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Scored a G33!!

Discussion in 'The 10 Ring' started by JimIsland, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. JimIsland

    JimIsland

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    Well, went to the range to try out my new recoil springs/barrel in my G20 and a G33 caught my eye. Used but in very good shape so I hagled a bit and ended up buying it. I'm still a 10mm nutzswinger but damn the 357 sig is a snappy round!! Awesome little piece and btw.....the 20# wolf spring and stainless rod worked great with a Storm barrel. I shot 60 rounds of GA hollow point ammo without a glitch. I forgot my gloves so I wasn't going to try the DT stuff that I had shot a couple of weeks ago and blew out all of the primers. Next time I'll know if it was my Gen 2 barrel or bad ammo.
     
  2. _The_Shadow

    _The_Shadow Ret. Fireman

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    Sounds like a deal! Congrats!
     

  3. 21Carrier

    21Carrier Until I Gota 29

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    I want a G33! I need something smaller for carry at work, and I've been looking at the G33 or a Ruger LC9. I know they are totally different, but either will work. I'll likely do the LC9 first, then the G33 later. How does it shoot?
     
  4. Looking at something to carry, I have noticed a Para Warthog. It just seems to be the perfect size. However, it will not deter me from getting the G29 to go along with my G20 once my funds are straighten out shortly.
     
  5. JimIsland

    JimIsland

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    It's a pocket rocket!! I had a shooting contest with my son who usually shoots his G30 better than me. At 15 yards we got 9 shots to see who could get closest to the red bullseye on the "splatter stick-ons". I had 8 out of 9 in the splatter stick-on,and a couple that clipped the red bullseye. I enjoyed my free steak dinner at Outbacks!!:supergrin:

    I put 120 rounds through it. 100 Sellier & Bellot and 20 Winchester PDX. Ran flawless. It's definately snappier than my G26,but it's managable.I did notice re-setting my grip after 2 or 3 rounds. All in all, I think the 357 sig is a very formidable round and it's nice to have it in a baby glock. This is going to be my summer time carry piece.
     
  6. Not thinking about something to carry, I came across a deal where I traded a 25.06 savage rifle that I had for the gun in the photo below. I think it will be fun to shoot and compare the Taurus .357 6-inch to my Glock 20. I think I will get a chrony next just to guage the commercial stuff that I shoot. I just gotta wait until my funds move up a little though.

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  7. JimIsland

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    Dayuumm, what a hog-leg!!:wow:
     
  8. 21Carrier

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    Thanks, that's great to know. It's good to hear that the accuracy sounds similar to the G26. That little gun is uncannily accurate. It always amazes me when I shoot a G26. Something that small has NO BUSINESS being so incredibly accurate. It's crazy, and it sounds like the G33 is the same. I was hoping so. I think I'll get a G33 and 9mm conversion barrel sometime soon. I still have 1-2 more guns before it, but it'll be my next Glock. I've shot a good bit of .357SIG from my friend's G32, and it wasn't bad. How does the recoil measure against full-power stuff in the G20? I'm guessing the G33 is about the same or slightly less with full-power .357SIG? Maybe it doesn't have that much recoil, but I know the G20's heavy slide soaks up a LOT of recoil. I know it can't be anything like my G29 with full-bore stuff. That thing will REALLY thump.
     
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  9. arushus

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    I cant make up my mind...I know I want a subcompact Glock next, and with everyone raving about the 26 I thought I had my mind made up. But then I got to thinking that the velocity achieved by the 357sig round out of a 33 would probably make the 9mm hollowpoints act how they should, as opposed to them not reaching very high velocities out of a 26. But I hadnt heard people saying anything about the accuracy of the 33 like they do with the 26...plus there is the whole conversion barrel availability with the 33, I can shoot .40sw or 9mm out of it if I wanted to.
    Then again, I dont have a 29 yet, or I could spend the money converting my 20sf into a longslide, or I could get a CDE...but then there is that S&W governor Ive been wanting....decisions decisions.
     
