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6 years 8 weeks ago, 8:00 PM

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.40S&W vs. .45ACP

Which, in your opinion is the better caliber? People have touched on the subject, but have never given a definite opinion. I am trying to decide which to buy, but I need more feedback like ballistics, amount of recoil, stopping power, etc. Any help would be appreciated!

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6 years 8 weeks ago, 8:17 PM

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.40 Cheaper and still big enough to bring someone down. Plus might look better in a court case then the old .45

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6 years 8 weeks ago, 8:18 PM

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is it true that the choices on .40 ammo is limited?

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6 years 8 weeks ago, 8:27 PM

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Choice? you mean choices like ACP/HP/S&W? I believe so although I am not the ammo expert, there my be places to find it all.

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6 years 8 weeks ago, 8:30 PM

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yeah

i asked a range manager the same question Hunter asked and he said that you had allot more choices in .45 ammo cause it was more popular.

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6 years 8 weeks ago, 10:00 PM

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Bullet Abbreviations
ACC—Remington Accelerator [3] (see sabot)
AP—Armor Piercing (has a steel or other hard metal core)
BBWC—Bevel Base Wadcutter
BEB—Brass Enclosed Base
Blitz—Sierra BlitzKing
Bt—Boat-tail
BtHP—Boat-tail Hollow Point
CB—Cast Bullet
CL,C-L—Remington Core-Lokt
DEWC—Double Ended Wadcutter
EVO,FTX—Hornady LEVERevolution® Flex Tip® eXpanding
FMJ—Full Metal Jacket
FN—Flat Nose
FP—Flat Point
FST—Winchester Fail Safe Talon
GC—Gas Check
GD—Speer Gold Dot
GDHP—Speer Gold Dot Hollow Point
GS—Remington Golden Saber
HBWC—Hollow Base Wadcutter
HC—Hard Cast
HP—Hollow Point
HPJ—High Performance Jacketed
HS—Federal Hydra-Shok
HST—Federal Hi-Shok Two
J—Jacketed
JFP—Jacketed Flat Point
JHC—Jacketed Hollow Cavity
JHP—Jacketed Hollow Point
JHP/sabot—Jacketed Hollow Point/sabot
JSP—Jacketed Soft Point
L—Lead
L-C—Lead Combat
L-T—Lead Target
LFN—Long Flat Nose
LFP—Lead Flat Point
LHP—Lead Hollow Point
LRN—Lead Round Nose
LSWC—Lead Semiwadcutter
LSWC-GC—Lead Semiwadcutter Gas Checked
LWC—Lead Wadcutter
LTC—Lead Truncated Cone
MC—Metal Cased
MRWC—Mid-Range Wadcutter
NP—Nosler Partition
OWC—Ogival Wadcutter [4]
PB—Lead Bullet
PB—Parabellum
PL—Remington Power-Lokt
PSP—Plated Soft Point
PSP—Pointed Soft Point
RN—Round Nose
RNFP—Round Nose Flat Point
RNL—Round Nosed Lead
SJ—Semi-Jacketed
SJHP—Semi-Jacketed Hollow Point
SJSP—Semi-Jacketed Soft Point
SP—Soft Point
SP—Spire Point
Sp,SPTZ—Spitzer
SpHP—Spitzer Hollow Point
SST—Hornady Super Shock Tip
SSp—Semi-Spitzer
ST—Silver Tip
STHP—Silver Tip Hollow Point
SWC—Semiwadcutter
SX—Super Explosive
SXT—Winchester Ranger Supreme Expansion Technology
TC—Truncated Cone
TMJ—Total Metal Jacket
TNT—Speer TNT
VMAX—Hornady V-Max
VLD—Very Low Drag
WC—Wadcutter
WFN—Wide Flat Nose
WFNGC—Wide Flat Nose Gas Check
WLN—Wide Long Nose
X—Barnes X-Bullet
XTP—Hornady Extreme Terminal Performance

Just looked it up and both the 40 S&W and the 45acp have 6 types of bullets for them. The heavies bullet you can use for a 40 S&W is 200 grains and the 45 acp a 230 grains. Knock down power for the 45 is greater with less recoil with the 230 grs. round nose. The 40 S&W 200 grains bullet is a lead bullet or Hornady XTP. With a 45 acp the must rounds you will be able to carry in a mag is 10 unless you are using a hi-cap Para 45 with 15 rounds. The 40 S&W have mags carry 12 to 18 rounds. Hope this helps.

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6 years 8 weeks ago, 1:44 PM

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.40S&W vs. .45ACP

.40 is gonna be cheaper. it is still available everywhere. most LEO's carry .40S&W. you are going to have higher mag capacity than .45acp. .40 stopping power is sufficient (it was basically created to stop human threats)(shorter 10mm).

.45acp will be a little more expensive. it to can be found almost everywhere. less mag cap than .40. greater stopping power.

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6 years 7 weeks ago, 6:24 PM

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40s&w vs 45acp

45acp has more knock down power then 40, but the 4o is still a good round it falls between the 9mm and the 45acp,you could get a springfield xd that holds 14 rounds of 45acp

6 years 7 weeks ago, 6:35 PM

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what is the price differance between the .40 ammo and the .45 ammo.Im really hedging on what gun to get next.

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6 years 7 weeks ago, 7:26 PM

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depends

on what kind. if you are buying boxes of 50 or 100, the .45acp is usually around $5-6 more

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6 years 7 weeks ago, 7:30 PM

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my thing is do I go with a .22 cal.most likely the walther p22. so my wife and oldest can get involved. or a .45 taurus 1911 or 24/7 oss for my selfish ass.

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6 years 7 weeks ago, 8:33 PM

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Walther p22

I have a p22, it is great. I originally bought it so my wife could get involved with shooting. Now I take it to the gun club in door range awsome piece..

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6 years 7 weeks ago, 8:38 PM

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how accurate? i heard no more that 50 feet.and should i get one with the extended barrel?

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