Originally Posted by eapking
All good suggestions here - thanks. Now I've got someone (offline) trying to talk me out of 9mm and up to at least .40. Can I compensate with better ammo (higher grain)? Have a bunch of 115gr Winchester hollow-pt. Guy's telling me to to at least get near 140gr. True? Again, we're talking HD here, as well as CCW.
The bigger caliber you go, the more stopping power you will have. From everything I have read, the one shot stop percentages are not that much different between the .45acp and the 9mm or anything in between. I say you should carry whatever you are comfortable with. If you can consistantly shoot a 9mm better than you can shoot a .40, you should carry a 9mm. I would rather hit someone 10 out of 10 times with a 9mm than 2 of 10 from a .40s&w