Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: The Great White North, almost.
Given a choice I will go bigger. If it is big enough speed is no longer required. You can punch clean through a buff the LONG way with a .45 caliber and less than 1400 fps.
I pretty much have to agree with Lloyd on his points.
There is no law that says you "have" to go fast.
Its just that fast is "easier" less rainbow, distance judging is less critical.
But remember that speed is not the answer for penetration.
On my .444marlin with .310 gr gas checked bullet I found 6 grains of Red Dot was just as good as 13 grains. And easier on both shoulder, ears, and wallet.
Look at how good the .45 colt and .45acp are. The latter probably not exceeding 850fps. But they will punch a 230 gr cast lead slug right through whatever you want punched. .357mag is IMO another sleeper in a rifle.
But the only true test is to cast/buy bullets and test for yourself in your gun.
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Happily married 18 years. Retired on SS with lots of time to spend.
Started with .223 Ultra Bull barrel. Added .357 Talo barrel. Added an action and stock set bought here, 7.62x39 barrel. Then bought complete guns .444 Marlin and .300 Blackout. Leaving me at 4 complete rifles plus a barrel. Plus a 9mm stub job bought here, and I have been finding and buying H&R shotguns at our local pawn shop where they seem to go cheap.