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View Poll Results: What Do You Prefer? 9mm or .40 S&W?

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  • I prefer a 9mm handgun

    95 24.87%
  • I prefer a .40 S&W handgun

    177 46.34%
  • I prefer a different caliber

    66 17.28%
  • Well, it depends.

    44 11.52%
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Thread: 9mm VS .40 S&W

  1. yes its a slower round, but in the end has more knock down power.....

    does it actually knock down anything??

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  3. #92
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    Well, it depends... I practice with the SR9c and carry the SR40c. If I could only have one, it would be the 9mm. This is due to cost and availability of ammo. I do practice with the .40 as well, just not near as many rounds.


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  4. #93
    I have always been a 45acp fan and I have concealed carried the Glock 36 since 2009 after getting my permit. In the last two years Hornady & Corbon have come a long way with the 9mm loads. Plus, at Dicks I can still buy 50 rounds of American Eagle 9mm ammo for $11.95, great for practice and to collect the brass. I have recently purchased a Glock 26 and the Wilderness Tactical 26/27 Holster - left handed. So I am transitioning from the Glock 36 45acp to the Glock 26 9mm.
    Just my 2 cents worth,
    Marcus

  5. #94
    Most 40 S&W shooters shoot a 155 to 165 grain bullet. A 165 grain Hornady Critical Defense round has a muzzle velocity of 1175 fps and 506 ft. lbs. of muzzle energy. A 155 grain Hornady XTP has a muzzle velocity of 1180 fps and 479 ft. lbs. of energy. If you check the Remington web site you can compare a 9mm +P Golden Saber to a 40 S&W Golden Saber. The 9mm puts out 385 ft lbs of muzzle energy the 40 S&W puts out 485 ft lbs of muzzle energy.
    Your 45 ACP with a Remington Golden Saber will produce 423 ft. lbs of muzzle energy or 534 ft. lbs with +P ammo.
    If you want to compare heavy bullet to heavy bullet, compare the 180 grain S&W Golden Saber with the 240 grain 45 ACP Golden Saber. Your 45 has 875 fps muzzle velocity, the 40 S&W has 1015 fps. Your 45 has 391 ft lbs of muzzle energy, the 40 S&W has 412 ft lbs of muzzle energy.

  6. Compare any 40 S&W 165gr or even a 155gr, to a 9mm or a 45 ACP, and the ballistics out shoot both rounds. In velocity and muzzle energy.
    And you also have a little more variety in different grains with the forty. To me it's the happy medium between the 9mm and the 45ACP.

  7. #96
    Quote Originally Posted by CapGun View Post
    I talked to a Sig rep the other day. He told me all I would have to do was change the barrel and a Sig .40 would now be able to shoot a .357. I think he was referring to the .357 sig. that would have more then 2000fps. I will look into this further. Anyone els out there know about this?
    For sure man. Both the 40sw and the 357sig use the same casing except that the 357sig are a necked down 40sw casing using a 36 caliber bullet. Because of that you can use the same mag and recoil spring. Just swap the barrels.

    I have a Sig P250c 40sw and I can get a 357sig barrel for it. That's it, nothing else needs changing. I've thought about getting it but why I asked myself, the 40sw does well.

    I have a Sigma 9mm as well and I like 'em both. They're both high pressure rounds and with today's cartridges, very potent. I load both of my guns with Win PDX1s for SD. I know there's better out there but I get all my ammo at Walmart. In my 9mm is the 124+P BJHPs and in my 40sw 165 BJHPs. I also have a box of Fed 40sw 135 JHPs (HSTs) I was lucky to find at Walmart. Those are nasty bullets, They won't penetrate deep but cause serious wound cavities.

    I've read that most say that 9mm and 40sw are close in ballistics but I say not quite. It will depend on the cartridges, yes that's true but the 40sw will do better than the 9mm. Since my guns are loaded with PDX1s the ballistic 101 site shows this:

    9mm 124+P - 1180 fps - 396 foot pounds
    40sw 165 - 1140 - 476 foot pounds

    Their velocities are very close but 80 pounds difference.

    EDIT: by the way, I don't know of any handgun cartridge that will put out a bullet at 2000 fps.

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    I concur with you HK4U... on your posted scripture and 9mm...

  9. #98
    If you can not hit`m you can not stop`m. Fire both and go with what you feel comfortable with. :-)

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    This is what sold me on what I think is best for me.

    The wound cavity explains it all to me...10 mm beats all the rest. 40 cal bullet just a bigger shell and more powder. Works for me...

    9mm VS .40 S&W-10mmgel.jpg
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  11. #100
    Quote Originally Posted by Tea Man View Post
    For sure man. Both the 40sw and the 357sig use the same casing except that the 357sig are a necked down 40sw casing using a 36 caliber bullet. Because of that you can use the same mag and recoil spring. Just swap the barrels.

    I have a Sig P250c 40sw and I can get a 357sig barrel for it. That's it, nothing else needs changing. I've thought about getting it but why I asked myself, the 40sw does well.

    I have a Sigma 9mm as well and I like 'em both. They're both high pressure rounds and with today's cartridges, very potent. I load both of my guns with Win PDX1s for SD. I know there's better out there but I get all my ammo at Walmart. In my 9mm is the 124+P BJHPs and in my 40sw 165 BJHPs. I also have a box of Fed 40sw 135 JHPs (HSTs) I was lucky to find at Walmart. Those are nasty bullets, They won't penetrate deep but cause serious wound cavities.

    I've read that most say that 9mm and 40sw are close in ballistics but I say not quite. It will depend on the cartridges, yes that's true but the 40sw will do better than the 9mm. Since my guns are loaded with PDX1s the ballistic 101 site shows this:

    9mm 124+P - 1180 fps - 396 foot pounds
    40sw 165 - 1140 - 476 foot pounds

    Their velocities are very close but 80 pounds difference.

    EDIT: by the way, I don't know of any handgun cartridge that will put out a bullet at 2000 fps.
    Tea Man, please accept my apoligys I try not to correct people cause I hate it, but a 460 with some loads will put 275grs way over 2000fps, some will get to 2500+, I admit its a handgun because its revolver, but pretty useless unless a very large wild animal is coming at you
    Bad Guys of the world beware the next time you think about jumping on a old guy, because its a fair bet he's to old to fight and probably to fat to run, but can put one in your eye at 50ft with his weak hand

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