I'm not saying 9mm won't do any less than the .357. What I'm saying is the difference is marginal and has little to do with how the bullet performs when it comes to incapacitating your target.
This article explains everything. MarcS posts this frequently when these questions come up and it explains it very well.
FWIW I carry 9mm and NEVER feel undergunned. I'll take the advantage of more rounds and quicker follow up shots over a bigger or faster bullet any day. Not to mention it is cheaper to practice with which affords me more practice. You cannot put a value on that.
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I dont know about the rest of you but when I fire my .357 4' revolver with a .357 magnum round, my hand hurts because the bullet is so powerful. I could not imagine firing that round from the snub nose. My semi 9mm is a sub compact and I can fire it all day, my hand wont even get sore. from that, i can say that the .357 seems a lot more powerful.
my advice, pick up a 9mm, fire it. then pick up a .357 and fire it. there is a huge difference. they both can kill though, as can a .22.
1. all handguns are prone to not stopping threats.
2. the ballistic difference between .357 and 9mm is pretty much irrelevant compared to shot placement which is key. quick follow-up shots are more important than "stopping power" (whatever that is), etc.
3. however, if you look at the ballistics numbers (as some others have posted in this thread)...velocity, energy, etc. the .357 "wins"...now, do those numbers actually mean anything significant?
i guess in a nutshell, i was saying...i think the OP was prolly really asking which had better ballistic numbers...in which case the answer is .357. however, those numbers to not necessarily equate to "stopping power".
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if the .357 travels faster(harder), and is nearly the same size, wouldnt that mean it has more stopping power?
For example, when I used to play baseball when I was a kid, if I got hit with a ball traveling 35 mph, it wouldnt even push me, but when I got hit with a ball traveling 50mph, it would knock me down. I know this isnt exactly the same, but if something is traveling faster, and is the same size, its impact would push something farther and harder. Another example could be Having someone push you lightly and see if you can stand still, then have them push you harder and see if you move. Its the same principle under extreme circumstances. The velocity of the bullets may not be much of a difference, but is the difference significant? without empirical evidence, we dont know, but we can say that its at least greater....based on the info provided here. I have not actually seen any studies on this.
also, when I was talking about recoil, i was saying that the recoil on a 4 inch revolver firing a .357 is much greater than a subcompact semi 9mm which would mean that if I fired the 9mm from the revolver(although impossible) it would be much less or recoil.
or maybe the bullets are shaped differently, and, thus, cause a different type of wound.
that's the problem...what, exactly, constitutes "stopping power"?
and, given that all handguns are notoriously bad at immediately stopping people, does it really matter which has more "stopping power"?
actually, it isn't. there are many factors that come into play when considering the damage done to a body by a bullet that don't come into play when talking about getting hit with a baseball or someone pushing you.Its the same principle under extreme circumstances.
i don't think that is a valid conclusion. i don't think you can imagine what firing a 9mm out of a revolver would be like based on firing a 9mm out of a similar sized semi-auto.also, when I was talking about recoil, i was saying that the recoil on a 4 inch revolver firing a .357 is much greater than a subcompact semi 9mm which would mean that if I fired the 9mm from the revolver(although impossible) it would be much less or recoil.
for one thing, the ergonomics of a revolver are considerably different from the ergonomics of a semi-auto. the shape of the grip is different, the bore axis is different, the material the frame is made out of might be different, the weight of the gun is different, the semi-auto has a relatively heavy slide that moves and thereby absorbs energy, etc. etc.
it really is apples and oranges.
(btw, other than a .44mag, the handgun that i have shot that had the worst "kick" was a little .380 semi-auto...and .380 is definitely not a powerful round.)
Last edited by LittleRedToyota; December 10th, 2007 at 02:08 PM.
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