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Best accuracy/stopping power/speed cartridge

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Boberama, Jan 24, 2010.

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What's the best cartridge for accuracy, speed and stopping power?

Poll closed Feb 23, 2010.
  1. .45 Auto

    17.0%
  2. .357 Magnum

    36.0%
  3. .38 Special (+P or Standard)

    3.0%
  4. .327 Federal Magnum

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. .40 S&W

    5.0%
  6. .44 Magnum

    9.0%
  7. .41 Magnum

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. 10mm Auto

    11.0%
  9. .380 Auto

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. 9mm Luger (standard or +P)

    7.0%
  11. 9mm Luger +P+

    1.0%
  12. .357 SIG

    7.0%
  13. .22 Long Rifle

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  14. .22 Magnum

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  15. .32 Auto

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  16. .32 H&R Magnum

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  17. .45 Long Colt

    1.0%
  18. .410 Gauge 2.5 or 3 inch (Taurus Judge)

    1.0%
  19. .25 Auto

    1.0%
  20. 8mm Gaulois

    1.0%
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  1. Boberama

    Boberama member

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    My vote goes to the .45 Auto as the best combination of all three virtues. Nice big fat bullet, great expansion and it doesn't really matter if it doesn't expand ( after all, the .45 won it's reputation as a stopper in FMJ loads ) and it's quite accurate, and can be fired quickly.
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  2. Boberama

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    Sorry, I forgot .44 Special. Oh well.
     
  3. oldfool

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    strikes me as more platform preference poll than cartridge preference poll

    me "mostly" a revolver guy, so chose 357
    if I was a "mostly" autoloader guy, I would choose 45 acp
    I predict those will be the top two picks, w/ 45acp well ahead because of platform preference splits on this sub-forum

    really good arguments could be made for the 45 long Colt revolver round though, and/or 44 special, but likelier to finish lower in poll just because fewer folks shoot 'em, that's all

    the 44 mag is potent, but a tad too much so re: over penetration vs. energy transfer, but it will catch some votes
    same could be said for others left out (S&W500, 454 Casull, etc.)
    then the handloaders will jump in, of course
    (hint = you can handload any large caliber optimally for match of specific gun to specific purpose, there's a no-brainer)
    and of course, the ever present "my dawg is bigger than your dawg" argument.. "say what no 8 gauge or 50 BMG on poll list !"

    all such polls are "mostly" woobie driven anyway, you know
     
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  4. N.Schafer

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    say what?! no 8 gauge or 50 BMG on poll list ?!:neener:


    Seriously though, it depends on your skill level. I know a few folk who can shoot the 44 mag very fast and accurately. Others can only handle target 38spl.

    I always recommend to customers to choose the largest cartridge they can shoot accurately for self-defense. If that means a 32acp, so be it. Of course other factors come into play as well. Size, weight, price, intended use and so on.

    As for the poll, I see that the 44 mag has the most of everything if you can handle it.
     
  5. LeonCarr

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    For the best combination of all three, the .357 Magnum gets my vote. High velocity, very accurate even at extended ranges, and proven stopping power for self defense.

    Just my .02,
    LeonCarr
     
  6. wow6599

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    10mm.......although I don't believe in "stopping power" when it comes to a pistol.
     
  7. jmortimer

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    At their best high end ammunition form the .357 or .40 or .45 acp will all have over 90% "one shot stops" in actual shootings. Really not much to argue about. As Oldfool said if your a revolver person your will go with a revolver round if you like pistols you will pick a pistol round.
     
  8. wlewisiii

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    .38 Special - 158gr LSWCHP +P "FBI" load.

    William
     
  9. RebelRabbi

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    357 Sig is the most accurate and consistent cartridge I have ever seen. NC SHP LOVES this caliber is 125 Gold Dot.
     
  10. REAPER4206969

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    What is "Stopping power"?
     
  11. wow6599

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    How long before this turns in to a 9 vs 40 vs 45? :barf:
     
  12. Claude Clay

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    i voted 45acp cause i can carry it and shoot bullseye with it:D

    i wanted to vote 45 (just) Colt but CT is not an open carry state:(
     
  13. buck460XVR

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    Of what, at what range and under what circumstances? Two legged, or 4? CWC, open carry or hunting? I ain't trying to be critical, but IMHO, your poll is too vague to be meaningful........i.e. while a .44mag may be at the top of the list when it comes to answering your poll, it is not the most practical for most that carry everyday.......and if it comes to hunting deer sized game, many of the calibers listed would be impractical. I assume you're talking man sized game under SD/HD situations, but it does not say that anywhere.


    you mean this has been discussed before?:rolleyes:
     
  14. Stophel

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    I think something in the .44special, .45acp, .45 Colt range would be just about right.
     
  15. jmortimer

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    The idea of "stoping power" was pushed by Evans and Marshall who collected results from actual shootings and compiled a list of percentages for "One Shot Stops" I believe they published a book with that title. The FBI has their own definition - penetration in ballistic gelatin etc. to 12" to 14" - stopping power is generally discussed in relation to handguns as it is overkill when considering rifles.
     
  16. Quiet

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    .45GAP :neener:
     
  17. ratgunner

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    You didnt say what we were stopping with it or if recoil matters...so I voted .44 Magnum.
     
  18. REAPER4206969

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    Worthless data.
     
  19. jmortimer

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    Why - My opinion is that they are prejudiced to small fast bullets and I like big slow bullets. I would not say it is "worthless" as they do consider actual shootings.
     
  20. Taurus_9mm

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    I presume you meant human beings so I went with the .357 Magnum.
    :)
     
  21. -v-

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    Nothing less then a .500 S&W +P+ will suffice. Barring that a BFR revolver in a BFRifle cartridge known to man.
     
  22. REAPER4206969

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    Continuation.

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  24. bluetopper

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    The 44 Magnum will win hands down in all categories if you put them in serious head to head competition.........no ifs, ands, or buts about it.
     
  25. Alex23

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    Where is the vote for dumbest poll on a gun forum in history?
     
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