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Posted: 2/15/2006 11:41:46 AM EDT
Ok, I decided I want a Tutone P226 from CDNN. Now here's the tough choice, do I get it in .357 Sig or .40 S&W. I know from tests that the Sig round hits harder and faster, but it's more expensive than that S&W round. I've heard rumors that the Sig round is going to drop in price now that the DHS picked it up as it's carry round and the US Air Marshalls use it as well. What do you guys think?
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 12:30:17 PM EDT
This is arfcom. GET BOTH!

Its easy, just order the .357, and then hit up topgunsupply.com for a .40 barrel. The caliber's swap easily, with only a barrel change. Then you have relativly cheap 40 ammo for fun at the range, and you can load up with .357 ammo when you want the extra oomph. I think Teknic in the Equipment Exchange under Handguns has a package deal with both barrels as well that you should check out. Either way, topgunsupply.com is a great place to go for extra mags.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 1:34:00 PM EDT
I have a 229 in 40 and really like it. The 40 is like to 45 in that the recoil is just a slow push, where the 357 is shareper. Both will do a good job with the right ammo. I have been trying out the Cor-bon DPX rounds. They have done very well so far.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 4:17:32 PM EDT
I would get the .40 first then the .357. I just bought a 229 in .40. I can get the Wihester White Box ammo at WalMart for about $16 for 100 rounds. I may be wrong, but I thought the mags that come with the .40 also work with the .357 sig. I just made a deal to purchase a new 239 with night sights. It comes with the .40 barrel and a .357 sig barrel for $679 + tax
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 4:20:51 PM EDT

Originally Posted By birddog1:
I would get the .40 first then the .357. I just bought a 229 in .40. I can get the Wihester White Box ammo at WalMart for about $16 for 100 rounds. I may be wrong, but I thought the mags that come with the .40 also work with the .357 sig. I just made a deal to purchase a new 239 with night sights. It comes with the .40 barrel and a .357 sig barrel for $679 + tax



Yes, the mags will work for either .357 sig or .40 S&W. Just swap out the barrels and you are good to go.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 5:02:56 PM EDT
Actually, on a P239, the mags are caliber specific. The mags on P229's and P226's are interchangable between .40 and .357, but not on a P239.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 5:07:16 PM EDT

Originally Posted By drew5337:
Actually, on a P239, the mags are caliber specific. The mags on P229's and P226's are interchangable between .40 and .357, but not on a P239.



Yeah, my bad. I thought he was talking about buying a 229.
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 6:11:15 PM EDT
Now, mine can go either way, but I always just stuck with the 40 S&W. My main reason, though, was the price of ammo, so that isn't really helpful. h.gif
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 6:28:42 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/16/2006 6:30:34 PM EDT by JCHammer]
I like both for different reasons. I like the .40 because of it's weight and energy transfer but I do not like the actual muzzle flip which is controlable but annoying for fast follow-ups to me. The .357 sig does not have the weight but I like the fact that it is loud with minimal recoil and faster folluw-ups with a magnum round and I also like the fact that it is extremely flat on it's trajectory if you like to see how far a handgun can shoot like I do. Another thing you might want to consider is the .357sig is a .35 cal. bullett screaming at velocities in the 1500++neighberhood thats going to penetrate deeply. As for the price of the .357sig ammo, "It's expensive because it works." Hammer
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 8:40:08 PM EDT
I think drew5337 hit the bullseye. Buy one or the other caliber and then
purchase the other barrel. Both will work. I've had a P229 in .40SW for about 10
years. It is a sweet shooting gun! FWIW, I prefer .40SW over .357Sig because
.40SW was made to shoot 180gr bullets. Big, slow and deep pentration, Yeah Baby!

That .357Sig ammo also will cost you more. I reload so I don't like bottleneck cartridges because
of brass growth. The .40SW is better for reloading.....

If you want to shoot .357 comparable loads out of an automatic, try Corbon 124gr bullets out of a 9mm or or other +P loads.

I love my Sigs(P226 & P229)

My $0.02 worth,

Spambo
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 6:21:32 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/17/2006 6:22:05 AM EDT by ARer]
I'd go with the 40. Not sure if/when the 357 ammo prices will drop. You can always get a 357 barrel later..
IMO, the 40 is an excellent defense round.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 6:44:12 AM EDT

Originally Posted By tankdriver:
The 40 is like to 45 in that the recoil is just a slow push



I've never shot a .40 that felt like a .45. The .40 is snappy.

Anyway, IMHO the .357 with an extra barrel for .40 is the way to go.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 6:49:16 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/17/2006 6:59:33 AM EDT by highwayman]
I've got .40 and .357 Sig for my XD. Both are very accurate and hard-hitting. I like the .40 because it's a bit cheaper, but I dislike the muzzle whip from the .40. I like .357 SIG because it doesn't have as much whip and recoil seems to be lighter, and also because of the gel testing that's been done on it. Supposedly it's the only semi-auto round besides the 10mm to ever break the plates that hold the gel block. Wish I could remember where I read that. .357 SIG isn't that much more than .40. You can get it for as little as $9 per 50 if you buy Georgia Arms "canned heat" by the thousand. MJD
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 7:44:22 AM EDT
I've read the .357 Sig is more accurate than .40, don't and won't own a .40 personally
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 9:21:17 AM EDT

Originally Posted By maxcom:
I've read the .357 Sig is more accurate than .40, don't and won't own a .40 personally



I don't know about that. Maybe if you are shooting at stuff over 50 yards away.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 9:31:33 PM EDT
It's not that its particularly 'more accurate', its that the light and fast 357 has very little drop in the first 30-40 yds. Its easier to shoot accuratly, in my opinion.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 9:38:08 PM EDT
.357 SIG is an excellent cartridge.

It has a lot of detractors, but so did Eugene Stoner's designs!

It feeds very reliably, penetrates very well, and has an excellent track record amongst police departments that issue it.

I like both .357 SIG and .40 S&W. Get both!
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