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357 barrel

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Snapper2, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. Snapper2

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    I'm buying a 357sig barrel for my g23 that I will reload for. I've reloaded for 400corbon so I do know a little about bottle necked cartridges. Are there any differences between the stock and after market barrels as far as chambers(head space?)?I'm looking at LWDs 4.49" xl and stormlake's stock length right now but might spend the extra few dollars on a glock barrel. Any insight would be welcomed.
     
  2. dkf

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    The Glock G32 barrels are good to go for reloads. The chamber is just right measuring right in the middle of SAAMI's specified size range. Chamber support is also very very good. Don't see a reason to go aftermarket barrels with my reloads. If you want an extended barrel you will have to go aftermarket because a G31 barrel will not function in the compact and sub Glocks. Get the right die set (basically any one but RCBS) and the headspace will be right.
     

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  3. Three-Five-Seven

    Three-Five-Seven Señor Mombo Millennium Member

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    My experience with guns is that each chamber is unique.
     
  4. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

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    For 357 Sig your likely going to be pushing FMJ or plated... I would just go with a OEM barrel. I had all .40 Glocks and conversion barrels to 9mm and .357 for all of them at one point.
     
  5. Snapper2

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    Thanks for the comments. I agree that each chamber is unique. My LWD g30 Canadian barrel wont allow me to shoot factory hornady XTPs.The OAL has to be 1.200 or less on xtp. It chambers everything else though. I guess I can call to find out if their sig barrels or made with the lead closer than spec to the shoulder. As for dies I'm thinking about Lee with the bottleneck crimp die.
     
  6. fredj338

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    Unless you want to shoot lead, just go stock G32 bbl. Mine runs fine in the G32. I did get 9mm & 40 SL for cheaper lead bullet shooting & to have a SHTF gun that can shoot 3 calibers.
     
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  7. Snapper2

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    I am leaning towards stock or SL now.
     
  8. dkf

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    The 124gr JHP from Precision Delta works very well for the sig and cost less than a lot of similar weight plated bullets. The plated bullets can get unstable much past 1200fps though. I want to experiment with some cast bullets in the sig (over 140gr for sure) but have not had the time. I saw some 147gr bullet mold designed for the .357sig. When I get into casting that is mold I would like to get, expensive though.
     
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  9. Snapper2

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    Thanks for that information. I plan on starting out practicing and learning with a box of the speer 147gr tmj that I already have and move on from there. I have use Berry plated in 400corbon without too much trouble (light loads).
     
  10. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    If you just have to buy an aftermarket barrel, look at Storm Lake or KKM.

    As you've already discovered, the LW barrels will have a ridiculously short throat.
     
  11. dkf

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    There are not a lot of 147gr bullets that have the right profile for the .357sig. If those 147gr bullets have a profile like the 147gr XTPs they should work but if they have too much taper to them you may not be able to get the right neck tension. Never used Speer 147gr bullets myself.
     
  12. Snapper2

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    Well, I went with Stormlake because Midway was out of factory g32 barrels. It just arrived along with a Lee's 3die set. The bottleneck crimp die should arrive next week.One thing I noticed is that this barrel has sharper edges than my glock 23 barrel and the hood isnt tapered on its fit to the breach face. Anyone here hone this area on an aftermarket barrel? It does seem to hand cycle ammo alright. Cant wait to put a few rounds through it.:supergrin:
     
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  13. fredj338

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    I am running a SL in 9mm & 40 in my G32, work fine.
     
  14. Snapper2

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    Mine not so much.:steamed: No fault of the barrel(as far as I know). Bought a 50rd box of winchester at Walmart. Shot around 30rds fine no problem. I was getting the hang of it thinking how the recoil was less than the 40sw when I heard a soft click with no slide action. I dropped the mag and racked slide back which ejected the brass and clumped up sorry ass winchester powder. The bullet just cleared the case mouth and is now soaking in Breakfree CLP.:steamed: I can still put the brass back in the chamber fine but no loaded round will fit.I'm thinking maybe......ammo related squib. Primer fired but didnt ignite powder.:dunno:
     
  15. dkf

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    I wish I could say WWB in .357sig treated me better but not by much. Did not get a squib but the pics below describe the junk they now charge over $32 per 50 for. Two boxes issues in both boxes. First two WWB .357sig and last two I will buy.

    Box 1 (.353" bullets)

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    Box 2 (pancake round)

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  16. Snapper2

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    Iknow thatsright. I have no brass yet and only paid $31:whistling: thinking I could shoot em up and reload some 147gr xtp I found. Now I have a bullet stuck in the barrel till I can find a wooden or brass dowel. Imagine that. Winchester no mas.
     
  17. dkf

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    At least you caught the squib and stopped shooting. I don't know if you saw the thread up in General Glocking but the guy did not catch the squib and blew up his brand new right out of the box first time shot G38. Guess what ammo he was using.:faint:

    There should be a wood dowel and set of gloves included with every box of WWB.
     
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  18. Snapper2

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    :rofl:

    My first squib.I'm honored.