BEST HANDGUN ROUND

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BEST CALIBER HAND GUN

.45 ACP
12
29%
9 mm
2
5%
10 mm
2
5%
.40
12
29%
.357
5
12%
.44 mag
5
12%
.45 colt
3
7%
 
Total votes : 41

BEST HANDGUN ROUND

Postby WIDGEONATOR » Fri Mar 10, 2006 4:08 pm

What is the best caliber handgun? I heard that the .40 cal is supreme. I didn't believe it until my buddy showed me a chart that showed a .40 cal. had better ballistics than my .357.

The next question is revolver vs. auto? :yes:

I have been thinking about getting a small Glock, this one looks good!

http://www.glock.com/g33.htm
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Postby jjohnson_714 » Fri Mar 10, 2006 4:47 pm

i cant help it... im quite fond of the .45 auto... however i really like the looks of the .45 gap... same size bullet, smaller casing... same if not better ballistics...
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Postby Smackaduck » Fri Mar 10, 2006 5:03 pm

.357 SIG or 10mm
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Postby WIDGEONATOR » Fri Mar 10, 2006 5:32 pm

I found this info on the .40 cal and the 10mm, it's pretty interesting!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.40_S&W
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Postby LIGHT12 » Fri Mar 10, 2006 5:36 pm

I did some research a couple years ago and I found I prefered the .40 to any other semiauto.

The 357 is still my favorite and I think the most versatile especially if you reload.

The best tho is the 454 Cassull hands down.
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Postby kcduckslayer » Fri Mar 10, 2006 8:16 pm

agree with light
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Postby kcduckslayer » Fri Mar 10, 2006 10:53 pm

I would say that the .40 is a good all around caliber, however, depends on what you want to do with the gun. The .40 has nice knock down power and fun on the range. 9mm is a great caliber also. 10mm and 357 sigs are awesome. If I was going to buy another auto and cost of ammo wasnt a concern I would probably go with the 357 sig
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Postby Citori12 » Sat Mar 11, 2006 8:47 am

This one is such a loaded question...no pun intended. I voted the .357 because you can shoot 38 colt, 38 special, and the .357 can be handloaded to some fine ballistics. For personal defense on the street I would have answered differently, each caliber has its uses. If I were hunting with a handgun I would have also voted differently. For the .357 you can find ammo everywhere. Its a very common cartridge, the down side is this is a revolver cartridge. Which is where its a loaded question. Revolver guns can pack a bigger round. Autos are nice and light and high capacity. I happen to own more .45 long colts due to my interest in cowboy guns and the .45 is nothing to sneeze at also. But one caliber that was not on the poll is the best of all...the .22 because my .22 handguns have excellent accuracy are easy to handle and are cheap to shoot.
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Postby thaner » Sat Mar 11, 2006 5:03 pm

:withstupid: in general.

The question is hard to answer because there are many variables. It’s like what’s the best ga. of shotgun or best rifle cal.

The 357 is very versatile but so is the 44 mag. and that is one of my favorites. I also like the .41 mag properly hand loaded. I like the 45 LC and it can do a lot in a Ruger with some of the hotter loads. I like the 45 auto for an all out full size auto that's the one for me, but 10 mm in a 1911 would be nice. I must say that I love the 9 mm for fun shooting and just love to shoot up several boxes in my Glock 17 long slide. I think the 9 mm is the best for fun shooting. For my next gun that I will get after I get my CCW I will get the Glock in 40, I think it’s the 23. I can’t remember right off hand but it’s the compact one but with the larger grip than the really small 40 Glock. Another one that you don’t hear about much is the .357 max. That was a heck of a round that never caught on because most of the barrel makers didn’t provide good barrel throats for it. I would love to get a .357 barrel re-chambered for he 357 max for my Encore.
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Postby LIGHT12 » Sat Mar 11, 2006 8:00 pm

