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Old 08-16-2012, 01:03 PM   #31
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What were the muzzle velocities of each loading?
couldnt tell ya. it was a good 2 years ago.
i believe the 9mm was sellier & bellot ammo
and the .40 was federal.
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Old 08-20-2012, 05:24 AM   #32
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I think 16 .40S&W or 18 9mm para would be good either way. I'm better with the 9mm, but I've got mots more practice with that one.

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I'd go with the nine for a couple reasons. More bullets is never a bad thing, although in this case it's not a deciding factor. AFAIK with the exception of certain barrier situations (like shooting through a windshield) the 40 doesn't really offer significantly better performance than the 9 with modern, premium SD ammo. The ammo for the 9 is also generally cheaper allowing for more practice, which is more important than minor differences in ammo performance.

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couldnt tell ya. it was a good 2 years ago.
i believe the 9mm was sellier & bellot ammo
and the .40 was federal.
well without the velocities then the test sorta is meaningless, its like comparing a carrot to a celery, theyre both vegies, and they both are good, but still different, gotta have the needed comparison info to sort of give an idea on what the results mean. like if the 9 was a hot load, and the 40 a light load, then of course the bigger heavier bullet will not perform as well as the smaller faster bullet.
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I carry a 9mm, but because it is such a small pistol. I also carry a slightly larger HG with 45acp.

If you are going to carry full-sized, I'd go with 40S&W before 9mm. But 13+1 45acp is even better than 16+1 40S&W, in my opinion.

I don't even feel undergunned with my 5+1 45acp Kahr PM45. I usually carry a couple of reloads. A bigger bullet is better!!

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I normally carry my XD-45 or my Sig P-226 in 9mm with one spare magazine. Figured 13rds of .45 or 15rds of 9mm with one spare mag is more then enough. The extra mag is a must in case your mag that you have in your weapon fails.

If I have to use the full mag I am carrying I am already moving towards my truck to get my AR.

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Hi Guys,

I'm in the market for a CC weapon. There are just a ton of really fine guns available from so many manufactures. I don't want your opinion/recommendation on what gun to buy as we all tend to favor what ever we already have. I do want your opinion on the following.

Defensively speaking, in a worst case scenario (isn't every case where you have to use a weapon a worst case scenario) which would you favor? A weapon with 16 rounds of 40S&W or a weapon with 18 rounds of 9mm. A little more horse power vs a little more capacity. Would you rather have those 2 extra rounds or that extra horse power. Think about it. I reload, so ammo cost isn't a problem. Neither is the snappier recoil of the 40S&W.

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I'm the OP. I went with the Ruger SR40C for $419. It really is a lot of gun for the money! Bought 2 boxes of Hornady 165 grain FTX Critical Defense for carry. Used one box to function test. Hope to God I never have to use even one round from the other box. I reload just light plinking loads for the 40. I use the Lee Tumble Lube 175 grain SWC with 3.6 grains of Winchester 231 powder. Velocity is around 750 FPS and recoil is super mild. Plenty fun to shoot and it functions my gun just fine. Not one glitch so far. I recycle lead from my sand trap which is mostly wheel weights, so I kinda keep the velocity down. No leading and excellent accuracy.

Bought 2000 once-fired 40 S&W cases from TopBrassReloading for $70 plus $12 shipping. It was real good stuff. All cleaned and polished.

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I'm the OP. I went with the Ruger SR40C for $419. It really is a lot of gun for the money!]
nice! I'd love pics!
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nice! I'd love pics!
I'll go ya one better Dan. I don't have a camera, but here are 3 very excellent video reviews on the SR40C. It's mighty sweet, and just a hair larger than the Ruger LC9. I have the all black model. Hickok45 liked the T&E (Test & Evaluate) SR40C so much that he bought it from Ruger, rather then send it back. The SR9c and SR40C are almost the same size, the 40 being just a mite beefier in the slide. But for all practical purposes, they're almost identical. I already removed the magazine disconnect. Easy 5 minute job. I like the 1911 style safety. Some don't. It's just a matter of personal preference. Some don't even bother to use the safety because it also has a Glock like trigger safety. Trigger pull is real nice! It's not a target pistol, but it shoots nice groups at 50 feet. It came with a 9 and 15 round mag (I'm in Wisconsin). California models (and maybe some other state) come with 2 nine round mags. It's very concealable with the 9 round mag. I just drop it in my front pocket for now, but I'm looking at IWB holsters. Sights are easy to use. It's well balanced and just feels good in my hand. I had handled dozens of guns over the last 3 months as I narrowed my choices. The adjustable sights are nice as I experiment with my hand loads. The elevation is easy to adjust with a screw, but I have to drift the rear sight for windage, which is kind of a pain, but doable. Ya need a 5/64 hex wrench to adjust the windage which Ruger doesn't include (and I think they should). Still, most guns like this have either fixed sights or minimal sight adjustment. All in all, it's a small package with a lot of firepower. Hope I never need to use it! But it does double duty as a fun range gun.

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