357 Mag/40s&w Recoil


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rgw543
October 23, 2007, 09:16 PM
Have pretty much decided on a Sig P229 .40 have handled many times but unable to shoot one...how does recoil compare to my GP100 .357 mag ?

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rgw543
October 23, 2007, 09:40 PM
357 is 4"

Jimmy Newman
October 23, 2007, 09:44 PM
I think you'd get somewhat less recoil than heavy .357's and somewhat more recoil than light .38's.

This is based on shooting a P99 .40 (which is of a similar size to the P229, but lighter due to the polymer frame) and a 4" python.

My P220ST is probably my favorite handgun at the moment, and I shot a 9mm P229 the other day... I sure do like Sigs. I think you made a good choice.

AK103K
October 24, 2007, 08:34 AM
I think you'd get somewhat less recoil than heavy .357's and somewhat more recoil than light .38's.
I think Jimmy summed it up pretty well here.

I have a couple of P229's in 357SIG and a drop in .40 barrel. If you like the 357mag, you'll really like the 357SIG. Its a potent and flat shooting round. Recoil between the 357SIG and .40 is about the same. The caliber switch really is just that easy. Just swap out the barrels, everything else, including the mags, stays the same.

40SW
October 24, 2007, 08:43 AM
It really depends on the pistol. I have shot Sigs and Glocks chambered in both .357SIG and .40SW extensively, I still cannot tell the difference in felt recoil. If there is any, its nominal. After thousands of rounds in both chamberings, It feels the same to me.

40SW
October 24, 2007, 08:49 AM
Sorry, just realized you were talking about the .357MAG and not the .357SIG.
I would say that an accurate comparison cannot be made between the .357MAG and the .40SW since one is primarily chambered in a revolver platform and the other primarily for a semi platform. The difference in ergonomics, the frame, etc, are not ripe for comparison.

JDGray
October 24, 2007, 09:39 AM
357 Mag has more recoil than a .40

jlpskydive
October 24, 2007, 10:52 AM
My GP100 3" has significantly more recoil than my 229 .40

Ghost Tracker
October 24, 2007, 11:00 AM
The felt recoil in an autoloader has a LOT to do with the strength & condition of the recoil spring. For example, a well-tuned, competition .40 S&W Practical Pistol may have substantially less felt recoil than the same model from the factory. A revolver's recoil can only be "adjusted" by changing the nature of the ammunition.

In general, the .357 mag GP100 will recoil more than the .40 S&W Sig 229 given both handguns are fired with ammo of comparable velocity & bullet weight.

FullEffect1911
October 24, 2007, 11:58 AM
the .40 will have quite a bit less recoil then standard .357 mag loadings but the .40 will have more muzzle flip.

S&W620
October 24, 2007, 01:05 PM
This is not even close.

As others have said, the .357 will have much, much more felt recoil than a .40 S&W.

Big Mike
October 24, 2007, 03:32 PM
Own a .357 Mag GP100 and a .40. My GP is a 3". .40 a S&W 4043. My GP has always recoiled more than my .40 regardless of load.

geo57
October 24, 2007, 06:06 PM
Felt recoil between the two obviously will depend on what load each are using for the comparison. I do know that the felt recoil from Win. white box 180 gr. FMJ's from my Glock 22 .40 feels very similar to my 158 gr. JHP .357 handload ( loaded to 1050 fps. ) from my 4 " Speed 6 . I also have a full power 158 gr. .357 load ( 1250 fps ) that I shoot from my GP100 that recoils much more than the mentioned .40 load.

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