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

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Scott13, Jan 5, 2003.

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  1. Scott13

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    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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    You betcha.
    The .45ACP has the .40S&W beat every way.
     
  4. gryphon

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    I prefer the .45ACP over everything else, regardless of what I'm doing. Range, defense, plinking.
     
  5. mr. e

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    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.
     
  6. 45R

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    Now thats a silly question :neener: Of Course we prefer .45 over .40 :)
     
  7. Daguerre

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    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!
     
  8. Blackhawk

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    Absolutely!
     
  9. 10-Ring

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    ABSOLUTELY! :D
     
  10. John Forsyth

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    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.
     
  11. MJRW

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    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.
     
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    YEP
     
  13. Don Gwinn

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    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
     
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    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.
     
  15. Jesse H

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    Something about that .45 nudge that's juuuust right.
     
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    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.
     
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    I've basically put away my HK USP40f as a range gun. I prefer my .45s and 9mm.
     
  18. QB

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    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):

    .45
    38 Super
    .357SIG
    9mm


    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.
     
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    Hands down ,the 45........
     
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    I prefer 9mm and 45acp over the 40.
     
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    45 over the 40 range work?

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

    Count me in... ;)
     
  22. DennisE

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    I can't imagine that anyone would perfer the .40 over the .45 for any application. Dennis
     
  23. Daguerre

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    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
     
  24. Master Blaster

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    .45 Rules

    .40 Bl..Su..is no good. I had one I sold it.

    5 in .45 ACP so Far :D
     
  25. dacinokc

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    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...
     
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