45acp - Big & Slow and Small & Fast!
A few years ago, before I really had a basic understanding of handgun loads, I had the misconception that 45acp was Big & Slow and that the other calbers 40/9mm were Small & Fast, and thus each had their respective advantages and disadvantages, and one was forced to make a decision /trade-off no matter which caliber you went with.
However, I've done a reading and looking at numbers, and I know numbers don't tell it all, but since it's all I got - it'll have to do, and what I have found is ....Yes, the 45 can be big/slow with the 200/230loads but it also can be just as small/fast as the 40 with similiar loads in 180 & 165, correct???
For reference this was one of the sites I found to compare similar loads Handguns Ballistic Tables
The 45 is only big/slow when loaded with the bigger bullets. When you down-load it, it just as fast as the 40s, nto too mention bigger! In addition you have that ability to go for the bigger bullets if you wanted. Seems like there really is no trade-off, right? Is there something that I am not getting? Does the 40 or 9 have anything over the 45? I just don't see it, if there is please explain.
Furthermore, I even looked at some 10mm loads vs 45 loads in similar oads/manufacturers and I was shocked that they too are neck and neck in performance. Of course, the real hot 10mm loads I wasn't able to compare because I could not find similar load for the 45.
I think I am starting to understand why the 45 is soo popular. Low pressure with lots of flexibility to up/down load based on need. Thoughts???