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Old 12-03-2012, 08:58 AM   #1
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.357 SIG vs 9 for 226 and 224

Ok, so the first pistol I ever bought (and only one I own) is a Sig P226 Tac Ops in 9mm. I'm thinking buying the conversion kit from Sig to change it to a .357 SIG. Does anyone have experience with that caliber and favor one over the other?


Also, if I go with the .357 SIG I'll pick up a .357 SIG DA/SA P224 should they ever actually become available for sale.

If I do NOT switch calibers I'll probably pick up a 9mm of the P224.

So was hoping for some thoughts on the two calibers, particularly applied to the 226 and 224 (though I know the 9 isn't out yet).

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357 sig is a destructive round to be hit with however the rounds aren't what I would consider... Abundant. Pretty pricey compared to other calibers. I have owned, .40, .45, 9mm, and .357. I prefer 9mm over all others mostly because of the penetration you get vs stopping power. Carry critical defense ammo and you will be fine.
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Welcome!

No experience with 357 SIG but I'd also like to hear opinions in case I switch out my 226.
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welcome from phoenix
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:10 AM   #5
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Welcome from TX. I think the .357 SIG makes an excellent defensive round. I have a .357 barrel for my .40 cal P229. However, as SauerSig said, the rounds are getting harder to find and more expensive. To me the advantages of the round aren't good enough to justify the price nor the difficulty in maintaining enough of a supply of them for regular practice, so I carry .40 cals.

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is the 299 the older brother of the 229?
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is the 299 the older brother of the 229?
LOL. Yes. Obviously.
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Welcome from Tampa. I have a 229 with both a 40 and 357 sig barrels. As been said, the price and availability of the 357 is getting salty. I practice with the 40 and run a few 357 range rounds down the pipe then reload 357 for carry. Like the original 357 mag, it is nasty. Very flat shooter to boot. I just hope they do not discontinue it. Several LEO's use it and have positive reviews. More than you can say for the 45 GAP FHP Troopers carry.
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I think .357 SIG has developed enough popularity that they're not about to discontinue it. It helps that it's fully compatible with .40 cal handguns, requiring only a barrel change. The same can't be said of the .45 GAP, which is not compatible with anything, and I've only ever seen Glock pistols in it. I don't think any other manufacturers make firearms in that caliber yet (perhaps Glock still has exclusive rights to it). I know some agencies that adopted the .45 GAP have already gotten rid of it, so it wouldn't surprise me if it was all but non-existent in another 10 years.
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Also, if I go with the .357 SIG I'll pick up a .357 SIG DA/SA P224 should they ever actually become available for sale.
If I do NOT switch calibers I'll probably pick up a 9mm of the P224. [/QUOTE]

On behave of all us Sig buyers, I appreciate you volunteering to be a Beta Tester. Like the 238, 290, 938 before it, the 224 will need plenty of beta testers.
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I have a .357 Sig conversion on my P-226 22 Classic and it works like a top.
The .357 sig is an accurate round you should enjoy shooting.

But I do reload my own rounds and it can be reasonably shot if you roll your own.

My regular range rounds are FP Full copper plated and my accuracy loads are hotter JHP's.

Loading your own makes it a much more affordable round you can easily tailor to your needs.
Go for it and don't look back.
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