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Old May 15, 2009, 04:07 PM   #1
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10mm vs .40 S&W

I know this is where things might explode but I would love to hear your experiances about these calibres and which one is better for SD/HD.
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Old May 15, 2009, 04:09 PM   #2
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Glock KBs with 10 mm

In view of the captioned title I would go with .40 S&W.

I havnt tried both so there not much that I can say for the two.
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Old May 15, 2009, 04:27 PM   #3
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Start with a G20SF or G29SF then get a 10-40 after market barrel and have both.....
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Old May 15, 2009, 04:39 PM   #4
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The short&weak is fine for defense but does not offer the versatility if only buying one gun. Why limit yourself. As stated just buy an aftermarket 40 barrel if you feel the need. No other parts are needed just the barrel.
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Old May 15, 2009, 04:54 PM   #5
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Don't let just the cartridge dictate which is right for you. Consider the platform as well. With that said .40 S&W is easier to live with and feed at least here in the States. The pistols tend to be more handy and more proven platforms to choose from. Unless you have a real need for full power 10mm ballistics (you know for sure you will be coming up against intermediate barriers all the time like auto glass OR dangerous animals and can't pack a .44 Mag all the time). For me, there's really only one 10mm auto out there for long term hard use, the Glock 20 or 20SF.

How easy or difficult is it to get quality 10mm ammo over there?
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Old May 15, 2009, 05:15 PM   #6
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I have to agree that ammo supply can be a problem for the 10 as there is basically nothing available anywhere at this time. I shoot a G29 with wolff guide rod and 21 lb recoil spring. This is for daily concealed carry and outdoor use in the mountains. The gun is used extensively with no malfunctions ever.
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Old May 15, 2009, 05:25 PM   #7
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10mm has a harsher recoil than .40SW in general. However, once you start to play with reloading for your own purposes, you can always tone down 10mm to reasonable levels of recoil. You can't hot rod .40SW loads to match 10mm's capabilities.

That said, there isn't nearly the options regarding firearms chambered in 10mm compared to .40SW. Something to take into account. Generally speaking, 10mm factory ammo isn't as easily available as .40SW.

There is no question the power of 10mm is greater than .40SW. However, I don't buy into the "Short & Weak" mantra. It's still a formidable cartridge for many applications including self/home defense.
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Old May 15, 2009, 05:33 PM   #8
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I only use the term short&weak in a joking comparison to the 10mm. Like I said the 40 is fine for defense. But my needs also go to 4 legged critters and the 10 offers me more in that situation.
I shoot a 9mm more than anything and the 40 easily has more power than that.
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Old May 15, 2009, 05:39 PM   #9
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I voted .40S&W and that is because I presently use one. I wouldn't mind getting a 10mm at some point but I almost never see that ammo except in gun shops and even then its pretty sparse.

When I get into my reloading habit a bit more heavily I MAY just have to go out and buy one just because if you have the dies you MUST need to own the gun it services!
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Old May 15, 2009, 06:14 PM   #10
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I have to agree that ammo supply can be a problem for the 10 as there is basically nothing available anywhere at this time.
So far, I've been able to buy 10mm JHP ammo at will. Been getting Hornady XTP in 155, 180, and 200, and Winchester Silvertip 175gr. I've been paying between $15-17 for a box of 20. Can get FMJ ammo for around $25 a box of 50. I guess no else around here uses 10mm. I know the Hornady isn't quite Doubletap, but it'll do for now.
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Old May 15, 2009, 08:06 PM   #11
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.40 S&W.

10mm falls short for me because of the limited selection of platforms to choose from. Really, the S&W 10xx series are about the only platforms I like in the caliber, and I don't like them enough to even own one. There's no shortage of firearms I like in .40 S&W, though.
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Old May 15, 2009, 08:16 PM   #12
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If you handload and/or buy boutique ammo and plan to do some hunting/hiking, the 10mm. If your sticking to regular manufactured stuff and plan to use it strictly for SD then the .40

If you plan to do all of the above, the 10mm is versatile and the way to go.
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Old May 15, 2009, 08:38 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by liberty1
I only use the term short&weak in a joking comparison to the 10mm.
For the record, I didn't mean for my statement to point directly at you. My intention was people whom uses that phrase and take it to literal context.
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Old May 15, 2009, 08:55 PM   #14
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What i see, is scarce availability of 10mmAuto handguns on the market.
And i'm speaking about the US market, let alone the Pakistani.

