Re: .357 vs 9mm
It's going to turn more on bullet construction and where you hit the target. Your standard 125 gr. JHP .357 Magnum doing 1400+ fps out of a 6" revolver will very likely frag and not exit on a cross torso shot. This is part of what led Fackler to conclude that the foregoing load wasn't effective, despite conclusions reached by other researchers.
Originally Posted by Philadelphia
A 127 gr. Winchester Ranger 9mm +p+ or a 124 gr. Gold Dot +p at around 1200 fps will actually out penetrate (in gelatin, at least) the classic 125 gr. JHP .357 load, because they mushroom, don't frag, and continue penetrating.
And I don't even want to touch the "temporary" v. "permanent" cavity or energy dump stuff. But if those are real, I can't see how the .357 wouldn't have an advantage.
Anyway, all I know is that it's close enough that I'd rather have 15 rounds of 9mm than 5 or 6 of .357 Mag. And, more importantly, when I shot only tuned-up revolvers, I got pretty damn good with them. But I never could shoot as fast or accurately with a revolver as I could with a box stock Glock or 1911. The heavy trigger pull, combined with a high bore axis, and non-reciprocating action (to lower felt recoil) kept me from hitting the same level of performance.
Last edited by Rule10b5; December 10th, 2007 at 12:02 PM.
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