.357 Magnum vs .45 ACP

Which Ballistics do you Use?

There are always debates on which is the better carry handgun and we get down to the ballistics, which is better?, a .357 Magnum or a 45ACP?
357vs45acpMost of us gun enthusiasts have an idea between the two ammo which is the more powerful. But even for the advanced and novice, sometimes its good to see the effects of the ballistics. The following is a penetration comparison of the two ammo and it is the un-scientific approach. Basically shoot at different type of objects and observe the effects.

In this .357 Magnum vs. .45 ACP penetration matchup, which ammo will dominate? Watch and let the results demonstrate the merits of each caliber choice.

TheFireArmGuy Youtuber matches .357 against .45 ACP at various ranges to determine the effectiveness of stopping power and penetration.


Results
It’s always a great match up that clearly defines the legendary stopping power of .45 ACP at shorter ranges, with .357 performing better for penetration at longer distances.

Historically, the .45 ACP was specifically designed for the US Army to be a knock down round at short distances; intended to put a man down with just a couple of shots and the impact on the masonry that you see in the video clearly shows this.

The .357 is more rifle-like and longer casing keeps a higher velocity at farther distances so this round out performed on the hardwood at longer ranges. Currently, it is a popular caliber, even hunters use it in carbines for that very good performance over longer ranges when compared to other pistol calibers.

So it is up to you as to which rounds you’d prefer all depending on your needs. Self defense minded only would probably go with the .45Acp versus someone more well rounded and into other things might choose the .357 for its longer range versatility. How about you all, which do you prefer or maybe you’re packing one of these, let us know in the comment below.

Source: TheFireArmGuy Youtube, Andy Van Loan


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January 6th, 2017 by