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Old 10-13-2013, 12:27 AM   #1
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.357 sig

i recently bougth a P229 in 357 Sig. im wondering if its cost effective to reload opposed to buying ammo over the counter or online. i used to reload with my Savage in .308 but that was probably 8 years ago and i know things change. this would be for practice to keep the price down and maybe just for fun. still have all the equipment. i would just need to invest in dies, powder and bullets ( i have about 100 empty cases i could start with ) i also hear they are a bit tricky to reload? anyone have any experience with reloading the 357 Sig?
 
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Old 10-13-2013, 08:07 AM   #2
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I have had experience with the 357sig, and reloading for it also.

my opinion.


If you want to actually shoot it regularly you should look into reloading them.
as even years later there still is nearly no 357sig on the shelf's at random, unless you plan on ordering up ammo?

As for being tricky, they aren't tricky with the right dies, and the right reloading set up.
always used Berrys and Extreme bullets, and HP38.

OR

you order a bunch of bullets, shoot them and sell the cases as 357sig owners/reloaders LOVE to buy brass.....


or invest in a conversion barrel to shoot .40 and plink away.
 
Old 10-13-2013, 11:25 AM   #3
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awesome! thanks for the info. i do plan on buying a .40 barrel as well. and i have been able to find 357 sig over here in the tri cities area. its just a bit spendy ( as usual ) but i think i will try the reloads and see how that goes. thanks again!
 
Old 10-18-2013, 10:06 PM   #4
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The only "problem" reloading .357 Sig is the very short neck and not getting enough neck tension to hold the bullet firmly. You really need to do a "thumb test" on every round (you should for all cartridges, but particularly the .357 Sig).
 
Old 10-21-2013, 11:31 AM   #5
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The only "problem" reloading .357 Sig is the very short neck and not getting enough neck tension to hold the bullet firmly. You really need to do a "thumb test" on every round (you should for all cartridges, but particularly the .357 Sig).
Noob question,

Is that where the bullet jams into the brass when it hits the feed ramp? I ask because It happened on a .45 ACP breakdown carbine rifle that had a Glock magazine, it failed to feed the first couple of rounds out of the box, in both cases the reloaded bullets were pressed back into the brass.
 
Old 10-27-2013, 09:07 PM   #6
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The only "problem" reloading .357 Sig is the very short neck and not getting enough neck tension to hold the bullet firmly. You really need to do a "thumb test" on every round (you should for all cartridges, but particularly the .357 Sig).
kewl, i will remember to do that. hopefully before winter i will have my dies. haven't found much other than lee dies. but they are inexpensive and will get me started until i can find better.
 
Old 10-28-2013, 01:42 PM   #7
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Noob question,

Is that where the bullet jams into the brass when it hits the feed ramp? I ask because It happened on a .45 ACP breakdown carbine rifle that had a Glock magazine, it failed to feed the first couple of rounds out of the box, in both cases the reloaded bullets were pressed back into the brass.
This is called "setback" and it sounds like you experianced it. You should be able to push pretty hard on the nose of a bullet without it moving. Setback can also occur inside the magazine as a result of recoil. This is when it's most dangerous. Last few rounds in the mag, with significantly shorter OAL can produce huge pressure spikes in the gun.

I'd check all those reloads before I shot them. Just push down firmly on the top and make sure they don't move.
 
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