This is a discussion on Best .357 sig ammo within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Wow, that is really impressive. I may need a 357 barrel for my Glock 40's. I have never followed the 357 Sig as I was ...
Wow, that is really impressive. I may need a 357 barrel for my Glock 40's. I have never followed the 357 Sig as I was issued plenty of hot 155 grn 40, however, this warrants further research.
Thats what I am thinking, the agencies that use it speak very highly of it. When the BP went to the 155 grn 40 it was giving us the same energy figures as the 158 Grn 357 mag. This is identical to the 125 Grn 357 mag! I know, I know it has been out for years where have I been........
The 125 gr. .357 Magnum load was your conventional JHP that fragmented when impacting a target, or in mosts cases a
These days you have loads like the bonded hollow-points, and the Barnes X bullet that are a bit lighter than the 125s,
but truly have no jacket to shed *Tac-XP* or won't shed because of the bonding *Gold Dot, HST*ect.
Bullets that expand far more then the original King of the Street (and highways ) load.
I like .357 SIG Glasers for home defense, even if some say it would be too loud.
Even with one of my 9mms, it will be loud- so I keep some muffs by my bed.
3 Glasers on top of more traditional/fragmenting 125 gr. Sierra JHPs that is:)
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I want to get a .357 Sig barrel for my M&P...
Home intruder, please don't move while I affix my hearing protection.......
I think that any old hand on the Border Patrol can remember the Federal 9BPLE 9mm +P+ load.
They (reportedly) had somewhat better stopping power results when they experimented with .38 Supers for
a while. No idea which brand or load, just that there were more than a few shootings with the caliber.
I've shot quite a bit of 9mm+P, 9mm +P+ (esp. the old Remington +P+) and .38 Super.
The nines acted like hot Nines, nothing really special there.
While the .38 Super seemed to have a .357 magnum whallop to it on my end
in both recoil and report. I could tell that it was not a 9mm I was shooting.
Pretty snorty, but not as flippy as a forty.
The .357 SIG acts kind of like a low recoiling 9mm, but seems to out-perform the 9mm+P, 9mm+P+, .38
Super, and in the eyes of many like myself..the .40 S&W.
instantaneous recoil that's concentrated AROUND the muzzle with quite a loud report, but virtually no
recoil or muzzle rise with most loads.
However, there is still the muzzle flash factor.
That said,, The 147 gr. loads are real pussycats in .357 SIG.
They tend to be a bit slower, yet still have some bark and flash.
However..Most people will choose 115-125 grains of goodness for their carry load.
Again, I'm no expert, but most of you other common calibers as used by police and ccw
holders..lack the 'pressure curve' that many experts talk about when discussing stopping
power of this rapidly growing cartridge that many writers thought was dead as the .357
Maximum, a few years ago!
One could surmise that the split- second recoil and loud report/flash is somehow being transfered to the
target(s) i.e. dangerous felons.
That has resulted in such a dynamic stopping power record- that the cartridge has been piling
up since its inception.
No firearm or cartridge/load is perfect.. but for some the .357 SIG is the Zenith in both recoil control of
an adequate caliber..and dynamic stopping power.
The fact that the SIG is as bee-line accurate and flat-shooting as it is loud.
Is also a major factor for choosing this caliber that seems to be sweeping much farther than its long stalwart home of Texas, these days!
My rifle and pistol are tools, I am the weapon.
And Lord, if today is truly the day you call me home
Let me die in a pile of empty brass."
Yes, unlike the +P+ Winchester and Remmy loads back then, the BPLE load was available to most of us without having to sign a dept. waiver for the newwavw
police only hot ammo.
Once you carried the +P+ stuff- you felt sorry for the guys saddled with the 147 gr. loads that often failed to expand in the early days.
Federal's slower 9BP is still a good load when you can find it.
Ammo has came a long ways since then, but it was the +P and +P+ 9mm loads that started to get looked at by 9mm users,
a paving the road for high performance self defensive ammo.
Factory .357SIG ammo is expensive, but I carry Speer 125gr Gold Dots in my Glock 32. For practice, which I do a lot of, I use my own hand loads with MG's .357SIG bullets bought in bulk. Reloading .357SIG is no harder than any other caliber with the correct size bullet to prevent bullet setback. And loads can be tailored to match any factory load or to reduce recoil if desired.