What is the best caliber for self defense?

Shoot’em in the :rooster:Even if they are wearing soft body armor, it’s gonna hurt. If they aren’t, getting shot in the pelvic region has all sorts of devastating effects. Immobilized, and bleeding from the carotid artery, is a pretty quick show stopper.

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I’d say any caliber bigger than no caliber.

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Pick your caliber then train, practice, train, practice and be safe!

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Nailed it @Todd30

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Put a BB in the eye and they should slow down.

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I’ve shot my 17hmr at two 3/4 inch boards with a piece of 16ga cold roll behind it. The 16 ga had a dime size hole in it… tiny will kill.

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Tiny has more velocity and will go through the las Angeles phonebook while a 44 magnum will be stopped by the phonebook. The impacts and wound channel will be vastly different.

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I think shot placement and ability to acquire target fast are more important.
That said, I carry .45 with 230 JHP every day besides Sunday. Sunday is a 5.7 x 28 with 28 gr. polymer tips.

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We might not have a .40 if the FBI and S&W hadn’t “Frankenstein” it

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Why the Sundays differ from other days?

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Could you please share your thoughts about polymer ammo on the thread linked below? There are few people who are interested in using it.
Thx

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I had not heard about that! Do you have anymore information on that?

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Smith & Wesson and Winchester introduced .40 Cal bullets in 1990, just six months after the Federal Bureau of Investigation requested the development of an ammunition with the stopping power of the .45 ACP

https://www.usconcealedcarry.com/blog/which-firearms-and-ammo-do-police-use/

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That was a good read,… thanks for the information!

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Anytime. Would have provided more from the jump had I known, this lead to my first pistol purchase of a .40

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I think the answer to that is very individualized. While I am particularly fond of .40, I have firearms ranging from 9mm to .357 Magnum. From all that I have read, pretty much anything 9mm or above is adequate for self defense, as long as you can shoot it reasonably well. I personally would be reluctant to go below 9mm, but again, it depends on what you can shoot well.

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The polymer tipped ammo for the 5.7 is the LE ammo. Specific to the 5.7, it’s a high velocity round that tumbles quite rapidly upon entry to prevent overpenetration.
I haven’t used any ammo that shoots a polymer bullet.
Anecdotally, there is a likeness to shotgunning at this point, given the plastic wads and shells–and yes, there is plastic buildup with a LOT of shooting. That seems to come out easily though.
Sorry I couldn’t be of more help.

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It does not matter which caliber you choose. Just always remember there is a lawyer attached to every bullet !!!

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I once knew a vet who rounded a corner in Italy and came face to face with a German. They both did a quick draw. His .45 jammed but his buddy shoot the German. He threw away the .45 and carried the Luger for the rest of the war.

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What oil should I use?

Sorry, couldn’t resist.

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