If you really want to make this a convoluted question. Take into account the different rounds for each caliber and you could talk for days. You can get any number of ballistics results buy using different self defense rounds. That was the reason I liked the .40. But you can get good self defense ballistics out of all most any caliber with a little work.
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Postby AK Ducks » Sat Mar 11, 2006 9:53 pm

NO S&W.500 only pistol I would trust aginst a brown bear. :yes:
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Postby Citori12 » Sun Mar 12, 2006 11:43 am

:withstupid: Depends on what your protecting yourself from. Of course the discussion could go on forever of what the best defense round is and its ballistics...but I do not know about you guys but I cannot attest to any handgun cartridge being a good defense round just because my pistols shoot paper and never had a cause to shoot anything else.
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Postby bgoldhunter » Mon Mar 13, 2006 10:08 am

My first choice is the 45 ACP, in a 1911-style pistol. Second is a 10mm in a 1911-style pistol.

If both of those are unavailable, I will take a 45 ACP Sig or SA.
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Postby Citori12 » Mon Mar 13, 2006 2:26 pm

.454 casull for Elk :thumbsup:
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Postby Gooseboy » Thu Mar 16, 2006 9:48 am

Um i really like the 22. for bears. :oops:


Citori said it very well. I like my 9mm alot its fun to shoot and would do some damage i think.
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Postby Ducksbeus » Sun Mar 19, 2006 6:32 pm

I bought the wife a Ruger Single Six...has changable cylenders in .22 long and .22 Mag...A VERY accurate and fun ta shoot little pistol. Anything much over a .357 gets a little heavy for me to enjoy shooting alot. I plan on picking up a T/C G2 so I can shoot a little this and a little that :thumbsup:
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Postby Dogman » Sun Mar 19, 2006 6:47 pm

For me the variables add up to the S&W model 629 44 mag.My other favorite is the Ruger single six 22 mag/long rifle,nice handgun to bring with you for a finisher on deer if needed,for training dogs and just for plinking too.
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Postby mallardman77 » Sun Mar 19, 2006 7:56 pm

Gooseboy wrote:Um i really like the 22. for bears. :oops:


Citori said it very well. I like my 9mm alot its fun to shoot and would do some damage i think.


uhh... isn't it like kind of illegal for a minor to own a sidearm??
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Postby Gooseboy » Sun Mar 19, 2006 9:15 pm

Ok my dads 9mm?
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Postby shocktroop » Mon Mar 20, 2006 10:57 pm

bgoldhunter wrote:My first choice is the 45 ACP, in a 1911-style pistol. Second is a 10mm in a 1911-style pistol.

If both of those are unavailable, I will take a 45 ACP Sig or SA.


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Postby AlaskaRedneK » Wed Mar 22, 2006 11:04 pm

As its been said before, depends on what yer doin.

For a carry pistol, Hands down 45 ACP in a 1911 :thumbsup:

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Postby akbrett » Thu Mar 23, 2006 12:00 am

In town carry - my Kimber in .45
In the boat around the salt water - my Glock in .40
In the boonies - my Taurus .44mag
In thick bear country - Mossburg 500 12ga. with 18" barrel and pistol grip.
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Postby puddlerjumper » Fri Mar 24, 2006 3:25 pm

.45 ACP.
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Postby steadyhand » Mon Nov 27, 2006 2:03 pm

Greetings to all;
This is my first posting.
On the subject of the best handgun round, I tend to agree that the 45 ACP is number 1. However, I usually carry a wheel gun. As much as I love and trust my M1911 and my little Glock 36 I don't want to deal with an "immediate action drill" when the SHTF. So ... I usually carry a small frame .357. I was surprised to see the .357 had such a low rating.
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Postby JSODEP5338 » Tue Nov 28, 2006 8:56 am

I personally would buy a glock 30 which is chambered for the .45 ACP. I bought the glock 27 which is chambered for the .40 I have shot thousands of rounds through my glocks and never once had any sort of misfire/fail to feed/stovepipe. Also to be realistic if you decide to carry a revolver what are the odds you will also be carrying speedloaders? Sorry to get off track so my opinion is .45ACP, .40 Cal, then .357 Sig

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