Or as I like to call it, another answer in search of a question. First off, I want to say that I’ll never knock a new cartridge simply on the basis of its newness; the industry needs new rounds and new ideas to keep stimulating it, and if someone wants to buy the newest .394 Destroyer simply because it’s new, more power to them, buy often and buy guns to shoot your cartridge.
But I never really understood the .357 Sig; especially with the developments in 9mm +P ammo these days. If I can get a 124 grain 9mm +P going 1100-1200 FPS out of my Taurus, why do I need a 125 grain .357 Sig going 1300 FPS? Or on the flip side, if I can get a 165 grain .40 S&W round at 1100 FPS out of a Glock, again, I don’t see the real need for a .357 Sig. It’s just my personal opinion, but it’s almost like it’s filling a ballistic gap that doesn’t actually exist. If I want “.357 Magnum like performance”, I’ll just carry a .357 Magnum, and load it with itty-bitty 110 grain HPs at 1300-1400 FPS.
The .357 Sig hasn’t really been widely adopted, and I think what’s really going to spell its death knell is the sunset of the AWB. If I have two pistols of the same size, producing similar ballistics, but one of them carries 3 or 5 less rounds than the other, I’ll carry the one with more ammo. I don’t see a reason to clip my magazine capacity down to .40 S&W sizes if I’m just carrying a souped up 9mm.
But to each his own, and that’s what great about this. I’m not going to tell you what to carry, or what you should carry, or what rounds you should use; I’m going to tell you what I like and what I carry. If you’re in love with your .357 Sig, that’s fantastic. Buy lots of ammo and shoot a lot.