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40 or 357

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by jljbtm, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. jljbtm


    Feb 20, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    I have a Glock 20 and 10mm ammo is hard to get so im going to change the barrell but not sure which way to go? I like power so im leaning towards the 357. what say you?
  2. unit1069


    Oct 10, 2007
    So. Central US
    Since your G-20 already more than covers the power .40S&W might bring to bear upon four-legged threats I think you're on the right track with .357sig which brings a lot of credibility against human predators.

  3. jljbtm


    Feb 20, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    I should consider availability and cost too. 357 probably cost more then the .40 but how much less than the 10mm
  4. Tiro Fijo

    Tiro Fijo

    May 31, 2011
    .357 SIG ammo is far harder to find in most retail locations than 10mm IMO. Why not reload(?).
  5. jljbtm


    Feb 20, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    i'll have to search that out and have not bought either one so far.
    Reloading? well I guess I just don't know how (never tried it) and don't have the stuff, how much is that investment?
  6. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    $0 can generally be had cheaper & is often stocked more, I would lean that way. Then again, it's only a bbl swap to get all three caliber running in the G20. Food for thought.
    Reloading your own 10mm would save you quite a bit of money, depending on how much you shoot. You load it for the same cost as loading 40, so figure 50% of what 40 factory cost, yeah, that much.
    Cost to reload is what you always time vs money. If yo uhave a lot of time, then something like a Lee turret & all the goodies, under $300. If you want more than 200rds/hr, then you need a quality progressive (not Lee), so now you are tlaking in the $700 range for every thing. Still way cheaper than few 1000 10mm factory rounds though.
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2012
  7. jljbtm


    Feb 20, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Well, there is more to it than i thought. I was thinking bigger is better and just get the 357.
    But now reloading has entered my mind and seems logical until i get tired of it. does one reloader good for different calibers? Is a used one ok? what to look for.
  8. greenlion


    Jul 25, 2009
    North Carolina
    If you are worried about ammo availability I certainly wouldn't choose the .357 Sig.

    .40 S&W is abundant and available anywhere, and it was the ONLY caliber left on the shelf during the last big ammo shortage.
  9. cowboy1964


    Sep 4, 2009
    I like the .357 Sig but the .40 is much more practical.
  10. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

    Sep 24, 1999
    Hartford, Vermont
    You'll save a lot of money that way, and you will be a more knowledgeable shooter.
  11. Brian Lee

    Brian Lee Drop those nuts

    Jul 28, 2008
    Up a tree.
    .357 is just barely hard enough to find that since you have a G20, you might as go total freakazoid with 9x25 Dillon instead - as I did. But I'll agree that if cheap ammo available everywhere is what you want, foty is the only choice. I lean toward the opinion that .357 is a better man stopper than foty, but certainly no better than 10MM already is.
  12. pisc1024

    pisc1024 AASG

    Oct 9, 2005
    .40 is more widely available, so I would go with that. I think it is a better general use round too.
  13. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

    Sep 24, 1999
    Hartford, Vermont
    I'd get a .357Sig barrel, for more and more ammo is becoming available.
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2013
  14. Smoker


    Jul 21, 2008
    NE Kansas
    I enjoy the 357 in my 32, I've reloaded for quite awhile, it also occupies & passes a lot of time for me. Cost saving, the recreation & the satisfaction of rolling your own.
  15. CDW4ME


    Jun 5, 2009
    I agree with the reloading option over a barrel in a different caliber.
    I have a Glock 29 SF 10mm and handload for it; I say handload instead of reload because I have stuck to only using new brass so far.
    I don't shoot a lot, so I am satisfied with doing things the slow way using a single stage press.
    My 10mm load is a 155 gr. XTP @ 1,278 fps which duplicates the Hornady factory velocity for the same bullet and is very managable.
    Cost? Using all new components a 50 round box of XTP is (was) about $26
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2012
  16. NEOH212

    NEOH212 Diesel Girl

    Mar 25, 2008
    North East Ohio
    Get a .357 Mag or .44 Mag revolver and call it a day.

    (You can thank me latter.)

  17. VinnieG


    Dec 18, 2012
    For ammo availability I'd go with the 40. I reload 40 and 10 mm and it is a big savings. I use a single stage press and reload a lot of different calibers. It's not hard to learn and I enjoy it. You can pump out a lot more rounds with a progressive but I guess I don't mind the single stage.
    I have my press set up in my dads basement next to his and its somethin that we do together.
  18. GJHIII


    Oct 20, 2012
    I shoot alot of .357mag and .40SW. Often .357mag is non-existent while .40SW is plentiful. I certainly prefer the .357mag and suspect that is the case nationwide.
  19. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

    Sep 24, 1999
    Hartford, Vermont
    that the .40 S&W is far more available than the .357Sig.
  20. I've got a G20 & a .40 S&W barrel, I can get .40 reloads locally for 500/$100 including tax.
    I just ordered .357 Sig & 9x25 Dillon barrels. The Dillon is for fun & the Sig is when the SHTF it is another caliber I can use if I run across any.