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Best CCW .357 sig round

Discussion in 'TOP GUNS *357 Sig* Club' started by kamonjj, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. kamonjj

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    I'd like to hear everyones opinion on this. I have read quite a bit about unreliable 357 sig ammo. I'm looking to get a good CCW round thats hollow point, and reliable.

    Suggestions?
     
  2. SanityAssassin

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    Where have you read this? I've only fired about 200 rounds of hollow point ammo, but I've had no problems. No problems with any target ammo either (1500 rounds), a few problems with reloaded.

    Only problems I've read about with 357 sig factory ammo was setback issues from when they first started to manufacture it - like 15 years ago.

    Got a link to the unreliable ammo?
     

  3. KaTooM

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    I use 125gr Federal premium hollow points. I cycle my HP ammo out once a year, and have been using it it for about seven years now. Cycles great, small fire ball, no set backs after re-chambering many times. I like it.
     
  4. i switch up between HST's and GD. don't know what's necessarily "the best" though.
     
  5. WoodenPlank

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    Ranger T/SXT for EDC, and a small supply of Gold Dot boxed up in the safe. No problems at all with the (limited) testing I have done, and 0 issues with practice ammo.
     
  6. atl-g33

    atl-g33 Lifetime Member

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    I carry ranger t's. 200 through my g33 and my p226 with zero problems at all. More range ammo with 0 problems.
     
  7. kamonjj

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    I'll dig up where I found that info. It doesn't scare me, and I haven't had any problems with any ammo I have put down range. I was just trying to gauge everyones opinion on carry ammo. They have nothing good near me for carry. Just mostly white box range ammo. Which leads me to have to make a purchase online for carry ammo.
     
  8. Glockbuster

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    If there is a caliber that is virtually feed problem free it is the bottlenecked 357 sig. No small advantage for CCW.

    I carry either a G32 or G31 loaded with Speer Gold Dots--125 grain. Great guns, great round....no problems whatsoever.

    Don´t chamber your rounds more than twice before using them for practice ammo.

    I´d also be a happy clam carrying Federal, Winchester Ranger T, or whatever good hollowpoint ammo.
     
  9. kamonjj

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    Where is everyone getting their ranger t from? A lot of sites I have come across say its for law enforcement only.
     
  10. try ammotogo.com, not sure if they have any in stock currently but they usually carry it.
     
  11. bac1023

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    I like Cor-Bon. :)
     
  12. BurkGlocker

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    Ranger T/SXT or Federal HST...

    Burk
     
  13. WoodenPlank

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    That is a Winchester policy, not law. Most websites will sell it no problem. I scored some from Lucky Gunner recently for $30 per 50 round box. it dropped as low as 26 or so before they sold out.

    Also, I have experienced ZERO setback issues with my Winchester ammo. Even rounds I purposefully rechambered over and over have has no issues. That being said, when loading my 32, I am generally careful with how hard I let the slide slam down after hand-chambering the round. Basically, I let it close JUST hard enough to get the extractor seated correctly.
     
  14. atl-g33

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    sgammo.com still has some in stock I believe.
     
  15. Glockbuster

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    I would advice you against doing this. Though hard to believe, this method actually exerts more pressure on the bullet and would aid bullet setback. Also, it places additional stress on the extractor. Doing it that way pries out the extractor to get it to snap around the round´s rim from behind, and might very well chip your extractor off.

    The best way is just to normally rack the slide back and let go for chambering. In that way the round will sneak up behind the extractor in the breechface, and move right on into the chamber.
     
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2010
  16. kamonjj

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    Luckily I found some ranger by my house. I'll be picking some up on wednesday when I can make it over there.
     
  17. atl-g33

    atl-g33 Lifetime Member

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    :thumbsup:
     
  18. WoodenPlank

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    That actually makes sense.
     
  19. Glockbuster

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    Adding a bit of technicality to the above, one must understand that the extractor is a tempered piece. That makes it strong but brittle. It is designed to pull the empty case out, thereafter the next round in the mag sneaks from under against the breechface, and it is pushed into position in the chamber and in this way the extractor is forced outward but from behind. This movement is natural to its design. But when it is forced outward from the front through the case´s rim (if you chamber the round manually and then let the slide off, or even if you escort it forward), the movement is not according to design and may break the extractor. It is this same force that places additional pressure on the bullet that is now sitting against the barrel´s rifling, aiding in its setback.
     
  20. WoodenPlank

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    I had never sat down and thought about it before. Learn something new every day.