Originally Posted by NS Cat
Ok so the .25acp has less penetration than the .22 but it is bigger right?
What about the .32? It is bigger and has more penetration than both the .22 and .25 right?
The 32 is bigger but I wouldn’t say for sure it has more penetration than a 22lr. Also the advantage of a 22lr over both 32 and 25 is cost, availability and Varity. There are many different types of 22lr’s rounds but there is only a handful of 25’s and 32’s and both are difficult to come by these days. I think the only gun store around here that carries 32’s has to special order them.
Why is the .380 the most useless round? What round should be used instead to do its purpose better?
I don’t like it. Cost is one thing. I guess like the 45 auto it is a personal thing. For a backup gun it is good but I think there are better calibers such as the 9x19 and the 9x18. They make some nice pocket 9x19’s these days. I carried a $32 25 auto Raven for years and it never failed me. Also it was always on my person. The only thing I didn’t like about it was it didn’t have a hammer so I couldn’t carry it chambered. Dad’s had a hammer that could be safely carried chambered and at half cock, that is the gun he carried for around 2 decades.
Also on both guns we left the magazines fully loaded and they never failed. Dad still has his 25 auto and the magazine is still fully loaded and it functions flawlessly. I miss the days of $30 nickel plated 25 auto’s.
One of the most important things is availability. You want a cartridge that can be easily found. The top on the list of handgun cartridges is 22lr, 38sp, 9mm & 40 S&W. There may be plenty of others but they will not have the Varity and are not as popular. One of my favorite rounds is the 44spl and I have to drive 60 miles to find a place that stocks it.
Here is a large picture of the 380-32 acp. Click the link.
Here you can compare size on handgun rounds.
Common handgun cartridges. Left to right: 3 inch 12 ga magnum shotgun shell (for comparison), size "AA" battery (for comparison), .454 Casull, .45 Winchester Magnum, .44 Remington Magnum, .357 Magnum, .38 Special, .45 ACP, .38 Super, 9 mm Luger, .32 ACP, .22 LR