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Old 05-29-2012, 08:57 AM   #11
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There are tables available all over the internet that will show foot-pound-energy per round.

I am glad that you came here to get your information. It saved you a lot of time searching for yourself.
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Old 05-29-2012, 09:06 AM   #12
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There are tables available all over the internet that will show foot-pound-energy per round.

I am glad that you came here to get your information. It saved you a lot of time searching for yourself.
That's why we join a specific forum I guess. Specific info by experts. Most of the times a google search brings you right back to a forum
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Old 05-29-2012, 11:33 AM   #13
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380, 9m and 40. Are the same really,38., 45acp, 357mag

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.380, 38 special, 9 mm Luger, .357 magnum, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP

My 2:
1. .357 magnum
2. 38 special, 9 mm Luger, .40 S&W and .45 ACP
3. .380

You could make a case for including .380 with number 2.

I'm sure .45 does a little more damage than a .40, which does a little more than the 9mm and .38 sp, but it isn't enough to overcome other variables.

And I would rank a perfectly placed shot with any caliber at the absolute top of the list.
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Shot placement does the most damage. However nowadays ammo is made so much better, proper load and placement makes you deadly, not your ammo
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The .45 ACP makes the biggest hole............
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The .45 ACP makes the biggest hole............
True....

Whoever lumped a .380 in with 9mm & .40 needs to read a little bit more!
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I would put them in the following order:

.380, .38 Special, 9mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, and .357 Magnum
I agree with this, although have also heard the 40 and the 45 are almost equal. I don't have a 40 though and have never shot it.

I have shot all the others however.

You can also plug the 10mm between the 45 and the 357.

Desert Eagle makes a 357 and 44 rem mag and 50AE semi-auto and these are the hottest semi-auto around.

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I would put them in the following order:

.380, .38 Special, 9mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, and .357 Magnum
I'd go with this answer.
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I always like throw this into the conversation. All of these handgun calibers are virtually side-by-side in damage caused if viewed on a chart that includes rifle cartridges. The 150 ft-lbs of .380acp even up to the 600 ft-lbs of the hottest .357mag is nothing compared to the 2000ft-lbs of the .30-30 Win or the 4000ft-lbs of the .338Lapua.

My only point is that we get all bent out of shape when it really comes down to reliability of the handgun and the ability of the user to get shots on target. Handgun calibers when viewed from the larger perspective, are all VERY similar. What's a couple hundred foot-pounds among friends?
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