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45 ACP. Is it the weight or the diameter?

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I have tried unsuccessfully to research this and frankly, I give up. Perhaps I should stop thinking about this. I’m really fond of the .45 acp. I generally carry one for self defense in various configurations. My wife says I accessorize.

There are of course different weights of projectiles from 185 to 230 grains. In that respect which is best for stopping a threat? The lighter grains feel like they recoil less, but is it the heavier bullet that does the trick or the diameter that causes the larger permanent wound channel?

I absolutely believe that accuracy is the best way to stop an attack and that caliber is probably not relevant. So is bullet weight relevant?
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Here's my ten cents/sense? First, if at all possible don't put yourself knowingly in a bad situation or environment.
Second, should trouble find you and an escape option is present, take it.
Third, if the first and second options aren't doable, have something anything on your person or within grasp that works.
Fourth, whatever you choose or have available must/should be sufficient to handle the problem.
Fifth, know that during a situation? You will never have time to think, once things start. You must have a plan ahead of that time.
Sixth, Whatever happens tell the truth about it. Make no formal statement until your attorney arrives.
Seventh, know that you're gonna spend a lot of money. A heckuva lot, likely.
Eighth, what ever starts, at the get go, you will be at a gross disadvantage. Awareness, speed and skill will be all you have on your side.
Ninth, should you survive? I hope you do. Your opinions and your life will be forever irrevocably changed.

Me: I carry both a 5" and a 3.5" 1911's in .45acp. I carry ball ammo in them, got some old HP's but don't use them.
My preferred load is a 215gr or 200gr hard cast semi wadcutter as fast as I can push it. I still have some, but they're 30 years old.
So, I'm going to return to reloading this year, after a 29 year departure. Just to load what I prefer, my old bowling pin loads.

I never had the option to retreat. My words above may reflect that some. Just saying that I've had to use handguns from 1.5 feet to 46
yards, my targets were those trying to harm the public, my partner or me.
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