Originally Posted by WannaGator
Sounds like a positive result for everybody but the thugs.
Wonder if a .357 Magnum loaded with 158 grain JSPs would of been more effective but i can't second guess the man's choice of gun.
A .357 Mag with 158 gr soft points has a fairly dismal record. They do not expand well in human targets and WILL pass through.
For hunting, a soft point or hard cast SWC will pass through to give you two bleeders. For defensive purposes passing through that easily can be very dangerous to bystanders. Such a bullet will have significant energy remaining after passing through a human target. The kid two blocks away could be the final resting point of that bullet.
I have seen Gold Dots (9mm 147 gr and .40 180 gr) pass through a body and fall with in 6 feet of the body. Pretty much all the energy was used up. Even if it had hit someone standing behind the target, the damage would have been minimal.