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Old 11-27-2007, 12:35 PM   #1
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40 S&W Vs 45ACP

I'm seriously considering a handgun, and am trying to decide between the 40 S&W and the 45 ACP. Is there anyone here that has both, and can fill me in on what the differences between them are?
 
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Old 11-28-2007, 12:21 PM   #2
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I had a HK USP in .40 and I have three .45's, two Colt 1911's and one Springfield XD.

The biggest difference is that the .40 is newer and in many guns, excluding the XD, you can get magazines that hold more rounds. The .40 is higher pressure then the .45, no surprise due to the age of the rounds and powder development. I would feel comfortable with either as a defensive round.

I do think the .40 has a sharper bark and kick then a .45.

What is your intended use of the gun?
 
Old 11-29-2007, 05:12 AM   #3
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I had a HK USP in .40 and I have three .45's, two Colt 1911's and one Springfield XD.

The biggest difference is that the .40 is newer and in many guns, excluding the XD, you can get magazines that hold more rounds. The .40 is higher pressure then the .45, no surprise due to the age of the rounds and powder development. I would feel comfortable with either as a defensive round.

I do think the .40 has a sharper bark and kick then a .45.

What is your intended use of the gun?
Primarily defense; home, and probably concealed. Right now, I'm leaning towards the .45, either an XD or a 1911. before I make a decision, I want to try both. There's a range near here that rents them.
 
Old 11-29-2007, 10:02 PM   #4
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I would have no issue with either caliber for defensive uses. I hate to say it, check ammo prices and do the math on training/practice with both calibers. I love the 1911, I own an XD but have limited range time with it. (I like it so far.)

Never shot the .40 is a 1911 or XD, I think I rented a Glock in .40 once to try it. Once was enough....
 
Old 12-02-2007, 10:17 PM   #5
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Half a dozen of one six of the other. There are alot of factors in deciding on caliber. First I would decide on platform. then pic a caliber most guns on that platform are made for. 99 % of the problems I have ever had with a handgun come from non standard to platform caliber. If you like 1911's I would get a 1911 caliber like 45 or 38 super. If you like an XD I wuld look at a 9mm or .40. In my case most of my handguns are .40's just because I play alot of different games and the round is very versatile. If I didnt own any handguns and just wanted a home defense, casual plinker, I wouldnt really care if it was 9mm .40, or .45. Id shop for the gun I like first, caliber second.
 
Old 12-03-2007, 06:49 AM   #6
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First Pistol??????

If this is His First pistol, a Ruger target model 22 Cal. would a good one to start with, way cheaper to shoot, accurate......Very good pistol for home or self defense.

Bill Caldwell
 
Old 12-19-2007, 06:38 AM   #7
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Re: 40 S&W Vs 45ACP

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I'm seriously considering a handgun, and am trying to decide between the 40 S&W and the 45 ACP. Is there anyone here that has both, and can fill me in on what the differences between them are?
That is a difficult queston Dave unless you are talking about just effectiveness. Having shot a good bit of game with both the .45 ACP and the 10mm (which is the .40s bigger brother) I can say that the .45 is noticeably more effective at close range (50 yards and under) but "noticeable" means just that, it does not mean that the .400 bore is inefective and it also does not mean that the .45 will make up for poor shot placement. The difference is certainly *not* like night and day.

More to the point might be what guns come in the calibers and what you are considering - indeed that is probably much more important. That too is not an easy quesiton. You need to find out what you shoot better and only you can find that out by going to the range with a shot timer and a target.

I find that I can shoot a 1911 pattern .45 much better than I can shoot the typical service sized 9mm or .40 but that is just me. I know others for which the situation is reversed.

Find out what you shoot best...it is a life and death matter.

Jim H.
 
Old 02-18-2008, 03:44 PM   #8
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Re: 40 S&W Vs 45ACP

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Originally Posted by Dave Starr
I'm seriously considering a handgun, and am trying to decide between the 40 S&W and the 45 ACP. Is there anyone here that has both, and can fill me in on what the differences between them are?
Dave - I shoot alot of 40 and 45 cal, and they both seem to perform well. I would shy away from 9mm for a defense load though, just my own opinion, a little too light. With 40 cal you can get more fire power. But at least in Glock, the Model 20 gets good reviews for accuracy from 25 yards and in. Dont know why, but many shooters I know seem to do better with the Glock 20 than the Glock 22.

I agree with others, in the end, its the particular model/action of gun you like, shoot well, and feel comfortable with. Single action, Double/Single action, or Double action only. Try a few out first, and see what suits you.
 
Old 02-20-2008, 05:31 AM   #9
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Both will do it and they are better than the wimpy 9mm.

I prefer shooting the .45. The .40 has a sharper/snappier recoil, the .45 has a "thump" recoil, you feel it, but it does not bother you...it's actually a very pleasant caliber to shoot, the best for me.

Try them both and see which one you like to shoot better, again as self defense they both will do the job and then some.
 
Old 04-13-2010, 08:30 AM   #10
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I have both, a .40 and a .45's. I carry a Springfield XD Subcompact in .40 and really like it. Actually I have a couple of .45's that were built by All Army gunsmiths, two .45 hardball guns and two .45 wad guns. I have another .45 I built that I'm trying to work the bugs out of.
 
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