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Posted: 6/10/2003 4:16:13 PM EDT
No, this is not one of those "Which caliber is best" threads.

I have never shot a .45 ACP, and am curious as to how the recoil compares to .40 S&W.

Link Posted: 6/10/2003 4:32:03 PM EDT
You probably won't notice much of a difference .
Link Posted: 6/10/2003 4:33:22 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/10/2003 4:56:27 PM EDT
you might notice a little more torque to the right is all
Link Posted: 6/10/2003 4:59:34 PM EDT
Both are completely controllable to me. The difference to me is how the gun feels when its cycling. The .45ACP is a gentler push, where I can actually perceive the slide cycling. .40 cycles the slide sharper and faster, but because of the light bullet weights, I don't notice any difference in controllability.
Link Posted: 6/10/2003 8:54:44 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Lumpy196:
Both are completely controllable to me. The difference to me is how the gun feels when its cycling. The .45ACP is a gentler push, where I can actually perceive the slide cycling. .40 cycles the slide sharper and faster, but because of the light bullet weights, I don't notice any difference in controllability.



I'd have to agree w/ this. My .40 and.45 feel "similar", but the .40 has more "bite", while the .45 feels like it has more bang/power. The .45 does handle the recoil much better, which takes the "bite" away.
Link Posted: 6/10/2003 9:10:47 PM EDT
Yup, Lumpy196 said it well, baxxx.
Using the same types of guns for comparison, of course.
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 1:13:06 AM EDT
The recoil seems about equal in force but differs in feel. The 40's I've shot have been snappier while the 45's felt more like a shove. I found I could shoot 40's more rapidly as they recover to target more quickly, but 45's are more fun to shoot. Either is an excellent caliber. I'd say just go to the range and rent a 45 to see what you think yourself.
Link Posted: 6/12/2003 4:26:53 PM EDT
Yep,

Just what everyone said, 40 S&W operates at 2 time the pressure of that of a 45 ACP.

45 ACP is a big, fat, slow thumper while the 40 S&W is a young, slim, fast whapper...every watch the NFL?

If I had only one try to stop a threat I would go with the thumper.
Link Posted: 6/12/2003 5:08:56 PM EDT
baxxx,
45 ACP is my favorite caliber. I got into reloading this winter and found I could even reduce the .45's "shove". Accuracy went up a bunch too. But regarding your question, I started with a Glock 22 and did not seem to mind .40 factory rounds until I tried a 9mm...then I finally "endured" a .45 ACP (a friend's Beretta 8045 Cougar....
I loved the feel of a .45...it does not snap like a .40 (factory rounds to comparable factory rounds).
It is a different feel to me and one I enjoy now over any caliber. I still shoot other calibers, but far prefer the .45 ACP.
VF
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 6:33:37 PM EDT
Thanks to everyone. I will try to find a .45 to try out.

Just wanted to know what to expect.
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