More questions from stats

More questions from the stats page… things people are searching on that bring them to my blog.

federal p308h

What we’re talking about is Federal Premium Vital-Shok .308 Winchester 165 grain Barnes Triple-Shock X-Bullet

I picked this as my hunting load because of the constraints of my M1A. It works great. I’m no longer using the M1A for hunting (after that first time, it was just too much), but I’m still using that load in my Savage because the load works. I like those Barnes bullets.

what choke to use for home defense

Despite what most people think, there isn’t an easy answer to this. The conventional wisdom is to use as open a shotgun choke as possible, typically going for cylinder bore. I’ve even seen some home-defense shotguns with spreader chokes (e.g. Mossberg 500 HS410). But the reality is you have to pick the right combination of choke and load that patterns as you want it to be. Take a look at what came from The Box O’ Truth on this matter. It presents a good argument that there isn’t a simple recipe that works for everyone and anyone, you have to know how things will pattern and invest the time and money to find out.

One additional factor is to consider your particular situation. Will you be shooting longer distances? Shorter? Might you have to deal with shooting around objects (barriers, potential for hostages)? How about risks of collateral damage, e.g. are you out on 50 acres of land or are you in an apartment complex and what happens if one of those pellets doesn’t strike the intended target? One if the biggest things I picked up out of KR Training’s Defensive Long Gun class is knowing your weapon and what it’s capable of at distances and with objects. There’s no question a shotgun is a vicious weapon, but it’s also a trickier one because you’re dealing with numerous projectiles that spread as they travel. If you have to shoot to 25 yards, you may need a tighter choke (it should still be effective at 3 yards). If you live alone it may not be as big a deal to ensure all pellets hit the target as if say you had children that might risk being caught in the crossfire and thus a tighter pattern offers a bit more control in shot placement.

So again, there’s no single solution that works. You have to know your situational needs, then take your gun (and do this with each gun if you have multiple), you have to buy a lot of different loads, you have to see how they pattern at different distances, you have to ensure it’s reliable in the patterning, switch chokes around to see how they work, and you cannot be afraid to switch and shop around until you find what satisfies your need. Or at least, you need to know how what you’ve got works, the capabilities and the limits.

do .38 special snub noses have recoil

Yes they do. All guns, when fired, will have recoil. 🙂  Just a question of how much actual recoil and how much felt recoil (felt recoil usually being more important to your shooting experience). Generally people are wanting to cope with “felt recoil”, and generally larger guns with heavier frames will absorb more recoil thus you’ll feel less. That is, take a .38 Special snub that’s one of the ultralight frames (e.g. aluminum alloy, or maybe one of the newer scandium alloys like the S&W 340) and a snub that’s an all steel frame, and you’ll feel less recoil with the all steel model. Take an all steel snub revolver vs. an all steel full sized revolver (e.g. S&W 627), and you’ll feel less recoil with the larger one.

the best 9mm gun

Why, the one I shoot, of course! 🙂

“Best” is highly subjective. You’ll have to be a little more specific about your goals.

I like my Springfield XD-9, customized by Springer Precision. It fits my hand well, the customized trigger is nice, the Dawson Precision sights (thin red fiber front, black “target” rear) are great, good capacity, good balance and weight for me. If I was buying a gun today, I’d probably get a Springfield XD(m) 9. It’s XD 2.0, if you will.

great self defense handgun

Now that’s a little more specific. But still rather broad because what works for one person may not work for another. Check out this guide from KR Training. I’d say what fits you and thus you can shoot well, is reliable, and you’re willing to practice and train with… that’s good for a start.

what is the more effective gun 9mm .45

Define “effective.” Seriously. Effective in what way? If you’re talking terminal effectiveness, they’re more or less the same. .45 ACP will have more recoil than a 9mm; if you can’t manage that additional recoil, if that keeps you from putting the shots where you want them to go, then who cares about cartridge/caliber terminal effectiveness because shot placement is the most important factor in terminal effectiveness… better to have a .22 you can shoot and nail things with than a .45 that you can’t hit the side of the barn with.

farting funny pictures

That seems to require the prerequisite of being able to capture a fart on film. I didn’t realize they were visible. Either I need new glasses, or maybe there’s an app for that.

socially accepted rifles for defense

That’s a good question, and I guess it all depends what social circles you run in. I’m sure Paul Helmke would say no rifle is socially acceptable for any reason whatsoever, but Ted Nugent would say whatever you can get your hands on. 🙂

The general rule seems to be that black plastic parts on the gun equal scary, and wood parts on the gun is not scary. Black plastic has a “military” look, wood parts has an old fart hunter/farmer look. Of course, the real important parts of the gun (e.g. the action) are the same.

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4 thoughts on “More questions from stats

  1. Isn’t recoil really subjective? I’m really referencing the point on .45 has more recoil than 9mm. Because realistically, an all steel 50 ounces loaded 1911 in .45 probably has the same if not less recoil than a polymer and steel 35 ounces loaded XD9. All of them will have less recoil than my 15 ounces load 642 in .38 Special.

    Of course, when you have a 50 ounces loaded CZ75 SP01 and the same 50 ounces loaded 1911, then yes with all things being equal the 9mm has less recoil. That still doesn’t stop me from running a set of plates as fast as I can and the difference between 8 shots of 9mm and .45 being negligible.

    Don’t get me wrong, I agree with you wholeheartedly, that a hit with a .22 beats a miss with your favorite thermonuclear .50 caliber, hollow point, warhead. But I really feel recoil is completely subjective and entirely up to the shooter and is probably more dependent on gun type and weight than recoil.

    Also, someone should market wood furniture for ARs…That’d be badass, Galil meets AR15?


  2. Recoil subjective? Yes and no. No it’s not subjective in that any particular round (and that includes not just caliber, but bullet weight, powders used, manufacturer, model, etc etc) exerts as much recoil as it does. That is, Newton’s 3rd law of motion… if recoil is the “opposite reaction”, how much of that energy is produced is the same no matter if you shoot that Gold Dot 9mm 124 grain +P out of an all steel 1911 or out of a Kahr PM9.

    But yes in the sense of “felt recoil”. That’s why it’s important to make the deliniation of “felt recoil”. Recoil is produced and that’s set, but then how that recoil ends up being transmitted to and felt by the shooter, well, that can be manipulated. So yes, a big steel 1911 shooting a .45 probably will generate less felt recoil than say a Kahr or Kel-Tec pocket 9mm.

    We’re probably arguing semantics. Energy is what it is, but how you feel that energy is another thing and you can manipulate that.

    Someone does make wood furniture for AR’s. Google it. 🙂

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