Originally Posted by nitestalker
Over the many decades of hunting big game I have used many handgun calibers. Back 40 years ago the "Wonder" nines were the way to go. I was guiding an Antelope hunter from Pennsylvania. The hunter wounded an Antelope and discovered he had lost his ammo box.
My personal carry weapon at the time was a S&W Mdl. 39 9MM. I was able to approach the "Goat" with in 15 yards. I had a magazine of super magic 9MM hollow points. It took 7 well aimed shots to put the animal down. The facts are a .22 Mag. will kill a pissed off Mtn. Lion with one round. I really think all this caliber dispute over CC weapons is based more on drama than experience.
Hollowpoints shouldnt be used on animals. They are much tougher than humans. I can dig up youtubes of 45-70 hp disintigrating on a hog shoulder if your interested... no one disputes the 45-70 can and has killed plenty of american buffalo.
It boils down to using the right bullet for the job at hand.
Hollow points arent good for anything but defense against goblins.
I carry a 380 all the time because its small discrete and allows me to never violate the prime rule of self defense. I prefer a good 45 i sometimes also carry a 9mm when the situation allows.