.357 sig, good enough?

.357 sig, good enough?

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    .357 sig, good enough?

    Lately I have been thinking of getting a gun with this caliber due to wanting .357 in auto form.
    I am curious what others think, I do not see many people here talk of carrying, and wonder why? Forgive me, I am new to this specific round, do not know much about it.

    I am looking at getting one in either an MP or XD.
    Comments would be well taken.


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    I have not shot one in either of the pistols you mentioned. I have shot quite a few .357 rounds out of a Glock 31. They are a snappy round but are controllable. I can tell you that the scores at our PD went down big time since swithing over from Sig 226's. The other drawback is a box of 50 Gold Dots will set you back close to 50.00.
    I prefer the 9mm. Less recoil, quicker back on sights and WAY cheaper to shoot. JMO
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    In my observations, people fall into 4 categories here:

    big magazines (9mm)
    big holes (.45acp)
    The middle ground (.40 short @weak)
    the wheelgunners

    the .357 sig seems to fall around the 9x19 (loaded hot) and the .357 magnum (loaded lightly) and thus loses a lot of fans either direction. granted, this is just what i get from talking to gunners in general, not the people specific to this forum. That, and there isn't much in the way of ammo choices for .357 sig
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    I am shooting a sig pro in 357 sig, i hav two 45s and a 40 s&w also, I like the way the sig prints on target and recoil is not that bad. I reload for it so ammo is not a problem, hope tis helps. RICK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justherenow View Post
    Lately I have been thinking of getting a gun with this caliber due to wanting .357 in auto form.
    I am curious what others think, I do not see many people here talk of carrying, and wonder why? Forgive me, I am new to this specific round, do not know much about it.
    I am looking at getting one in either an MP or XD.
    Comments would be well taken.
    I have a Sig P226 with both .40sw AND 357 sig barrels .

    I am thinking of getting an M&P compact in 357.
    .45acp and 357 sig are my two favorite calibers.
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    I'm shooting a 147gr Gold Dot at 1400fps and 700 pounds, providing 14" penetration out of a Glock 32 compact. I don't know many others who will match that. Then when you add the ease of a 9mm conversion for cheap practice, I don't think it can be beat.
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    Thank for the replies. I will research this topic further.

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    Very good friend of mine, and one that I trust implicitly with no-B.S. firearm info. recently switched to a M&P compact in .357 sig and has been very happy with both the gun and ammo. The only "con" I can think of is the price of ammo if you plan on doing a lot of shooting.

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    I have a glock 45cal.(G36) a glock .357sig (G33), a bersa 380cc
    and .38
    the 357sig is my primary carry gun
    It does cost more to shoot, but I like it the best.
    To me to feels and sounds like a magnum round when
    I shoot it ,and there is no way I will be outgunned.
    It does not kick any more than my .45 cal so
    don't ask me why I feel that way . but I just do.

    Its best if you shoot a gun before you buy it
    so I would say try it ,you may like it

    I think of it as a 9MM magnum
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    I don't know if it would be a determining factor for anyone on the fence about .357 Sig, but I believe that's what the Federal Air Marshall Service issues.

    -JT

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    I always said that I would stay with my 9mm's and 45ACP's....... however I really lusted to get a pistol in 357 Sig. I posted here some time back about coming across a new Glock 32 that was a trade in - one day after purchase - that I obtained from a good friend at my favorite gun store for $400. I took the G32, and my G30SF out to the range and left with a very favorable impression of this cartridge. With the G32 frame the 357 Sig was snappy but I would say recoil was more like the 45 then a 40. I am buying a 9mm KKM conversion barrel and will also shoot 9mm's with this pistol at the range. I really like this as a carry option with 13 rounds of 357 Sig Downside is the price of ammo and availability.

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    It's an interesting round and undoubtedly effective. I just know that ammo is practically unavailable in my area. I like the idea of using weapons I can get ammo for practically anywhere I'm at. That's why I like .45, 9mm, .308, etc. They get the job done just fine and ammo is easy to find. Without the ammo your gun is just a fancy paperweight.
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