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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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Me personally I love steel framed pistols and grew up shooting my PawPaws 1911 and his 357 Mag. I have had many 1911's over the years and carried a full size 45acp until last year when my buddy convinced me to try out his Beretta 92fs and I now have a 92X RDO as as my CCW...But I love the 45acp and have cast tons of them I go with the middle of the road approach with target ammo and use 200 grain swc's to practice with, but for carry purposes and to stop threats I have always went with good ol +P Hydra-Shoks because 235 grains has been proven over time and they're my personal favorite. I think it really depends on the threats response to the trauma that occurs when taking a bullet to determine how quickly they'll go down. For the purposes of creating the wound cavity. I'm on the side of the heavier they are the more lead to expand out further than the lighter ones. If I'm going to shoot lower than 200 grains to get more speed or less recoil I'll just shoot a 9mm. Plus if you go with subsonic seismic rounds you can shoot 185 grain 9mm bullets.

“Just remember you are there to learn and improve your speed and accuracy, not win.”

Nothing wrong with doing both. I’d rather win than come in second in a gunfight or a match. My “handle” of NSB stands for NoSecondBest, my team’s name for many years of match shooting….and winning. No one wants to be in second place.
Second place is the first loser
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