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Nullus Anxietas
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Originally posted by sns3guppy:
I shoot .40, and have quite a few firearms in .40. I suppose that could be called "investing."

I'm not in the least defensive about it, without any need to defend or explain it.

This ^^^^^, though I'm down to one firearm in .40 S&W since I traded my G22--which I did because I just plain did not like it and could not shoot well with it.

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Originally posted by USAFA71:
For those who think the 40 S+W recoil is so much more vicious than the 9 mm, I challenge you to the following: ...

My favourite challenge: Those of you who think the .40 S&W recoil is so overwhelming: Try full-house .357 Mag loads out of a 4" service revolver for a while. .40 S&W out of a similarly-sized bottom-feeder will seem tame, by comparison Wink

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Originally posted by Tree Rat:
I am highly amused that every discussion into justifying the new found merits of 9mm is always a precursor to bashing 40 S&W.

Indeed.

Do I feel under-gunned wearing a 9mm? No. Do I think I'm gonna stop tanks with my .40 S&W? No. Do I believe that, all things being equal, the .40 S&W might have an advantage over 9mm? Yes. So when carrying my .40 S&W makes sense, I'll carry my .40 S&W.

Same position vis-a-vis my P239 SAS vs. my Defender in .45 ACP.

I initially chose the .40 S&W because, at the time, it seemed the closest thing in performance to the .357 Mag commonly in-use and available.

All that being said: I am idly entertaining the thought of getting a 357 Sig barrel for my P239 SAS and, when I send the pistol in to Robert Burke for an action job, having the barrel custom fitted. Not because I dislike the .40 S&W or because I believe in the superiority of the 357 Sig, but to reduce my ammo variation by one caliber.




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I'm Fine
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Yes - my SP101 .357mag kicks a hell of a lot more than the 239SAS in .40 (using self defense loads in both). But they both shoot well, so I use them both as needed.

I personally haven't shot a pistol that kicks as much as that .357 mag short barrel with full defense loads...


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I think the .40 is an excellent round. I have more than 1 pistol in .40S&W, not counting my issued Glock 22. Although the 9mm will provide a couple more rounds, I feel most confident in the .40S&W.

When hiking, I carry the .40 because I believe the 9mm will only aggravate a bear unless the shot is perfect. Have I seen a bear hiking? yup, multiple times! My 13 shots of .40 vs 15 9mm is not important. I feel the 13 shots will kill the bear or keep it moving in a different direction.

I practice with many calibers and feel most confident with the .40!
 
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Nullus Anxietas
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I got news for you: The .40 S&W will likely only aggravate the bear, too. Only a little more than the 9mm Wink




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YEs, but will aggravate the bear a bit harsher. maybe cause it to rethink it's strategy. (that's my argument) LOL
 
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