Thoughts on a .40 cal

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by Insulation Tim, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    i practice seriously 3 times a week nowdays ( good excuse to have it with me otherwise its locked up, thats part of GC too making them hard to get at )

    and 45 gov 1911 aint bad try the coonan .357 auto mag or the colt python in 357mag both are very hard on hands , i can and have shot 1911's all day and only had a light buzz, doing that with .357 mag would hurt !!!
  2. LDBennett

    LDBennett Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2003
    Hesperia, CA
    Recoil perception is in the hands and head of the shooter. Some people have a larger tolerance for it and others a lesser amount.

    I have a friend who competed in silhouette competition in the Los Angeles area for years. He shot both air guns and 22's, both pistol and rifle. He was consistently first or second in competition in the relatively large club of the area. He was a natural shooter. That is not to say he only knew intuitively how to shoot well because he read everything imaginable on shooting. His success was that he new exactly how to apply the knowledge, had a very steady hand, and a good eye. But don't give him a 45acp gun. He bought one off a friend, a gunsmith worked over 1911 that was superb. He anticipated the recoil so bad he flinched unmercifully. He hated that gun. He eventually sold it.

    Recoil is what is perceived by the shooter and is modulated by that given off by the gun. The physics says bigger bullet, higher velocity, and a few other things results in bigger recoil. The gun itself can absorb some of it but the shooter gets the brunt of the recoil. Plastic guns are said, by those that own them, to absorb a bit more of the recoil than a steel gun so they must deform from the recoil and turn that energy into something else (conservation of energy law of physics). It probably is heat but not so much as to be noticeable so maybe the plastic doesn't really absorb that much energy after all and the "reduced" recoil is a perception and not reality (??).

    I find bigger cartridges when compared to 9mm and 357 mag are less sharp in their recoil and push longer, spreading the recoil force over a longer period of time. That is much easier for ME to take. But there are the 44mag and the 10mm full power loads. I find the recoil of my reloads for 45acp (mid range), down loaded 10mm, 40 S&W (mid range), 41mag (mid range), and 44 Special loads all very similar with none standing out in my mind. I prefer to shoot these loads over the 9mm and 357mag loads (mid range). I am not bothered at all by their recoil. But that is my perception, again. Yours may differ!


  3. 3/2 STA SS

    3/2 STA SS Active Member

  4. gvw3

    gvw3 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Oct 16, 2011
    Chicago IL Area
    I am a fan of the 9 mil. Ammo is inexpensive so I can shot more of it. My nephew has a XD 40 and it's a good gun. Nice shooter. I don't see any big deal with the recoil. It's not much more that my Beretta 9 mil.

    In my state we can't carry a gun for self defense so that is not an issue. If I am just punching holes in paper I really don't need the added expense of the 40.
  5. CJ_56

    CJ_56 New Member

    Feb 24, 2012
    SE Ohio
    A 9mm will do pretty well for SD but a bigger caliber is better as long as a person can deal with the recoil and get off those secondary shots on target. It's as simple as that really. If you're just target shooting you might as well use a .22. For SD give me as much gun as I can handle as long as it has the right characteristics. I switched from .45 to .40 because of more ammo per mag and because of better penetration through steel and angled glass i.e. a car door or windshield. 9"s are good for penetration too because they are smaller rounds traveling fast. But the size of the bullet means deeper penetration in tissue. It's a physics thing. Mass, deceleration and all that. Yes speed is a factor but tests tend to indicate that bigger bullets penetrate tissue deeper just as smaller bullets penetrate steel better. Newton just didn't cover all this ground but modern terminal ballistics testing has covered it. IMO a .40 is a good compromise between the good things of a .45 and a 9mm and it has the high capacity (almost) of the 9mm. I don't plan on missing much either but I'd rather not get killed for lack of shooting back as Clyde the one armed deputy in "Unforgiven" said, "I just don't want to get killed for lack of shooting back."
  6. garydude

    garydude Member

    I've shot and enjoyed several 40 cals and have even reloaded for it. Its a nice caliber but one i can live without. If i didn't have a 9 and 45 i would consider it as a good compromise.

