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Old 02-13-2014, 01:46 AM   #1
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Don't have one. Have never really been interested in owning one. I have several 9mms and a couple .45s. I reload for both and figured I don't need to bridge the middle. I've got a couple buddies who have them and want me to get started reloading the round so they can get ammo.

I could justify a .40 S&W pistol by using it to shoot major in USPSA Limited. I shoot a XDM9 5.25" for Production. That is what I would be looking for if I go ahead with this idea.

So talk me into or out of this idea. I really don't know which way I could go with this.
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Old 02-13-2014, 01:59 AM   #2
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I got one just to have most major handgun calibers but I almost never shoot it. Not that it's a bad round but just like the 9, I feel like if I can shoot a .45 fast and accurately, there is no need for me to "downgrade" to a lower caliber. I don't mean to start a caliber war, just my personal opinion.
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I'm not a .40 guy, but there is .40 ammo in every store I stop in. That's worth something. Plus I shot a guy's .40 Glock at the range once, and it was a good feeling gun even though the grip was too big for me. IF I needed a new semi with good knockdown power a .40 would definitely be on my list.


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1. Variety is the spice of life...try it, you'll like it
2. As CardiacColt stated...ammo is readily available.
3. Not every gun I own is a self-defense gun...if you are the same, you definitely should give one a try.
4. Good compromise with many ammo/load options
5. Numerous purpose built .40's on the market
6. Most importantly...own one because you can!
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I have a Hi-Power in .40, really happy with it. I don't own a 9 simply because if I'm in the mood for plinking, I'll use the .22. Much cheaper to shoot all day.
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Everything below is personal opinion. I did own a G23 for a very short time. Mostly it was Glocks dont fit me rather than the caliber.
40 in a service size pistol is not bad but it has a lot of snap in a light weight compact pistol. The snap slows down target acquisition on follow up shots. I would rather shoot a 21 oz 45 than a 21 oz 40. Ballistics are almost identical if the same weight bullet is used but pressures are not. The 45 is about 20,000 psi and the 40 is about 33,000 psi. The 45 will handle heavier bullets while the 40 gives you a little more magazine capacity. I have 9mm and 45 acp but no 40. It is true that you could find 40 S&W during the ammo shortage but why? Is it just not that popular? Tell your friends to buy you a 40 along with dies if they want you to reload for them. Personally I dont reload for anybody except close family and I am very careful.
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I like my M&P 40, you can drop a 9mm or 357sig barrel into it and have 3 guns in one. 9mm always sells out before 40. 40 punches a bigger hole than 9 and also allows for a descent mag capacity.
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i have owned something in 40 caliber for over twenty years now. i like the 40 and will probably always own some pistol in that caliber. i have always thought it to be a good compromise caliber between the 45 and the 9mm with good capacity and decent power.

my suggestion is to try one out and see for yourself if you like it or not. some people like the 40 and some don't care for it.
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Don't have one. Have never really been interested in owning one. I have several 9mms and a couple .45s. I reload for both and figured I don't need to bridge the middle. I've got a couple buddies who have them and want me to get started reloading the round so they can get ammo.

I could justify a .40 S&W pistol by using it to shoot major in USPSA Limited. I shoot a XDM9 5.25" for Production. That is what I would be looking for if I go ahead with this idea.

So talk me into or out of this idea. I really don't know which way I could go with this.
Why not just go for the 10mm...................
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I carry a .40 at work because it's issued. I've sold every personal .40 I've owned. The way I see it is if I want more than a 9mm +p I'll just use one of my .45's


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