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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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I believe that the 230 gr. load was for the Schofield revolver as it had a shorter cylinder. Out side of a drug crazed criminal I believe that a hit anywhere on the body will cause most people to desist. If I am not mistaken one of the LA bank robbers, the last one was taken down with a shot to the foot by an officer who fired under the truck.
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