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Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by rem870forever, Nov 23, 2011.
Which would be better for self defense a 14 rd 40s&w or a 22mag 30 rd
I'd vote for the .40....but that's just me.
.40 would be good. A 45 ACP would be the better. Stopping power.
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.
.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.
.22LR, 177 rd magazine, full auto at 1200 rounds per minute.
40s&w it is
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
Well, if those were the only 2 choices i'd go 40 - duh
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.
From published data on "one shot stop" percentage-
.22 WMR, 40%
.40 S&W- 89%-94%
At least they still build the Calico line of 100-rds per mag .22lr's
Laser sights on a Calico M-110 pistol help too
Also available in 9mm, as per my avatar
Of the two .40 for me.
.22 Doesnt have the stopping or penetrating power that you need. I can see how the extra mag capacity would be attractive, but not in a HD situation.
I'd much rather see a few large holes, rather than a bunch of small ones