40 or 22mag

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by rem870forever, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. rem870forever

    rem870forever New Member

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    Which would be better for self defense a 14 rd 40s&w or a 22mag 30 rd
     
  2. firedawg60

    firedawg60 New Member

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    I'd vote for the .40....but that's just me.
     

  3. mrm14

    mrm14 Active Member

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

    JonM Moderator

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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.
     
  5. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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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.
     
  6. nccinstaller

    nccinstaller New Member

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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
     
  7. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Well, if those were the only 2 choices i'd go 40 - duh :p
     
  8. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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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.
     
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2011
  9. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    From published data on "one shot stop" percentage-

    .22 WMR, 40%

    .40 S&W- 89%-94%
     
  10. big shrek

    big shrek Well-Known Member

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    At least they still build the Calico line of 100-rds per mag .22lr's :D
    Laser sights on a Calico M-110 pistol help too ;)
    [​IMG]

    Also available in 9mm, as per my avatar ;)
     
  11. armsmaster270

    armsmaster270 New Member

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  12. Corndork2

    Corndork2 New Member

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    Definitely .40 :)

    .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 :)