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    Question who loads 357SIG?

    Anyone here handload 357SIG?

    If so what dies did you buy?
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    Hi Mark,
    357 SIG is pretty sweet, no more recoil than 40 and a lighter bullet with a bunch more zip
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    With those little buggery bottleneck cases, no matter which brand of die you will still have to lube each and every one before sizing. Never loaded the SIG, but have loaded .30Mauser. Not fun.
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    at 80 cents a round factory ammo is no fun.
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    I hear that. I do remember using a water based lube, RCBS if I recall correctly, then tossing them in a bucket with a strong detergent and agitating it. Then I rinsed them in very hot water and spread them out in the back yard to dry in the sun. The birds found them fascinating and the cat took note and left the remains of several that I found that evening, along with about half the cases in the grass all around. I found most of them and loaded them with starting loads. My friend shot them all and then got a really high offer on his broomhandle. I traded the die set for a scope a few months later. I think I still have some of the lube. I think the lightest .358 mould I have is 150grRN that drops around .360, but I don't know how the round will do with that heavy a bullet. I also have a 124grRNTL .356 that drops around .357, but I do not know if it will fit with your barrel diameter. Both moulds are plain base. I don't know it you need GC's or not, but my GC moulds are 158grSWCGC and 180RanchDogFNGC. Let me know if they will help.
    "Stand your ground.
    Do not fire unless fired upon.
    But if they mean to have a war let it begin here."
    - Capt. Parker, Lexington Militia, April 19, 1775

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