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Old March 16, 2013, 11:58 PM   #1
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Which Bullet Would You Choose??

For general use and protection in the woods and field, which bullet would you choose? The 265 grain round-flat nose .45 caliber at 1,020 FPS (left)....or, the 160 grain semi-wadcutter .36 caliber at 1,200 FPS (right)?

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Old March 17, 2013, 06:30 AM   #2
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Bigger one of the two.>The 265 grain round-flat nose .45 caliber
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Old March 17, 2013, 06:41 AM   #3
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neither, depends on what gun you own and what the gun can handle.

however if i had the nice gun, it rather have a 300 grain cast flat point at the same 10-1100 fps. that is typically rated at 1000 foot pounds.
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Old March 17, 2013, 07:01 AM   #4
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Bigger one of the two.>The 265 grain round-flat nose .45 caliber
^^^This...as long as you can hit with it.
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Old March 17, 2013, 09:45 AM   #5
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If you're talking about deer hunting with a revolver, the heavy .357 is known to work. Most any .45 bullet of around 235 grains or more is known to work.

The key is a bullet with a large meplat.

Defense? Whichever handgun with which you can best hit a target when in a hurry and being stressed.

As for shooting skill in hunting, my belief is that the range should be limited to that distance at which one can reliably hit the end of a beer can.
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Old March 18, 2013, 08:24 AM   #6
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I little explanation about my thinking here:

I enjoy shooting both of the guns that are to be used. Ruger SRH Alaskan .454 Casull and a Dan Wesson 15-2 .357 Magnum. And, I feel very comfortable with them at 25 yards.

The .357 Magnum from the 6" barrel Dan Wesson is a pleasant experience for me, no matter what I put down the barrel. With the proper bullet and good shot placement it is very capable of taking care of 99% of any concerns I, personally, may run into...people or animals.

The complication for me is this...I love my SRH Alaskan, also. Although it has some weight to it, with only a 2 1/2" barrel it is easy to handle. Anyway, for most of my needs the 360 grain round-flat nose bullet seems to be over-kill. And, even my 265 grain round-flat nose at 1,200 FPS seems to be over-kill.

I was just trying to find a happy medium where I have enough bullet to take care of the 99% without feeling I am touching of a small-cannon on each shot. And, 11 grains of Unique behind the 265 grain round-flat nose @ 1,020 FPS is fun to shoot and follow-up on.

Just some thoughts..........
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Old March 18, 2013, 09:25 AM   #7
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Many concerns have been dealt with via a 235-grain bullet at 1,000 to 1,200 ft/sec, which is pretty much common for a .45 Colt. It's certainly not what I'd call a hot load.
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Old March 18, 2013, 11:47 AM   #8
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In the woods of Louisiana, I think either would be more than enough for hunting or protection. I'd stick with what I was most proficient with and felt most comfortable with.
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Old March 18, 2013, 01:46 PM   #9
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I like the 265 FP, but I prefer to pick the firearm I'm going to carry before the bullet that's going in it.
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Old March 18, 2013, 08:19 PM   #10
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If I was gonna carry my Glock 22, which I would. I wouldn't choose either of them. Neither would work.
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Old March 18, 2013, 08:20 PM   #11
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Neither would work? Huh??

Huh?? uh, yes...that .40 S&W can heave 265 grains at 1,200 FPS or 360 grains over 1,030 FPS from a 2 1/2" barrel.

And, the .357 Magnum can match the .40 S&W on bullet weight and velocity.
http://www.doubletapammo.com/php/cat...roducts_id=337
http://www.doubletapammo.com/php/cat...roducts_id=108

And, I am not totally sure if more than 6 rounds in the woods are really needed. Would you have time to fire off more than that?

Anyway, I don't recall asking for information concerning the .40 S&W or a Glock.

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