Does anyone else prefer the 45 acp over the 40 ? for range shooting ?


January 5, 2003, 10:50 PM
I think for people that do like the 40 , thats perfectly fine . But for me personally i have never really thought the 40's are a very fun gun . They seem to be so LOUD at the indoor ranges , and seem to have too much Snappy recoil. I much prefer the 45 's over them , they have a more slower recoil , and imo dont seem as
annoying in terms of loudness . Does anyone else prefer the 45 ?

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January 5, 2003, 10:52 PM

January 5, 2003, 10:55 PM
You betcha.
The .45ACP has the .40S&W beat every way.

January 5, 2003, 10:59 PM
I prefer the .45ACP over everything else, regardless of what I'm doing. Range, defense, plinking.

mr. e
January 5, 2003, 11:17 PM
The only thing that I really prefer the 40 auto for is concealed carry self-defense. I find that I shoot more accurately with both the 9mm (Browning HP and CZ-75) and the 45 ACP (Kimber).

Unfortunately the 9mm doesn't pack enough punch, and as a civilian, I'm limited to 10 rounds. The 1911, while great at the range, is too big to carry concealed.

I get "good enough" accuracy with the .40, and it carries comfortably enough in a small package (Walter P99) to make it my favorite carry round.

January 5, 2003, 11:18 PM
Now thats a silly question :neener: Of Course we prefer .45 over .40 :)

January 5, 2003, 11:37 PM
I find the difference between the two calibers to be negligible, really. When at the indoor range I've got inner ear plugs and outer hearing protector "muffs"... and I don't really notice much sound difference. I love my dozen 1911's all in .45. But I must say that since I bought this new Browning SIlver Chrome Hi-Power in .40 cal, it's fast becoming an equal or greater alternative for defense carry. This Hi-Power feels so perfect in the hand and has none of the finnickiness of a 1911. And a .40 S&W CorBon is a fine defense round... I get eleven of them in my Hi-Power. So I guess I'd have to say that I really like 1911's in .45 and Hi-Powers in .40! :D And I will be buying more Browning Hi-Powers now, that's for sure!

January 5, 2003, 11:54 PM

January 5, 2003, 11:59 PM

John Forsyth
January 6, 2003, 12:42 AM
I guess it depends on what mood I am in. Understand, I have 1911's in .40, 10mm, and .45. If I want to go for speed, shoot the .40. If I want ot have some fun, same gun, swap barrels and recoil spring, now we have a 10mm. If I want big holes, grab the .45. I carry them all in my range bag, so I usually shoot them all.

January 6, 2003, 01:01 AM
I don't. My carry weapon is a .40 and my home weapon is a .357. I shoot those and a .22 for cheap target practice when I go to the range.

January 6, 2003, 01:31 AM

Don Gwinn
January 6, 2003, 10:06 AM
I haven't fired the .40 that much. The .45 just seems to suit me better. I'm a big slow guy with a pointy bald head, so I like big, slow round-nose bullets. :D

Sean Smith
January 6, 2003, 11:33 AM
The .45 has always felt softer-shooting than .40 S&W to me with factory ammo out of comparable guns, with hot 10mm being a small step above .40 S&W.

Jesse H
January 6, 2003, 12:15 PM
Something about that .45 nudge that's juuuust right.

January 6, 2003, 12:25 PM
Even though the 45 may not be the most devastating round in the stable, it is the most fun to shoot. Something about a century old pistol still being competitive makes it special.

January 6, 2003, 12:44 PM
I've basically put away my HK USP40f as a range gun. I prefer my .45s and 9mm.

January 6, 2003, 01:24 PM
Of the midsize/larger calibers, I've shot .45, 357SIG, .40, 9mm, 38 Super, .38 Special and 357 mag.

Favorite at the range (in order):

38 Super

For some reason I don't like the .40 (again, I'm talking range use). Maybe a little too quick & snappy for my old arthritic hands? I like the slow/long push of the .45 and the sound/feel of the 38 super and .357 SIG.

January 6, 2003, 05:07 PM
Hands down ,the 45........

