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Old 11-12-2011, 06:26 AM   #1
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Default To. 40 or to. 45... that is the question.

So I've been doing a lot of exhausting reading on the subject of the 40 caliber, and am still left with the same question as when I started.

I am entertaining the thought of adding a higher cal pistol to my collection, but, being a small guy, I take more things into account than some more experienced and larger folk might. Things like size, weight, and recoil.

Any suggestions on which way I should go from those whom have experienced both in varying pieces?

Currently looking at the Taurus MilPro Duo. 40

Thanks all.

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I shoot 40, and if I had to do it again, I might go with 9mm. Just the cost of the ammo alone would be a big draw. The 40 is also a pretty snappy round, I shoot it out of a Beretta96A1, big gun. IMHO

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I vote for the .45. I can find .45 ammo cheaper and more variety for it vs.
.40.

I had a .40, but traded it on a .45 to simplify ammo needs.

I also like the 9mm.

Now my pistol ammo is only .38/.357m, 9mm & .45, oh and .22lr.

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I have more .45's in my inventory than .40's

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.40 is the wanna-be solution to a problem that no longer exists... They made the 10mm (which is the only worthwhile auto caliber over 9mm, IMO) to overcome bullet deficiencies of the 80s, then weakened it down to the point that you get the same wounding as modern 9mm but with somewhat snappier recoil and reduced capacity.

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How 'bout getting both? Play with them for awhile to see what they're like. Then keep both of 'em. Each has its pro's and con's. The .40 spits out a medium weight (for defensive semiauto) bullet at a pretty high velocity, therefore a flatter trajectory for distance shots, hollow point expands well. The .45 fires a little heavier, wider bullet at a lower velocity (unless using a +P+ variety of ammo). The.40 penetrates well due to velocity, the .45 penetrates well due to momentum. One potential advantage the .45 has is added intimidation capability - the BG may think twice about continuing his attack if he's staring down a barrel with a hole big enough he could stick his little bitty head in it and still have enough room to wiggle his ears.

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In a small pistol, I find .40 noticeably more unpleasant than .45. It's still manageable though. YMMV.

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In a small pistol, I find .40 noticeably more unpleasant than .45. It's still manageable though. YMMV.
Okay, but please do elucidate. How is the. 40 less pleasant?
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My G22 "snaps". I actually prefer it though as I feel its a powerful indicator.

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Okay, but please do elucidate. How is the. 40 less pleasant?
The .40 runs at much higher pressures than the .45 acp. I don't remember the specific numbers, but it is significant. Suffice it to say the .40 is a more "intense" cartridge, for lack of a better term. I'd be willing to bet that any number of members could explain it better than me. The recoil is best described as sharp and of course "snappy." To be honest I really thought it was much ado about nothing. Then I received a small alloy frame .45 and I was absolutely amazed at how much more pleasant to shoot than my .40, even with SD loads.
Practice with my XD40SC wasn't horrible, but not what I would call a joy either. The fact that I have a touch of arthritis in my wrists typically limited my practice to 50 or 60 rounds on a bad day. And to be fair, the XD40SC is a very good gun & I actually shoot it fairly well. But it it can become work rather than fun quickly.
On the other hand, my DW CCO is a bit sharper than a steel frame full sized .45, but still noticeably less harsh than the XD. I expected much worse in the recoil dept. I can easy put 100 rds through it in a range session and enjoy it.

I'm quite certain that I'm not the only one with a similar experience. I probably didn't explain my self very well. Truthfully, it's probably something you need to experience for yourself.
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