So I've done some peeking around here and other forums as well as wikipedia, but can't find the answers to these questions, at least not in a concise and easy to follow way...
First, just how pricey is the stuff that you can find in stores? I understand that it's probably always going to be much, much easier to reload this round, but would I have to expect to pay more than $.50 a round? Also, is the stuff in stores a watered down version of what it originally was, is it still healthy and untouched from the old days?
Second, just how does this round compare to a +P .45? Is there a comprehensive chart or program somewhere that has all that fun load data and includes information such as velocity and energy (in both metric and standard units preferably)? From what I can tell, you can get a 180gr 10mm going at about 1200 fps for something like 800J, while I think a 200gr +P .45 would just manage to crack the 1000fps mark, but I have no idea how it stands in terms of energy (foot-pounds for those who think metric is sacrilegious )
Third, in terms of terminal ballistics, I don't really have a good idea of how 10mm performs in gel tests...help? I would think that it would be at risk for over-penetrating, but I really don't have any idea, and that might depend on the bullet used (heavier vs. lighter and all that).
Fourth, who makes a good 10mm pistol? I know there's the Glock 20 and 20C, but I'm not much of a fan of ported barrels, but then again, I've never shot 10mm before, so I might be on that piece. But besides Glock, who makes a quality pistol for this round? And yeah, I'd be looking for an autoloader; if I wanted a revolver I'd just get a .44 mag and save myself the ammo hassle
Fifth, anything else I should know while I debate spending my money on something like this? Any and all information will be much appreciated...thanks for your time!