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(2/24/02 1:30:26 am)
Reply | Edit | Del All What is the ballistical/terminal difference between 38 super
and 357 sig?

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(2/24/02 9:13:07 am)
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Re: What is the ballistical/terminal difference between 38 s
It all depends on if you reload or not. The .357 Sig is factory loaded to higher pressures, since it does not have to contend with older pistols chambered for a similar cartridge as the .38 Super does with the .38 ACP. Therefore, higher velocities are expected with the SIG round, with the same bullet weight.
.38 Super factory loads with a 125gr bullet run about 1150fps, while the .357 SIG runs around 1350. Higher velocity with a static bullet weight translates into more energy.

The other perceived benefit of the .357 SIG is the case design. The .38 Super is a straight-walled semi-rimmed case that can be problematic without a carefully tuned pistol. The SIG round is slightly bottlenecked and rimless and seems to function more reliably, especially in smaller pistols.

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(3/6/02 8:59:09 pm)
Reply | Edit | Del Re: What is the ballistical/terminal difference between 38 s
Not enough to make any differance, get the one you like the best.
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