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Question what is the smallest caliber you trust to protect yourself?

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I have a Crossman co2 .177 cal pellet pistol that will shoot through a 3/4 inch pine board. I'm pretty sure that I'd say"nuff if one splattered on my forehead!

However I am not a minimalist and like my 357 snubby! One of them on a forehead would paint stuff red!
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I'd take a 38 special, but I'd rather have a 357 mag.

I like the 40, but it ain't a 357 mag.

In 78 I used a 45acp in a disagreement with 2 Dallas boys. I won the argument, but I wasn't as impressed with the round afterward, as I was before.

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Depends on the range.

Point Blank: just about anything from 22 lr on up.

10 yards: 38 cal

25 yards: 45 colt/ acp

50 yards: 44 mag

100 yards: .223

1,000 yards: 6.5 cm or .308

1 mile: 50 bmg

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The smallest I carry is a 22 mag. No it's not my first choice but I trust it to make a close range threat have a bad day. Given my choice of calibers to protect myself with would be a 45-70 in a rifle. The 45-70, for when the perp is behind a car, across the street, in your neighbors garage. Not real inconspicuous though.

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.38 special/9mm is my minimum.
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22LR in a pinch, but normally 357 mag.

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.358 Sierra Stomper. 4092 foot-pounds of muzzle energy with a 250-grain bullet at 2715 fps. If I knew how to post-up a picture, I'd provide one. Imagine the .35 Whelen on a .532" head...

Post #13 at https://www.shootersforum.com/wildca...a-stomper.html Click on the thumbnail to make it bigger. I also designed the .300 Nevada Desert Magnum, which can be said to be a ".30-06 Springfield Magnum." Am working on one now that is a better 6.5mm Creedmoor. Will have about 11% more case volume...

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I am considering the Ruger LCP II or similar, in a .22. Chances of my having to use it are slight, but when I am hunting, I often use smaller

calibers than some do. ..Because I am a stickler for "shot placement".

With a .22 I am likely to get in more practice, thereby building muscle memory. If needed, a couple velociters or mini mags to the kisser,

may slow a perp down. I will include a laser, since it will be my "Sunday go to meeting" gun.


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