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.40 S&W - Still relevant?

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With very impressive technology in smaller cartridges like the 9x19, is the .40 S&W still relevant? Or even cartridges like .45 ACP? It’s impossible to not like throwing bowling balls down range, but are these larger cartridges still hold their own against the 9? 

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Its literally the only semi auto caliber I've kept. Plenty of power, easily controllable if you know how to shoot, ammo is plentiful and not much more than 9mm. I dig it. 

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1 hour ago, ThrowinPlugs said:

Its literally the only semi auto caliber I've kept. Plenty of power, easily controllable if you know how to shoot, ammo is plentiful and not much more than 9mm. I dig it. 

That’s what I have always figured. People call it weak but the numbers show differently... 

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I have 11 boxes you can have.......Actually you don't want it.   I looked up lot number and found that there was a recall.

 

Here is a kaboom I had when the back of the case blew off.  Black mark is powder burn where it shot around trigger. 

This was 12 years ago and weapon was a Beretta 96.    If I had shot this ammo out of the Glock 27 I owned it could have been ugly.

 

I don't own any 40s anymore.  I'll stick with 9mm,10mm and 45 ACP

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6 hours ago, D1fishr said:

PSP had a variant of those Berettas in .40SW. I’m surprised we don’t hear more about cartridge mishaps. 

I don't think it was the Beretta's fault.   Federal had a recall on certain lots of .40 American Eagle.     I never saw the recall as I never had a reason to look for it.

I think I have 10 boxes that I won't risk shooting.

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On 1/4/2020 at 6:23 PM, coastalfreak said:

With very impressive technology in smaller cartridges like the 9x19, is the .40 S&W still relevant? Or even cartridges like .45 ACP? It’s impossible to not like throwing bowling balls down range, but are these larger cartridges still hold their own against the 9? 

 

I like pistols MUCH More than revolvers.

 

When I wanted to add more pistols to my collection the ? was which caliber, 9mm or .40 S&W.

 

I chose 9mm and am glad I did.

 

The 21st-century science of bullet technology and "stopping power" convinced me that the 9mm would do what  I wanted it do w/ the advantages of  less weight, recoil, and muzzle jump.

 

And if you live in a state that does not restrict magazine capacity, 9mm pistols hold more ammo, another plus.
 

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