Talk me into a .357 SIG

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    Talk me into a .357 SIG

    I am getting a P239 and and P229 SIG and I am thinking of getting one of them in 357 SIG instead of 9mm. Would it really be worth the extra ammo cost over the 9mm?
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    The .357 SIG is a great round, necking the .40 case down to fire a .355 launches that bullet far and fast compared to the 9mm.

    It has been compared to the legendary 125gr Full House .357 Magnum level of performance.

    Use .40 mags or even turn it into a .40 S&W with a barrel swap and shoot those.
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    Practice with your 9mm and carry your .357. Of course, you'll want to shoot the .357 enough to stay familiar with it's recoil and back on target times. You can't beat the performance.
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    If you decide to do the 357. I'd suggest doing it with the 229, that way if you decide to go with a 40 barrel at a later date you won't have to get new 40 mags. If I recall the 239 requires different mags for 357 and 40, the 229 does not.
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    Great round! You must use 40 cal magazines in either gun. I have a 229 in 357 Sig. Love it!

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    buy the glock 20 and get a 9X25 dillon barrel for it! then you have a .357sig on steroids!
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    My M&P is chambered in .357sig. It's a great round, and I prefer shooting it to both my 9mm and the .40 S&W. However, it is expensive to shoot (here at least). I ended up buying a .40S&W barrel because the ammo is about half what .357sig runs around here, and it allows me to put the number of training rounds through my actual carry gun that I want to (and doesn't require any change to the gun or mags other than the barrel swap). If you are serious about the .357sig, you should price the .40S&W barrel to go with it. I found, for the M&P at least, that the cheapest way was to buy a factory replacement barrel ($70) vs. the aftermarket barrels ($120+). That may vary with the Sig.
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    I picked up a like new LEO trade in Glock 31 in .357 SIg a while back and I really like it and the round. But I practice with a Lone Wolf 9mm barrel and G 17 mags. The 9mm ammo is much cheaper to practice with and I have not had a mishap in several thousand rounds. I also can use the Lone Wolf barrel and 9 mags in my Glock 22--traded the last one off, but always can add one to the stable. I shoot a lot of steel while practicing with all my pistols and it makes even the thick ones dance. I think I will pick up a .357 barrel for my M&P .40. I like options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rstickle View Post
    If you decide to do the 357. I'd suggest doing it with the 229, that way if you decide to go with a 40 barrel at a later date you won't have to get new 40 mags. If I recall the 239 requires different mags for 357 and 40, the 229 does not.
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    Everyone who's tried the .357sig has loved it. It all boils down to ammo price and availability. No doubt it's one of the greatest self defense rounds in existence.
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    I everyday carry a S&WM&P 357Sig or M&P 40S&W with a mere barrel change with a Crimson Trace Laser Grip since most violent social confrontations happen in low light or no light.

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    I am leaning towards it but my concern is how much I am gaining over 9mm +p+.
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    Look here, here and here. Those are charts showing the terminal performance of every loading of the three most popular and effective bullet designs. Look at 9mm vs .357 sig and you'll see there isn't much of a difference.

    I'm not gonna sit here and say .357 sig sucks, but I don't get why you would increase ammo cost, recoil, and wear and tear on the gun while reducing capacity for no real gain.
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    If you simply must have a 357 SIG, buy a gun in .40 and get a 357 SIG barrel for it. It's not that easy to sell a 357 pistol in case you decide you want something else.
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    Picked up a P226 Elite Platinum in .40 caliber Christmas. Used my Sig discount and ordered their factory .357 barell. By using the Sig factory barell, it was a simple drop in and fire. Went to an open outdoor range and the party next to me wanted to know what in the world I was shooting. It deffinately cracks loud.

    I use Wally World Winchester white box 125 grain for practice. As with any other caliber, use a quality defense load for carry and shoot enough to be sure your weapon functions well. I use Winchester, Ranger RA357SIGT.

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