recoil of 10mm and .357 sig


March 22, 2005, 09:35 PM
normally like to shoot a round before deciding to buy it, however, there is no range that I'm aware of in the Ft. Lauderdale area that rents 10mm. For years now I've had an eye on the 10mm, the ballistics impress me but I try to keep my calibers to a minimum since I don't reload. Also, at 5'6" and 125 lbs. with pencil pusher hands I am a bit recoil sensitive. I have a .357 magnum (S&W 686+) and several .45 ACPs...but either the 10mm or .357 sig keep tempting me.

I'm wondering how these calibers recoil compared to 9mm and .45, especially the 10mm since it's what really has my interest. I'm about to start carrying concealed and I've decided on my newly purchased Glock 19 and my 1911s as my carry rotation, backed up by my Kel-Tec P32....but I would consider adding either a 10mm 1911 or a Glock 29 to replace one of the current choices or to augment them. I've fired a Glock 30 that my dad owns and the recoil wasn't painful at all, although it did have a lot of flip for me and my follow up shots were slow, how does the recoil of the G29 compare to that of the Glock 30? The Dan Wesson 10mm commanders have my attention too. Either model would be carried with full powered DoubleTap ammo, so assume the ammo being used is fullpower for each caliber mentioned.

Do I really need a 10mm?

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March 22, 2005, 09:41 PM
I would say the 10MM full power loads are equal to the 357 loads out of the 686 with a 4" barrel.

Again though it depends on the platform. The G29 will kick more than the Wesson due to the difference in weight.

March 22, 2005, 09:50 PM
I carry a Sig 239 in .357 Sig most of the time. I also carry a full size 1911 in 10mm when the clothing will allow.

I can say that the .357Sig has nowhere near the recoil of the 10mm.

The .357 Sig is more "snappy" than .40, but the pressure on my hand feels about the same. There is not nearly as much wrist flip with .357 as 10mm, even though the 10mm gun is twice the size of the.357

I like the ballistics of the .357Sig very much, but I like the Sig239 so much that I wouldn't care what it was chambered it. It's a fabulous gun regardless.

Either way you've chosen 2 relatively expensive cartridges with limited choices of guns chambered for each. I don't think you could go wrong either way.

If you like 1911's then 10mm is your choice since that's about all you can have unless you want a Glock or a revolver. 357 Sig is also pretty limited in choice. So, pick the gun design you like best and take whatever caliber it's chambered in; 10mm or 357 Sig

March 22, 2005, 09:51 PM
You won't find the recoil in a 10mm much different than a 357 or 45ACP. My G29 has a bit more snap that my G20 and 1076 but it conceals better. To me the 357 SIG is just a beefed up 9mm. My SP2340 handles about the same as using +P in my CZ75B.

March 22, 2005, 10:13 PM
I've got a G20 and G21; the 20 is somewhat snappier, but not by much. It's very comfortable to shoot, but I've only pushed UMC through it so far. I haven't chrono'd it yet - waiting for the snow to melt.

March 22, 2005, 10:19 PM
I shoot 10mm often, and to me the factory loads feel like they have LESS recoil than .45. However, I like heavy pistols, and am also somewhat recoil-insensitive.

Note also that 10mm is more expensive than .45 - check ammo prices.

Also think about 9x25 (based on the 10mm case), which has even less recoil, and more energy, than the 10mm - it's a drop-in barrel swap for the Glock 20 or (I think) 1911s - see

10mm is a lot of fun, and (unlike .44 etc.) is a very practical all-day-shooter round - but if recoil is a big concern the .357 Sig might be better for you.

March 22, 2005, 10:29 PM
I load 10mm (factory power)mid range 1050 fps with 175g lswc for range shooting . I shoot 45acp at 850fps 200g lswc in 1911 platforms. I really don't perceive a great difference in the amount of recoil , the recoil is different between two but does not make the 10 uncomfortable or less managable. I have shot both the glock 29 and 1911 platforms. The g29 was quite managable and not unpleasant to shoot accurately, even with pearce extension I much perferred the grip of a 1911 platform (grip longer) but this is a personal perference. I know hot loads would produce more recoil, but really was suprised as when I got my first 10mm as it was much more pleasant to shoot than what I had read.
Hope it helps

March 23, 2005, 03:27 AM
You can't compare .357 sig to 10mm. More like .357 magnum to 10mm. If you're not going to reload--don't buy a 10mm. The real ammo is difficult to come by.

Eat a little bit more--put on another 15 pounds, buy a G20. Get a load of rounds from DoubleTap or Georgia Arms and then let the fun begin. :neener:

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