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.357 SIG reloading

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by fsqridah, Mar 26, 2010.

  1. fsqridah

    fsqridah

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    .357 SIG costs too much to shoot, period. So, I'm definitely gonna get into reloading. I've done some math on the casings, bullets, primers, and powder from Midway, and I can make the first 500 rounds for about $260 before shipping. That includes enough bullets and primers for 1,000 rounds, so adding in another couple of pounds of powder and reusing the 500 casings puts me at $280 or so for 1,000 rounds. Sure beats paying $600+ for 1,000 factory loaded rounds, and I can have my handloads with Rainier hollowpoints. Not that I need them for practice, but I like the idea of having hundreds of hollowpoints on hand in case the zombies come back. :supergrin:

    Anyway, with my Chase rewards program, I'll have a $100 gift card to Cabelas very soon. I've been looking at the Lee Challenger kit ($100) and the Lee Annivesary kit ($110). I don't see much of a difference between the two, so I'd like advice on which to get. Also, what else should I throw in (like a digital powder measure?)? Please keep in mind I am not going for speed or super precise target/hunting loads. I want to safely load target ammo that will come fairly close to replicating my carry ammo in terms of recoil. Like said, 200+ rounds per hour is not important to me. I have no problem with spending a lot of time on the reloading process itself, but I want it done consistently and safely.
     
  2. tjpet

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    Get a Lee turret press w/auto indexing. Great for conventional pistol rounds. You can do 1-200 per hour without breaking a sweat. The indexing feature is easily disabled if you want to start slow and use the press in single stage mode while you're learning.

    As to digital scales I've been using a PACT BBK for the last fifteen or so years with complete success. Cheap and very effective.
     

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    I would have started with a lee classic turret if I had done more research
     
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    Does Lee now make carbide dies for the .357 Sig?
     
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    No. Simplest thing to do is run cases through a .40 carbide first, then a .357 Sig one next. An extra step but no lubing/wiping off lube afterwards.
     
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    All good thoughts. I can only add, if you do not want to pony up for Dillon carbide dies, go the 40carbide/357sig dies frome Lee, Redding or Hornady. DO NOT go RCBS, they got it wrong w/a two die set IMO. Be very careful w/ bullet selection, this makes or breaks good, reliable, safe 357sig ammo. You MUST use a truncated cone profile bullet for best results. BTW, depending on the powder you choose, 2# gets you well over 1000rds.
     
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    Thanks for the help guys. How much am I looking at as far as a setup goes?

    Also, what bullets would be good? I'm sticking to jacketed bullets for now so I don't have to get an aftermarket barrel for lead bullets.
     
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    +1 for full length sizing with the 40s&w die

    I have done the same thing in my progressive for the 400corbon.

    The other option would be to full length resize with a 40s&w die, then run it through the Redding sizer, then neck sizer. But, that is 3 sizing steps vs 2.

    Bottle neck cartridges are a labor of love. :crying:
     
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    I've only loaded one bullet in the .357Sig and that's the Sierra 90grn.HP. Pretty easy to break 1600+fps through a 4.5" barrel with the right powder. Superbly accurate, flat shooting, and lethal on anything from jackrabbits to coyotes.
     
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    Bullets I have used succesfully:
    124gr Berry's FP & HP
    124gr Ranier FP & HP
    124grXTP
    147grXTP
    115gr Nosler JHP
    124gr Sierra JHP
    124gr Precision FP (black bullet)
    102gr Rem.GS
    88gr REm JHP
    135grSGDSB (.357)
    124grLTC (cast Saeco)
    136grLHP (cast modified RCBS147gr)
     
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