Also, pencil-straight trajectories are less of a concern for handguns than long-range rifles. From the muzzle out to 25 yards, there is no noticeable difference between the two cartridges. Depending on what you are shooting at and the intended effects you want, you might want a round with higher velocity, or there are situations where you might want a bit lower velocity. While the .357 is not quite as popular, it’s still widely used, and all major retailers are going to be carrying an array of .357 ammo. The .357 Magnum usually wins out in trajectory, as the increase in power results in less drop. And there is nothing inherently wrong or negative about that given the intended use of these rounds. Compared to a rifle, they are shorter and lighter which makes them more manageable in tighter quarters as might be the case in self defense rounds. The .357 Mag round tend to drop about .15 inches on average while the 9mm rounds tend to rise about .19 inches, but that’s negligible for comparing two cartridge types. I also like the option of using less powerful loads for training.
There are the classic lever action carbines as well as the more modern compact semi-auto sub guns that fall into the carbine category.
We can promise you that there are loads out there for both cartridges that appear much hotter than the rounds we will discuss.
At a certain point, it just hurts. The range that people usually have in mind when it comes to using their handgun is going to differ. Like everything we have covered, it all depends on what you’re shooting at, and we will discuss this more when we get to the applications of these cartridges. Both have a track record of working, beyond doubt. • Bullet Weights: 115 grains standard (Ranging generally from 90 to 160 gr) If we exclude the 158gr Win round, the difference in the averages falls to around 300ft.lb at the muzzle to 100ft.lb at 100 yards. Whether it is for home defense or tactical competitions, recoil is a big player in how effective you can be with the weapon.
For most handgun rounds, the trajectory at these ranges is going to be very similar with minimal differences in bullet drop. In previous times, the 9mm was wanting for performance, so a lot of people used 115-gr +P or +P+ loads to make up for it, or sized up to 147-grain. I'd also really like to try a shotgun, but I need to find a range that allows it. With low recoil and low muzzle flash, it’s perfect for home defense. Carbines also provide more room for tactical gear that can make target acquisition easier.
If that means shelling out a few extra dollars, most of us will pay it.