Originally Posted by Stangman
I have to agree with you about the pistols being able to handle the pressures. The .40 is my favorite handgun caliber to date. I think that what makes the recoil "snappy" is more of the firearm than the round. Lighter pistols will have more felt recoil than heavier ones. Just my .02
Your'e right on in this, my XDm even with a longer barrel than my Stoeger has a "snappier" recoil. Some of the difference may be in the design of the two weapons as the Stoeger pushes straight back with next to no barrel rise. Personally the recoil of the 40 S&W really doesn't bother me, maybe because of the hundreds of rounds I've shot with my 44 Redhawk. I handload for most all of my weapons and found that I can get high velocities with lower pressures in the 40 S&W cartridge using Hi-Skor 800-X powder, approximately 6000 psi less. I have had to throw away some brass that had been fired in Glocks because they had been so bulged in the unsupported area as to have become dangerously thin. I bought my autos because of the availability of 40 S&W ammo otherwise I would have bought 45 autos, 1911's preferably. P.S. Pressure doesn't really bother me either.