IF S&W went on with the 1006-1076 project, and made it into a modern, concealeable firearm - and some other major manufacturer else than Glock would have followed suit - 10mm would have had an easier life.
It really had the capability to be an all-around caliber,
being able to range from mild plinking rounds to bear-downing fire-breathing loads.
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Old May 15, 2009, 10:04 PM   #15
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40 S&W is actually 10mm short!

it is a good round but it suffers from the same problems that 45acp does. it will put holes in paper, and the muzzle jump is sweet but its not a peek-a-boo gun, with the same ammo cost as 10mm.

10mm has the power to shock and awe any body undercover into realizing i better gather up the sheep and get the flock out a here.

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Old May 15, 2009, 10:10 PM   #16
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10mm or .40 caliber?

I would go with the 10mm myself. Got a Glock 20 that shoots great. The recoil is not as bad on my Glock platform. I just love shooting it and wish I had more 10 mm ammo to take to the range.
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Old May 15, 2009, 10:18 PM   #17
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I know this is an unpopular opinion, but I would have to go with the 40 S&W. Now, before I start catching flack let me explain. I have a pacemaker and do not think that I could handle the kick of a 10mm. Also I know the 40S&W has less power, but financially, it is much easier to afford than a 10mm. Plus if i want more stopping power, I always could get a 45acp.
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Old May 15, 2009, 10:21 PM   #18
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10mm. I have no use for the .40.
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Old May 15, 2009, 10:48 PM   #19
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10mm has the power to shock and awe any body undercover into realizing i better gather up the sheep and get the flock out a here.
Comedy gold. Well if you don't have an RPG I guess a 10mm handgun can make a good substitute.
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Old May 15, 2009, 11:26 PM   #20
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S&W 610

I couldn't decide so I bought a S&W 610 - it's a revolver that shoots both. Full power 10mm for outdoor use

It's a great gun

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Old May 15, 2009, 11:45 PM   #21
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The 10mm can be downloaded to 40 S&W ballistics easily but the 40 S&W will never be loaded up to the 10mm, and I mean original 10mm like the ammo I load.
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Old May 16, 2009, 12:09 AM   #22
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As I've stated in other threads on this matter...

The 10mm is to semi-autos what the .357 mag is to revolvers. Granted; weapon choice is somewhat limited for the 10mm, but the major bases are covered. (G20/G20SF for outdoors and home defense, G29/G29SF for CCW, various 1911 platforms for the "old schoolers", S&W 610 types for wheelgun fans, S&W 10xx for a hulking tank of a gun, EAA for CZ type fans, what more do you need?)

If you want to shoot .40 in your 10mm, a quality conversion barrel will only run about $150. If you handload, you can download to the .40 range for plinking, and it is possible to load up to near low-end .41 mag range...

There is no other semi-auto caliber that even comes close to the playing field of the 10mm when it comes to versatility...

Can you guess which one I voted for???
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Old May 16, 2009, 02:53 AM   #23
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What does than the 10mm do better than a .40 S&W and viceversa?
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Old May 16, 2009, 03:35 AM   #24
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The 10mm can shoot a heavier bullet at a higher velocity. This equates to a more severe wound on whatever you're shooting.

The .40 S&W can get you 90+% of what the 10mm does balistically with much cheaper ammo, less recoil, and greater magazine capacity. That is why it was created in the first place. The 10mm is better than even the .45 and .357 magnum balistically.
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Old May 16, 2009, 03:39 AM   #25
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10mm just seems a bit lost for a philosophy of use for me. It's a little too weak for large predators and overkill for self defense IMO. I'd rather tap off more .40 S&W rounds more quickly due to controlling the handgun more easily. If I were worried about body armor (which I'm not), I'd just nab an FN Five-Seven. 10mm auto seems destined for a submachine gun, if nothing else - also as a fun-to-shoot big round, like the rest.
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