This is a discussion on When to Carry a .40 S&W over a 9mm? within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Honestly, the best time to carry a .40 over the 9mm is ALL OF THE TIME. I have no hatred of the 9mm, I've had ...
Honestly, the best time to carry a .40 over the 9mm is ALL OF THE TIME. I have no hatred of the 9mm, I've had my share of them, but at my core I'm a .40 guy
Yeah we've heard that one a blue million times, so from what I hear I guess bullet advancements only helped 9mm.
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US Military and Federal Law Enforcement have gone to 9MM. I went from 45 to 9mm in 1989. So I guess you know where I stand. But you do nee the right SD ammo if you do it.
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If anyone is interested, there is a YouTube video in which retired Navy SEAL Kyle Defoor compares 9mm to the 40. He shoots both into cinder block from about 25 yards or so and tries hard to sell the 9 over the 40. But unless I'm missing something, it appears that the 40 is a harder hitter and punches a bigger hole in the cinder block then the 9 does. If you get a chance and take a look. I'd like to hear some thoughts on this.
That said, I typically only carry one of two pistols, a .40 cal and a 9mm. Great firearms, both.
In the winter, when I'm wearing a lot of clothing, I'll always carry the .40. In the warmer months, I'll still carry the .40 unless I absolutely need something smaller in size and weight.
Examples, I'll pocket carry the 9mm (P365) when grandkids visit or if I'm bicycling, that sort of thing. My primary carry is my Ruger SR40C, my most accurate pistol, ever.
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Small game rounds tend to not kill larger critters without great/near perfect shot placement. Large game bullets will go through and through on small targets.
While I have not personally used a small round, like a .22 LR on larger game, the type of round I use to hunt with has to have certain characteristics to better kill the bigger cottontails around here should you not get them in the head. Squirrels don't require anything in particular. They are so small, you shoot them in the head or chest they just die.
I can tell you that a very nice nosler hunting round designed for large game will not do much against a smaller critter if you don't hit solid bone going in. I know that from experience shooting a coyote with my deer hunting rifle. I was out trying to call wolves in during the now gone Wisconsin wolf hunt, so I had the tool for that task, not one for the smaller cousins.
At this point in time caliber doesn't matter much for humans. Honestly, caliber no longer matters much for most of the whitetail deer species. Bullet construction has improved vastly since I was a teenager. We can do more with the calibers we have if we use the right ammunition for the job. Handgun ammunition has improved more than hunting rounds. Any caliber we choose, should we practice properly so we can hit dangerous people in the CNS, won't matter should we pick almost any self defense round.
What matters is not the caliber being used, for the ballistics have become very close together for the most commonly used rounds, but our ability to hit the target where it counts. We need to carry what we are comfortable with.