Originally Posted by cblowe13
Thanks man! I don't understand how you can say that 9mm is not a great survival round? Just because it doesn't have as much boom as your .40 doesn't mean it won't stop whatever is intended to stop! Thank you very much for thoroughly explaining the revolver thing too!
Anybody who thinks that there's all that much difference between 9MM, .40S&W, and .45 ACP really needs to see the ballistics gelatin after it's been shot with the various calibers commonly used in defensive handguns. Apart from expensive and exotic ammunition, there's not a dime's worth of difference between the three.
Use whatever you like, but 9MM is generally cheaper, more readily available, and easier to control than handguns chambered for larger and slightly more powerful calibers. On top of that 9MM is lighter and you can fit more bullets into a magazine of a given size. That makes the choice pretty easy for me.
All handgun ammunition, apart from hunting ammunition, is pretty weak in comparison to rifle and shotgun ammunition.
If a 9MM won't kill it, you probably need a rifle or shotgun.