I cannot stress too heavily that the primary determinant of stopping power is BULLET PLACEMENT. A cool, deliberate marksman with a .380 Walther PPK will beat a panicky, inaccurate man with a .357 Magnum or $1200 customized .45 auto every time. Whatever firearm and caliber you select, you must practice firing hundreds of rounds in realistic defensive scenarios until you can confidently make disabling hits on your target. Tactics and marksmanship win gunfights - not having the latest 'wonder bullet' in your gun.
If you simply want to know the best defense load, go out and buy: 12 gauge 2 3/4" shell .000 buckshot. You shall live happily ever after, as this is the most effective man-stopping firearm cartridge yet devised by man. I recommend the Federal "Classic" (F127-00), Winchester Super-X (X12RB5) or Remington Buckshot (SP12BK-5PK00) as the best double-ought and triple-ought buckshot defense rounds. One of these rounds is virtually equal to a eight-round burst from a submachine gun, with every round hitting. Read Ayoob's book 'Stressfire II: Advanced Combat Shotgun' for the low-down on good shotgun skills and then practice, practice, practice, .000 steel buck is superior, both in penetration and stopping power. The number of pellets in 12 gauge "000 buck" buck-shot is eight .38" balls. A note on shotgun spread: firing your shotgun does not create a diabolical cone of doom destroying all in its path. If you have a typical defense or "riot" gun with an 18"-20" open-choked "cylinder" barrel, the pellets will spread out about 1" for every yard of range. This means that the spread of pellets fired across a large room (18') will be 6" or so, a circle the size of a coffee cup saucer. At 50 feet, the spread will be the size of a large pizza (16"). Lock and load, be safe.
Don't think because you live in an affluent upscale area in Sarasota that a violent armed home invasion will never happen to you. Saturday, September 30, 2017 Newtown Youths Sean Thomas aka Sean-T and Two of His Pals Arrested in Armed Home invasion and Kidnapping in Upscale Indian Beach Sarasota Fl. NEWTOWN YOUNG GUNS GONE WILD: Why did the Sarasota Herald Tribune and ABC-7 never report the violent armed home invasion robbery and kidnapping in Upscale Indian Beach Sarasota Fl. Newtown Youths Sean Thomas aka Sean-T, 19, and two of his pals who appear to be juveniles were arrested in the armed home invasion, robbery and kidnapping in upscale Indian Beach Sarasota Fl on Sunday 9/17/2017. Not seen in any of the local news media in Sarasota Fl was the story of the violent armed home invasion robbery and kidnapping of 5 people at the very upscale residence 'West of the Trail' in the Indian Beach section of Sarasota Fl, just across the street from Newtown. Sean S. Thomas Jr aka Sean-T, 19, of Banneker Way in Newtown and also linked to an address at Valerie Lane in the Janie Poe Housing Projects Newtown, with Charles Roberts aka Miami, 16, and Jakobe Huffman-Austin, 17, got into the upscale Indian Beach home at 2:45 a.m. on Sunday 9/17/2017, they were wearing hoods and gloves and all of 3 them had a handgun. The 3 thugs stole jewelry, cell phones, watches, rings and cash and forced a female victim out into the front yard at gunpoint and held her there until all 3 of the thugs made their getaway. Sean S. Thomas jr, DOB 11/04/1997, has a recent prior arrest in July 2017 for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon he is currently in the Sarasota County Jail no bond.
UPDATE Tuesday 10/3/2017... Sarasota Herald Tribune finally reports on Indian Beach Home Invasion, ABC7 never did: Robbers take hostage during Sarasota home invasion, SPD police say! Arrested are Sean Thomas, 19, Jakobe Huffman-Austin, 17, and Charles Roberts, 16, all of Newtown Fl.
Bill Warner Sarasota Private Investigator, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM at www.wbipi.com