9mm vs 40 availability?

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  1. 711

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    I got my XD in 9mm a few years back. I had considered both calibers, but settled on 9 because it was cheaper and more plentiful than 40. Now I'm looking at a subcompact. I've built quite a stash of 9 but I have always wanted the power of a 40, especially in a carry piece.

    My questions are how does 40 compare in price and availability to 9mm today? I haven't been tracking 40 ammo the last couple of years, but I have seen that 9mm is through the roof at some places and can be very hard to find in stock. Is 40 easier to get and has the panic pushed 9mm prices beyond 40 cal?

    And do you think its worth it to build a new ammo cache in 40 when I have all this 9 for my other gun?
     
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    I have a 9mm and a .40. Both are hard to find now. 9mm is still cheaper when you can find it. I've been lucky and the boxes I have found are about what they should be, but this was a few months ago. As far as is it worth it? I felt it was because, well, I wanted a .40! I like the 9 because I can shoot at a fairly inexpensive price and the .40 really isn't all that bad either when you can find ammo for either one! Only problem I have now is I'm afraid to shoot what I have.
     
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    Ammo availability is always going to fluctuate by location. Buy the gun you like in the caliber you like & start laying in ammo. The issue for many hobby shooters, you rely on Wally for your ammo & buy only what you need instead of buying in bulk & maintaning a good supply.
     
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    ^^^^^ What he said.

    Part of the reason we have shortages right now is US! Someone goes into a store and sees 10 boxes of ammo. Now, he shoots maybe a box every two weeks, but he buys all 10 boxes. The next poor schmuck who walks in grouses about the ammo shortage because others in this sport are HOARDING with no regard for others who might also need stuff!!!

    Come on, people. Do you really NEED 1,000 rounds of X right now? Do you really NEED 3,000 primers?

    Run, Henny Penny! The sky is falling.
     
  5. N.E. Tx.XD

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    Would of, could of, should of, originally got it in the .40. Then a conversion barrel and a magazine get's ya into the 9mm.

    Hind sight is always 20/20 hu? Having one of each caliber is always a good thing.
     
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    I think there is more .40 then 9mm right now
     
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    Yes I do, especially if there is no light at the end of the tunnel. I was in a Wally over the weekend, no ammo, but for 4 100 boxes of 20ga. If it had been 12gam I would have bought all 4 because I can. Primers, I never buy less than 5K, except for LR benchrest. Buying in bulk saves you $$ most places in life.
     
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    I'd say 40 is a bit easier to find but both can be found if you keep on the lookout. As far as your situation my 2 cents is stick with 9 in both guns. I don't think that the 40 (and I own a 40 and have owned several) is that much better a round than the 9 and not worth the extra cash.

    If you want to add a second caliber get 45.
     
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    I can usually get a couple of boxes of 9mm at my local range at a good price when I go. Online prices are still too high, but at least there seems to be some availability now.
     
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    I bought a G27 gen 3 today!

    My solution to 9 vs 40 is both. I'm going to get a 9mm drop in barrel so I can shoot both rounds.
     
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    seams like 9mm is the first to disappear from the shelves. 40 may cost a bit more, but its not like you'll be putting thousands upon thousands of rounds through a CC piece.

    FWIW, I had completely written of 9mm for 40sw, but then along comes a great deal...
     
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    I'd have to agree. I'm on a regular Walmart troll from home to work, either picking up 9 for myself or .40 for a friend of mine.
    See .40 a lot more often than 9.

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    I would say the 9mm is the more popular round. The 40 is a good round to have as it is a "home land security?" round so it should be in production for years to come. If you can afford both 9 and 40 as well as extra mags" a pistol with out mags is good to throw" and spare parts get both. Also get the exact type of 9mm and 40S@W For example an XC9mm SC and a 40S@W SC they are pretty much the exact same size and most parts are interchangeable and the mags can be made if need be to work with either round. Switching between the two will have 0 adjustment time. It takes me a bit to get squared away if I change between different makes, for example a Glock to a Springfield due to the differences between the two. When the ammo is abundant stock up. Then when the ammo is scarce you will have some.
     
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    Well if you go to the range every week and shoot 50 rounds that is 20 weeks that I don't have to go to the store. I don't like to live out of the store I like to be stocked up . Just think if there was no food at the store for 3 weeks!!! P.S. the sky really is falling if you have been paying attention.
     
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    Everywhere I go the past two weeks .40 seems to be in stock. Gander Mtn had a bunch of it today but no 9 mm other than about 10 20 rnd boxes of overpriced Hydra Shock. Last Thursday Fleet Farm had more than 100 boxes of a mix of WWB and Remington 50 rnd and 100 rnd boxes of .40 but no 9 mm. A week ago Cabelas had all kinds of 40 and no 9mm. I have yet to see 9mm fmj on the shelf at a store in the last two months.....

    Lucky for me I've been able to get reasonable prices online so I can keep plenty of stock for going to the range.
     

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