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#1 Posted : Friday, May 13, 2011 5:37:20 PM(UTC)
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well i finally got the time to test my new .357 barrel...... "LEMON". ThumbDown it doesn't even go BANG!. this is my second lemon. the first one was a compact barrel.
the pics says it all, the .357 sticks up too much so the firing pin hits too low on the primer. i'm so disappointed.
here's the comparison:

got to texas as fast as i could...Fuhgeddaboudit!
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#2 Posted : Friday, May 13, 2011 8:40:45 PM(UTC)
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that sucks bro... did you buy it new? I hope you did so that you can get a new one or your money back.

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#3 Posted : Friday, May 13, 2011 10:21:25 PM(UTC)
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yeah i got it directly from sig.
got to texas as fast as i could...Fuhgeddaboudit!
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#4 Posted : Saturday, May 14, 2011 1:22:12 PM(UTC)
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This may explain why it is so hard to find subcompact .357 barrels for this pistol. If Sigarms can't produce decent working barrels maybe one of the aftermarket barrel makers could give it a shot.

Does anyone on the board have a functioning subcompact .357 barrel? I know the chamber pressure on the .357 round is higher than on the .40, and the .357 in general tends to be a bit more snappy, but this should be relatively simple engineering fix.

Since I've settled in with my P250 .40 subcompact, I've been looking for a .357 subcompact barrel just as an option. It is one of my favorite things about .40 handguns, the chance to swap barrels without changing any other part of the pistol. My Glock 22 shoots well in either .40 or .357. Before the P250, I was leaning toward a G27 for lighter, easier to conceal carry. I have shot G27s with both .40 barrels and .357 barrels. A little bit of adjustment for the recoil but both very manageable.
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#5 Posted : Monday, May 16, 2011 9:58:31 PM(UTC)
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So you would not recommend me buying a .357 compact. I had an HK p2000 .357 never had any issues.
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#6 Posted : Tuesday, May 24, 2011 11:09:33 AM(UTC)
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can2boy - Sig finally has the 357 barrel for the sc in stock. I was thinking of buying one. After hearing of your problem I don't know now. When did you get yours and please let us know what the resolution is? Sad
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#7 Posted : Tuesday, May 24, 2011 4:51:15 PM(UTC)
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Just talked to Sig CS today. Josh said that they have the .357 SC barrel in stock, however, the POI for the .357 is different than the POI for .40 S&W, so Sig recommends the full .357 SC x-change kit. Josh also said that the SC mag for .40 and .357 are not the same or interchangeable.

Without having one personally or getting a direct report from someone who knows better, I could not contradict this information. Besides, with the 20% discount, the x-change kit, which includes a magazine, is $228, and the .357 SC barrel with discount would have cost $165, so I bought the .357 SC x-change kit.

Interesting part of the x-change kit, Sig doesn't have them in stock, so they will build me one, which I can only assume they take a SC slide and add a different rear site than the site they use for the .40 to change the POI. The guide rod and recoil spring should be the same for the .40 SC as the .357 SC and I guess I will find out if the magazine is actually different or not.

About four weeks before they send it, is what Josh said. When I get it, I will try to take some side by sides of the .40 S&W vs the .357 just for comparison. Then I will take it to the range to see what happens.

My P250 is the last of my pistols (excluding my Buckmark) that will go both .40 and .357. I know it is possible to convert the others into .22lr, but I can't imagine any of them shooting .22lr better than my Buckmark. Rimfires are a lot of fun to shoot a lot for very little. Everything else is for daily carry.
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#8 Posted : Monday, August 29, 2011 9:34:20 PM(UTC)
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I have both a compact and subcompact 357 Sig x-change kit and both work perfectly. My only concern is their accuracy. They both hit 12 inches low. Is this a common concern? Please lmk.
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#9 Posted : Sunday, September 18, 2011 7:51:42 AM(UTC)
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So whats the results after Sig made it right?

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#10 Posted : Tuesday, November 06, 2012 6:24:54 PM(UTC)
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R6600DH;15934 wrote:
I have both a compact and subcompact 357 Sig x-change kit and both work perfectly. My only concern is their accuracy. They both hit 12 inches low. Is this a common concern? Please lmk.


This is why I joined the forum, to see if anyone else has this problem. At about 20 feet my subcompact p250 in .357 shoots about 8" to 10" low. It does not seem to matter which ammo I use either. Anyone have some solution to this? When I bought the sub, it was in the .40 and I purchased the .357 barrel directly from Sig and incidently they warned it would shoot high with the caliber exchange. That's a laugh. Should I send the barrel back? I can hit in the zone if I hold the front sight with the bottom of the sight at the top of the rear sight. Any help or suggestions (besides simply "holding over") would be appreciated.
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SigFreak;26508 wrote:
R6600DH;15934 wrote:
I have both a compact and subcompact 357 Sig x-change kit and both work perfectly. My only concern is their accuracy. They both hit 12 inches low. Is this a common concern? Please lmk.


This is why I joined the forum, to see if anyone else has this problem. At about 20 feet my subcompact p250 in .357 shoots about 8" to 10" low. It does not seem to matter which ammo I use either. Anyone have some solution to this? When I bought the sub, it was in the .40 and I purchased the .357 barrel directly from Sig and incidently they warned it would shoot high with the caliber exchange. That's a laugh. Should I send the barrel back? I can hit in the zone if I hold the front sight with the bottom of the sight at the top of the rear sight. Any help or suggestions (besides simply "holding over") would be appreciated.


Did you buy it from SIG? Either way, call their customer service:

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I carry my .357 subcompact and it has never shot more than 1" below using a combat hold (#3): http://pistol-training.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/sightimages.jpg
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