I'm playing Devil's Advocate here...
Jon, what's why i listed the 11.2% larger stat.
All else being equal:
You are at a loss of 65 ft/lbs. (16.0% disadvantage) for that 11.2% larger hole advantage.
I still say, for actual stopping power keep the .40 and do the +P hollow-points
Personally, I think that a 9mm would do the trick just fine with a +P hollow
point on a person. As far as dangerous game animal protection, probably
nothing less than .357 mag .40 or .45 +p in a pinch.
BTW, i do get the .4 hole vs .45 hole. I think the .45 takes the cake for target shooting. that extra
.05 inch helps get your questionable shot inside the next ring. =)
I love the .45 and it's fun as all get out to shoot, no shortage of types of loads or availability. a bit pricy though.
I don't own a .40 probably won't ever get one. i don't need another cal. to worry about over a small 16% harder hitting round.
I'll just shoot the baddy 16% more.