Shooter's Guide To Choosing The Best Self-Defense Cartridge

.32 H&R magnum self-defense
.40 S&W
self-defense with .40 S&W

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This self-defense round is derived from the much longer 10mm round. Overall, this is a great option for self-defense. However, ballistics aren't much better than what the 9mm delivers as the .40 produces more felt-recoil and requires more money being spent at the register. Still, the .40 S&W is a more than capable cartridge, and is what many law enforcement rely on in their service weapons.

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