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Why "Not" 40 Caliber?

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  1. Charlie

    Charlie TGT Addict TGT Supporter

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    Can someone explain why the .40 caliber lost it's popularity? Searching the internet I can find no valid reason why the .40 has become so "unpopular", compared to the 9mm. Although I own none now, I've shot 9 mm and .40 cal. handguns and honestly couldn't tell a lot of difference in them. Seems like a .40 cal. can be bought cheaper than an equivalent 9 mm. Just wondering....
     


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    DyeF9 In Thrust We Trust

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    Personally I have no qualms with .40. I can shoot it as quickly and accurately as 9. It is more expensive to shoot though. Really most of the major players in the pistol market are pretty comparable on capabilities. It's splitting hairs. I think most of it is people just have blind biases towards something because it's what they're used to.
     
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    I still can't wrap my head around the fact that bullet improvements have equalized the calibers.
    If one caliber was better before bullet improvements, wouldn't it still be better?
    I mean, all the calibers should have improved equally, no?
     
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    From what I have read the female LEO were having problems with .40 and therefore they moved to 9 mm. Lots of prior law enforcement .40s for sale cheap.
     
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    There you go again. Using logic and science...
     
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    .40 gives you a heavier slug at roughly the same velocity.

    9 mm's claim to fame seems largely to be cheap ammo.
     
  7. Charlie

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    Thanks folks! The above is what I've been hearing also. I've had a few plastic guns (none now), and if an opportunity comes up for an inexpensive .40 I certainly wouldn't pay more for a 9mm. The 45ACP has become my favorite caliber for now!
     
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    A pistol round itself is inherently inadequate relatively speaking. Low velocity, not that much energy behind it, etc. With modern gun powders and bullet design, they're all within a relatively similar range of capability.
     
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  9. Charlie

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    I handload so velocity can be whatever the manuals allow. Even off the shelf, I've found the differences in those two calibers can be very close or very far away. And probably make very little difference compared to the shooter, the target, the particular load for each caliber, etc.
     
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    The limp wristers think it’s too snappy.
    Yet they all want a 10mm.
     


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