In addition and while several calibers will do for self defense at home or hunting in the field, here's a few bonded Gold Dot loads worth looking at. Suggest you also consider Double Tap Ammo (amongst many other good choices), as these loads are the fastest on the market and surprisingly do so without extra flash, pressure, or recoil! Their unique process uses specially blended powders that burn cooler than normal and are not commercially available to reloaders.
Hi, all. This is just my outlook on hand gun ammo, and I intend in no way to be argumentive. In my line of work I carried a .45acp with 230gr. Rangers, and it served me well with dispatching wounded deer. Thank god I never actually had to use it for what it was intended for, although I came close a couple of times.
I agree with everything that has been said so far. But if I have to shoot a bad guy I want to put as big of a hole in him as possible. The purpose for a shoot is to stop the threat. The way that I look at it is a simple outlook. Yes a .30-30 could be used to kill a charging grizzly as long as shot placement is good. But I would rather use a .45-70. Because even with bad shot placement (under stress, and yes there will be stress) you stand a better chance of causing blunt trauma and possibly breaking load bearing joints and bones not to mention more blood loss. I know that it may seem like I'm comparing apples to oranges, but the logic is simple.
Not to mention that the .45acp is very well battle proven from WWI all the way through Vietnam. I don't have the statistics but I'm sure that the round acounts for more bad guys losing the fight than any other handgun caliber. Like I said plaese don't think that I'm disagreeing with all that was said, I'm just stating my opinion. Anyway, I now work for a dept. that requires us to carry a 40s&w. It's alright, but I would fell better about carrying the War Horse.
Although 9mm, 40 S&W, and 45 ACP can all stop a bad guy, I agree that a 45 might offer the advantage needed. Personally I use a 9 and 45 for myself and family members.
Shot placement and controllability for repeated followup shots are the key here. Next is selection of bullet, and last is choice of caliber.
230-gr. HP loads in Winchester's Ranger T line-up (RA45T or especially RA45TP), Double's Taps Gold Dot, or Remington's Golden Saber, lead the pack in performance testing.
In 45 ACP, it's hard to find a bad load, as long as the proper weight of bullet is used. Even Winchester's White Box 230-gr. HP's at Walmart are impressive in ballistic testing into various type of media.
Within the above calibers, I suggest folks give strong consideration to:
As I sit and glass, which is common for hunters out west, I have sort of quickly discovered something I never learned when I was younger.
In my youth I had enthusiasm and spirit. In my middle to advancing years I have creaky knees, arthritis, and I tire more easily than I used to. Where I used to sit on the cold hard ground I now look for that soft spot to sooth my tired muscles. That leads me to my tip.
Carry your soft spot with you!
In my pack I carry an air filled, ultralight, camping pad....