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Which caliber?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by 02sr5trd, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. 02sr5trd

    02sr5trd Member

    I am purchasing a M&P pro series 5"

    I wanted a 9mm due to cost of ammo and I don't have a 9mm.

    I own a shield .40. So I already have to buy rounds for it.

    It will be used for a range gun and in the future some competition.

    So I ask. 9mm or .40. ??
  2. stonecutter2

    stonecutter2 Well-Known Member

    .40 if you really want to just have ammo in the same caliber. That way you could grab either pistol and head to the range, and know you've got ammo.

    9mm if you want the ammo cost savings.

    Honestly owning multiple calibers isn't that bad, it's no big deal to buy ammo for each gun. Instead of grabbing 4 boxes of .40, you grab 2 .40 and 2 9mm, or whatever.

    If you do end up competing, I'd think 9mm would be the way to go...the recoil is a little bit better. Not quite as snappy - though I've rarely done side by side shooting between the two calibers.

    I can understand your dilemma. I say 9mm. Diversify, man!
  3. Plan2Live

    Plan2Live Well-Known Member

    I think the recent run on ammo highlights the fact that having guns that fire a variety of calibers makes a lot of sense.
  4. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Well-Known Member

    Several calibers are a plus IMHO. But if you have one already in a specific caliber and want to stockpile or reload then one caliber also makes sense. You COULD usually find 9MM anywhere so that would be a good second caliber. With the .40 as of today anyway the ammo is still available at the usual places while the 9MM, 357, 223, and other popular ones are MIA from the shelves. This was why I purchased a couple 40's and reloading dies to go with the glut of .40 brass I seem to find (more .40 than 9MM on the ground) that nobody picks up around here.
  5. scaatylobo

    scaatylobo Well-Known Member

    Take a good look

    I have shot the S&W shield and it was fun and reasonably accurate.

    But I suggest that you wait for and look at the Springfield XD 3.3 in 9MM.

    I just got the ,45 acp version and I am SURE the 9MM will be even easier to shoot.

    btw I am sticking with the .45 over the Shield as I like it metter as it fit MY hand better [ note I did say MY hand ].
  6. Waywatcher

    Waywatcher Well-Known Member

    9mm. For IDPA or USPSA the full size 9 is the best tool for the game, in SSP and Production, respectively.
  7. CDW4ME

    CDW4ME Well-Known Member

    If you like the Shield 40 then recoil with a larger pistol shouldn't be an issue.
    I prefer bigger bullets for SD.
  8. Sauer Grapes

    Sauer Grapes Well-Known Member

    I have 2 pro series 40 cal. One in 4 1\4'' and the 5''. If you get the .40, later down the road you can buy a 9mm barrel and mags for it. Most of the guys I know are shooting both calibers with one gun.
    I love the 40 from a reloading aspect.
  9. Buckeyeguy525

    Buckeyeguy525 Well-Known Member

    Buy a reloading set up and then the cost of ammo will be less of a concern.
  10. ku4hx

    ku4hx Well-Known Member

    +1 ... I cast, load and shoot all the popular handgun cartridges and I can do it all day long for about .07 per round. Equipment was 100% amortized late in the Reagan administration and I've been saving brass since 1967.
  11. viking499

    viking499 Well-Known Member

    Buy the 40 and a reloading press.

    40 is one of the few pistols calibers I have seen on the shelves lately.
  12. 02sr5trd

    02sr5trd Member

    So, I only have to buy a barrel and mags to convert it to 9mm? Dose this work from 9mm to 40 also? I am looking to start reloading just have no clue about it yet and am terrified to screw up and ruin a gun( so I have heard this can happen)

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