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Old December 17th, 2013, 07:43 AM   #1
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My home defense revolver is chambered for .357. I'm currently using .357 hollow points. I'm wondering if that load may be to hot and if there is a better choice for use in the home. I'd appreciate you thoughts
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A rifle or a shotgun is better IMHO than any handgun.
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Old December 17th, 2013, 08:29 AM   #3
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A rifle or a shotgun is better IMHO than any handgun.
Shotgun, OK. Rifle inside the house? OK if you hit what your aiming at. If not you may kill someone in the next room or the next house.
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A rifle is fine with the right round. In addition to my AR, I have a shotgun and an M&P FS 40 by my bed at night. They all go back in the safe during the day.
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A rifle is fine with the right round.
I remember hearing of a penetration test using multiple layers of drywall. 9mm rounds penetrated more layers than 5.56 rounds, because the latter destabilized and started to tumble. YMMV

My primary safe-room defensive firearm is my Mossberg 12ga. But whatever M&P I carried during the day stays in the nightstand until morning.
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I remember hearing of a penetration test using multiple layers of drywall. 9mm rounds penetrated more layers than 5.56 rounds, because the latter destabilized and started to tumble. YMMV

My primary safe-room defensive firearm is my Mossberg 12ga. But whatever M&P I carried during the day stays in the nightstand until morning.
Incorrect. The 5.56 will tumble but it will still penetrate multiple interior walls of normal construction.

The bigger issue with shotguns and rifles is the ability to effectively use them in confined spaces and one handed. Anything but a semi-auto has a lower rate of fire, and shotguns have low ammo capacity.
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My home defense revolver is chambered for .357. I'm currently using .357 hollow points. I'm wondering if that load may be to hot and if there is a better choice for use in the home. I'd appreciate you thoughts
.357, .40, .45 are all good choices in my opinion. None are too hot unless the recoil is giving you problems with follow up shots. If that is the case, it is more a training issue than the cartridge at this size. If you were talking .454 or .500 S&W mag that would be different.

Personally, my only advice would be to use a reliable auto over a revolver because most normal humans not named Jerry M. tend to shoot autos better/faster, they have a higher capacity, and are quicker to reload if needed. Revolvers are ok for hunting, nostalgia shoots, and maybe as a backup gun.
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I prefer a handgun in home defense. I can use a handgun with one hand and use the other to direct the girlfriend, operate a light, dial a phone or whatever else... Shotgun would work fine but i can't operate on one handed.
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Rifles vs. shotguns, Rifles/shotguns vs. handguns, Revolvers vs. semi-autos, and what ammo. And the debate goes on and on and on...

Personally, I prefer handguns. One in each hand.

When I carry a .357, normally it is loaded with .38 +P hollow points the first couple of rounds and a couple .357 in the rest of the cylinder.
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If its not bird shot, I like hornady
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From 9mm to 545 or 556
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Incorrect.
I don't remember the source, so I can't verify my recollection, but I think it had to to with how many layers of drywall before the round was eventually stopped. It was a significant number, like maybe 10? Anyway, not a few layers, and not by typical home construction and layout.

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The bigger issue with shotguns and rifles is the ability to effectively use them in confined spaces and one handed. Anything but a semi-auto has a lower rate of fire, and shotguns have low ammo capacity.
One handed, certainly. Round capacity of shotguns, certainly. As to the need for CQB techniques, it's scenario dependent. I wouldn't rule out a shotgun without knowing the plan of defense. Distance is your friend in any plan, and a shotgun might be a good choice in defending your secured safe-room.
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5.56, typical pistol rounds, and defensive shotgun loads will all penetrate more drywall then there usually is between you and potential loved ones in normal North American homes. The 5.56 will generally penetrate more layers of construction material than a 9mm, or .45 but that is mostly irrelevant for normal sized houses.

Certainly every situation is different. If your have the family behind you in a safe room (or no family) and no neighbors for several miles, and clear lines of sight for several hundred yards in any direction, I might choose something beltfed in .30 caliber or larger. For my home, handguns (plural) are a better option with autos as primary and the .357 revolvers serving a backup role.
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