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    Someone else said it , and its true , its not the bullet , the caliber , the gun , it doesnt matter what you shoot , make sure your shooting (aiming correctly) and shoot to kill!

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    Eveybody missed the question.



    If I have to rely on one bullet it would be the one in the chamber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HKinNY View Post
    Eveybody missed the question.



    If I have to rely on one bullet it would be the one in the chamber.

    I'd been reading along waiting to type that same thing....and you scooped the opportunity away from me. Haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CountShotula View Post
    So the question sits: if you had to rely on one shot from a belly gun, what would it be?
    The gun and ammo combination I practiced with till I could put it in an eye at will.

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    I'd have to say a COR-BON DPX bullet into COM.

    In your case, it would be this one: 38 Special Plus P 110gr DPX | COR®BON/Glaser Self Defense | Dakota Ammo

    In my case, it would be this one: 9mm Luger Plus P 115gr DPX | COR®BON/Glaser Self Defense | Dakota Ammo

    Here's why:

    "Anyone yet unconvinced of the fallacy in using kinetic energy alone to measure wounding capacity might wish to consider the example of a modern broadhead hunting arrow. It is used to kill all species of big game, yet its striking energy is only about 50 ft-lb (68 Joules)-- less than that of the .22 Short bullet. Energy is used efficiently by the sharp blade of the broadhead arrow. Cutting tissue is far more efficient than crushing it, and crushing it is far more efficient than tearing it apart by stretch (as in temporary cavitation)."

    - by M.L. Fackler, M.D.

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    Source: http://rkba.org/research/fackler/wrong.html

    The six petals on the DPX bullets do some serious cutting as they move through tissue. Ask any hunter who uses Barnes Copper bullets. (In their case it's four petals, but the point still remains).
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    they are dark blue and can be had in +p or not.
    i carry them in my 642
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    Quote Originally Posted by CountShotula View Post
    I carry my 38 Special derringer most of the time.
    It's as reliable as a brick and it's (most importantly) convenient for me.
    I currently carry Buffalo Bore wadcutters in it, amazing penetration (but also amazing recoil).
    I've been thinking of changing the load since my wetpack test shows that the wadcutters penetrate almost too well out of a 1 6/8 barrel w/ no cylinder gap.
    So the question sits: if you had to rely on one shot from a belly gun, what would it be?

    Don't tell me I need to get a revolver (because i do), I don't have the time right now.
    I wouldn't rely on one shot from anything if I am defending my life...sorry but you ask.
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    Same as Richard58, I think you need to kill at least one so use the 45 Long Colt in
    a 200 grain bullet. The blast may get another one, at least his ears will ring.

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    Hi, yes, I would like to answer your question, no, no, not the one where you asked everyone to give their opinion of your derringer choice, but the one where you asked what ammo to carry in your .38. I would carry the 110 gr DPX ammo, works every darn time, light recoil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jem102 View Post
    I wouldn't rely on one shot from anything if I am defending my life...sorry but you ask.
    From anything!?

    I don't know about you, but I trust that a 7mm Rem Mag 160 gr. Barnes VOR-TX bullet fired out of a 24" Rem Model 700 would do a fine job with one shot in defense of my life.
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    My thought is a potent hard cast in 158 grain or thereabouts. There can never be too much penetration, nor can there ever be enough.
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    If you are actually talking about a contact shot, then it isn't really going to matter much what you use - most of the damage will be done by the propellant gases rushing into the body cavity behind the bullet. The damage done will be severe.

    Otherwise - I'd be most concerned about penetration out of the short barrels of a derringer. I'd suggest a heavy load, with a flat point, and forget about expanding anything...not sure you would get enough velocity for expansion, and if you did, you might get shallow penetration. A heavy semi-wadcutter should do fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Hawk View Post
    From anything!?

    I don't know about you, but I trust that a 7mm Rem Mag 160 gr. Barnes VOR-TX bullet fired out of a 24" Rem Model 700 would do a fine job with one shot in defense of my life.
    A fine round to say the least. However I read where (IIRC a coroners report) a guy took a 12 ga. slug shoulder to shoulder, returned fire and fled the scene. Years ago there was pic floating around on the net for quite some time of a guy hit point blank in the head with a .44 mag. One of the most gruesome pics I have ever seen by the way. Yet he shot the guy that shot him and staggered to his car before he died. Soo yes, anything if my life is on the line.
    As an aside "I" assume you have your 700 with you regularly as your EDC...
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    I'd rather carry a knife than a one shot option.

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