shot placement always trumps "stopping power".
Since this is the handgun forum, I'd agree. There does come a power level that trumps placement, like the .50BMG, but that's another world.
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.