Maximizing my Reloading & Components

Discussion in 'Caliber Talk: Ammunition, Reloading, and Shooting ' started by RatBikeRod, Oct 14, 2018.

  1. RatBikeRod

    RatBikeRod You Don’t Know Me!

    Nov 22, 2017
    So with my current state of life I am trying to look at how I maximize both my guns and my reloading time/components.

    I tend to shoot a lot of 45 and 9mm. Thus, I tend to typically reload these calibers and have lots of componentes to do so laying around.

    The 45, since I have since sold my 45 Long Colt, 45 Win Mag and 45/750 this one is easy in that I am just loading ACP and a lot of it.

    With the 9mm, that is pretty straight forward as I use a lot of 124gr round nose bullets. I do load a fair amount of Sig 357, I used to have a 38 Super (which I hope to replace at some point) and I load 357 magnum.

    Now, the 357 Magnum I load a low volume of as I only use it in my 357 lever gun.

    The 9mm, Sig 357 and 38 super is where things get interesting. While these tend to have a slightly different profile and the 9mm tend to be 124gr and Sig 357 and 38 supers run more 125gr (which I have both of), and a round nose is pretty much a round nose. Here is what I wanted to bounce off of you guys;

    9mm is .355, the 38 super is .356 and the 357 Sig, of course, .357. I am thinking that I could just use the same bullets as most of mine are either .355 or .356.
    Edit: Actually, I mic’ed what I have both for the Sig 357 and 9mm - both are .356. I think the only difference is 124gr vs 125gr and a slightly more flat nose 125gr which I bought for reloading Sig 357. I need to load up a dummy and see if it will cycle ok in my 9mm.

    Edit 2: Made a few dummy rounds and the 125’s do cycle fine in my 9mm.

    Last edited: Oct 14, 2018
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  2. gaijin

    gaijin Well-Known Member

    May 18, 2015
    You don’t need caliber specific bullets for those 3 cartridges- as you surmised.
    Example; Gold Dots for 9mm and .357 Sig are the same diameter and weight.
    Difference is apparently a more robust construction/thicker jacket(?) for the increase in velocity from the .357 Sig.
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  3. RatBikeRod

    RatBikeRod You Don’t Know Me!

    Nov 22, 2017
    Ah, I did not know that, but it makes sense. The plated bullets I picked up for reloading my 357 Sig have a noticeably thicker jacket.
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  4. Dwe

    Dwe I'm a terminal 1911 Addict!

    Sep 4, 2011
    I don’t shoot .357 Sig so I can’t comment, however I use the same .355 124 grain berrys plated bullets in both 9mm and 38 Superb.
    Both cycle fine and show good accuracy.
  5. Dave Jessee

    Dave Jessee Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Dec 31, 2014
    I load both .355" and .356" for 9mm. The .355" are 124 gr Gold Dots and the .356" are Hi-Tek coated 124 gr SWC a friend casts for me.

    As far as the 124 gr Hi-Tek coated SWC goes I have tried these both in .355" diameter and .356" diameter and the .356" diameter is slightly more accurate in my gun. Not recommendations but observations.
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