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Old November 5, 2012, 07:02 AM   #51
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Old November 5, 2012, 01:19 PM   #53
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Old November 5, 2012, 01:29 PM   #54
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Old November 5, 2012, 07:37 PM   #55
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Old November 5, 2012, 10:10 PM   #56
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I don't see how you can separate the caliber from the "platform". For some things, size DOES matter, and its more than just the bore size...

For everyday carry, and all concievable uses, I'd love to have a .44 Magnum auto the size of a Baby Browning, and holding 125 rnds, but until I can get that pesky alternate dimension ammo supply thing worked out, it ain't happening.

To make things fair, and just ONLY on the caliber, all calibers would have to be available in the same gun. Which means something like a T/C Contender...

and since even with a short (6") barrel, the Contender is a lot to try and conceal, and only one shot, its far from the common choice for any defensive purpose.

Auto intended for defensive use aren't optimal for big game hunting. Revolvers for hunting aren't optimal for CCW. Nor are autos for hunting, either. Rather less so than revolvers, generally. There is no one tool that is the best for everything, sad to say.

For concealed carry, I use a Colt Agent .38Spl more than anything else I have, these days. Sometimes, its a Mauser HSc in .32ACP, just because I have it. For many years I carried a Browning BDA .45ACP. And I still do, when the slightly larger size doesn't matter.

Overall, though, for the biggest bang in the smallest package (meaning versatility AND effectiveness), its tough to find a better round than the .357 Mag....
All else being equal (and it almost never is) bigger bullets tend to work better.
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Old November 6, 2012, 12:18 AM   #57
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Reloading it would be 45 colt. Factory ammo it would be 357
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Old November 6, 2012, 12:38 AM   #58
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It'll be between 45ACP or 44Mag for me.
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Old November 6, 2012, 11:07 PM   #59
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Old November 7, 2012, 12:04 AM   #60
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44 mag? too great of recoil, harder to carry, low capacity.

357? Great recoil, harder to carry, lower capacity.

45? some recoil, usually larger gun, fair/good capacity.

45 colt and 44 special - ammo too hard to find without reloading, large gun, low capacity.

40? thats obvious!

38 special ? almost, almost my choice - to me, it has the right blend of traits for a do it all gun. The problem? Usually a revolver, and cannot feed as well as a 9mm when talking semis. Also not as popular world wide as the 9mm.

My winner is the 9mm - lower recoil, high capacity, very common cal /easy to find, has enough power and can be had in a smaller package without any big sacrifice

I have guns in all of these cals except 40 S&W, and I also have pistols in .380, 32 acp, 22lr, 25acp, 460 mag, etc. The 9mm does it all well, but of course, for power, range, etc, it is not the winner. When you look at as a composite however, IMO, it is the winner.
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Old November 7, 2012, 12:17 AM   #61
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.44 magnum, due to the sheer versatility of the round. It has its drawbacks, but if I could only have one round, it would be the one that can handle just about every situation.
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Old November 7, 2012, 12:22 AM   #62
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357 magnum

357 mag would be my vote.

I feel it is available in more kinds of fire arms than any other round. (revolvers of every size, Derringers, single shots, lever actions, bolt actions, mares legs, 1911 style Coonan, Desert Eagles to name a few)
Shot placement is everything! I would rather take a round of 50BMG to the foot than a 22short to the base of the skull.

all 26 of my guns are 45/70 govt, 357 mag, 22 or 12 ga... I believe in keeping it simple. Wish my wife did as well...
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