Originally Posted by ScottA
So the 44 and the AR15 are the top two choices. Here's the question that has been coming to my mind as I look at the firearms I have, and what I may purchase (in consideration of heading out west again).
A 44 magnum produces about 900 ft/lbs of muzzle energy.
A 500 S&W produces about 2400 ft/lbs of muzzle energy.
An AR15 5.56 produces about 1300 ft/lbs of muzzle energy.
The odds of putting multiple shots on target are far greater with the carbine than any of the pistols. Penetration would likely be better as well. So if I'm not backpacking and trying to minimize weight to the 10th of the ounce, why wouldn't I just pull the AR out of the bag in the trunk and take that with me?
Don't get me wrong, I'm fairly excited to see what my 5.56
AR can do with 75 or 80 grain hunting rounds. But at an "OH
SHIRT !" moment, are you going to be carrying your AR with
Furthermore, in this instance the slower, fatter .44 is going
to do more damage than the .223 slug, even at a lower
Personally, I would be more concerned that while a .44 pistol
is faster on target, and more likely to be easier to carry, that
AR will either get slung, or be harder to bring the muzzle into
play. This is close-in action, for all the chips. If you have the
time to set up for a rifle shot, you have time to bug out.