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i did some research and tried to find like quality JHP ammunition in the 9 and 40 variety and as far as i can tell the 40 is only slightly more expensive, and being that i was leaning toward the 40 b/c it seems to have higher stopping power %.

I think the 9 was 91% SP, and the 40 was 96% stoppower. so.. i like the idea of being the most effecient, but i realize they are very close.

i wont be shooting that much, but i will practice 3-5X a month... so my question to you experinced XD owners is this.

will the benefit of having the 9 with cheaper ammo make that big of a difference to my wallet, or will the added peace of mind that i get with the 40 outweigh the cost..


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I would not pay much heed to stopping power projections. Shot placement is more important. A hit with a 32acp beats a miss with a 44 mag.
I prefer 9mm in the XD for a few reasons. It holds more rounds per mag than the same gun in .40. 9mm target ammo is half the price of 40. Premium defensive ammo costs about the same but rarely more than 40, usually a little less.
9mm ammo is EVERYWHERE. I've seen places run out of .40.

As far as "not shooting that much", you may change your mind after your first trip to the range with the XD and buy a yearly membership. :lol:
 

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Well when pricing ammo I have always looked at it like this 9 mm is about $11 for 100 rounds at walmart and 40 is $16 for 100 rounds. So its a five dollar diffrence for some no big deal, its makes enough diffrence for me that I am thinking of a conversion barrel for my 40 to 9mm $150. When it comes to Stopping power the most effective weapon is the one you can use well, and offten that is done by practice if money and budget are imporatnat you will find 9mm will get you a lot farther for the same dollars in practice rounds. Also remember 9mm can fit a few more rounds in thier HI cap mags so while it may not be one shot one kill you can put quit a few into a bad guy and miss about half the time. No matter what I am shooting if someones in my home I not stoping (shooting) till he stops moving. But like someone posted up a few days ago "don't bring anything to a gun fight that don't start with the number 4--ie 40 S&W 45-GAP-ACP, etc etc.
 

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so if i go ahead and buy the 40, i can save and spend another 150 for a barrel conversion and use it as a 9mm on the range to save some money?

i have never broken a gun down, but i am pretty tool saavy and handy. so do you guys think it would be idea to get 2 guns in one? and keep the 40 barrel on it while carrying, and use the 9mm on the range?...

i'm sure there is a breakdown/barrel replacement thread on here. so if i go that route i would check it out...

anyway what do you guys think?

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plus i have a g/f expecting a ring this year, so that extra 5-15 dollars every range trip will be making a difference...
 

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thehumanlynx said:
plus i have a g/f expecting a ring this year, so that extra 5-15 dollars every range trip will be making a difference...
Or, you could forget the ring and really save money in the long run :lol:
 

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yeah that will go over well. then i'll be on here crying about how i had to fish my new XD with a barrel conversion out of my local lake, b/c said G/F went into a rampage throwing my property out of my house.

then you will have to console me.

and no one wants that :wink:
 

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I agree with HighVelocity:


I would not pay much heed to stopping power projections. Shot placement is more important. A hit with a 32acp beats a miss with a 44 mag.
All though the sound of a 44 mag shot indoors would be enough to kill many perps hit or miss (of course you will probably loose your hearing too). A well placed shot is all you need. I always like the Marine saying "one shot one kill". But then again the NRA says keep shooting till the threat is gone.
 

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Take heed to the cost of ammo! $5 will add up.

I recently bought a 1911 and really did not pay any mind to how much the ammo would cost before I purchased it. The first trip to the range was fun but because of the $10 per box of 50 for .45 ammo vs the $10 for 9mm 100 count is the reason I shoot my xd more then the 45.

After wife graduates in in 2 years it wont matter but at this time .. it does. Something else you might wanna also look at is how common the ammo is. Do you have to go to a local gunshop to purchase or can you run down to any store with a sporting goods section that has ammo and buy it?

But anyway just the 2 cents of a married man whose wife in going to school fulltime. So remember every little bit helps. On the other hand get the caliber you want but remember the future hidden costs of ammo. I got what I wanted but thier are times when it sucks because I want to shoot the 45 more but the cost of that ammo deters me sometimes.
 

