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    Posted: April/14/2019 at 20:00
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Great video. that 2200 fps number really points out that handguns are just handguns.  

I got accuracy, reliablity, and bullet performance are what matters. 
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The available data on actual engagements with the various pistol calibers bears this out. Pistol caliber (provided we’re talking about the common self defense cartridges) doesn’t matter. There is no statistical difference in real world effectiveness between them. It’s bullet design and the ability to place those bullets in the right spot that matters. 
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Interesting to say the least! Real info without all the marketing hype!!!!  Thunbs Up
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I agree, assuming the bullet meets certain minimum performance characteristics.

There is a reason most people don't carry 22LR or 380ACP, so there are definitely boundary conditions.
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You can really see this evidenced during hunting.  I have shot a yote with both a 9mm and a .45 auto.  Both just punched little holes, same with Badgers.  I have shot yotes with 223, 243, 6.5 creed, 308, 300 savage and they leave huge wound channels and massive softball and bigger sized exit wounds.  
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I can only add "But being that this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well do ya, "
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I am not a physicist, and I don't design bullets. I have noted many times that, for handguns, there are 2 schools: large bullet moving slower, and small bullet moving faster. As this is a discussion of handgun performance, with a clear understanding that neither will get to the number where the real damage happens; I have always sided with the "big bullet moving slower" crowd, for one simple reason. Kinetic energy (1/2m(v*v)) is comprised of mass and velocity, and since you square the velocity, small changes in V quickly make big changes in KE. Bigger bullets slow down faster (if designed for that) thus leading to a lesser risk of overpenetration - meaning some of that KE exiting the target and moving on to a world of other unintended targets.
I was a 45 guy for many years, and still lean that way when I really want and need to start and finish something quickly.
But, as said at the end, it is more about confidence than about absolute supremacy in performance of a caliber.

But none of that applies to my 454 Casull, with a 2.5 inch barrel, that thing could scare you to death even if the bullet missed entirely. All rules stop applying at the 454.

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Ummmm, Jeff your starting to sound like Dan..... Smile
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Scary, right?
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Originally posted by Rancid Coolaid Rancid Coolaid wrote:



But none of that applies to my 454 Casull, with a 2.5 inch barrel, that thing could scare you to death even if the bullet missed entirely. All rules stop applying at the 454.



Or my S&W PC 500. The muzzle flash is bigger than a basketball. And it even gets the attention of two deaf guys shooting 5 and 6 lanes away at the outdoor range.Big Grin

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The first time I shot at an indoor range, I was shooting with a friend. I told him not to watch me, but watch everyone else. This was a 8 or 10-lane indoor range, all steel and concrete.

I lit off one round and everyone in the room either looked around the wall or stepped back off the line to see what just happened.

I bought it for backpacking in bear country. After shooting it a few times, I now wonder if getting bitten by a bear might be preferable to the PTSD that damned thing induces. Chicks dig scars, right?

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Not if the scare has your wife's initials...  Shocked
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Opinion,untempered by fact,is ignorance.

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this is really interesting in the sense of the Bear comment...  I really thought I needed to carry a 44 Mag....  maybe shooting my .357 more accurately would be better.
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If you are open to a new handgun, I would look at a S&W 500. I find I shoot it more accurately than either my 44 or my 357. It is also easier on me as well.
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Nothing wrong with a .357 mag... Bandito
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Come on Mikey!!!  your Amercian dude, the correct answer is 'bigger is better'!!! Roll Eyes
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Dang, this argument has been going on as long as I can remember, and no one has been right.
Shot placement, shot placement, shot placement. Everything else is a gamble.
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Shot placement...yeah, but it helps if your "shot" overlaps multiple critical organs simultaneously..... Hippie
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Did ya see where Scientist revived a 4 hour dead pig brain?

Another Democrap in the making???  Loco
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45-70 Encore pistol seems to do the job adequately, although I have considered having a barrel for it in .375H&H.
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I put carry guns into two categories:

1.  POCKET GUNS.  Must be flat, light, a natural pointer, and with you all the time.  A good trigger and good sights will make it just right.

2.  BELT GUNS.  These are too big or heavy to carry in your pocket.  My personal test is that it should be able to take down a deer, black bear, boar, or a man the size of an NFL football player..  These generally range in weight from 125 to 320 pounds.  The deer, bear and boar don't offer "psychological stops".  You have to break them down or score an immediately effective hit.  The same is true of a strapping big guy high on drugs.

My oldest son is a boarded ER doctor.  He is not particularly impressed by the damage done by .380 or 9mm rounds.  Dr. Will Dabbs, who writes for gun magazines, has expressed similar opinions based on his ER experiences.

However, if bad stuff happens we each will have to do the very best we can with what we've got.
 
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