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Old 11-24-2011, 01:31 AM   #1
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Default 40 or 22mag

Which would be better for self defense a 14 rd 40s&w or a 22mag 30 rd



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Old 11-24-2011, 01:43 AM   #2
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I'd vote for the .40....but that's just me.



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.40 would be good. A 45 ACP would be the better. Stopping power.

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rimfire ammunition is not reliable enough for every day self defense use. a 22 lr or wmr or any rimfire if its all you got thats one thing but to plan ahead of time as your main dfnsive firearm thats not a wise choice.

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.22 Magnum CAN kill you- but absent a shot that penetrates the brain, or cuts the spinal cord, it will not STOP you.

Yes, the bad guy bled to death- 10 minutes after he beat YOU to death. At which time, what happens to him is now irrelevant to you.

As much as I enjoy my .22s for target and small game, the ONLY .22 I would rely on for self defense was called the American 180.

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.22LR, 177 rd magazine, full auto at 1200 rounds per minute.

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40s&w it is

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If i had to choose between the 2 for self defense 40 all day long! The 40 will definately have a better chance at stopping a bad guy quicker in my opinion. And in a self defense situation every second counts

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Well, if those were the only 2 choices i'd go 40 - duh

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40 hands down.

22mag will typically produce around 140 ft/lbs of energy.

40 S&W will typically produce around 470 ft/lbs of energy.

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From published data on "one shot stop" percentage-

.22 WMR, 40%

.40 S&W- 89%-94%



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