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thanks for the tip. i think i'll get the 40 and get the barel conversion for it so i can shoot the cheap 9mm too..

btw, that signature is NICE,

whats up homey? is that my briefcase?

then comes 2 double taps and a pair of headshots

what a great movie.

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I don't get the whole buying a barrel thing. its what 150 bucks or so for that? Plus another 50 for 2 mags. .40 is like 5 bucks more per box of 100, so you don't break even until 40 boxes of ammo. If you intend to shoot 9mm more than .40, just buy the 9mm. but thats just my crazy opinion. :?
 

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I don't get the whole buying a barrel thing. its what 150 bucks or so for that? Plus another 50 for 2 mags. .40 is like 5 bucks more per box of 100, so you don't break even until 40 boxes of ammo. If you intend to shoot 9mm more than .40, just buy the 9mm. but thats just my crazy opinion. :?

Usually, you can use the 40 mags for 9mm ammo with no mods. And I go through 40 boxes of ammo in less than a year.

And, it's still cheaper than buying 2 guns.
 

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My cost for reloading saves money on factory ammo costs.

I can do 1000 rounds of .40 for about 95$. 1000 rounds of factory will run in the neighborhood of 189$.

9mm can be done for 60$ for about a 1000, if you pick up 9mm brass.

Factory 9mm will run 125$ and up for 1K.
 

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1K rounds of 9mm reloads, using Winchester brass $85 from the gun show.

Admittedly, with the XDSC 9mm, I have some FTE and I get hit on the arms and head sometimes. Absolutely no problems with the same ammo in my Beretta 92f. I will attribute this prob. to the shorter slide and barrel in the XD, but I can live with it for the cost.
 

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Usually, you can use the 40 mags for 9mm ammo with no mods. And I go through 40 boxes of ammo in less than a year.
It about what I shoot in a month, two months max (in winter). But then, I reload, so who's counting? :)
 

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thehumanlynx said:
....will the benefit of having the 9 with cheaper ammo make that big of a difference to my wallet, or will the added peace of mind that i get with the 40 outweigh the cost.....
Gander Mountian

UMC yellowbox:

250 rds 9mm...........$33
250 rds .40SW.........$46
250 rds .45acp.........$63

I traded my Ruger 45acp and went with an XD-9 and save about half on ammo costs. I can shoot more often and more shooting equals improved skills and more fun :D Plus I am just plain more accurate with 9mm and that is what really counts IMO 8)
 

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well, i appreciate all the input.. so heres what ive decided..

I'm gonna move ahead with the service 40, and then get the barrel conversion also, that way i think i truly get the best of both worlds.

Now, if only I was able to get my xd by tomorrow for my backpacking trip.. :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: like i wanted.. oh well, have to wait till i get back, see you all after my NC hike..

lynx
 

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I'm gonna move ahead with the service 40, and then get the barrel conversion also, that way i think i truly get the best of both worlds.
One gun-two calibers........smart move. I wish that I had known about barrel swapping when I got my XD9 service, but that just means that I can now have an excuse to seek a XD SC in 40SW.

Good Shooting :D
 

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I reload 45 on a dillon 550 for 7cents/round... 4 for 200 gr lead swc, 1 for 5.5 gr win 231 (buy 8# for $106 otd at gun show,) 1.5/2 for primer. saves $13/100 , 300+/ hr = good return on time. I just buy 9mm- It would cost about $100 for stuff to change the 550 over(plus I hate changing it over), and only save 4-5 cents/rd. I reloaded every single 223 brass I had (3k) before setting up for the 4e. I doubt I'll set up for 9mm. I just don't shoot enough to justify it. A day at the range is 100-200 .22, same 45, maybe 50-100 through the sd9sc. and i liked the 40s numbers, but i didnt want to go to a brand new caliber...I have 2 9's, no 40s (yet!). It seems weird,but my 9 is my most expensive (handgun ) to shoot.......
 
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