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A look at .357 Sig ballistics

.357 Sig: Whats the Point of this Cartridge?

8 Responses to “A look at .357 Sig ballistics”

  1. Huck Says:

    My Nephew has a Springfield Armory XD that’s chambered for .357 SIG and it’s pretty fun to shoot. It seems to me like it’d be a decent defense pistol. However, it’s pretty hard finding ammo for it.

  2. Rivrdog Says:

    I converted my Glock 22 to 357 Sig. The ballistics past 50 yards are superior. Better energy than 40 Shorty, approaches 10mm in the lighter loads, MUCH easier to shoot.

    A carbine in 357 Sig would be interesting, probably get the 125gr pill up to 650-700 #/’ ME.

  3. Divemedic Says:

    I used it in IDPA competitions, and the recoil was mild, with almost no muzzle flip. It made me the second shot much easier and faster. I liked shooting it more than 9mm, 40, or 45 in competition for just that reason.

  4. mikee Says:

    When it first came out, one use was to make everyone else at the indoor range think, “What the hell was that?” when it was fired. The round produces a right snappy boom, very different sounding from other semiauto cartridges.

  5. Lyle Says:

    In the real world defense shootings, all of what might be considered “service pistol cartridges” are the same, with a teeny weeny advantage going to the 357 Magnum. The 357 Sig comes close, and so it would work just like all the others (380, 9 Para, 40, 45) to within an indistinguishable margin. Defeating your basic body armor is another question, but the Sig round doesn’t have what it takes there either. So unless you’re carrying a 460 Smith or a Casull or Linebaugh etc., pick the gun you like, shut up about its “stopping power” , go practice, and learn something about anatomy in three dimensions.

    Anecdotal, but anecdotal and real; I’ve killed deer with a 44 cap and ball revolver, a 50 cal muzzleloader with more than three times the powder as the pistol and three times the barrel length, and a 280 Remington rifle with full house loads and hollowpoints. All just as dead, and just as quick within a second or two, shot placement alone determining the speed of incapacitation.

    Also; most people shot from a pistol live to talk about it, and most crimes stopped using pistols don’t involve actually firing the pistol, so using a pistol to stop a crime in progress is something of a different metric.

  6. rickn8or Says:

    mikee, you can get the same effect at a much lower cost with a CZ-52 in 7.62 Tokarev.

  7. Mike W. Says:

    The 1st police agency to adopt the cartridge is now leaving it. DSP went to 357 Sig back in, IIRC 1996. They’re going to 9mm now.

  8. Greg Says:

    So totally right! I found a Calico chambered in 22 WMR. I can shoot some one 72 times and I can almost manage the recoil. Sometimes the bullet almost travels 11 inches in wet phone books! Sure I have a questionable plastic gun, and I must train with my finger wrapped over the slide to avoid a ND, but I don’t have to worry about practice to shoot a cartridge doing more work. Besides all you guys shooting all those scary loud guns are just compensating. After all, just read it on the internets.