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9mm or .40 s&w

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Doc Holliday45, Jul 30, 2020.

  1. Doc Holliday45

    Doc Holliday45 Member

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    I have a chance to trade my Taurus chambered in .40 s&w for a Ruger lc9s 9mm. Would I be better off trading or keeping the Taurus?
     
  2. 1KPerDay

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    What Taurus? What is the purpose for the gun/s?
     
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  3. Hokie_PhD

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    The answer is yes.
    My view is it’s good to have several calibers so if you can’t find ammo in one you have a shot at finding another.

    That said, I’d also say start with what you have and then expand as you build up your stock. You do have a supply of ammo right?

    If not, I’d say buy ammo and reloading supplies instead of guns.
     
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    I haven't paid over 18 dollars for a 50 round box of high end Ranger/Gold dot/Hst .40 ammo in years. I just got a case of HST for 169.50

    I prefer .40 anyway and always have but at least for the moment it's easier/cheaper to find ammo. I dont care for either gun mentioned so caliber would be my deciding factor.
     
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  5. JTQ

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    I think the caliber is insignificant. I'm more concerned with the firearm being something that fulfills a need. Next would be whether it was a good firearm.
     
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  6. Doc Holliday45

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    I guess I’m asking is the Ruger a better handgun than the Taurus and which caliber do you all prefer.
     
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    If you hate the Taurus or the caliber or don't shoot it well, trade. If you like the gun and shoot it well, don't.
     
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  8. LiveLife

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    I agree.

    Shoot both pistols side by side and keep/get the one you can shoot more accurate faster.

    When I help select guns for others, I have them shoot as many calibers and different guns as they can from fullsize to subcompacts and tell them to buy the one they can shoot most accurate, fastest. For carry, it's particularly important shooter buy the smaller gun they can still shoot accurate.

    For many, even for female/shooters with smaller hands, it's 1911s. For many, even for female/shooters with smaller hands, surprisingly it's Glocks. Notice I didn't mention 40S&W or 9mm ... Contrary to many beliefs, female/smaller framed shooters often select 40S&W/45ACP over 9mm because they can shoot it better.

    And be sure to watch the front sight while dry firing. The gun that does not move the front sight or moves the front sight less will likely produce smaller groups on target and more so as it breaks in trigger contact parts. ;)

    And do some fast sighted and unsighted point shooting to see which pistol has more natural point of aim to produce smaller groups, just in case you have to shoot in low light situation where use of sights is not an option. :)

    But don't take my words, let the holes on target (and shot timer if available) speak for themselves.
     
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  9. Styx

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    I agree with others. Shoot them both side by side, choose the one you shoot the best and feels best in your hand.

    I prefer and like 40 especially more so being that the price of pistols chambered in the round are significantly lower than other calibers, but most of my pistols are 9mm because the price and selection of ammo is better.
     
  10. jmr40

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    The LC9s is a good pistol. It is easy to conceal and still shoots very well. I had one and liked it a lot, but liked the Sig 365 better. Of course the Sig was twice as much. I like it, can afford it, and it was worth it to me. But I'd feel just as well protected with a LC9s

    I have no issue with either 40 or 9mm, either will get the job done, but in a smaller pistol 40 can be a bit much. I don't know which Taurus you have, but generally speaking I like Ruger pistols better.
     
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    In these crazy times I've found 40 to actually be cheaper than 9 at several online dealers.
     
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    My brother made the mistake of buying a pistol he wanted but than never shot it or practiced enough to be proficient because of the cost of ammo. He really is not a shooting enthusiast but wanted one for his piece of mind. The point here depending on your level of experience with firearms and your finances, research the cost of ammo for each caliber you mentioned and see if it is a doable transaction that you will feel comfortable maintaining without it been a burden. It does no one any good to have a firearm and not be proficient with it. You don't need to spend thousands and thousands but one needs to be familiar with either caliber as shooting is a skill that diminishes quickly without practice.
     
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  13. LUCKYDAWG13

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    Not a coin toss for me Ruger all the way as far as caliber I'm a fan of 9mm
     
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    Mind sharing where you’re buying your ammo at that price?
     
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    Taurus V (really anything but a Jimenez) Ruger is a no brainers. Yes, Ruger is a better handgun than Taurus and they have better customer service and customer support
     
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    You know DOC this question is going to get a lot of very biased responses. People that own the ruger will respond favorably towards ruger and maybe to some extend trash Taurus and in reality have no actual experience with one but will respond with what they have read. I find that if Taurus is as bad as people make it sound I find it interesting that it is still more profitable than Remington who has filed for bankruptcy more than once. I would recommend you shoot the ruger gun you want to trade and see if you like it enough to make the trade. Shooting it is the only real way to make an informed decision.
     
  17. Grumulkin

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    After one experience with a Taurus, I wouldn't want another one. Of course that was probably 10 years ago and they could be different now or perhaps my experience wasn't typical.

    Funny thing; with all the guns I've had, I've never had a Ruger. Not that I dislike them; I believe they have a good reputation.
     
  18. Doc Holliday45

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    Thank you everyone for the replies. Can someone recommend an online website to purchase ammo from? I normally buy ammo from MidwayUSA but they are sold out of 9mm and .40 s&w ammo.
     
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    I like Target Sports USA. .fast shipping, reasonable prices, easy website to navigate.
     
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    I ordered a case of 22 ammo from them yesterday. First time order from them.

    Try ammoseek.com
    I also check midwayusa. Sportsmansguide. Sgammo. laxammo. Natchezss. Brownells....etc cabelas used to be ok but now the search is stupid and only wants to show "ship to store". If you click "in stock only" it gets screwy now. Or at least on my android it does.
     
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    Speaking as somebody who has in fact owned a Taurus and who has seen them go TU in a couple of high round count classes and having hear several reputable trainers reccomend against them I can't recommend any Taurus handgun.

    I'm not bashing Taurus just for the sake of bashing them. Taurus handguns they have a long reputation for , at best, hit or miss quality.

    In order for me to overcome my opinion of Taurus I would have to see a long term transition in their reputation. I would also want it confirmed by reputable instructors who's opinion I value.
     
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  22. Dibbs

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    I'd say Ruger is a trade-up from Taurus. The fact it's also 9mm is just a little bonus.
     
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  23. Doc Holliday45

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    Is 9mm supposed to be better than .40 s&w?
     
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    It is for some people. The .40 S&W has substantially more recoil and holds less ammo. I don't really enjoy shooting a lot of heavily loaded .40 compared to +P 9mm. For a woods gun I'd rather have the .40 anyway but for CCW I'd rather have a 9mm.
     
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  25. Tony in Texas

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    This debate has been beat to death. Just buy a quality gun. In my mind, certain guns belong in certain calibers. Glocks are 9mm. S&W MP is a 40. In a smaller gun its hard to beat an LCPII a PPS or 365.
     
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