Stopping power VS animals

Stopping power VS animals

This is a discussion on Stopping power VS animals within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I know that the debate about stopping power of ballistics versus humans has been run into the ground but I wonder what the consensus was ...

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    Stopping power VS animals

    I know that the debate about stopping power of ballistics versus humans has been run into the ground but I wonder what the consensus was on ballistics versus wild animals? Specifically handgun ballistics versus boars, dogs, coyotes, cougars. The type of wild animals you may encounter in the forests of Michigan. Can one reasonably expect shot placement to still be the key even with a 9mm? Or does the nature of an animal come into play somehow?


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    I shot a large wild boar that was charging because I came up on its den with its babies 5 times in the face and head with a .38 special before it dropped.

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    I've taken two whitetail deer with a .38 Special and each only traveled a few yards after being fairly struck through the heart/lung area. Large feral dogs fall readily to good hits with a .38 Special as well. They don't fall to poor hits with a .44 Magnum or .45 Colt.

    Don't know how many good hits I could register on a mad hog while being charged though.

    Any handgun requires accurate placement.
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    Or does the nature of an animal come into play somehow?
    Nature and state of mind...much like a human.

    An animal shot while it is grazing and unaware will be much easier to put down than a female protecting her young.

    A deer walking through the woods at a leisurely pace will be easier to put down than one that has been chased through the woods by a pack of dogs.

    A lot of variable come into play there.
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    Caliber may be important, but shot placement is the key whether animals or the bad guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uechi View Post
    Caliber may be important, but shot placement is the key whether animals or the bad guys.
    I couldn't agree more.

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    I know 165 grain Cor-Bon HPs work real well on dogs (pit bull) and a 350 pound wild hog....

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    If it's a charging bear, I want a BIG caliber , preferrably in a semi-auto. LOL

    Coyotes, dogs, etc.... a 9mm will do the job. I might want a .357 or better with a cougar.

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    Coyotes, bobcats, badgers and feral dogs can be stopped with a good 9mm hollowpoint. Cougars and wolves are handled by a .357 magnum or equivalent, but bears, especially the grizzly, I would want at least a .44 magnum loaded with a good 300 grain hard cast lead SWC round for deep penetration and bone shattering power. JMHO.
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    I've spent 30+ years camping, hiking, and backpacking, and have never had an occasion to shoot an animal. We have the same critters in Tennessee, plus black bears and poisonous snakes, and I've had close encounters with most of them. I'd be more concerned about the two legged kind than the four legged ones.

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    Ive dropped coyotes with a single six in 22mag. From 30 or so yards it went right thru both lungs and nicked the heart and out the other side.
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    I'm not too worried about dogs ... I'm sure my carry piece is more than sufficient for them.

    When I go deep-woods hiking, I don't have anything that will stop a bear. Well, maybe if I carried my 12 gauge w slugs. I have a .357 but I don't consider it capable of stopping an angry bear.

    +1 on what Brad said about 2-Legged animals. I've run across marijuana plots in the deep woods and reported them ... you just would not believe how remote some of these small plots are, I can't believe they'd be worth the effort but whadda I know? What would happen if I'm hiking and the next thing I know I hit another pot farm and the cultivators are there? They going to let me keep hiking? I doubt it. I would NEVER consider hiking anymore w/o a sidearm and preferably my rifle when I can get away with it.

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    I still go hiking and camping, and really a big can of the bear rated pepper spray will do the trick against any 4 legged creature you might cross paths with, that is what I carry and either my Glock 19 9mm or Ruger SP101 .357 magnum for the 2 legged kind.
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    Hmmm, the only time I shot an animal was when I wore a badge. I came across a rancher’s horse that had been struck by a car. I used a 357 to its head but that was pretty much point blank. Since then, I haven’t shot another animal and I hope I never have to again.
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