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.40 ammo cost vs .45

Old_SparkyOld_Sparky New MemberPosts: 11 New Member
I am getting ready to purchase another pistol, but haven't decided if I want to get a .40 cal, or get a .45 cal. I have compared the cost of the two pistols I am looking at (S&W M&P), and the cost difference for the pistol itself is less than $30. However, I am more concerned about the difference in cost of the ammo. Knowing that ammo prices are considerably higher right now, I am more interested in comparing prices as they were before the big run on ammo , hoping that they will be getting back there soon.

Price comparison is for standard target ammo only. Thanks.

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  • Old_SparkyOld_Sparky New Member Posts: 11 New Member
    I am getting ready to purchase another pistol, but haven't decided if I want to get a .40 cal, or get a .45 cal. I have compared the cost of the two pistols I am looking at (S&W M&P), and the cost difference for the pistol itself is less than $30. However, I am more concerned about the difference in cost of the ammo. Knowing that ammo prices are considerably higher right now, I am more interested in comparing prices as they were before the big run on ammo , hoping that they will be getting back there soon.

    Price comparison is for standard target ammo only. Thanks.
  • BufordBuford Senior Member Posts: 6,721 Senior Member
    So what have you found so far?
    Just look at the flowers Lizzie, just look at the flowers.
  • Fat BillyFat Billy Senior Member Posts: 1,813 Senior Member
    45 acp will always be more common and can be bought cheap at gun shows, reloads. Good practice ammo.
    :up: Later,
    Fat Billy

    Recoil is how you know primer ignition is complete.
  • MileHighShooterMileHighShooter Senior Member Posts: 4,982 Senior Member
    couple of bucks more per box of like ammo. example Federal American Eagle 24.99 40 S&W 27.99 45 ACP at my store
  • MileHighShooterMileHighShooter Senior Member Posts: 4,982 Senior Member
    Only one post per question is really needed. Mods tend to delete, move or combine the same thread in 2 different forums.
  • KENFU1911KENFU1911 Senior Member Posts: 1,052 Senior Member
    knitepoet wrote: »
    FYI, management normally frowns on starting the same thread in multiple forums.
    http://forums.gunsandammo.com/showthread.php?13287-40-ammo-cost-vs-45

    Grouch.....:tooth:
  • KENFU1911KENFU1911 Senior Member Posts: 1,052 Senior Member
    Buford wrote: »
    So what have you found so far?
    A shinny Penny...and a stray cat.....think I'll call the cat Penny....she's shinny.....
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,146 Senior Member
    I think it depends on the pistol, some designs are too snappy with the .40S&W.
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 9,408 Senior Member
    Whatever the cost of ammo, the cost to your character for not owning a .45 is far higher.:jester:
    WWJMBD?

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • North ForestNorth Forest Member Posts: 358 Member
    For my second pistol I went with .45. Here where I live .45 ammo has been a lot easier to find than the other more common calibers (.380, 9mm, and .40) and I have been paying on average about $30 a box of 50. Six months ago the same box was about $22. On the few occasions that I've actually seen .40 available from the suppliers that I buy from, the cost per box of 50 for .40 has been only a couple bucks less.
  • Old_SparkyOld_Sparky New Member Posts: 11 New Member
    Sorry about the double post. Most forums tend to have different people looking in one or the other, not both. I haven't been able to make up my mind one which I prefer. I have an offer out on a friends Glock 23 (.40 cal) that he is wanting to sell, but haven't heard back from him yet. I also know that our local Leo's use S&W, M&P in .40 cal. I shot a Springfield XD in .45 yesterday, but still haven't made up my mind. Still in the research phase now unless the Glock deal comes through, then I may get a .45 next year when I have more funds available.
  • bobbyrlf3bobbyrlf3 Senior Member Posts: 2,591 Senior Member
    I thought a lot about that before I bought my first .45acp-chambered sidearm. Eventually, it came down to bigger bullets make (however slightly) bigger holes. I haven't regretted the choice.
    Knowledge is essential to living freely and fully; understanding gives knowledge purpose and strength; wisdom is combining the two and applying them appropriately in words and actions.
  • olesniperolesniper Senior Member Posts: 3,767 Senior Member
    WalMart hasn't jacked up their prices. I've bought both .40 and .45 in 100rd. Winchester white box FMJ's. $35.77 for the .40s and $40.70 for the .45s.
    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil: For I carry a .308 and not a .270
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