Commander bobtailed 1911 - go with .38 super or .40?

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    If you're a reloader, I'd go with the Super .38 ACP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trpeters View Post
    I have been looking for a bobtailed commander and have a friend who builds them (but until now has not sold them ;-)

    He has two he is selling: both have caspian frame and slide, ed brown internals, good stuff.

    One is a .38 super, one is .40sw.

    I am looking for feedback (and I anticipate it will be opinion) as to which is better for a carry companion? I shoot .40 more especially due to cost, are there benefits to 38 super other than less muzzle rise?

    Thanks for your input

    Why not 45ACP? This is what the 1911 is about.

    If you want a .40 there are many choices but not too many great ones in .40.

    My opinion: Buy a good weapon. One that will last you a lifetime. That would be a 1911 Stainless .45ACP.

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    Thanks again for everyones feedback. Per the original post, I have .45 and
    10mm 1911's and enjoy them, this is just something different I want to try and was looking for feedback of "if I choose other than .45, should I try .40 or .38 super".
    Again thanks for all the great fedback

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    My vote since ya already have a 10mm...i would go for the 38 Super...that is the next 1911 I want...I guess I'm the odd duck...I want a 1911 in 9mm or 38 super...Robbie

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    If it was for carry purposes, I would go with the .40 just because you can stretch your money so much further on practice ammo. However, if it was just something to add to the collection but not necessarily going to shoot it every weekend or carry it much, I would go .38 super, just because it is an uncommon round and that is kind of cool in my book.

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    If you reload,the 38 super can be reloaded just as cheap as the others
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    go with the 40 s&w. the 38 super is great for matches, but ammo is the problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIGP250 View Post
    Why not 45ACP? This is what the 1911 is about.
    Because the OP has a choice between 40 and 38super at this time.


    Quote Originally Posted by SIGP250 View Post
    My opinion: Buy a good weapon. One that will last you a lifetime. That would be a 1911 Stainless .45ACP.

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    The target won't know the difference, but the 40 may make life easier. But if it was me, .38 super, just because I want it.

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    If you go with the .38 Super, you have the option of changing it over to the 9x23, which is somewhat more powerful.

    Of course, as others have said, commercial 40SW ammo is more readily available and less costly.

    Ken

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