  10. 21Carrier

    21Carrier Until I Gota 29

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    Dude, you think JUST LIKE ME! I have thought and said that EXACT SAME THING! I've seen 9mm Gold Dots not expand well out of a G26. The way I see it, with a G33, you'd be getting FULL 9mm performance (and maybe even more) out of the subcompact size. I'm guessing the ballistics from the G33 should be very similar or even better than the 9mm ballistics from a G17. So, you should get G17 ballistics from a G26-sized gun. That's why I like the G33 as opposed to the G26.

    The one thing that might upset that line of reasoning is that I think many of the .357SIG hollow points are designed FOR .357SIG, and are not identical to the 9mm bullets. If that's the case, we still might run into expansion issues. I am still undecided between the two, but I'll probably get the G33, then get a G26 at a later date. However, I can get a Gen4 G26, not so with the G33. I don't know. Also, you can get 9mm and .40S&W conversion barrels for the G33.
     
  11. arushus

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    Are 357 sig rounds really .357", or are they .355" like the 9mm bullets?
     
  12. 21Carrier

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    I think the nominal size is .356", while 9mm usually uses .355". I know you CAN use .357" or even .355" in .357SIG. However, I'm pretty sure .356" is the desired size. Also, it seems people have run into set-back issues with the .355" 9mm bullets in .357SIG. I think the size is not the issue here. I think it's more the design. I think, for instance, that the .357SIG Gold Dot is designed specifically for .357SIG velocity, and differs from the 9mm Gold Dot.
     
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  14. Beanie-Bean

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    JimIsland,

    Congrats on the G33--you'll really like it a lot. It is part of my carry rotation lineup.

    21 & arushus,

    All the .357 I've shot are .355". They'll load just fine with XTP and with the Speer 125 rounds for that caliber. I have a few boxes of the TMJ rounds to load up, but have not done any Gold Dots yet--they've been hard to locate lately.

    My intro to 9X19 in a subcompact was with my G33 and an LWD 40-9 conversion barrel. I used the G26 and G19 magazines in it with no problems. Actually, I liked the way that the 9mm round shot in the subcompact so much that I went and got a G26 :)
     
  15. Beanie-Bean

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    I took these shots for another post regarding the XS Big Dots, but here are G33/G20SF, along with some of my favorite books:

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    Again, have fun with the new G33!
     
  16. JimIsland

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    Thanks Bean! I just put Big Dots on my G20 and so far, I love them. How do you like the Big Dots on the baby Glocks? I'm going to add some to my G26 and G33 but was thinking the XS Dots vs the Big Dots:dunno:

    One thing thing that really turned me on to the 357 sig was something that I read. A guy mentioned in an article that because of the shape of the bullet, FTF are nearly non-existent. That's a nice feeling when you carry. I also read that LE had to shoot a Pit Bull 6 times to put it down and have had similar scenarios where the 357 put it down with one shot. I know there's a lot of variables there but the consensus is that it is a proven man stopper with great ballistics. Package that in a easy to carry handgun and I think It's a winner.

    My next Glock will be a 29 and with a 33 as it's companion, i can't think of a better pair for EDC in the winter/summer.

    BTW...I just ordered a 1000 rounds GA 357 sig for a VERY reasonable price and also 200 rounds of hollow point(also very reasonable) so don't worry about ammo being an issue.
     
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  17. _The_Shadow

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    I started with the Glock 29 and have since added the conversion barrels to safely shoot the 40S&W, 357Sig and 9x25Dillon...
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    I have loaded some rounds using 121 gr JHP Zero .356" bullets that were listed in the 38 Super. They have been out for a while, but the bullet has performed well so far in the 357Sig and 9x25Dillon.
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    The last one did strike the bottom of the jug which caused it to shed the jacket.
     
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  18. I just typed up a recommendation for the LE agency i work for to change to the .357 Sig round. I am a big fan of the .357 in general, and especially for law enforcement use.

    I was told however, that we will be staying with the 9mm.

    Although I think regimentation is a good thing, this is one of the faults inherent to it.
     
  19. JimIsland

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    Thats too bad. I'll bet the 357 sig round would work great in the "street" for you guys.
     
  20. Thanks. It would be better for punching through auto glass, etc. as well.