Same shot placement, do you think 9mm, 357 Sig, 40, 45 offer equal incapacitation?

Same shot placement, do you think 9mm, 357 Sig, 40, 45 offer equal incapacitation?

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    Same shot placement, do you think 9mm, 357 Sig, 40, 45 offer equal incapacitation?

    I see people claim that there is not any significant difference in the incapacitation potential of the "service calibers" 9mm, 357 Sig, 40, 45.
    Do you agree?
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    Of course not - but a whole lot closer than most will ever admit.
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    Another calibre thread? Hold on, let me get my beer so I can more thoroughly enjoy the 'debate'.


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    Please read Rule 9:

    ...........We also discourage "caliber war" threads and strongly encourage you not to post a thread starting one. Regardless of your level of experience, caliber is a personal preference and what is right for you may not be right for others.
    Rule 9 says there isn't much difference

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    Some caliber of bullets make bigger holes than others...just saying....

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    The poll... I answered yes, because I assume you mean good shot placement. If you shoot a completely non vital area, something like a 45 might have more impact on the person than a 9mm. If you mean a shot to a vital organ, then there is probably not enough difference to matter.

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    I answered no, too many variables.

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    I answered no, but it really depends on where that same shot is placed. In some places they would all yield the same results, in others, not so much.
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    Same shot placement, do you think 9mm, 357 Sig, 40, 45 offer equal incapacita...

    Depends what you are shooting at.. A heart I would want the largest caliber to do the most damage. An engine block I would want the penetrating power of .357 sig. The important thing is finding a balance of power and recoil that works best for you to make you an accurate shooter as quickly as possible.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Exacto View Post
    I answered no, but it really depends on where that same shot is placed. In some places they would all yield the same results, in others, not so much.
    Pretty much sums up my sentiments.
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    Same shot placement, do you think 9mm, 357 Sig, 40, 45 offer equal incapacita...

    If shot placement is between the eyes then all 4 are equal! However add a barrier I would base on our test of ballistic glass I would go with the 357 Sig or 40 S & W. But if it is a pelvic area shot I would say the 45ACP! But I carry a 357 Sig and shoot it very well so DON'T corn-fuse me with all those personal preferences! Any of the 4 will service you well if you train with them and can have rapid follow up shots! JMHO!

    But then again maybe a 10mm or 50AE?



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    Does the round make a difference? Yes! Does rage drugs sense of duty shear cussed meanness make a difference? Yes! If you over emphasize any one factor to the exclusion of others can it bite you? You betcha!
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    I answered yes, but only because I wanted to keep the results close.
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