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Not your typical caliber debate

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by roknjs, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. roknjs


    Feb 25, 2007
    Typical debate goes something like this:

    9mm - with modern ammo it will get the job done
    .40s&w - capacity like a 9mm hits like a .45
    .45 acp - the gold standard. I carry a .45 because they don't make a .46

    I got all that. I have .45s, .40s, and 9 mm. The .45 will never go away. I learned on a .45 so I'm keeping it.

    So, using arguments other than which caliber is a better defensive round or which round is more of a he man round.... why should i send the 9 mm packing and keep the 40s or why should I keep the 9 and sell the .40?

    Main reason I'm asking is I want to simplify a little and focus on two calibers instead of 3.
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2010

  2. I'd keep all 3 calibers simply to stay diversified, never can tell what the future will bring. There may be a time when you'll be able to score on 9mm ammo that's better than what's available in the other 2 calibers.

    It's always nice to have a BUG on your person, vehicle or home and a third for you significant other.

    Just my $.02, YMMV.

    Bob :cowboy:
  3. roknjs


    Feb 25, 2007
    I've had all 3 for a while now, just not sure I want to keep it that way. I was thinking having 2 calibers in semi auto to go with my .357/.38 and my .44 mag revolvers would be good enough for diversification.
  4. Berto

    Berto woo woo

    Sep 15, 2003
    Keep the one you enjoy shooting the most.
  5. glockfanbob


    Aug 27, 2006
    This, as well as the one you shoot most accurately with.
  6. roknjs


    Feb 25, 2007
    Unfortunately, I enjoy them both and shoot them about the same.
  7. Berto

    Berto woo woo

    Sep 15, 2003
    Flip a coin then. Or choose the one that holds more boolits, since that will make you an operator.
  8. cole

    cole Millennium Member

    Dec 25, 1999
    OP: No offense, but your querry is typical caliber debate fodder.

    IMO the heavier the better.

    Good advice.

    I dumped .40sw to stay 9mm and .45acp. I do not have need for an intermediate caliber and the .40sw recoil is too snappy with no up-side IMO. I'll take the cheapest, (9mm), highest capacity (9mm), least recoil (9mm), most prevalant (9mm) or heaviest caliber (.45acp), not the one that compromises in all areas (.40).
  9. I think you should keep all 3,

    But if you are going to keep the .45 no matter what, then sell the .40 and keep the 9MM.

    The 9MM will be cheaper to shoot. The .40 is halfway between the 9 and .45 so keep the ends and get rid of the middle.

    FWIW I sold my .40's and .45's and the only semi auto handguns I own anymore are 9MM's.
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2010
  10. roknjs


    Feb 25, 2007
    None taken, but I don't see it that way. Typical caliber debates usually hang on which is a better round. My stance is that they all have their ups and downs and with today's ammo choices, you can't go wrong with any caliber.

    I'm talking about things like capacity, cost, and any other reason people chose one over the other. I hear people say all the time that 9mm ammo is cheaper. Not by much around here. Point boing, if the cost is the same, why pick one over the other when they both will take out a perp with plenty of effect.


    LASTRESORT20 LongTerm-Guy

    Aug 10, 2010
    `Keep one that you enjoy shooting the most and keep one that you love and keep one that is your favorite....and keep one.........................................
  12. Daryl in Az

    Daryl in Az Enjoying life!

    Aug 31, 2007
    Well, using the typical arguments...

    If you're keeping the .45, then you don't need something that hits like a .45, right?

    And if you keep the 9mm, then you don't need something with the capacity of the 9mm, right?

    9mm is cheaper to shoot than .40 is.

    This all said, I carry a .40 S&W, and really enjoy the cartridge. I prefer it to either the .45, or the 9mm. However, if I was going to keep .45 and one other cartridge in semi-auto form, it would likely be a 9mm.

    But for me, I'll stick with the .40 since I don't want to carry two handguns to do the same thing as one. :D :D
  13. SDGlock23

    SDGlock23 Glockoholic

    Keep .45 because it's a .45.

    Keep .40 because it hits like a .45 and gives you 9mm like capacity.

    Toss the 9mm, you already have a .40 that has great capacity and hit's like a mack truck.
  14. 1SGMP


    Dec 29, 2008
    As said before Keep all three,you never know what the future holds. I would suggest to carry and train with one weapon, Buy 200 to 500 rounds of the calibers you wont shoot. store the guns and ammo away, practice with what you decide for an EDC weapon.
  15. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    You didn't say what platform, that would be my decision, regardless of caliber. You can always reload, all three are pretty popular. I've never really understood the simplify thing, but if you want to get down to just one round to do it all, you have to go bigger IMO. Bigger gives you more options. Bigger works better when you don't have a good JHP.
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2010
  16. G26man

    G26man OBEY ME!

    Jul 8, 2004
    If you are keeping the .45 then sell the .40. You want enough difference between them so that each caliber could perform a specific role. 9mm is cheaper than .40 or .45, more practice. 9mm has larger capacity and lower recoil. The main point is why keep two things that are almost the same when you can have two things that are still similar but far enough apart that one could be more useful than another for a specific purpose.
  17. cowboy1964


    Sep 4, 2009
    Fallacious logic. You can't say the .40 is compromised "in all areas" by comparing it to both the 9 AND the 45. If bullet weight is a factor then the 40 beats the 9. If capacity is a factor than the 40 beats the 45. Get it?

    None of those factors are absolute. Otherwise you'd have to pick only the 9 or only the 45. Each one has it's own compromises.
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2010
  18. cowboy1964


    Sep 4, 2009
    Uh huh.
  19. CanyonMan

    CanyonMan In The Saddle

    Jul 26, 2002
    I agree with others on the the 'keep all three' and use the one ya want on the day ya feel like using it.