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Old 08-05-2013, 07:12 PM   #31
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Any of the calibers mentioned will stop an attacker if they hit them in the right place. None of them will stop an attacker if they hit them in the wrong place. So I would be happy to use any of them but would want a high-cap ruling out the revolver.
How many times do you plan on missing? It's only one person.
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I can't count the number of times I have missed at inside-the-house range. Probably because I haven't?
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If I had all 3 available, I'd use all 3.
(Now watch all the legalese critical comments).
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How many times do you plan on missing? It's only one person.
Exactly that's why I would choose the best caliber vs capacity in this situation!! In my humbled opinion, the 357 mag stands alone as the best "man stopper" 45 would be a close second but not listed as an option.
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Any of the calibers mentioned will stop an attacker if they hit them in the right place. None of them will stop an attacker if they hit them in the wrong place. So I would be happy to use any of them but would want a high-cap ruling out the revolver.
Knockdown power is useful for such situations!! Even if you don't deliver a lethal 1st shot!! If the mag round hits about any body part it is likely to knock them on there backside to allow time for follow up shots!! Poor placing of 9mm and there is a decent chance BG will get off at least one shot in your direction maybe from a Magnum- eeek!
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Exactly that's why I would choose the best caliber vs capacity in this situation!! In my humbled opinion, the 357 mag stands alone as the best "man stopper" 45 would be a close second but not listed as an option.
Absolutely. You're in your environment, you control the lighting, you know how the intruder has to approach, and you know where to hide for ambush. It doesn't get any better unless you're working a firing squad.

Given the OP's scenario, if you don't get a one shot stop out of this one it's because you used an inadequate caliber. The .357 magnum is the only logical choice.
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Lets say a man breaks in your house packing heat you have a choice of a 6 shot 357, 14 shot 40cal, or 9mm 16shot.Remember if your is his path he'll blast you
this may have been asked, but can we get a shotgun in this mix?

if not....any of those will do i think...
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There is no such thing as 'knock down power', but if there was they are ballistic equal when comes to stopping the fight. So the First and MOST important consideration is the hit probability and Secondly the number of rounds you can expend before a reload is required.
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There is no such thing as 'knock down power', but if there was they are ballistic equal when comes to stopping the fight. So the First and MOST important consideration is the hit probability and Secondly the number of rounds you can expend before a reload is required.
They are not equal on the original Hatcher table or the Dexter revision of Hatcher. In fact, not a single 9mm that I see on either chart reaches the required number of 50.
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Knockdown power is useful for such situations!! Even if you don't deliver a lethal 1st shot!! If the mag round hits about any body part it is likely to knock them on their backside to allow time for follow up shots
Do you want to think about that again a mag shot almost anywhere on the body won't knock someone on their backside. Just like a shot from a .45 on any body part won't knock someone down. I am not even sure what knock down power means.

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How many times do you plan on missing? It's only one person.
I have not being in that situation so I don't know how I would react if someone was in my house shooting at me so I don't know how many rounds I would need, People have being hit multiple times without stopping them. You obviously know how you would react and how many rounds you would need and that you would hit the person and put them down. PS Unless you used a .357 mag then it would put them down no matter where you hit them.

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