What is the best caliber for home protection?

The most common caliber for a home defense handgun is 9mm. This does mean that your gun will penetrate through walls and can possibly harm your loved ones during a home invasion. Also, many experts recommend hollow point ammo because of the power, and they are a bit safer to shoot in a home defense scenario.

Is a 357 Magnum a good home defense weapon?

The . 357 Magnum is as popular as ever with civilian shooters for self-defense, silhouette competition, and hunting. Here, in no particular order, are ten reasons it’s still the best overall handgun round out there.

Does a 38 Special have enough stopping power?

38 special yields very limited stopping power. Yes, the peewees may be better than no gun, but not by much.

Is a revolver good for home defense?

Revolvers are simple, reliable handguns chambered in a variety of calibers that are effective for self-defense situations. Many of the most popular are chambered in . 38 Special/. 357 Mag., meaning they can use shells of either type.

How much more powerful is a 357 Magnum than a 38 Special?

Modern 357 Magnum ammo is designed to fire a 158-grain bullet at a muzzle velocity of 1,235 FPS and a target thumping 535 ft-lbs of muzzle energy. Compare that to the 38 Special, which fires the same bullet weight at 755 FPS and has a muzzle energy of 200 ft-lbs, which is less than a 45 ACP.

Is a revolver better than a pistol for self-defense?

One advantage of the revolver in home defense is that it is easier to operate and learn to shoot. There isn’t much to shooting a revolver: simply open the cylinder, insert bullets, close the cylinder and pull the trigger.

Is a 357 or 38 Special better for home defense?

The.38 Special is more than powerful enough to stop an intruder, and the.357 is more likely to cause excessive and unintended damage. There’s also the additional issue of ammunition—which, on the surface, favors the.357.

What is the difference between 38 Special and 357 Magnum ammo?

Velocity– as described above, the .357 Magnum round was developed as a faster .38 Special round, but what many consumers want to know is just how much faster. While it may seem that the differences wouldn’t be that noticeable, they are. When tested, the same type of ammunition from the same manufacturer showed some surprising results.

What happens if you shoot a 357 in the ear?

The bang—for lack of a better word—will be much louder (in fact, .357’s will cause permanent ear damage if they’re fired in a confined space with no ear protection). Besides, no matter how talented of a marksperson you are, the recoil from firing a round does have some effect on your aim.

Do 38 specials expand?

Since .38 Specials are relatively low-speed rounds, when fired from short barrels, .38 self-defense hollowpoint rounds often won’t expand.