    So Tim, have you made up your mind?
  7. Sig Willy

    Sig Willy Well-Known Member

    Jul 10, 2012
    I like my 9mm as it was easy to shoot and the ammo were priced ok. I owned and shot a 9mm for the first time two years ago. At first it was a PF9 and now a Sigma 9. I felt that a 9mm are adequate for SD but as I read, only in some cases. Ok then, so I looked up the 40sw. Lots of mixed reviews but most says it is indeed a pretty powerful caliber.

    I decided I want one and got my Sig P250c in 40sw last April (Fools Day duh). I had two boxes of ammo in advance, WWB 165 FMJs and Win PDX1 165 BHPs before I picked up the gun at the range. I took my cleaning kit along to prep the gun before shooting because the day I bought the gun I get to shoot for free.

    Now I know what they mean about the recoil. It does kick hard, especially the PDX1s. I still hit the target (at 25 feet) in the green so that wasn't bad. After a few trips to the range, my groups got smaller and more tolerant to the recoil. I love it.

    Funny thing is, my 9mm feels inadequate compared to the 40 but I still shoot it because it shoots tighter groups than the 40. Also it's cheaper to shoot. :)
  8. terryu1

    terryu1 Armed Infidel

    Oct 16, 2009
    NE Pennsylvania
    I love my .40 Taurus 24/7 Pro C. Taurus gets a bad rap in many places due to history with some guns in past however they did their homework when they made the 24/7. They did it with the intent on attracting police etc to use them as a reliable sidearm. I have put at least 600-700 rounds through mine with no issues and have used quite a variety of ammo with again no issues. They are also very reasonable. Mine is in my avatar.
  9. Mr_Shamrock

    Mr_Shamrock New Member

    May 24, 2012
    I have had a Taurus .40 and a few others and liked them all. However, for some unknown reason, a few years ago when I liquidated a large portion of my collection I ended up selling all the .40 calibers. It wasn't intentional, as far as I didn't consciously decide I was selling all my .40's, I just sold the ones I hadn't shot in a while and for whatever reason all my .40's went bye bye. It might have been because I was trying to eliminate all the different calibers and I had the least amount of them.

    JUNKKING Well-Known Member

    I have a 40 XDM about 900 rounds through it. Never noticed a big difference in recoil than any other large gun. I was actually thinking of trading it in on another 45 because that is the direction I want to go when I begin to reload. I may just keep it as I dont know if I could get much on a trade in being it is full sized. Most people want the compacts and sub compacts now days. It hits where I aim it and has never faulted once. I havent shot it over a year. But I do like the 40's High capacity magazines.
  11. oldfartrr

    oldfartrr Active Member

    Jun 30, 2012
    northern calif
    love my 40's ,, started shooting handguns with 38 & 357,,, loved them and still do, prefer not having to chase the brass,,, but love the hit of the 40 with out the recoil of the 357,
    my baretta 96 beats the recoil the best but have several of the star-firestar's in 40 my fav for carry,, a bit more recoil but very controlable,, as these little guns are all steel at 32oz, have fired the new S&W sheild a nice gun but to light , lose a bit of control,,, at least for me
    as for the 9mm in my book just throw rocks
  12. CJ_56

    CJ_56 New Member

    Feb 24, 2012
    SE Ohio
    My Taurus PT-145 has about 5000 rounds through it and it's never had the first problem of any kind yet. I did have one round that needed a second strike to fire but that's easy enough with the Mil. Pro pistols. You just pull the trigger again (this time in DA mode) and you get your second strike. But I'm sure that was an ammo issue and not a problem with the pistol because it's never happened again. I love that pistol and it was a very reasonable purchase too. I paid $320 and got an extra mag. 10 + 1 rounds of .45 in a pistol you can hide in your hand is nothing to sneeze at either. I still carry that pistol for CCW pretty often. I have switched to my XDm .40 because of capacity but 11 rounds of .45 is plenty especially when you carry a few extra mags. Mainly I just like buying new guns and I'm using the .40 right now. I'll be holding onto both for quite a while.
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