It is pretty remarkable that the most popular auto loading pistol calibers, save for the .40 S&W, are all over a century old! The .45 ACP was prior to the turn of the 20th century, the 9mm just after that, and the .38 Special is their contemporary. In a time when incredible rifle calibers come from seemingly nowhere and take the shooting world by storm (6.8 SPC, the 6.5s, .300 AAC, and on and on), why is it the stalwarts thrive and the newcomers who promise so much (10mm, .357 Sig) seem to make barely a splash?
There are limited imposed by physics which stipulate just how much a bullet can achieve when it is pushed out of a 4” barrel and has to fit in a medium-frame handgun. This is especially true when you would like to keep your hand attached to shoot another day! Also, there is no ballistic comparison between even the most common, milquetoast rifle caliber and even the hottest handguns. The .243 Winchester, a very popular deer hunting caliber thanks to its low recoil, good accuracy, and good overall manners, produces nearly four times the muzzle energy of the .357 Magnum, one of the hottest common calibers around.
accepting that shot placement is more of a table-turner in handgun shooting than power (within reason), the 9mm makes a lot of sense. You get more chances at good shot placement with the higher capacity, and you can afford to practice a lot more with the money you saved by staying modest with your caliber. Aguila is a good, honest manufacturer of quality ammo for a good price. You can pick up a box of their 117 grain JHPs for a good price because sometimes you just don’t need 1,000 rounds of ammo. I cannot think of any reason why you wouldn’t need that much ammo, but my wife seems to think otherwise.
If you just don’t really need a case of hollow points, you can still get in on the good deals and grab a box or two of Aguila JHPs, but act fast before they are long gone.
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