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i bought a 357sig barrel from bar sto and just have not been that impressed with the round (the barrel is great btw...not knocking bar sto). i just dont care for the round that much. the sound is way louder (definitely a sharper crack at least). and i really cant seem to find any sort of selection of ammo near me. ive been thinking about just send the barrel back to bar sto and have them convert it to 40 cal and calling it even. the only problem is i have a bit of money in the barrel, close to 400 bucks. any thoughts?
 

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yea, after the fitting and the shipping (geeze, shipping a pistol is EXPENSIVE), the total was just south of 4 bills. if i have them bore out the 357sig barrel, it will just be 50 bucks plus shipping on the barrel.
 

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That round is far more impressive then you may think. The balistics on the round with a 147 grain is far more impressive then one might think. I guess its a matter of prefrence but I know several cops that have shot people and animals with it. Most like it better then the 40 cal. There is also a pretty large selection out now for the 357 SIG round if you start looking.
 

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$400 - Yikes!

Ken - didn't we pay $160-some for our group buy of semi-fitted Bar-Sto .357SIG barrels a few years ago?

FWIW, I stopped using mine because I just have a gut feeling that the P99, while a great pistol, is not stout enough for the robust recoil of the .357SIG round.
 

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While .357 SiG is expensive and not easily found everywhere, it is effective and very accurate. I like it far better than the .40 caliber.

I concur that the SiG cartridge probably isn't meant for the P99 platform. It doesn't seem to work in the Beretta 92/96 platform either.
 

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well i only paid 200 for the barrel. but i wanted to have it fitted so i shipped them the pistol, that cost somewhere in the 80 dollar area at fedex, then had to pay barsto to fit it. so yea, it was like 350 - 400 bucks.
 

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from my point of view, the weapon's reliability was fine. and the mags had no problems with the 357s
 

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I have made a personal decision NOT to resume shooting .357SIG ammo in my P99 until I install a stronger recoil spring and/or locate and install an appropriate recoil buffer.
 

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I have made a personal decision NOT to resume shooting .357SIG ammo in my P99 until I install a stronger recoil spring and/or locate and install an appropriate recoil buffer.
Same here.

I went to the range and shot about 100 rnds through the .40 then swapped out for the .357 SIG. The first shot made the guy in the booth next to me jump! It is much louder than the .40, with only a little more snap to the wrist.

While I never had any problems with the slide, cycling rounds, striker issues; my Fathers P99 did. His wasn't "fitted", and when we slapped in the barrel the slide wouldn't fully return after shooting one round. Rather, it would return about 98% of the way; just enough for the striker to hit the primer on the bullet - but not ignite the charge. :eek:

After shooting it some more with my own gun, I notice it would occasionally return to 99% of the normal slide position. I could actually use my thumb and gently touch it to put it in full 100% returned position. While 99% never had a problem with the striker / bullet on my gun - it isn't something I would want to depend on as a CCW gun.
 

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You guys have to be careful using these aftermarket barrels in your P-99's

If they are not properly fitted as some have mentioned, you could do irreversable damage to the weapon's slide.

The barrel should slide back and forth inside the slide without any binding at the front of the slide- whatsoever. Make this test with the pistol taken apart.

Then put the pistol back together.....and ease the slide forward about 1/2 inch from fully closed.......then let the slide go. It should come into full battery and not need any assistance to close tightly.

If a weapon doesn't return to full battery ....... I would be very careful in firing it.

JF.
 
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