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Old November 25, 2000, 08:41 PM   #1
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What is the difference between a regular 40 and 40 S&W round? Does one have more power than the other? How does the 40 S&W compare on the power scale to other size rounds?

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Old November 25, 2000, 08:53 PM   #2
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There is no difference between the two. Its just how someone decides to describe it. Just like 45, 45 Auto, Colt 45, etc. 9mmLuger, 9Mil, 9mm Parabellum, 9mm Nato, etc. 40, 40S&W, 40 Auto. Different names but all the same cartridges.
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Old November 25, 2000, 09:21 PM   #3
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Useless trivia: Bill Ruger does not call the 40 S&W the "40 S&W". It's just .40 to him.
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Old November 26, 2000, 12:18 PM   #4
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With respect, I believe your reply re “.45s” may have an error. The “.45 Colt” often refers to the .45 Long Colt revolver round, as contrasted to the .45 Auto or .45 ACP round designed for Browning’s 1911A1 (and numerous other semiautomatics).
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Old November 26, 2000, 01:57 PM   #5
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Actually he said Colt 45, not 45 Colt.

I guess Colt 45 could mean either ACP or long colt. As far as I know Colt 45 isnt an official designation.

And while I am on the subject, there really isnt anything officially called "45 Long Colt", though that term is commonly used to distinguish "45 Colt", the classic cowboy round, from "45 Short Colt", which is another round altogether.

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