Originally posted by Dragline45
Short-sighted, I don't think so. 9mm and .45 will get the job done just as well as the .357 and still save your ears in the process.
Just out of curiosity, how do you quantify the terminal effectiveness of 9mm, .357 Magnum, and .45 ACP and the degree of hearing damage each will cause (since we already know that all three can cause some degree of permanent hearing damage)? After all, it seems to me that unless such things can be quantified, then the above statement is more opinion than fact.
As for the 125gr vs. 158gr question, I think that both are good but I prefer the 158gr for a variety of reasons. As to the thought that 158's are overly penetrative, if you use the right bullet, such as a semi-jacketed hollowpoint, they're actually about perfect.