.357 sig choices

.357 sig choices

This is a discussion on .357 sig choices within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I use 125 grain gold dots. All I can find is 125 grain for the .357 sig. It is a (.355) 9mm bullet and you ...

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    .357 sig choices

    I use 125 grain gold dots. All I can find is 125 grain for the .357 sig. It is a (.355) 9mm bullet and you can get 147 grain 9mm ammo. Does anyone make ammo for the .357 sig with a 147 grain bullet?

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    Look into Hornady, I load 357 sig with 147 gr XTP's and I think they have a factory load out as well
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    I know Doubletap does make the 147, S&B has a 140, and I believe Hornady does too as papahawk said, but can't confirm with 100% certainty.

    Assume you are talking Factory ammo only? If not, of course it is possible to use .355 bullets to make your own.

    Just curious, why do you prefer the 147g over the 125g?
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    If you have a compact 9mm...would not recommend 147 grain for shooting as it's so heavy that the slide might not cycle
    correctly...80-125grn is best. Seen this happen to a friend's gun. The .357 Sig has much more powder, so shouldn't be a
    problems cycling the slide. Agree with the above from AZJD1968....Hornady makes excellent products and their XTP (xtenuated trunxiated projectile) is designed to make large, open, fatal wound cavities....their words, not mine.

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    I run 125 grain HST in mine. But I ordered Gold Dots because HST is so hard to come by. I may be mistaken, but I believe there are 147 grain HSTs available. Or maybe not. If they do exist, good luck getting them.

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    You see a lot of the 125 grain stuff because it has the best balance of speed and weight and it mimics the .357 load that the desingers were trying to duplicate when they thought up the .357 Sig.

    Not all guns will run the 147's consistently. I've seen some guns that did and others that had problems, it just depends on the gun.

    I've beenl loading the Hornady XTP's ever since they came out a long time ago. I have never seen the (xtenuated trunxiated projectile) wording used before, my boxes of bullets just say "Extreme Terminal Performance".
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    I was just curious because I often read on here to carry the heaviest bullet for whatever caliber for more penetration. If the 125 grain is better than the 147 grain, I'll stick to that. What are your opinions?

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    I think the 147 is a great bullet, I've used them mysef many times...in the .357 Magnum.

    The problem is, because the bullet is longer, it sits deeper in the case, so the powder charge wont be as much. With the long case of the .357 mag its not an issue really, but the .357 Sig case dosent have near as much space because its a shorter case. You can load a 147 grainer in it, it just wont be as fast as it needs to be. If both bullets could be loaded to the same speed, then the 147 would be a better penetrator.

    Also as noted, some guns may not cycle it properly. Semi autos have a certain range of operability, meaning that not all loads or all powders may operate it efficiently. Some powders burn faster,some burn slower, some recoil springs may be too heavy or light depending on the load.

    The .125 bullet in the .357 Sig case has the best balance of speed and weight. As for the penetration, for a self defense load it will do just fine.
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    Thanks, I'll just stick to the 125 grain gold dots.

    Why do people like the 147 grain in the slower 9mm?

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    I use the 125 Winchester PDX-1 rounds. I have some Hornady 147s laying around if I need them.
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    either of these will do just fine. I carry the Hornady's in my Glock .357SIGS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron1100us View Post
    Thanks, I'll just stick to the 125 grain gold dots.

    Why do people like the 147 grain in the slower 9mm?

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    better penetration than either the 124gr or 115gr.
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    When I carry 357 sig I carry DoubleTap 147 gr. Yes, it is expensive and I feel it is worth it.

    From their website:

    DoubleTap Ammunition

    357 Sig 147gr. JHP 50rds $46.79

    Here is the heavy hitter! Recently there have been no options for the serious .357 Sig shooter other than 125gr. At DoubleTap we have developed a loading that combines speed, power, and match grade accuracy! All of this and we use a flash supressed powder for virtually no muzzle flash.

    3.5" barrel - 1213fps
    4.5" barrel - 1296fps

    Caliber : .357 Sig

    Bullet : 147gr. Winchester® JHP

    Ballistics : 1250fps / 510 ft. lbs. 4"bbl

    Box of 50rds.
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    Double Tap......extremely accurate and consistent! I chrono over 1400 fps with 125 gr Sierras in both my Sigs.....p229 & p239. EXCELLENT AMMO!!
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