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Question on 357 Sig

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by The Viking, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. The Viking

    The Viking

    Feb 9, 2011
    I like the 9mm and the 45 acp; but have come to detest the 40 caliber. My G 35 in 40 cal beats the devil out of my finger knuckle on my middle finger under my trigger finger. So I dropped a 357 Sig barrel in my 35. Much nicer recoil.
    What are some good defensive loads for the 357 Sig caliber?
  2. DonGlock26


    Jan 18, 2001
    Golddots and Winchester RangerT.

    Watch for bullet set back when you re-chamber .357 Sig too much.


  3. .50 cal

    .50 cal

    Jan 4, 2011
    Speer Gold Dots 125g are what I prefer, Federal HST 125g are good as well if you can track some down
  4. clarkstoncz


    Sep 28, 2006
    Cor-Bon or Double Tap 125s that there have been more than a few dynamic stops with
    the Sierra JHP.

    DT also has Barnes X bullets in their TAC-XP, but no shootings that I know of.

    The Speer 125s are the most recorded of the .357 SIG as it's been the most issued
    among cops, and favorite for carry in the caliber since it's inception.

    I wouldn't have any qualms with carrying the Hornady XTPs either.

    I'm no expert, but there strength of the .357 SIG is that from 80 to 147 grain.. there really isn't a bad defensive load for it.
  5. cowboy1964


    Sep 4, 2009
    I don't have a 357 yet but when I do it will be the Gold Dots all the way.
  6. jv56

    jv56 member

    May 27, 2002
    East Pasco
  7. smokin762


    Apr 19, 2009
    Believe it or not, when I bought my G19 third generation, it was beating up my middle finger under the trigger guard. I think it was too squared off.

    I took a Diamond Compound bit and lightly rounded off the area with my Dremel tool. Then I went over it with some 1000 grit wet sand paper and then for last, I lightly went over the area with 000 Steel Wool.

    It no longer affects me. It’s now good to go.
  8. ProtectedByGlock


    Oct 13, 2008
    Can you post a picture of the finished product,please?
  9. smokin762


    Apr 19, 2009
    Here you go.

  10. unit1069


    Oct 10, 2007
    So. Central US
    I have Federal HST, Speer Gold Dot, Bitterroot Valley (Gold Dot), Double Tap (Gold Dot), Hornady XTP, Fiocchi Extrema XTP and a couple other 125-grain rounds that run very well in my Glock.

    In the past few months I rediscovered the 147-grain Double Tap Gold Dot ammo I bought several years ago and was favorably impressed with its relatively mild recoil. As a result I currently carry that round in my carry magazine, and I hope to test the 147-grain Hornady XTP rounds I recently acquired.

    The two duty calibers I own are 9mm and .357sig. I've never shot 147-grain ammo through any 9mm pistol but keep reading the opinions of others that the 147-grain bullet is the very best self-defense weight bullet for 9mm. If that's true, my thinking goes, the 147-grain .357sig round traveling 200-250 fps faster than a 147-grain 9mm bullet ought to be a formidable fight stopper. Especially if the recoil is milder than the 125-grain .357sig rounds that get all the great press.

    When I picked up the Bitterroot Valley ammo at a gun show I talked with the company representative who told me they're testing the 147-grain JHP and may produce one for .357sig. I do believe that caliber makes a whole lot of sense for that weight bullet. At any rate, my second magazine is loaded with 125-grain Speer Gold Dot (54234), a proven round; but I think it's an encouraging sign that some ammo companies are seriously thinking of offering more bullet weights for this great caliber.

    On a final note, in the same way I believe 147-grain bullets are too heavy for 9mm compared to the bullet weight that caliber was designed for, I also believe bullet weights less than 125-grain are too light for .357sig so I stay away from those too.
  11. The Viking

    The Viking

    Feb 9, 2011
    Many thanks for all the information much appreciated!
  12. kid168


    Apr 1, 2010
    So which do you guys/gals preffer, 125g or 147g .357sig?
  13. TxGlock9


    Nov 22, 2010
    BMT, TX
  14. Glock40man


    Feb 1, 2011
    The Midwest
    125 gr.
  15. I carry Winchester Ranger 125gr. T-series SXT and 125 gr. Bonded JHP in all my .357 guns.

    It is what the city provides and are the only authorized rounds we can carry in our duty and off duty weapons. They provide it so we can't complain.

    Recovered rounds look wicked and average 1325 fps out of our Glock 31s.
    Wishing it would do closer to 1400fps but it is very impressive going into ballistic gelatin and even more impressive going into body armor. Ouch!!
  16. barth

    barth six barrels

    Oct 7, 2011
    The Free Zone
    Speer has two duty 357 Sig offerings.
    I got the hotter 1375 fps version (54234).
    Had 3 FTF in 100 rounds - weird?
    It's a gen 3 G27 with factory G33 barrel and mags.
    I've shot a boat load of 357 Federal Tactical Bonded without problems.

    With the G27 barrel/mags, and in 40, the gun is flawless with any ammo.
    I've shot cases of Speer GDHP 155s and Winchester Ranger 180 bonded HPs
    through three 22 round Big Sticks. Never a problem.

    In all of my guns, various calibers, Winchester Rangers seem to always work.
    Even if the gun is a little fussy on what kinds of ammo it will feed.

    I'm just saying
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2011