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I have noticed that there are 10mm 1911s that keep popping up. I own 1x 1911 in God’s caliber but what’s all the hoopla with the 10mm. Obviously less recoil, but with how many I have been seeing lately, it makes me think I should find a “lesser expensive” 10mm 1911 to try.

edit: just read recoil is about the same or more which makes me even more curious about 10mm
 

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They're fun to shoot, you typically get an extra round in single stack and... 10mm is cool.

It's a more versatile cartridge for reloading (typically) over 45cal, but id say recoil is pretty close with factory loadings.

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10MM is going to be more recoil than most 45 rounds. I say most because many manufacturers load 10MM to roughly the same FPS as 40S&W. However, if you get some buffalo bore or Underwood 10MM you best hold on tight because they can kick like a mule. Underwood 135GR 10MM coming out of a 5 inch barrel at 1600 FPS. "standard" 10MM is 180GR bullet at 1100FPS if memory serves.

I have 2 revolvers, 3 1911s, 1 2011, and a Tanfoglio 6 inch gold match target pistol all in 10mm.
 

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Recoil on a 10mm will be more then a 45 it is a much higher pressure round with more power. Imo the 10mm is best suited for hunting or wood protection bears hogs ect. The 10mm for self defense has a tendency to over penetrate. That said I’m a fan of a 10mm and use it for hunting whenever I can.
 

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Actually it can be a headache at times. I know of more then one smith that won’t work on 10mm do to them being tough to tune at times. That said I haven’t had any issues just letting you know they can arise. Different loading can require different springs if you want correct ejection feeding ect. There is a huge swing in loading from one manufacture to other with 10mm. I would say more of a deviation then any other auto pistol caliber that I know of.
 

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I’ve shot 44 Magnum revolvers a great deal since 1980. I have been shooting the 10mm I built. Both will clean out your sinuses. I concur with WWB’s post.
 

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It's a bit much for a CCW cartridge and a bit to light for the woods. In my opinion (especially here in Alaska) a heavy bullet 44 mag is the minimum for a woods gun. Many compare the 10mm to light 44 mags but I think they are fooling themselves when you hold up any 10mm compared to a 320 gr. Hardcast 44 mag.
 

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It's a bit much for a CCW cartridge and a bit to light for the woods. In my opinion (especially here in Alaska) a heavy bullet 44 mag is the minimum for a woods gun. Many compare the 10mm to light 44 mags but I think they are fooling themselves when you hold up any 10mm compared to a 320 gr. Hardcast 44 mag.
I have always heard folks compare 10MM to 41 magnum, not 44 magnum.
 

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Ballistically, I see it is a bottom end 41 Magnum. Deer class cartridge. Maybe eastern black bear. Walks the 357/41 Magnum border.

The 10 mm was perceived as an antipersonnel round. The 41 Magnum was conceived in the same light. Both did the job not as intended. In the light it was conceived, the 40 S&W is a better 10mm. Let the flames begin.
 

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Ballistically, I see it is a bottom end 41 Magnum. Deer class cartridge. Maybe eastern black bear. Walks the 357/41 Magnum border.

The 10 mm was perceived as an antipersonnel round. The 41 Magnum was conceived in the same light. Both did the job not as intended. In the light it was conceived, the 40 S&W is a better 10mm. Let the flames begin.
Oh, you done messed up now...

I agree with you but, we must realize the 10 mm has a cult like following, and with good reason.

I have personally removed all my 10mm's from the stable. If I need or want speed I'll go with good old .357 mag.

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Million dollar question, assuming a person already has a 1911 in 45 and plans on adding more 1911 throughout his lifetime, should one of them be a 10mm. I am thinking definitely. I don’t know anyone with one locally so I can’t try theirs.
 

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Oh, you done messed up now...

I agree with you but, we must realize the 10 mm has a cult like following, and with good reason.

I have personally removed all my 10mm's from the stable. If I need or want speed I'll go with good old .357 mag.

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I would eventually like to get a Coonan 357 1911, especially since they were made here in MN.
 

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10mm is versatile if you handload. Fairly expensive if you don't.

My old normal was 170-180 lead SWC at about 1,000fps. Nice to shoot and met the basics of what Cooper and Taylor thought would be good for defensive work.

You can load it hot for serious work or lower for training and fun, way more latitude than 45acp.

1911s are easy to adjust with recoil springs, full power loads in a 5" will use 24-26# and be pretty snappy.

Currently have 4 semi-autos and a revolver in 10. I like 10mm!

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The 10mm, IMHO May be the perfect round for the 1911/2011 platform.
It can do anything the 45acp can do and many things it can’t.
I can shoot 135, 155, 180, 200, and 230 grain bullets From mild to wild, accurately.
If you’re a reload, it is one of the most versatile rounds ever conceived for an auto pistol.

A recent thread on the subject.
https://www.1911addicts.com/threads/the-10mm-thread-of-2020.90241/#post-1456197
 
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