thinking about another gun: .40SW or another .45?


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sernv99
July 21, 2008, 02:47 PM
thinking about another handgun....I have a 9mm CZ75 and a Kimber TLE II Custom in .45

any reason to get a .40 SW? I found a Sig CPO 226 in .40 for $525. But I'm also looking at a new HK USP or HK45 in .45 since I like the .45 round.

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skoro
July 21, 2008, 03:12 PM
I look at it this way...

You're already equipped with a 9mm and a .45 and presumably have some ammo stashed for both. Introducing a .40 into the mix complicates your logistics. The .40 is a real fine caliber, but I'm in the same boat as you: I owned a 9mm and a .45, so when I went looking for some "updated" pistols, I decided I'd stay with the cartridges I already had on hand. I've never regretted that decision.

CHEVELLE427
July 21, 2008, 06:08 PM
i have an XD40 AND AN XD45 both are great guns, the only reason i have the 40 is i have a few thousand rounds for it.

my main guns are in 45 acp .
but the 40 is still a good round

10-Ring
July 21, 2008, 08:34 PM
Get another 45. I consolidated my collection more than a decade ago by selling or trading off my 40's & haven't missed them!

Huddog
July 21, 2008, 10:01 PM
Like you I like the .45. I personally don't see a need for having a .40. Any gun that chambers it can be had in either .45 or 9 mm and anything the .40 can do for you one of these can. If you want high cap go 9 if you want large bullet go .45 or you can compromise and go larger than 9 bullet and more that .45 capacity and get the .40. Like you I have .45's and 9's and just don't see the need to add another auto cartridge to my collection. On top of all of that the .40 cost more to shoot especially if you don't reload, which I don't. So that's my opinion.

Rmart30
July 21, 2008, 10:22 PM
Agreed..... another 45, why bring another size in, it just makes more work keeping up with and buying a different ammo.

SubSolar
July 24, 2008, 05:47 AM
I usually only buy .45's too, but I recently bought two 226's in .40. They are just so accurate and the only gun I like in that caliber really.

jlh26oo
July 24, 2008, 08:21 AM
thinking about another handgun....I have a 9mm CZ75 and a Kimber TLE II Custom in .45

any reason to get a .40 SW? I found a Sig CPO 226 in .40 for $525. But I'm also looking at a new HK USP or HK45 in .45 since I like the .45 round.



I prefer .45 A.C.P. for higher performance at lower pressure (than that of the .40 S.W.), but if you are looking at Sig and H.K., I don't think you can go wrong in either caliber. I agree with the virtues of simplicity, but if I really believed that, I could probably get by with just have one 9mm I'm excusively 45/9/22 A.T.M., but am looking hard at an H.K. in .40 S.W. just because complexity can be fun.


And that's a great deal on the C.P.O, but you can always just get a factory N.I.B. P226 with night sights for $600 deliverd (if you don't need a rail). Would be close depending on taxes vs what you can get transfers for. I like new, but those C.P.O.'s are like new anyways. Y.M.M.V.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot: "The .40 S.W. is the answer to a question that was never asked! :mad: :cuss: :fire: "

esq_stu
July 24, 2008, 08:31 AM
Stick with .45. I also at one time had lots of handgun calibers - 9, , 45, .40. ,380. 9x18 . . . I saw no value in it and decide to stick with a few, sold my .40 and all .40 ammo. The .45 is ubiquitous (as is the 9) and you'll have enough in common with military and many police that there's nothing to be gained, other than a loss of shelf space.

benderx4
July 24, 2008, 11:12 AM
Warning: Don't buy the .40!!

Like you, my whole gun collection was either in 9mm, 357Mag, and 45ACP. Then I found a Browning High Power Practical that I could not say no to in .40. It followed me home - wasn't my fault!

But now here's the dangerous part. Now that I own a .40, and have a couple of boxes of ammo sitting in the safe, guess what? That's right, the new Springfield XDm is calling my name!

kwelz
July 24, 2008, 11:40 AM
I personally feel that the .40 is the best round on the market. Of course there are people that disagree as with anything. But to me it is a matter of .45 stopping power with more rounds. I personally own more .45s and 9mms than .40s but this is just because of the guns I have happened to get not because of the .40 round. In fact my normal carry gun right now is a Glock 23.

ZeSpectre
July 24, 2008, 11:51 AM
The .40 S&W is my personal favorite for bottom feeders. However I do agree with other folks who say if you already have 9mm and .45 then you may or may not want to add another caliber to the mix.

I've been headed in the opposite direction, pruning down my caliber list and setting up "pairs" of pistols and carbines that use the same caliber.

Walkalong
July 24, 2008, 12:54 PM
I am mostly getting away from .40, only because it costs the same to load as .45 and I like the .45 better. It is a great little caliber. I still have my XD SC in .40 and really like it. I did buy a 9MM conversion barrel and mag (http://thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=76889&d=1208727296) for it though.

Saab1911
July 24, 2008, 01:27 PM
I have a CZ 75B and a 1911. I also own a 686 revolver. I thought about
getting a pistol in 40 as well, but thought better of it.

Like others have said, I have the big old 45 ACP for stopping power and
9mm is for higher mag capacity. To me, 40 is neither here nor there.

And, one more consideration for me is that a 40 S&W round looks way too
similar to 45 ACP. For example, during a 4 day training class those of us
who were shooting 45 ACP would pick up rounds we dropped and pick up
40 S&W rounds by mistake. Then we would have a malfunction from hell.
:cuss:

Nope, I'm a 357 mag, 45 ACP and 9mm man, and 40 S&W costs almost as
much as 45 ACP :banghead: Not for me. To a 45ACP man, 40 S&W is
an answer to a question that nobody asked.

cheers,

jae

Disaster
July 24, 2008, 01:50 PM
Warning: Don't buy the .40!!

Like you, my whole gun collection was either in 9mm, 357Mag, and 45ACP. Then I found a Browning High Power Practical that I could not say no to in .40. It followed me home - wasn't my fault!

Same thing happened with me with the CZ40B....too good a deal to pass up. Before that I tried to stick to all 9mm's.

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