I find myself intensely fascinated with this cartridge. I just got 100 rounds of underwood ammo's 125gr (starline brass, topped off with speer's GDHP). Will probably transition this to my full time ammo option for my M&P. I currently run Hornady's 115gr critical defense, the first three rounds being Hornady's 147gr XTP.
Now, whenever the reality of .357sig's $ crashes upon me, I can always get a factory .40 barrel, no prob there.
My questions are:
1) What is the best carry/defensive ammo out there for .357sig?
2) Where can I find the best price on range ammo?
This is exactly why my brother got a 40 Cal barrel for his SIG. He could not find Social Ammo and the Range ammo was priced out of sight and almost equally hard to find. He has a nice stash of 40 Cal Social and we re-load 40 also.
I usually get my practice ammo from Georgia Arms for around $17/50 Only slightly more than .40 cal. at $14.50
They are out of stock currently so just be patient.
Georgia Arms - .357 SIG
I carry an M&P357Sig loaded with Federal 125grain HST (1360fps). Hard to find thought.
Glorified .38 Super ;-)
And you can't get good ammo for that either.....
I like Speer Gold Dot 125 grain JHP.
Underwood is about the best value ATM, I believe....
I'm transitioning from Winchester Ranger T-Series to the Speer Gold Dot as their powder has a lower flash out of the muzzle.
SGAmmo.com has the best pricing on SD ammunition when you include shipping costs.
Link: 1000 rd case - 357 Sig Speer Gold Dot LE GDHP Hollow Point 54234 ammo | SGAmmo.com
Another is Double Tap and I do like this load: DoubleTap Ammunition
As for the range I shoot 40SW remanufactured - I beleive Georgia Arms has some canned heat, where as I normmaly get mine at a gun show here in Vegas.
Here is the link to Georgia Arms: "Canned Heat".40 S & W 165gr Full Metal Jacket 1000pk
If you want 357 sig here is that link: "Canned Heat" .357 SIG 125gr Full Metal Jacket 1000pk
I beleive you'll find the Caliber Wars thread under Male Bovine Manure! :wave:
Originally Posted by finst3r
I believe The Sportsman's Guide has the cheapest range .357 sig. It's not that much more expensive than .40 S&W if you're willing to shoot reloads.
I've liked the round since it's inception in the late 90s' but only came to it in the past two year..
Far less recoil than my old Glock and CZ .40s with superior accuracy as well!
You are well protected with 125 gr. Gold Dots, even if I prefer Double Tap Ammo. ( Bonded Defense line that uses the Speer Gold Dots)
Both Cor-Bon and DT are hot defensive numbers for .357 SIG.
Most of the Cor-Bon 125s utilize the 125 gr. Sierra bullet, as does Double Tap.
CB offers the 125 Barnes X bullet in the DPX line.
Some of us are hoping to see a DT 125 gr. TAC-XP someday.
I shoot DT and Winchester/Remington for practice though.
My old M&P Compact was the softest shooting .357 SIG ever but Glock 32 and also 33 ergonomics ruled
over the S&W. at least in my book.
These 147 gr. loads are what I'll be shooting through my Gen 4 G33 when I pick one up later this year.
One local guy told me that Troopers and Deputies in Texas, are carrying .357 SIGs for common ammo
in the rural areas.
Texas has always been a staunch region for .357 SIG due to Texas DPS using the caliber,
but I can see why they would want LEOs to have the same gun.
I'm not aware of any 147 gr. shooting as of yet, but one can surmise that a 147 gr. JHP
at 150-250 fps FASTER than most 9mm 147s would do well for stopping power.
Whether they have the DYNAMIC stopping power of the 125s as used by cops, troopers and ccw holders
in actual gunfights, is still to be proven.
I've shot (Mostly Double Tap) loads from 90 to 180 grains so far:
And remain mesmerized by the
power and accuracy.
Enjoy your new .357 auto!http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/b.../ammoprove.jpg
Re: .357 sig
Clarkston, I have been thinking of getting a gen 4 32 or 33 for ccw, does the 32 conceal well? How did you like the 180gr DT loads?
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Love the 357sig, I carry golden saber bonded 125gr when on duty out of a springfield xd. I never have problems finding ammo I think that has to do with it being the carry load for OK State Troopers. I have shot the hst, xtp, ranger t' and gold dots. I prefer the golden saber bonded over all of them. I get white box and american eagle for about a buck more a box the .40
Answer to #1 is to use the round this guy popped himself with. WoW!
I am using the Underwood 125 GD as well. I think it is currently one of the best loads available.