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|Bullet Weight||125 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP)|
|Ammo Casing||Nickel-Plated Brass|
|Ammo Caliber||.357 Sig|
Ballistic gelatin testing is one way to get an idea of how a self-defense load might perform in a real world self-defense situation. So we fired five rounds of Remington 125gr Golden Saber Bonded from a Glock 31 from a distance of 10 feet into a block of synthetic ballistic gel with a barrier of four layers of fabric simulating heavy clothing. We then gathered information on the expansion and penetration characteristics of this load. That data is represented in the chart below.
How this load compares to other .357 Sig loads from our tests in regards to bullet expansion and penetration can be found in the diagrams at the bottom of the page.
We also took photos of each bullet that was recovered from the gelatin, seen in the photo slider below. The high speed video shows this round impacting the ballistic gelatin at 10,000 frames per second.
Want to know more about our ballistic gelatin test, including more photos, videos, and data? Check out Lucky Gunner Labs for the full story.
|357 Sig - 125 Grain JHP - Remington Golden Saber Bonded - 50 Rounds|
|Bullet Depth (in.)||17.7||18.4||19.3||21.2||21.7|
|Expanded Diameter (in.)||0.57||0.57||0.58||0.59||0.6|
|Bullet Weight after shot (gr.)||124||125||125||125||125|
|Bullet Velocity (fps)||1379||1380||1386||1394||1403|
The 357 Sig - 125 Grain JHP is great and wish other Ammo maufactureres would stop down loading this round.
Review by mzondo
The 357 Sig - 125 Grain JHP pernitrates better then most other ammo and Ammo manufacturers need to stop down loading this round.
(Posted on 12/20/2019)
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Review by The Hammer
Best round known to mankind ! I used to shoot strictly Federal HST & Speer Gold Dot through my Glock 31 but the G. Saber is in a leave of its own ! Constant sweet spot penetration of 16-17 inches & every round mushroomed perfectly out of the 250 I put in 20% ballistics gel ! This round will save your life !
(Posted on 12/7/2018)
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357 Sig Golden Saber; not for me
Review by Phil
I bought 200 rds. of the Golden Saber 357 Sig. Unfortunately, about 1 out of 5 key-holed badly at 10 yds. I also ran ~200 Remington FMJ's and Fed. HST's through the gun with no key-holing. Apparently, my barrel does not like Golden Sabers. Won't buy anymore. This is no reflection on Lucky Gunner. L-G service has always been excellent.
(Posted on 7/25/2018)
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Mixed bag 357 Sig round
Review by Jeff
I'd give it 5 stars if I didn't have to clean off what looks to be primer sealant from the case on many of the rounds. I like that the primer and bullet are sealed, but rounds with sealant elsewhere is a mess that could cause problems if not cleaned up. Tip - a soft rag with a bit of rubbing alcohol makes quick work of it.
Once past the above problem this is a great defensive cartridge that doesn't get the credit it deserves. Rugged projectile design equals reliable expansion, a massive energy dump, a viscous wound track as good (if not better) than the Gold Dots and great barrier penetration performance.
My Glock friends say this round feeds better in their Glock 32's than Gold Dots but POI seems to shift left. Tip use #3 or #4 357 magazine followers for best feed results. As always test at least a few mags of your carry ammo for POA/POI and feed reliability.
Feeds flawlessly in my Sig P229 and P320 and seems to be a bit more accurate than the Gold Dot ammo which runs great in both handguns. Never observed any bullet setback with this cartridge, likely the sealed design helps. Overall I prefer this over the Gold Dot ammo for a bit better accuracy in my guns and what I feel is a better bullet design for my needs. Just wish I didn't have to hand clean so many of the rounds, but this is not exactly range ammo and wise to hand inspect your carry rounds anyways.
While I feel the over-penetration concerns are often overblown, this round penetrates like the Gold Dots do. Want more penetration? Then the Hornady Critical Duty ammo would be a good choice for 4" or longer barrels and my Glock friends say it feeds great. If you worry about over-penetration with .357 Sig then just use the Federal HST or Winchester PDX1, both are wicked rounds in terms of energy dump, wound track, fast expansion, but with greatly reduced penetration.
(Posted on 8/21/2017)
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Upper tier quality
Review by Chad
I've been using this in my .45 with great accuracy, so I decided to try it in .357 sig. About as accurate as hst and gold dots, and no problems with cycling or failures.
(Posted on 9/1/2016)
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The Rodney Dangerfield of 357 SIG
Review by Jjmcd
This ammo consistently shoots inside of 1 1/4 inches at 30 feet. I have no concern about shielded head shots at that range. A big confidence builder
(Posted on 11/14/2015)
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Great, no problems and accurate!
Review by Thumb
Was bale to shoot about 25 rounds of this ammo and it is very accurate. Was able to hold a 1" group at 10 yards no problem.
(Posted on 10/11/2015)
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Accurate, accurate, accurate.
Review by Jjmcd
The most consistantly accurate ammo in my SIG 229. This is the Rodney Dangerfield of defense ammo.
The ballistic gel tests are comparable to gold dot Speer, and muzzle flash is less.
(Posted on 9/12/2015)
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