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Old October 27, 2012, 12:01 PM   #1
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357 Sig anyone?

This is incredible ammo and performance. I am a recent convert to this caliber for carry. I bought my first pistol in the caliber this summer a Glock 31C and I shortly ordered a new barrel for my Glock 27.

Recoil is somewhere between a 9mm and a hot 40 S&W. I have been using the Underwood 125 GD's and I saw this video done by TN outdoors. WOW is that impressive. These loads duplicate the ballistics of a 125 GRN 357 mag fired from a 6" barrel.
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Old October 27, 2012, 12:23 PM   #2
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Yep... 125 gr at 1500+ fps is a whallop for sure!

IMHO .357 Sig is underappreciated and needs more advocates and cheerleaders... So thanks for the link.
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Old October 27, 2012, 01:04 PM   #3
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would love to get into this caliber but Walmart doesn't carry range ammo for me
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Old October 27, 2012, 01:14 PM   #4
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I purchased an extra barrel in 357 Sig with my p229 when I bought it. I didn't really enjoy the round so I ended up selling the barrel. Its not that I don't think the round performs well though. I just don't like how loud it is and how expensive a box of target ammo is. My local Walmart does carry the ammo but 50 rounds of WWB was $36 before tax.
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Old October 27, 2012, 02:04 PM   #5
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The beauty of it for me is that it shoots to the same POA as the 40 and 9mm, there there is really no need to practice with thousands of rounds of 357 Sig.

Underwood sells target ammo for $17 for a box of 50.
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Old October 27, 2012, 02:07 PM   #6
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I was a big fan of the round for a number of years, and had a half dozen or so guns in the caliber, all but one a SIG. It was issues with the oddball (a Glock 31), the increasing cost of ammo and components, as well as the realization that +P+ 9mm and basic 357SIG are pretty much the same thing, led me to move on and go back to 9mm. Its a good round, but for me, just not worth the extra money it now costs to feed them.

The issue with my 31 was, it was beating itself to death and showed no signs of slowing down. The underside of the slide was being heavily peened by the locking block. Interestingly enough, a couple of my 9mm's, that have more +P+ through them than the 31 had 357SIG through it, show no signs of the same battering. My one 17 has close to 45000 rounds of hot reloads and a number of thousands of Winchester 127 grain +P+ through it, and it just shows slight finish wear in the same spot the 31 was peening.

My SIG's showed no signs of the round beating them up, or any indication of excessive wear, or even anything beyond "normal" wear, and they had a lot more rounds through them than the Glock as well.
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Old October 27, 2012, 02:10 PM   #7
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I remember 357 Sig was still well stocked during the ammo scare of 2008, while everything else was sold out.
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That is impressive. Underwood is making some great ammunition, second only to Buffalo Bore. Within 100 fps of the Buffalo Bore 125 grain which goes 1,603 fps out of a 4" S&W. I never thought you could get within 100 fps of a 4" revolver. The .357 Sig is is getting close to the .357 mag and that is fantastic.
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Old October 27, 2012, 04:01 PM   #10
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It's a great caliber.

A couple years ago, I attended a Smith & Wesson armorer's course and one of the perks was, upon successful completion of the course, the students could purchase an M&P pistol direct from S&W for $199. Unfortunately, the .357 had been discontinued for the civilian market, so I went with a full size .40, then bought a .357 Sig barrel from Midway.
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Old October 27, 2012, 05:08 PM   #11
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I love 357sig! I shoot a G-32.
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Old October 27, 2012, 06:17 PM   #12
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I think in most ways it outperforms a 40, and most guns can be converted with a simple barrel exchange--like the P229.

It's not an easy round to find at Wally World, and overall isn't dirt cheap like 45ACP or police issue 40. It's also very loud. You always know if your hearing protection isn't on right if you're shooting SIG.

In the entire 10mm, 40 cal, 357 family tree, it's more of the natural successor of the 10mm in terms of performance and power in a small cartridge.

I think that anyone who regularly shoots 40 should definitely give it a try, since it's so easy to convert a gun.
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I'd take .357 sig over .40 any day of the week
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