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 Post subject: Pistol calibers - ballistics comparison

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Hello everyone,

I'm looking for some information about pistol calibers and their potency / efficiency.

What criterias can be used to determine the efficiency of a particular round?

My question is related to SD.

Of course shot placement is somehow a given, a 22lr will be more effective if it hits than a 45 acp if it misses.

So let's consider the following situation:

5 metres engagement, considering various shot placements:

- groin
- chest
- head

Would you say the caliber matters if you hit any of these areas only once? What about twice?

Is this a strange question? :lol: :lol: :lol:


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Joined: Sun Sep 12, 2010 10:59 am
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If you manage to not miss, bigger the better! .22 could be fatal in head as well as a punctured lung or balls, .32 in the head and chest as well as in popping the balls, and 357 mag or 45 acp will be fatal even in the groin...

If you hit the femoral with any, it would be fatal, but delayed by a bit.. so, .32 or above is good to go..

Some times words are not enough...
A punch is necessary.

(Great Boxer Muhammad Ali).

 Post subject: Re: Pistol calibers - ballistics comparison


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Joined: Mon Sep 17, 2012 4:04 pm
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Location: Karachi, Pakistan
Shots in all major organs can be fatal.
But factors such as blood loss, trauma and collapsing of a major organ result in blood loss.
Hitting a target in the critical area from 5 meters in a tense situation is very difficult.
Getting hit in The centre of the chest can cause death
Also a raptured artiary can cause death if not treated.

I saw a doctors lecture on youtube for doctors in the war zones which covered this topic

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