|09-10-2016, 04:19 AM||#2|
Joined: Jun 2015
From: Girard, IL
From the Plains of Africa to the Rocky Mountains, the mighty pocket nine will stop them all. When a 500 Nitro Express will not stop a charging Rhino you can with the magical nine.
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|09-10-2016, 07:18 AM||#4|
Joined: May 2004
From: Central Arkansas
It's always interesting to me to see people's choices and comfort zones on firearm power, whether for defensive or hunting use. Lots of deer have fallen to things like the .25-20, .32-20, etc; and those rifles are actually less powerful than a lot of the pistols we CCW nowadays, but they still worked surprisingly well on wild game.
My dad's old 25-20 rifle was only slightly more powerful the little CM9 micro-gun I carry; and at 25 yards, the rifle is NO more powerful than the CM9 is at the muzzle. The .32-20 even from a rifle is actually less powerful than the pocket 9mm; down around .38 spl territory. And yet it's taken a lot of game over the decades.
On the other end of the spectrum are the guys that simply want "more power", no matter anything else. I have one family member who probably 20-25 years ago missed three deer at 40-50 yards with his scoped .30-30 lever gun; so his solution was to buy a scoped .30-06 semiauto. Makes no sense, but it made him happy; so more power to him.
I used to have a mild case of the same syndrome. In the 70's & 80's, the only acceptable defensive semiauto caliber was 45acp. The only acceptable revolver caliber was 357 magnum. Period; those were the only 'acceptable' calibers for non-pocketed defensive guns. It had been "so decreed" in my head, so it was of course a universal truth; and anyone who didn't understand was a moron. Then I gradually came to my senses and let logic take priority over emotion, and it surprised me how many good options there actually were out there.
All that said, that bear's clearly the runt of the litter...
|09-10-2016, 02:10 PM||#5|
Joined: Jul 2004
|09-10-2016, 03:15 PM||#7|
Joined: Jun 2016
25-20 in a rifle is like a 4" 9mm, ballistics wise. 400ft lbs. 32-20, in a handgun, aint even THAT "powerful". People screwed up a lot of the 32-20 rifles, by rebarreling them to 357.