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Old 02-22-2010, 01:11 PM   #1
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Default 357 Sig, do people just not want it?

So I've been looking at the 357 Sig round and various weapons chambered for it due to my recent LEO persuits. I know the round is a bit pricy to shoot and recoil is known to be a bit snappy but is the demand for them really that much lower? A quick search on gunbroker gave me some ammo that was priced close to 45 auto, so I could afford to shoot it and I'm a poor newlywed! (2 years in may, don't let me forget)
I can by an XD in 357 Sig for a solid $100 cheaper then a 9, 40 or 45 all day long, same applies for the M&P, didn't look at gheys. I have introduced the topic.....discusss!

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Old 02-22-2010, 02:30 PM   #2
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During the ammo crunch there were times that the only ammo on the shelf was .357 Sig - so it isn't that mainstream. A fella I shoot with runs a lot of it thru his Sigs and it's a 9mm on steroids for sure. Doubt it will ever be a "common" round but if you can find reasonably priced ammo I see nothing wrong with it...

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I bought a Ruger GP-100 a few weeks ago and had a hard time finding any .357 mag. All I could find is boxes of .357 Sig. Don't know if that really says anything about the effectiveness of the round, but it made me wonder.

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I use the .357sig for my personal carry. My local shop usually has it in stock all the time. It is mostly, the only thing, in stock when I look at Wally World.
Price is about $22 a box, WWB Target. I paid $24 for a box of Speer Gold Dots, that I use when Carrying.

I enjoy Shooting it. Has a real nice feel and sound. Get a lot of people always asking what I am shooting.

Love my Sigma, to H*** with the Haters.


*been told not a good round for reloading. Could be another reason not popular with folks.

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the cheapest route would be (if you have a glock)they are like mustangs..everybody has one...get a .357sig barrel for your glock and swap'em out when ever ya want to blast some .357's...them lil rds do FLY!....a bud of mine had a glock 20 10mm and bought a 357sig barrel...he said it would FTFeed when he tried using his 10mm mags..he switched to..40cal mags everything worked great...as for the recoil springs...idk if those have to be change too?but hell,you can get 31rd .40cal glock mags now for 25bucks...and a barrel for 100.00..i have a IIIgen glock22 and i wouldnt waste anymore money in that tupperware POS...anyone looking for a G22?...now a tupperware XD....NICE!!!!

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I like mine. It's a fast, accurate, and snappy round. Defense ammo will cost the same as 9mm or 40, but practice ammo can be spendy...just not common enough. I know Georgia Arms has some pretty decent prices if you buy in bulk though.

If you can get the 357sig for $100 cheaper, it might be worth considering. In most guns all you have to do is buy a drop-in 40sw barrel and you can shoot either caliber...everything else is interchangeable. And that extra barrel will probably only run you $100-150.

The performance you can get from your typical 4" barrel:
125gr: 1400-1500 fps, 550+ ft lbs
147gr: 1250 fps, 500+ ft lbs

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I fired a Glock in .357 Sig. Very accurate and light recoil. I outshot the owner of the gun. If I did not have 2 9mm a .45acp and a 10mm I might think of a .357 Sig.

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So how is .357Sig as a caliber? I keep reading positive and negative, about like the .40S&W gets.

I know the .357 is a necked down .40, but this thread has made me a little curious as to getting a conversion barrel for my XDm for the .357.

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So how is .357Sig as a caliber? I keep reading positive and negative, about like the .40S&W gets.
On paper (ballistically) it's pretty darn impressive. The statistics are great, and it'll perform just fine. I believe it's actually the choice of the Secret Service (in a Sig p229 as I recall). The down side is the price of ammo, and the snappiness that can make follow up shots a bit more challenging.

However, here's the one counterpoint I'd offer to someone in your position: You can buy 135-140gr 40sw rounds (CorBon, DoubleTap, others) that will replicate the performance of a 357sig across the board...so in that sense an extra barrel seems unnecessary.
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Spitty, Does the NC State Patrol supply weapons to their officers? Alot of State agencies do.

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