357 Sig Ammo

Discussion in 'M, C, L and S Series' started by spokes, Aug 31, 2006.

  1. spokes

    spokes New Member

    27
    0
    0
    I will be picking up A new M357-A1 in a couple of days.
    Does any one have suggestions on Ammo?
    I use Cor-Bon 125's and Gold Dot 125's in my Sig 229.
    Also use handloads W/ Sierra's and Gold Dots.
    No problems with the Sig.
    Any thing I should look out for in the Ammo Dept.?
    Your site has the most polite and respectful people on it.

    Spokes
     
  2. Syntax360

    Syntax360 Premium Member

    5,073
    13
    0
    Welcome! and it's your site now, as well :D. We try to keep it downright decent around here.

    Wulf seems to be the resident .357SIG/reloading nut, so might want to toss a PM over to him if he doesn't catch this thread first.
     

  3. Wulf

    Wulf Premium Member

    1,664
    4
    0
    Hiya Spokes :)

    ...Welcome aboard. Whataya wanna do with the ammo? Light target or awesome SD loads? Kinda sounds like you're into SD loads. I'm playin' with 140 gr Speer 357 Mag bullets resized to 0.355" and 0.356" with great results. But some of the most pleasant loads involve 88-95 gr .380 Auto bullets (0.356"). Lazer trajectory with minimum recoil. Still, the 124-125 gr JHP's are the easiest to deal with, consistancy-wise. The Remington 125 gr JHP's are a good choice without goin' too "exotic". This cartridge has true diversity and I've had great results with reloads using 88-140 gr's bullets from 1200-1600+ fps. I've tried some 158 gr 357 Mag bullets resized to 0.356" and 0.355", but that's just too much bullet for a semiauto 357 SIG with a 4" barrel. <shrug> Powder-wise, Power Pistol is my favorite but has quite a flash. I've found that Herco and Vihtavuori N340 are great for target loads...very pleasant and consistant. Bullseye is always a blast and the only powder I've approched higher end performance barriers with. Whatever the challenge, my M357-A1 chews through everything I've fed it like a champ. I've read posts involving FTE prob's with M9's and M40's. SAI is aware of it and a permanent fix is in the works. The only time I've experienced FTE's with my 357-A1 is with Bullseye and pushing the end of the performance envelope for the 357 SIG cartridge...and always using 0.357" dia bullets. When org's like TX Rangers, Special Forces, and CIA are switchin' over, well...must be for some good reasons, IMHO. ;) Its only a matter of time til machine pistols chambered for the 357 SIG hit the market...a flatter trajectory bullet with a light recoil, more feeding reliability and greater performance makes for a superior conduit for small arms self defense scenarios, IMHO. Anyway, PM me if you like for specific reload recipes. Hava great Labor Day weekend.

    Wulf
     
  4. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I was surprised that even for a non-reloader, Georgia Arms has some pretty affordable .357 Sig range ammo, and Gold Dot self-defense ammo much cheaper than I've seen on the shelf anyplace.
     
  5. spokes

    spokes New Member

    27
    0
    0
    Thanks for the warm welcome Syntax360 and Wulf.
    Thanks for the heads up on Georgia Arms LHZ.

    Wulf........I am to the point where I would like to settle on one or two loads. I know there are much better powders for the Sig then what I am using now (AA#9).

    Since I will be 70 in a year and half I am sort of settled down. I want to get a load in the range of 1350FPS. with the 125 grn. .355 or .356.

    The reason I am so interested in the Sig is. I used to take the reports of all the shooting victims at the Trauma Center at Sinai Hospital. I went out of my way to interview all gun shot victims. People shot with 12 gauge slugs down to .22.
    The only person that had an instant effect from a gun shot was a security guard shot in the upper thigh with a 357 magnum. He said his whole body got numb and he became disoriented as soon as the 125 grn slug tore through him.

    The 357 Sig is much easier to handle at my age then a 357 magnum revolver.

    One thing I forgot Federal brass seems to be better for hand loading than Star line.

    Will talk again about what powders to use.
     
  6. Guest

    Guest Guest

  7. spokes

    spokes New Member

    27
    0
    0
    I have used Double Tap 10mm in my G20. Very good ammo, in fact I am going to give their 357sig a try. Will order a couple of box's today.
    Also looking for a slightly lighter load.
    I have been using AA #9 for my hand loads, but there must be a better powder. I heard Veet makes some very clean burning stuff. Any suggestions will be appreciated.

    Thanks for advice Kammerjaeger.

    Spokes
     
  8. Wulf

    Wulf Premium Member

    1,664
    4
    0
    Hiya spokes :)

    vN340 and vN350 are nice powders to use for the 357 SIG and can yield some darn good loads using 125 gr and 140 gr bullets. Of these two Vihtavuori's, my best results have been with the vN350. If ya run across a favorite load recipe, post it! :p Better yet, PM me with it...for Club liability reasons. :roll:

    Wulf
     
  9. spokes

    spokes New Member

    27
    0
    0
    Wulf,

    Thanks for the information. I hear these powders are very clean burning also.

    Did you read my post on the trip to the range lots of fun great pistol?

    Will let you know of any good results.

    Spokes
     
  10. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Hey Spokes,

    My favorite load for .357 SIG is with AA#9. I found it to be a good top end load. AA#9 meters real well too. Have you had some issues with it? I would be interested in any problems/observations you may have regards its use in the .357 SIG.


    Kammerjaeger
     
  11. spokes

    spokes New Member

    27
    0
    0
    Hi Kammerjaeger,

    I have been using AA9 since the 357 Sig came out many years ago. It has been my standard load.
    Never had a bit of problems with it
    I was just looking for some thing a bit lighter to use in my Steyr. This load seems to recoil more in the Steyr than my 229.

    I do get much better results loading this cartridge when I load it on a single stage. Loading on a Dillon is a problem for this particular cartridge.

    It could be I have to get used to the Steyr, it is a nice pistol.

    Wulf mentioned that he had some good results with Veet (thats what we called it when I still lived in Maryland)

    Spokes
     
  12. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Hey Spokes,

    Yeah, I'm still in the dark ages. I love my RCBS Rockchucker and it is all I use. I had a Dillon progressive for a short time but got rid of it. Reloading for me is theraputic and I enjoy the slow pace. Ergo, my Rockchucker. I have been reloading and shooting .357 SIG since it came out as well. I sent my .357 SIG reload data to Wulf via PM just a little while ago. Three different loads, all AA#9. Unfortunately I got rid of my SIG P-229 in .357 SIG some time ago. I am currently without a pistol in that caliber until the Steyr arrives. Should be within about ten days. It is paid for and coming from a distributor out of state.


    Kammerjaeger
     
  13. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Precision Cartridge?

    Has anybody tried the 125gr FMJ load from Performance Cartridge? The price is great, even after adding for shipping. Very affordable range ammo at under $10/box delivered.

    http://www.precisioncartridge.com