It's still not 3 times as expensive if you reload both (I do). The projectiles are a bit more; I shoot a lot of Bayou Bullets coated lead. 147 gn 9mm at 76.00/1000 vs. 230 gn. 105/1000 works out to be 3.80 for the projectile/box of 50, vs. 5.25/box of 50 for the .45. 1.45 difference. Cost is fairly negligible for the difference between the primers and powder for 9 vs. 45, so the main difference is the cost of the projectiles.
For a steel match with 150 rounds fired, that's a difference of 4.35 between the two. Not a great difference. Definitely not 2-3 times the difference.
I usually shoot 9mm, however, because I'm a cheap bastard, though I carry .357 Sig.
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Get a Vigil CCO! I own one in .45 ACP and love it.
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I had this same conundrum a while back. I ended up deciding that I wanted a gun chambered for the cartridge it was designed around, so I got a Springfield EMP4 in 9mm. Springfield shrank the design down just enough to perfectly fit the 9mm/.40 without requiring mag spacers or other such nonsense. I've been very happy with that choice, and the gun has been extremely reliable.
I'm now wanting a steel-framed gov't sized 1911, and as such I'm looking at .45s. if you must have a 9mm bore in a standard 1911, I'd look at a .38 super.
As you can see from the very good and varied responses, it's really a matter of philosophy and personal preferences.
I'm in the God (JMB) designed the 1911 for .45 ACP camp. Something satisfying about a brilliant 108 year old design with a 114 year old cartridge that's still viable today.
Only downside I've found with mine is that it destroys targets faster with centered ratholes than any of my nines. Wonder why that is.
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For carry, I'd go with .45 as it's a heavier bullet, what the gun was designed for and probably a hair more reliable (over thousands of rounds) and in the 1911, you only gain 1 extra round by going to 9mm. IMO if you gained 2 or more rounds I'd go with 9mm. I have both .45's and 9mm 1911's and really like the way 9mm shoots in the 1911, but for carry with the round count in mind, I'd go .45. However, loaded the 9mm will be lighter and so will a spare loaded mag due to the ammo weight difference.
My DW CCO is .45 ACP, I'm VERY satisfied with my choice. I'd do it all over again as my other CCW is a Glock 19. Personally, I think a 1911... for me... is best in .45ACP. YMMV.
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Although I sold mine after a couple years when I realized single action just wasn't for me.
All my 9mm 1911s were finicky with ammo; no reloads, no re-manufactured, or cheap stuff.
But that 9mm Dan Wesson Guardian was the most accurate pistol I ever owned.
The only 45ACP pistol I've ever cared for is my G21.
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Only way for the OP to settle this question is to try and shoot both before you buy. Easier said than done, but maybe a rental range will have both to rent or maybe just the .45 in a CCO or Lightweight Commander variation to try.
I have a Wilson Combat Protector in .45ACP that I carried on duty for about 10 years. Just recently picked up this DW ECP in 9mm and am diggin' it!
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