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????Question on .40 cal?

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    i have a glock 23 gen 3 and shoot it better then a friend and my stepdad with them using a smith and wesson gve9. im 5'7 145 so just depends i guess. im looking to get a 40 to 9 barrel so i can have two calibers in one. but overall i like my 40cal and don't regret getting it at all. but i can bet that some one wont know if they got shot with a 9 or 40 so its all up to you


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    I have a Glock 23c and a 27. (both are .40S&W), I actually like shooting the 27 better . Some interesting things about the .40 S&W round. I went to a local gun store and was thinking about getting a 10mm. I looked at the ammo boxes that had the ballistics listed. The .40 actually was more powerful than the 10mm, and it was 1/3 rd the cost. Most of the 10mm ammo is really watered down for better shootability I think.

    I also have a Beretta Nano in 9mm. Maybe because of it's smaller size, I don't notice much difference in recoil than with the Glocks in .40 S&W.

    If you go to www.balisticsbytheinch.com and compare the .40 to the .357Mag in a 3" barrel, the .40 has more power, (possibly because the powder burns quicker than the 357), so in the 357mag, the bullet is long gone before the powder is burnt up making for more noise and flash. In a 4" barrel the .357 gains on the .40.

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    .40 S&W worthless??? I could give you several cemetery plot addresses that would prove otherwise. There is far too much data to the contrary to give that opinion any credibility whatsoever--not sure what "expert" told you that one!

    When selecting a carry weapon, you should select the largest caliber that you can safely and effectively control while delivering the most accurate groupings. What is the best gun/caliber for someone else may not be what's best for you. Base your decision on your own feel and perhaps a trained instructor that can work with you on this decision.
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    Thanks guys. After spending much time on the computer tonight reading I'm really lening toward the .40. Wife had to take afriend to the hospital, kids in bed so I've lots and lots of time tonight. I really like what I have read not only on here but other sources also. From what I read it appears that the energy at the muzzle is pretty close to that of a .357, just with a larger bullet. Now I could be wrong but was told that in a full size gun like the Beretta 96 that a .40 should have a little less recoul than a .357. I asked about recoil compared to a .357 since thats what I'm use to shooting. Heck I almost have myelf talked into going and putting one on layaway tomorrow.

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    3 of 5 of my handguns are .40S&W....I trust it with my life.
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    I like it a lot!
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    This is a classic arguement and in my opinion (I don't claim to be an expert by ANY means) the main arguement for 9mm is capacity, my sr40 has a 15 round magazine so in a full size platform that advantage is null, personally its seems to me the .40 has a.unique recoil some people call it snappy if you will once you get accustomed to it (or any handgun for that matter) it will also nullify itself from the con side. Long winded way of saying personal preference. Some people like the 9mm some people like .40 you just have to decide whose side are you on :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by HemiCoupl View Post
    This is a classic arguement and in my opinion (I don't claim to be an expert by ANY means) the main arguement for 9mm is capacity
    And lucky for us thanks to the morons in office, the CHOICE to choose high capacity is about to be out of your hands. New York already passed a bill last night, 7 rounds is all you get. Why anyone lives there is beyond me.

    I guess we shall see if it really was a capacity thing. If I am limited to 10 rounds (or 7) then caliber isn't a factor for capacity.
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    Well thanks folks. I just put the money down on a .40.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric357 View Post
    Well thanks folks. I just put the money down on a .40.

    What did you decide on?

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    Its a Beretta 96f twotone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric357 View Post
    Its a Beretta 96f twotone.

    Nice. That wasn't one i was expecting. It's a hammer fired pistol that will likely have a de-cocker. I've never owned a decocking pistol but i've piddled around with one of my buddies...
    Last edited by wishyouwell; January 15th, 2013 at 09:41 PM. Reason: typo

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    Yep. Now I just need to get some dies and my reloading books back out.I've only loaded for .357/.38.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric357 View Post
    Yep. Now I just need to get some dies and my reloading books back out.I've only loaded for .357/.38.

    I need to get into reloading, too. Be sure to bump this thread back up or what not when you get her and let us know how you like it etc.

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    Thanks. I sure will.

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