What caliber ? I have been seriously giving .40 a thought because I have all the reloading equipment and mags for such, but should I pony up the money and go with a 9 major? Problem is, I wouldn't be able to buy loading equipment or mags for a different caliber any time soon, but then again I wouldn't be shooting open competition for a little while
I've never shot a .40 major with a comp, but have been lead
to believe that it will be slower to shoot (more muzzle lift
because the comp will not work as well as a 9mm major)???
And, it holds fewer rounds in the mag.
These are serious considerations if you're going to compete
next year. Very frustrating to be "outgunned" because of
such a simple problem.
The answer is, YES the 9mm major (or .38 super) is better -
you will shoot it faster and better than the .40 major, IMHO.
But, if you can't afford to buy mags for the gun or reloading
dies, I'd stay with the .40 until you can afford to go to the
.355 caliber. Not sure you have a choice if you can't afford
the mags/reloads - you can't practice with the 9mm major w/o
mags or ammo.
Wait until you can afford to reload .355 and buy mags for it.
It's only a year - keep shooting whatever you're shooting now,
is what I'd do.