.45 for me. Less worry about overpenetration, especially with glaser safety slugs. Do keep some hollow points around, but think they'd be a little too much on over penetration. I want the bullet in them, with little chance for exit.
if it does exit, then it transferred max energy to the target.
I have a sp101 as a carry gun, in 357. it'll knock the snot out of you. I'd never prefer it as a HD gun, too much oomph and flash with the 357. 38s do nicely in it though.
I hate to re-use a post in the other thread.... but it fits to darn well not to......
The way I look at my self defense pistol comes form two friends I have the the Dallas / Ft. Worth area. They both are United States Air Marshals, I happen to have the same pistol that they carry on air craft a SIG P229 in .40S&W.
The U.S.A.M. Service has switched to .357SIG so I have re-barreled mine also to the SIG .357 P229
The service supplied ammunition is .357 SIG Speer Gold Dot Hollow Point, which I now carry in my pistol also.
Though I to hope to never - EVER need to draw my side arm in self defense, should I need to, the gun is unmodified, no wolf springs, no fancy toys, but straight SIG from the factory, using the same pistol and ammunition that the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT uses to protect us all.
Think of it as a first step in the anti-sleaze lawyer defense, in the after math of a defensive shooting. With the gun being unmodified I can not be portrayed as some psycho-gun-nut that altered his weapon to see who well it would shoot humans.
I suggest you research what your local Police, Sheriff, State Police or other government agency uses and match what they use for hardware and ammunition.
Keltec P32 for everyday carry, (I know it's small, but a 32 in the pocket is way better then a .45 on the dresser) thats filled with 60 grain silvertip hollow points. For home defense there's always that .45 on the dresser with 230 gr stx and three mags. And that should get me to the safe, thats when it will get ugly.
Seriously though, where I live, and with as much as the neighbors look out for each other, and with a deputy sheriff on one side of the road, and a gun dealer on the other side, This would be a really bad place to try something!!
I use my Steyr GB 9mm, cause I got 18 chances to hit him in a mag. Times 3, i like my odds. Before anyone jumps on me that was an attempt at humor, I'm not that bad of a shot. Just like the 18 round cap.