Originally Posted by Gloves
I'm a bit confused as to why u think .45 is more powerful than .40
I'm a big fan of the .45 ACP - big hunk of slow moving lead, classic!
I will be the first to admit that the .40 is a more powerful round than the awesome .45 (correct me if i'm wrong)
Here are the stats i'm using.
.45 ACP . . .230 . . FMJ . . 405 ft/lbs. (11.2% wider than the .40 - slightly bigger hole)
10 mm . . . .180 . . FMJ . . 425 ft/lbs.
.40 S&W . . 165 . . FMJ . . 470 ft/lbs. (WINNER)
.45 ACP looses. It's a fatter round that's best in a single stack.
I say keep your G 22 and get some +P hollow point ammo.
I missed this last night but there's just no way the .40S&W can be claimed to be more powerful than the 10mm. Behind the same bullet design a lot more powder can be stuffed in the longer case. And heavier bullets than practical in the 40 can be used in the 10mm. Any great load in the .40 can be topped by an even greater load in the 10mm. And to some degree this is true of the 40 vs. 45ACP too. A hot .45 is gonna do more damage.
Still, forgetting hunting, the 40S&W can be the basis of a fine carry/CCW gun. Plenty of power, lots of rounds in a full size or compact model and quite concealable in a subcompact. I'm becoming more and more impressed with the used Glock G27 I bought a few weeks ago. It conceals well with the stock magazine but you can drop a magazine sleeve on a 13 or 15rd mag and now have basically a G23 or G22 (including full size grip) with just a mag change. Which makes for a very flexible gun! I prefer having two guns but you don't lose much with a single baby Glock that also accepts a full size mag.