which I shoot regularly in IPSC and USPSA matches.
I have told my brother that I am not keen to reload the .357sig fir several reasons....one of which is the fact that it is a very high-pressure round, and that it is a bottle-necked case which requires extra care when reloading.
Thanks for the links, WESHOOT2, much appreciated!
Oh....I found a reloading table for the .357sig in my newly-purchased "Modern Reloading" by Richard Lee.
Unless .357sig becomes readily available here, reloading will be a necessity.....unless I can convince him to buy a .40cal barrel, of course.
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Old December 29, 2001, 09:37 PM   #4
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The powders you mentioned apparently are on the faster end of the burning rate spectrum...

I have found that the slower burning powders seem to work best with the 357 Sig cartridge, as you get excellent velocities without the excess pressure.

For me, Alliant Power Pistol works very well.

9.0 grains of Power Pistol (9.5 grains max)
124 grain Berry's TCJ-FP bullet (Rainier's works well, too)
1.135" COAL
Any standard small pistol primer

Crimp to 0.378"
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Old December 30, 2001, 01:37 AM   #5
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Thanks! I'll keep a copy of 'your' load on hand. I agree that using a "slower" powder with a view to lower pressures is the way to go with the feisty .357sig.
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Old December 30, 2001, 02:08 AM   #6
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http://recipes.alliantpowder.com/rg....evolver&step=1 (Alliant)

http://www.hodgdon.com/data/pistol/index.htm (Hodgdon)

http://www.winchester.com/ammunition...smanual_ni.pdf
(Winchester doesn't have an on-line source of data - It's the whole manual or nothing.)

http://www.accuratepowder.com/loading_guide.html (Same for Accurate.)

No data for the .357 Sig on IMR's web page. Not that I found, anyway.

Hope those help!
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Old December 30, 2001, 12:58 PM   #7
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As everyone has stated, it's best to consult as many reloading manuals / guides as possible, especially when you start working with these high pressure cartridges.

The recommendations from the powder companies can, and do, change quite a bit from one year to the next.

These days, Alliant recommends a lighter charge of Power Pistol when working with the 125 grain bullets, to the tune of:

8.6 grains of Power Pistol (max)
125 grain JHP (or plated flat point bullet)
1.140" COAL

Such information was not in the last version of the reloader's guide. So, as with any load, take what you see here with a grain of NaCl, and start conservatively.
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Old December 30, 2001, 08:55 PM   #8
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Thankyou, all....very much appreciated!
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Old September 12, 2004, 01:13 PM   #9
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124 or 125 col 1.143

bluedot 10.5 and fed primer.i use federal because i get the most velocity out of them.for hot loads it's power pistol all the way.in a p226 the target load gets 1353 with a 124 and the hot loads gets 1477 with a 125 gold dot.
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Old September 24, 2004, 08:24 PM   #10
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I have found that any of my loads using a 124 grain pill and AA#7 or Power Pistol were superior to anything else I tried. I'll let you determine charge based on existing load data. You really cna't go wrong with any of the published loads for these powders. They are the best, in my view.

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Old October 14, 2004, 03:44 PM   #11
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AA-9 with top loads fills the case to help eliminate bullet set back and will runa 125gn at well over 1400fps from the shortest Glock.
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