Which is More powerful? 357 sig or 45 ACP

Discussion in 'XD-45ACP Discussion Room' started by Charlesdht, Nov 26, 2006.

  1. Charlesdht

    Charlesdht XDTalk 100 Member

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    Ive heard a lot of debate over this? does anyone own both? If so which one in your oppinion has more power? GO!

     
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    The .357 will penetrate more.
     
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    Charlesdht XDTalk 100 Member

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    What does that mean for stopping power
     
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    XDAndMe XDTalk 3K Member Founding Member

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    Nothing. It just means the .357 will penetrate more. If you are going to be shooting through things like car doors or very heavy clothing, you'll have better chances with a .357sig than any of the other popular handgun calibers.
     
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    I have owned both at the same time. I went back to the 45 for economics. I did not believe the 357 gave that great a difference to justify the higher cost to shoot. As for stopping power, I would not want to be on the end of either round. Now if you are going for headshots out at 100 yards the 357 does have less drop than the 45 does.:rolleyes:
     
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    What would you rather get shot with?

    I say .357 Sig. Hopefully it will go right through. The .45 ACP?
     
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    The .357 and the .45 are equally as weak.
     
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    Hahahahahahahahahaha
     
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    If any question could be defined as a can of worms, it goes "Is caliber X more powerful than caliber Y?" This is a thread that's been repeated so many times, on so many forums, and with every conceivable pair of calibers plugged into X & Y, that no discussion here is going to shed any light, just more heat.

    My advice -at least if you're talking about power in its usual sense- is to shoot whatever you're comfortable with, shoot well, and can afford to shoot in adequate quantities to be well practiced. My OPINION would be "-and in a caliber generating energy equal to or greater than 9mm Para." (Note: muzzle energy is an easily definable term, where you will never arrive at an agreed upon standard of things like "stopping power" that won't create furious argument among any 3 or more aficionados for the subject.)
     
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    Here you figure it out
    Power (ft.lbs./sec.)- Work done or energy transferred per unit of time.

    Power = Work(Foot-pounds)
    Time(Seconds)
    All joking aside either round will do what you need it to. 357 is a faster round and will penetrate more. 45 is a larger slower round which will produce a bigger hole.
     
  11. chupacabrachus

    chupacabrachus XDTalk 5K Member

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    Just get a 10mm
     
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    Well, it's the corvette vs the F-250. One's faster and lighter, the other is slow and heavy. Either way, it's gonna hurt. It has been said that the .357 Sig will penetrate more. That is a matter of what hollow point you're using. The Sig is likely to stop inside the body with a good hollow point. However, there is one story of a couple of state troopers and a shootout with a guy inside a truck. The guy with the .45 put dents in the door while the guy with the .357 Sig zipped through the door and hit the driver. On the other hand, at 7 yards, you're probably ok with each. The .45 will have higher momentum, but the .357 sig will have a higher energy. You could get the middle and go with a .40. It has high energy and momentum somewhere in between the two rounds, and it's cheaper than both.
     
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    man shoot a 40 and read the spec on them
     
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    Do you have an XD10mm?
     
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    I'm just adding sticks to the fire anyway. Like someone else stated, this post is opening up a can of worms as always. The calibre debate will never cease so long as there are different calibers to chose from. Find one you can shoot proficiently and stick with it.
    If springfield really liked us they'd make a XD10. (And if they wanted to lose money on an unpopular gun). Perhaps they could make a 10mm conversion bbl for the .45acp?

     

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