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Thinking of switching from 40 to 9
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I've been thinking of switching from 40 to 9 for a few months now, due to the fact that these days, 40 offers no real advantage over 9. Plus, 9 is unquestionably the most popular and available round there is. The new HK vp9 has enflamed the idea of switching as well.

Problem is, I have a large stash of 40 ammo and I'm not sure the best way to convert it. Sell it outright and begin buying 9? Try to trade? Both?

Anyone else make a similar move have any recommendations?

Justin
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I'd start slowly. Try to accumulate some 9 before offloading what you have. Try out it for a bit and see if you change your mind. I agree there is little to no advantage, I just can't really find anything wrong with 40 which is why I have stuck with it. I'm not ashamed to admit that originally I bought into the 40 being superior hype, at this point though I just see 9 as another caliber to stock and reload which is why I have avoided buying anything chambered in 9.

I doubt you'll have much trouble offloading your stash of 40.
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Since most of my HST was sourced from the same place, I emailed them to see if they'd trade back for 9. Smile Worth a shot.

Yeah I agree, it won't be an over night conversion.

Justin
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I recently made this switch as well. My first ever handgun was a .40 P226 which I have to this very day. But as my collection grew I was left with like three .40 firearms, two .45's, and the rest all 9MM's. I decided to consolidate my handgun calibers to two, and picked .40 as the bye bye caliber. I know I had less firearms in .45, but I was actually more proficient with those than the .40's, and I was best with 9MM.

What I ended up doing was as I sold my .40 handguns, I would offer 250 rounds with each handgun, along with the magazines and holsters, and offer a bundle price. I set it fairly high but reasonable, and people would always negotiate me down to what both parties thought were fair (set a fair price and they will low-ball you from the start, and nobody reads the "price is firm" disclaimer anyways).

Well, I did that with everything but the P226. It's a good old friend of mine, and I couldn't stand to possibly get rid of it. Thankfully calibers are extremely easy to swap on P226's.

Consolidating was good for me. Makes buying and hunting for ammo easier, and keeps you proficient with what you know you'll be using. I know I'm very happy having done it. That said, do it less for the popularity of 9MM (.40 is more available during shortages overall anyways), and do it 100% for what you are most comfortable with. If you are good with .40, stay .40. If you are happier with 9MM, get 9MM. My case was a bit weird. I used to be great with .40, but as I became better with 9MM and .45 I got worse with .40. As I re-improved with .40 I got worse with 9MM and .45. Weird, I know. I couldn't balance the two groups so I got rid of .40.
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Justin,

Do you know which 9mm pistol you want to buy and carry? Also check out Underwood Ammo. I think I'm going to pick up their 124 grain +p+ for self defense. 465 ft/lbs is very close to what the .40 produces.
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Philadelphia Patriot;145445 Wrote:Justin,

Do you know which 9mm pistol you want to buy and carry? Also check out Underwood Ammo. I think I'm going to pick up their 124 grain +p+ for self defense. 465 ft/lbs is very close to what the .40 produces.

"Buy and carry." That's a mentality I'll have to get used to in PA....lol. I'm so used to "buy and use at range only" since CA allows no form of carry whatsoever, open or concealed. Unless you're police. Or rich enough to own solid bars of gold and say you need it for protection during transport. Or if you have been attacked once and are under immediate and imminent threat of being attacked again by the same person or group, which is stupid because getting a CCW in CA takes longer than their definition of immediate and imminent, which is about a week.
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The H&K VP9, of course.

I'm still in the hmmm and hawww phase. I love my p30 in 40 and there is no real reason to switch.

Justin
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JustinHEMI;145457 Wrote:The H&K VP9, of course.

I'm still in the hmmm and hawww phase. I love my p30 in 40 and there is no real reason to switch.

Justin

If you love it there's really no reason to switch whatsoever. Just because 9MM is more popular doesn't mean .40 is a bad caliber, especially if you're good with it. Plus, .40 was more common during the ammo droughts because less people were looking for it.
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(06-07-2014, 12:30 PM)LateBraking Wrote:
Philadelphia Patriot;145445 Wrote:Justin,

Do you know which 9mm pistol you want to buy and carry? Also check out Underwood Ammo. I think I'm going to pick up their 124 grain +p+ for self defense. 465 ft/lbs is very close to what the .40 produces.

"Buy and carry." That's a mentality I'll have to get used to in PA....lol. I'm so used to "buy and use at range only" since CA allows no form of carry whatsoever, open or concealed. Unless you're police. Or rich enough to own solid bars of gold and say you need it for protection during transport. Or if you have been attacked once and are under immediate and imminent threat of being attacked again by the same person or group, which is stupid because getting a CCW in CA takes longer than their definition of immediate and imminent, which is about a week.

I moved here from Sacramento in 06. Took me ages to figure out how different things were. Now I refuse to go back even to visit.

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I like 9mm because its what a lot of police and military carry (at least it was at one time) and seems to be the most abundant whenever I'm looking for ammo.

Are you keeping a single gun that shoots .40? If so, no reason to sell any of that ammo at all. At worst, you can figure your range trips are covered for quite some time.

Or, just do a trade. If you're still active on PAFOA (I assume so, I don't go there unless a link is pointed to it like your gun purchase) then I doubt you'll have trouble finding someone willing to trade for trade ammo and/or even guns.

Right at the time this site came up I did a 5.45x39 Tantal for 5.56/.223 AK trade, and ammo was a big part of that. I had no need to keep any of my 5.45x39 ammo, and wanted 5.56 nato (or .223) so it was just a matter of valuing the rounds of each and trading quantity accordingly and fairly. The biggest pain was counting out the rounds I had because it was Russian surplus, and many of the boxes broke open and I had to count.

You could always put feelers out and reject the trade if you like, but to be honest I think you'll have no issue trading .40 for 9mm over there. Or here maybe, I don't know what people are looking for.
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