.380 Auto VS .22 Magnum Revolver
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Old 12-13-2009, 01:14 AM   #1
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Default .380 Auto VS .22 Magnum Revolver

What one would you rather have?The ballistics as far as muzzle energy is close,and round capacity is almost identical for most guns too,8 shots are what alot of the smaller autos hold,and 8 shots is typical for a .22 mag revolver.I will give a slight edge to the .380 in power,but not enough to say that it is way better.What would you rather have,a mouse .380 or a .22 magnum snubbie?

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Old 12-13-2009, 02:46 AM   #2
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.380. Until you can buy FMJ .22 Magnum. Then I'd still take the .380.
You need to be able to get through clothing, skin, bones and cartilage with enough left to tear up the good stuff like arteries and the central nervous system. and the .380 is the superior round.

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.380. Until you can buy FMJ .22 Magnum. Then I'd still take the .380.
You need to be able to get through clothing, skin, bones and cartilage with enough left to tear up the good stuff like arteries and the central nervous system. and the .380 is the superior round.
You mean like this? I think at 1875 fps you will be able to make it through a few layers of clothing, skin, bones and probably into the house next door. Get a .22 mag.
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.22 mag.. then you can actually afford to shoot the bad guy! i can never find any .380 for a decent price . was gonna get the old lady a bersa thunder 380 conceal but 4get paying as much as or more than .45 acp for .380 @_@

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In most power and one shot stop charts, the .380 wins. The 22mag comes in at 42% and the .380 comes in at 69%. One shot stops that is. Although, it has a lot to do with shot placement. I would rather have the 22 if I could hit the BG in the eye than my .380 if all I could do is hit him in the shoulder.

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For self defense- .380

For all other purposes - .22mag

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Any rimfire is a poor choice for SD. The nature of the priming compound renders the rimfire less reliable than the centerfire.

This is more of the same old "Heavy/Slow vs. Light/Fast" argument.

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I personally don't think all rimfires are a poor choice for SD,Especially when talking about revolvers.The chances of a misfire with a good gun and good ammo like CCI are very slim,and with a revolver a misfire isn't a problem,just pull the trigger again.A .22 LR auto would be a poor choice,but I think a good .22 magnum revolver isn't a bad choice.The chances of landing 2,3,4 shots with a .22 magnum is very good because of lack of recoil.

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.22 mag.. then you can actually afford to shoot the bad guy! i can never find any .380 for a decent price . was gonna get the old lady a bersa thunder 380 conceal but 4get paying as much as or more than .45 acp for .380 @_@
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Remember also that most .22 mag revolvers will either come with an accessory .22 LR cylinder or can be fired using LR ammo, which will enable you practice for almost nothing. I've shot a .22 mag/lr for almost 20 years and can count the number of FTFs on my fingers and toes. I've also conducted my own version of ballistics tests (just shooting at various objects of different materials and thickness) and can tell you that a .22 mag provides plenty of penetration, even with the use of hollow points.

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