10mm Alive and Well or One Foot in the Grave?

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Jessie James 58:
For those that think the 10MM is dead or dying.
This is from Wickiapedia.
The S.A.A.M.I. pressure limit for the 10mm Auto is set at 258.55 MPa (37,500 psi).[12]

[edit] Performance
Colt Delta Elite At full potential, the 10mm Auto produces energy a bit higher than an average .357 Magnum load and below standard .41 Magnum rounds. The cartridge is considered to be high-velocity, giving it a less-curved flight path ("flat-shooting") relative to other handgun cartridges. In its lighter loadings, the 10mm Auto is an exact duplicate of the .40 S&W cartridge. More powerful loadings can equal or exceed the performance of the .357 Magnum, and retain more kinetic energy at 100 yards than the .45 ACP has at the muzzle.[13]

Some commercial loadings are as follows:

.357 Magnum: 676 ft·lbf (917 J) for 180 gr (12 g) @ 1,300 ft/s (400 m/s)[14]
10mm Auto: 750 ft·lbf (1,020 J) for 200 gr (13 g) @ 1,300 ft/s (400 m/s)[15]
.41 Magnum: 938 ft·lbf (1,272 J) for 250 gr (16 g) @ 1,300 ft/s (400 m/s)[16]
The loads listed above are from a boutique manufacturer of high performance ammunition and are about maximum for S.A.A.M.I. established pressure levels in each cartridge. Free recoil energy of the full-power loads listed are 10.1, 12.1, and 22.9 ft·lbf (13.7 J, 16.4 J, and 31.0 J) respectively for these cartridges, computed assuming a 40 ounce (2.5 lb, 1.15 kg) handgun.

Most major ammunition manufacturers offer 10mm load closer in performance to the "F.B.I. Load" than the full power 10mm; these still contain sufficient power for defense applications, but their recoil is more comparable to the .45 ACP in similar guns. A few smaller companies offer full-power ammunition for this chambering. With the appropriate load, the 10mm is a capable medium game hunting cartridge at moderate handgun ranges.

[edit] Usage
Tanfoglio T95 Combat/EAA Witness Steel with Wonder Finish, The 10mm Auto is suitable for hunting medium-sized game at moderate ranges, is certainly more than adequate for defensive or tactical use, and is one of the few true semi-automatic, rimless cartridges that is legal for hunting white-tailed deer in many U.S. states.[17][18] Author Chuck Hawks stated:

"The most commonly available, reasonably portable, autoloader that might serve our purpose is the Glock Model G20, chambered for the 10mm Auto (.40 caliber) cartridge. The G-20 is as reliable as a powerful auto gets and relatively compact. This pistol comes with a 4.6" barrel, is 7.59" in overall length and weighs only 26.28 ounces. In recent years Glock has promoted the G20 as a hunting pistol. The EAA Witness DA autoloader is also offered in 10mm Auto and the Colt Delta Elite version of the 1911 Government Model used to be. There are probably others of which I am unaware."[19]
Today, the 10mm Auto cartridge is generally used to fend off medium-sized dangerous animals, as a high-powered defense caliber, and for hunting, especially by those who prefer the flatter carry profile and higher cartridge capacity of an automatic pistol versus a magnum revolver.[17] It makes Major ranking in I.P.S.C., even in lighter loadings.[20]

Despite the F.B.I. switching to the .40 S&W, there are still a number of law enforcement agencies that continue to issue the 10mm including the Albuquerque J.P.D. and the Anniston P.D.

The Government of Denmark has issued the Glock 20 pistol chambered for the 10mm Auto cartridge to members of the Sirius Patrols in Greenland.[21] The pistols were issued as a defense against polar bears which the patrols encounter.

You will notice that the Government of Denmark use the full power 10MM handguns to protect themselves from Polar Bears! And yes I am sure they also use some kind of rifle (I would think, chambered in 458 mag).

I have always been one to believe that one sign of a drop in interest in any Caliber is the drop in Firearm Manufactures offering a Gun in that given Caliber
OR Ammo manufactures discontinuing their offerings in said Caliber

In that same vein, you can get a since of the interest growth in a given Caliber
Well, I would say that the 10mm Caliber is gaining ground
Just opened the newest Cabela’s Shooting Catalog
Inside I found the addition of the 10mm 180gr FMJ from American Eagle, HSM and UMC/Remington
In addition, Buffalo Bore and Hornady are offering different PD Loads
10mm....Bring it on

Jessie James 58:
To the 10MM, GO, GO, GO!


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