January 7, 2003, 05:38 AM
I prefer 9mm and 45acp over the 40.

January 7, 2003, 05:43 AM
45 over the 40 range work?

With a bigger bulet hole to see where target was hit?

Count me in... ;)

January 7, 2003, 08:00 AM
I can't imagine that anyone would perfer the .40 over the .45 for any application. Dennis

January 7, 2003, 03:32 PM
The .45 is a great round for the range (and for defense.) On the other hand, the .22 is a great range caliber as well... and a great plinker.

My favorite caliber on the range and elsewhere is .45 ACP, .45 Colt, .40S&W, 9mm, .357 mag, .38 spl., .22, and 12 gauge... just depends on my mood and my mission. :D

Master Blaster
January 7, 2003, 03:53 PM
.45 Rules

.40 no good. I had one I sold it.

5 in .45 ACP so Far :D

January 7, 2003, 06:07 PM
The two rounds fufill different needs in life for me-
The 45 is a easier round to shoot for me without a doubt. The 1911 always the challange of it for me!:D
I do next most pratice with the 40 though, just to stay attuned with the recoil and stay good with the accuracy.
For carry the 40 fits smaller frames though...

January 7, 2003, 11:00 PM
The 40 has never done "it" for me. Nothing wrong with the round, it just doesn't do anything my other calibers already will.

Stephen A. Camp
January 7, 2003, 11:09 PM
Hello. Yes, I prefer the .45 ACP.


January 7, 2003, 11:18 PM
.40 is a good round, but the recoil is too sharp and jerky for my liking (even from a heavy launcher like Beretta 96). Using a full sized platform (non-lightweight) the .45 ACP has a softer recoil spreaded over extended time slice (comparing to .40). It is just more pleasurable to shoot, especially for long periods of time.

I prefer both .45 ACP and 9mm over the .40

January 8, 2003, 12:03 AM
I like the 45 the best, but the 40 isn't bad either. I like the bigger holes the 45's put in the target!

Ala Dan
January 8, 2003, 11:05 PM
I concur with Scott13; as I prefer the .45 ACP over
the .40 S&W any day!:evil: :neener:

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, Life Member N.R.A.

January 9, 2003, 12:15 PM
From a reloading standpoint 45 can be reloaded until the headstamp is unreadable or case is lost (usually latter). 40 due to high pressure loading usually is not reloadable very many times. Pregnant guppy syndrome.

January 9, 2003, 12:32 PM
I also prefer .45 over .40 - less snappy to shoot and makes bigger holes. :cool:

January 9, 2003, 11:26 PM
I understand how it came to be and its development but it has always seemed to be redundant and unnecessary. It has not been out that long (as new calibers go) and yet you see a number of police agencies returning to the .45 ACP. Good choice! Good shooting:)

January 10, 2003, 12:28 AM
Maintaining the trend: 45 over 40 regardless of application.

January 10, 2003, 04:30 PM
For most of my "range" use I do prefer my .45s over my .40. I use Blazer ammo often, and for some reason it is vastly easier to find it in .45 around here.

January 10, 2003, 08:53 PM
I forget who posted that they like the 9mm but since they are civilian they are limited to 10 rounds.... huh? Do you live in a communist country like ********** or Gnew Jerzie? I carry 17 round mags all the time, and I'm a civie. Pre-ban, of course.

I love the .45. I carry a Beretta .45 concealed daily. I think I ought to carry the 9 since with merely one extra mag I can carry 35 rounds of highly effective ammo. Oh well. I just like the.45 for the big boom, like, I suspect, most every one else. Yeah, it makes a big hole, but a high speed hollow point 9mm will blow up a pumpkin just as well as a .45.

We just like tradition and big booms. Aint much advantage of a .45 over a 9. You whack somebody COM with either and they are going to tip over. If they don't, whack em in the head. Both rounds will make them lose their balance permenantly.

January 10, 2003, 09:09 PM
Sold one .40, second one sits at the bottom of the safe, under guns, third one had barrel swapped-out to .357 Sig.

Still shooting & buying .45s.

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