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Old September 15, 2012, 08:30 PM   #26
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For me...

If 1911 platform... .45 ACP (best reliability from that platform)
If Glock Platform... .40 S&W (largest caliber available in std frame size)
If "mini" Platform... 9mm (more managable from small frames)

You didn't ask but if revolver platform... 38 spl (easy to handle and proven performance...not .357 mag due to EXCESSIVE blast and flash)

Just my $0.02
+1. . .I do shoot some 357 mag in my snubbie though, but usually CCW 38 spcl +P.

To add, Wilson seems to think the smaller 1911's are best done in 9mm or 38 Super for reliability. . .Who am I to argue.

My "mini" is a larger P40 in 40 or a smaller P32 in 32 ACP. No 9's for me yet.
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Old September 18, 2012, 05:01 PM   #27
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The Army .45 takes no jive...

Big ups to the .45acp.
It's a good caliber & a proven stopper but the .357sig is slicker & sleeker.

It's like a 911 Turbo & a F150 pick-up, .

I packed a 1911a1 .45acp for 12mo in the armed forces & shot a few .45acp pistols that were worth owning but I'm not going to say it's better than a .357sig, a .40S&W or a 9x19mm(9mmNATO) either.

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Old September 18, 2012, 05:50 PM   #28
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What would make you chose one caliber over a different one for cc .Barrel length 3 in to 3.5 max. Same pistol 9mm,357 sig .40 sw & 45acp. Add revolvers in the question 1 7/8 to 3. max, 38 sp,357 mag ,44 sp ,44mag.& 45 acp.. With all of the ammo mfg .making sbl ammo. what's your choice ?
Is this all same weight?

Because the choices would always be aruged. If you could get a 9mm in the same size as a 44 mag? people would fight over this topic non stop, you would need a book or something to write about.
Has Taurus really spent more on shipping customers their firearms back to them than actual sales?
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Old September 18, 2012, 06:24 PM   #29
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9mm, . . . I think part of the conversation deals with the fact that they cannot be the same weight, . . . by their own inherent design.

The 9mm can be loaded down if I remember correctly to about 90 grains or 115, . . . but the .44 and .45 can be boosted up to almost 300 grains, . . . and that most definitely WILL make a difference.

Using a 125 grain round nose ball ammo (FMJ) out of a hot .357 will most likely just put a .357 hole clear through the person if it does not hit a bone.

OTOH, . . . a 275 grain soft lead hollow point coming out of a .44 or .45 at about 750 ft per second, . . . the wound channel would closely resemble the grand canyon.

But, . . . it's all academic if the shooter can't hit the target. That's the important part.

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Old September 18, 2012, 06:26 PM   #30
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Weight and 'dress' are often the factors I go by. I might have a Jennings 22 one day, or the Beretta or Taurus PT22's, or my 3913, or Ruger SS357 and I've even carried my SRH in 44Mag. I feel comfortable will any of them at any time.
I may even get a G27 to match a G26 I'm fond of. Wife keeps taking off with that last one.

I've also carried a Colt Commamder, 1911, and even the wife's TCP. I've found all the be accurate and reliable. Now, if I could just get an Alaskan I like!

Mostly though, I think I prefer the 9mm G26 most of all.
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Old September 18, 2012, 09:25 PM   #31
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It would depend on what was out of the safe on any given day. I have no save queens. THey all get a chance to get some fresh air.
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For 22lr ,ruger mk11,beretta 21a.
38sp/537mag ,ruger ss,ruger sp101,sw m60.
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