9mm, 40 S&W or 45 ACP For The Woods
I am looking for the best ballance between size and power that would be effective against a hog if needed but comfortable and fun to shoot so that I can learn to hit what I am aiming at. No range available and no friends with any of the calibers listed. I shoot a standard pressure loaded 45 Colt revolver with no trouble on recoil. It is just a little to heavy and bulky to do what I want to do. Thanks for the advice.
RE:9mm, 40S&W or 45 ACP For The Woods
The energy of the .40 S&W exceeds all standard-pressure and +P 9x19mm Parabellum loadings and many standard-pressure .45 ACP rounds, generating between 450 and 600 foot-pounds (550 J and 800 J) of energy, depending on bullet weight, with mid to high 500 foot-pounds typical. Both the .40 S&W and the 9 mm Parabellum operate at a 35,000 psi (240 MPa) SAAMI maximum, compared to a 21,000 psi (150 MPa) maximum for .45 ACP. Go with the 40.