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Please recommend some quality range & SD ammo for .357sig

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by GroovedG19, Mar 30, 2004.

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  1. GroovedG19

    GroovedG19 Member

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    Hello.I've just recently acquired a .357sig barrel for my Sig P229.Have never shot .357sig before.So, what are the good stuff?
    Thanx for your time!
     
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    For range/target, WWB and S&B. For SD I'd recommend Ranger Talon.
     
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    For range AND SD stuff, I'd think the Georgia Arms ammo would be a good bet. For SD work, they have Gold Dots and if you buy in relative bulk, I'd think few sources could beat their price and the Gold Dots have an excellent track record for real world performance.

    I'll be honest and say I've never knowingly shot any Georgia Arms 357 SIG ammo, but I have shot their 9mm, 40, 10mm and 45ACP with generally excellent results and I have no reason to suspect they would let you down when it came to 357 SIG.
     
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    I have carried God Dot 125gr, Hydra shoks (125 I think) and CorBons in 115gr. I like the corbons and the gold dots best. The corbons simply because they are so fast.
     
  5. GroovedG19

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    Thanx, fellas.Time to go ammo shopping.I personally like winchesters & corbons that I've tried in 9mm.No experience with S&B yet.Gold dots are wonderful.So soft shooting.And I hear nothing but good things about georgia arms.I'm gonna give that a try.Thanx again.Anymore good ammo to try?Keep the suggestions coming!:)
     
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    I use 125 Grain Gold Dots, and they've functioned without a hitch. I've never tried Proload, but I've heard very good comments about their ammo and their 357 Sig is flying at 1425 fps. I guess that don't mean a whole lot, but it sure sounds fun.
     
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    For practice, Ga Arms is good stuff. I've shot tons thru Glock 32's and a Glock 33, SIG 229 and SIG 226. Speer Lawman and Win White Box FMJ are both good for practice. I don't like S&B - odd bullet wt and filthy IME.

    For carry, I often use Ga Arms new manuf Gold Dots. Speer-loaded Gold Dots also shoot well, as one would expect. Win White Box JHP's shoot well but have a tendency to set back more dramatically than the other brands; something to consider in this hot round. I've measured as much as .009" after one cycling! (Yes, I test these things). In comparison, Ga Arms, Win Ranger T and Speer give up .002" to .004" after 3-4 cyclings. The Federal JHP stuff is typically way overpriced and IME not worth the extra $$ - no gain in accuracy, tho you can get the the 150 gr bullet if heaver bullets blow your skirt up. Some ppl refer to them as Hydrashoks, but it's really just Fed's Hi-Shok JHP - no ctr post. (edit - mebbe that's changed; I didn't notice Faustulus had referred to them as Hydra's and he may have bought some more recently than have I, tho Fed last listed them as just JHPs, and not Hydra's).

    I have seen the Rem Bonded Golden Sabers for sale at gun shows, but haven't felt the need to buy and test yet. Tried the CorBons, but didn't seem to offer much over the Gold Dot for the $$. The Win Ranger T's shoot fine and come in a cool "Law Enforcement" box, but are typically overpriced; I wouldn't spend the money most people are asking for them based on the internet opinion of someone who doesn't shoot the round anyway. If you really want them, best prices are prob gonna be from Pro Load - abt $20/50, which is ok for Ranger ammo. (You may have to use the Search function to find them on the Pro Load site). I bought a ton at $16/50, which is competitive with everyone else's JHP loads. The Secret Service has switched from Rangers to Gold dots, BTW.
     
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    treepro, thanks for your informative post.Plenty of loads to try that I wouldn't have thought of if it wasn't for your input.Thanks again.
     
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