Originally Posted by trndobrd
Both are very capable rounds, it really comes down to a question of personal preference. I suggest you develop a ball park idea of what kind of pistol you want (Glock, 1911, etc.) Then find a good range that has rentals, buy a box of .40 and .45 and run some rounds through both the .40 and .45 versions of whatever model, or as close as they have available, you are looking at.
I've always felt the recoil on a .40 is a little harsher than a .45, but I've not shot a lot of .45s.
I agree. The first time I shot a .45 it was in a 1911 platform and I shot it so much better than polymer frame 9mm. The 9mm and even .40 see,Ed to be like a loud violent firecracker and the .45 seemed to be a loud bang with controllable recoil.
I'm eyeing a 1911 style platform for my next pistol.