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Best Defense Caliber

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by model4006, Jul 10, 2008.

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Best Defense Cartridge? (See post)

  1. .380

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  2. 9mm parabellum

    15 vote(s)
    13.2%
  3. .357 SIG

    1 vote(s)
    0.9%
  4. .357 Magnum

    20 vote(s)
    17.5%
  5. .40 S&W

    16 vote(s)
    14.0%
  6. 10mm Auto

    7 vote(s)
    6.1%
  7. .44 Magnum

    4 vote(s)
    3.5%
  8. .45 ACP

    38 vote(s)
    33.3%
  9. .50 AE

    6 vote(s)
    5.3%
  10. Other (Please Describe)

    7 vote(s)
    6.1%
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  1. model4006

    model4006 Member

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    Forget it, just pick your favorite.
     
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  2. HK G3

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    Technically, if concealability, recoil, noise, etc are of no concern, then the .50 BMG is the best pistol round...

    50bmg.jpg
     
  3. drgrenthum

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    ^^^^ i agree with that but if you miss how long does it take to reload???
     
  4. lazyeye

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    If your caliber doesn't start with .5, it isn't worth a damn.
     
  5. Jorg Nysgerrig

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    In that case, you should have listed rifle calibers.
     
  6. SsevenN

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    Based on your parameters I don't think there is much to disscuss.
    If it's just about stopping power I think you already know how people will vote.

    I don't think we will be seeing many .380 votes:rolleyes:
     
  7. e3mrk

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    I like the 7.62x25 Hollow Point.
    Stops almost anyone.
     
  8. CountGlockula

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    The .40 Short and not-so Weak.
     
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    ??? Well then an atom bomb is probably my choice... Who here knows anyone that carries .50AE?
     
  10. woof

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    The point is that caliber is not the most important attribute of a personal defense weapon. What are the important attributes depend on the individual. Basically it's whatever you can reliably hit what you shoot at.
     
  11. lions

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    I think recoil is of concern, if I'm gonna shoot a linebacker high on drugs I will probably need to shoot him more than once. I voted 9mm because thats what I have and thats what I shoot best with.
     
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    I think if you can shoot a Ruger MK II 22/LR pistol with consistant accuracy, your better off using it as a personal defense weapon than a Colt 1911 45 ACP that you couldn't hit the broadside of a barn door with.
     
  14. General Geoff

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    You said concealability is not an issue, nor is recoil.

    I'm gonna vote for .308, preferably in an autoloading rifle.


    If we're being limited to handguns, then .500S&W Magnum.
     
  15. Kind of Blued

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    If this is the case:
    You shouldn't have said this:
    From what I've gathered, bigger is, in fact, better in the case of deciding the "Best Defense Caliber" when the question is "based on empirical evidence, which is the best personal defense caliber to STOP an attacker".

    I think most people assumed you were also implying that you have one shot to stop said linebacker. Reloading that .50 BMG pistol would take a bit of time if you missed, although if we are talking "one shot stops", a hollow-point .50 BMG would take the cake, unless you consider an underfolder 40mm grenade launcher with a 27 pellet round of 00 Buck to be a pistol. ;)
     
  16. lee n. field

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    Roided up, high on crack gorilla?

    12 gauge, repeat as necessary.
     
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  18. General Geoff

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    You specifically stated that concealability is NOT an issue. As such, rifle is obviously the weapon of choice.


    The ONLY reason that handguns exist is because they're lightweight, portable, and concealable. If your main objective is to stop an attacker, a rifle is almost universally better in all ways.
     
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  20. General Geoff

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    I could walk around open carrying a rifle if I wanted, there's no law against it in Pennsylvania.

    People might look at me weird, though.


    And you didn't ask for the best sidearm defense caliber, either. So that makes us even.
     
  21. KBintheSLC

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    I chose the 9mm, not because it is the best caliber for stopping bad things fast. More because it is IMO the best compromise between power, capacity, carry-ability, recoil, and availability.

    However, if I only had one cartridge left, and it had to save my life, I would go with something bigger. However, I currently have 11 cartridges in my gun as we speak, and I think it will suffice.
     
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  23. General Geoff

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    I thought the point of your question was to figure out what the preferred "best defense caliber" was. People reply with lots of good answers, then you blast them because you didn't want rifles included. Well, if you didn't want rifles included, then you should have said "handgun only."

    And I even stated in my original reply that if handguns were the only choice, I'd choose a .500S&W Magnum. Is there something wrong with this choice too?
     
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    Obviously one of those AK pistols. 7.62x39 beats all the cartridges listed.
     
  25. SsevenN

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    All the answers are in context of your poorly phrased question.

    Ask pointed questions and get pointed answers.

    Ask pointless questions and get pointless answers.
     
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