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Old 01-07-2013, 10:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default .40 S&W vs. 10mm - Your Thoughts

Like the title says, what are your opinions on the two rounds. 10mm being the stronger of the two but the .40 S&W being less expensive and easier to find. I've not shot either so I'm looking for your thoughts.
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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I've got a few friends that love 10mm. One is a member here so I'm sure he'll chime in
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I am a big fan of the 10mm. Not the cheapest to shoot but ammo is readily available. 10mm guns tend to have bigger grips if that is an issue. I would not want a 10mm in a compact pistol.

In a full sized frame I would much prefer a 10mm or .45 over the .40. If you are looking for a concealed carry gun I suggest trying a compact .40 before buying.
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10mm is basically just a hotter version of the 40.

For concealed carry, I'd roll with the 40 S&W. Less recoil, smaller frame pistol(generally), and less chance of over penetration.

For a combat scenario, give me that 10mm!
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Own both, love both. If forced to choose between the two I'd keep the 10mm.
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I've got a Glock 30 and can get a conversion barrel for 10mm. Might have to give that a try.
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the .40 S&W seems to be enough for personal defensive use and fits in smaller guns than the 10mm.

.40 ammo is cheaper than 10mm.

A lot of commercial 10mm ammo is downloaded to 40 S&W ranges (40 S&W performance at 10mm prices)

the .40 can't do anything the 10mm can't do with regard to performance.

the 10mm has potential to put out more velocity and energy than the .40 S&W.
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Since I reload, and have normal sized hands, I much prefer 10mm. I can see someone not liking it because of ammo availability, price, and recoil, but I don't mind any of those things. Also, the fireballs on a hot round are pretty intense, haha. Yes, I pack a 10mm when temperatures allow, and wouldn't feel hindered at all by the recoil. You could call me a fanboy, but I love all guns (except charter, para, and Rossi...)
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Originally Posted by BrothersInArms View Post
10mm is basically just a hotter version of the 40.

For concealed carry, I'd roll with the 40 S&W. Less recoil, smaller frame pistol(generally), and less chance of over penetration.

For a combat scenario, give me that 10mm!
^^^ditto but I am biased, of course I really like the .40 S&W.
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Part of this question will depend on what gun you intend to get?

If you're going to go with a Glock 22 or Glock 23, I'd go with the .40 without question. I'd probably choose the .40 over the 10mm anyway, but 100% certain on the .40 if going Glock.

Reason being, if you have a G22 or G23, for another $125 you can buy a G31/G32 .357 sig barrel and shoot .357 sig using the same .40 mags. Another $125 and G17/G19 mag with the 9mm conversion barrel, also shoot 9mm. Shoot all 3 calibers for half the price of another gun. This will come in very very handy if there is an ammo shortage. Also allows you to practice with cheaper 9mm ammo.

BTW, Good to know about the G30 and the 10mm conversion barrel. I want one more Hi Cap Glock before the ban hits, and I am thinking it might just be a G21. I"ll get more serious when I get cash, but I'm going for a full frame this time. Either gonna go big with a .45 or go small with a 9mm.

I originally thought, why do I need another Glock when I can shoot 9mm, .40 and .357Sig in the one I have. But, in the event something does go down and I end up having to shoot someone, I'm sure I'll have to surrender the gun for some time while investigation goes on, and I'd probably be lucky to get it back. I hear once the cops get your gun, you're likely to never see it again even if you are the good guy.
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