What do you feel is the most verstile handgun cartridge?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by SGT-MILLER, Aug 26, 2009.

  1. 9x19mm

    9 vote(s)
    18.8%
  2. .40 S&W

    1 vote(s)
    2.1%
  3. 10mm

    1 vote(s)
    2.1%
  4. .45 ACP

    8 vote(s)
    16.7%
  5. .38 Special/.357 Magnum

    23 vote(s)
    47.9%
  6. .44 Special/.44 Magnum

    2 vote(s)
    4.2%
  7. .22LR

    2 vote(s)
    4.2%
  8. .41 Magnum

    2 vote(s)
    4.2%
  1. SGT-MILLER

    SGT-MILLER New Member

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    Give supporting information when you vote.

    By versatile, I would ask that you take the following into account:

    - Stopping power

    - Size

    - Loadings (how many different loadings are offered)

    - Brand support (how many firearms support this cartridge)

    - Use in multiple situations (defense, hunting, etc...)

    - Price

    - Worldwide availability

    No flaming or arguing opinion. Debate is fine, of course, but refrain from jumping on somebody because their opinion may be different than yours.
     
  2. 753X0

    753X0 New Member

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    44 spec/44 Mag.
    Since you're asking what I would choose for defense and hunting, I'd rather have too much gun, (if there is such a thing).
    Companies offer loadings all the way from home defense all the way up to the big hardcast heavies for hunting.
    The countries that have laws that will allow you to carry a handgun will also have this ammo.
     

  3. gorknoids

    gorknoids New Member

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    Sure, the 9x19 isn't going to kill a bear, but I fell out of a plane into any major city on Earth with empty magazines, I could readily get them filled. You can carry obscene amounts of rounds compared to the larger stuff.

    -Stopping power: My definition of stopping power is a shot through the front teeth into the medula oblongata. There is no handgun round which will knock a man backward, so true stopping power lies in accurate shot placement, rate of fire, and time to return to aimpoint. If the target is standing still, I'll go with a .500.
    If he's chasing me around the kitchen with a frozen turkey, I want 9x19.

    -Size: Hard to say. The Judge is not a large handgun, makes a big wound, but you don't have much capacity. You have to hope that your attacker only has 4 shots.

    -Loadings: 147 gr +P JHP makes a fairly wide, very deep wound in gel. 17 of them make hamburger.

    -Brand Support: Come on........

    -Use in multiple situations: I used to advise our pilots that they would be best off carrying a .22 so that they could kill rabbits and pigeons and such, as they were definitely NOT going to fight their way out of Iraq, Serbia, Lybia, Somalia or Iran with a damned pistol. From a handgunular standpoint, I'd shoot a hog with a 9mm. Many, many times.:D For defense, I already CC with it, so I'll leave that for discussion.

    -Price: Ammo is way overpriced, but wrt the other calibers aside from .22, it's dirt cheap. Reliable weapons can be had for approximately $300.00.

    -Worldwide availability: Discussed above. 9x19 is like the Swine Flu. Everybody has it!
     
  4. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Good point about worldwide availability Gorknoids. I voted .38/.357. Lots of loadings and usefulness with either.
    In retrospect, what 753X0 said make a great deal of sense, but I think there would be an even worse availability with the .44
     
  5. 753X0

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    And if I was with you, I'd have my best running shoes on. Remember, I don't have to outrun the hog, I just have to outrun you.:D
     
  6. gorknoids

    gorknoids New Member

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    I didn't buy one, but a lot of my co-workers bought the "I Am A Bomb Technician. If you see me running, try to keep up"" t-shirts. :D
    I know what you mean.
     
  7. 753X0

    753X0 New Member

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    That joke is an old one, but a good one.:)
     
  8. masterPsmith

    masterPsmith New Member

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    I would have to go with the .38/.357. Unlimited loading possibilities from shot capsules up to heavy hunting loads, ammunition availability world wide, countless firearms available from revolvers, semi-autos, rifles and combination guns. Both calibers are user friendly and accurate. I have, through the years, used both calibers for just about anything you can think of. They get my vote............

    Jim.....................................
     
  9. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I also have to go with the 38/357. Why? see above.
     
  10. Caliche

    Caliche New Member

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    Yeah, that.:D
     
  11. IGETEVEN

    IGETEVEN New Member

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    Indeed, my vote as well, he pretty well covered it. :cool:

    Jack
     
  12. Rimfire McNutjob

    Rimfire McNutjob New Member

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    I didn't know there was any other pistol cartridge other than The masters own 45acp? Your telling me that there are other cartridges out there. WOW....
     
  13. WDB

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    I'm going with the 9mm.
    With out question the easiest round to find on the list to find world wide. It might lack the stopping power of a larger pistol but if the ammo isn't available the pistol becomes a hammer. Also ammo capacity and availability of 9mm firearms makes it a practicle choice.
     
  14. rifleman1

    rifleman1 New Member

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    thats how i feel
     
  15. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

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    I voted for the .45 ACP. Right now, it is expensive, but it is a good plinking round, good self defense round, a marksmans round and generally fills every category with the exception of long range shooting.
     
  16. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper New Member

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    I was going to pick the 10mm for hunting/defense until I saw the availability criteria. Picked the 38/357 because it has good stopping power, wide availability and range of loadings
     
  17. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    I have all of the calibers listed here (except 10mm), and I'd grab the .44 Mag/SPL first.
     
  18. NGIB

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    Without a doubt for me it's the .38/.357 as it's just so versatile. My SHTF gun is a .357 and I've put away 1000 rounds of ammo for it...
     
  19. OC357

    OC357 New Member

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    Fixed it for ya.....in black......:D

    OC
     
  20. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    I pretty much did that for all of my calibers. I like to have at least a few thousand rounds for each gun.