By Arnold Scope
(With “note” from MamaLiberty)
No matter what you are using your guns for, be it hunting, target shooting or self-defense, when it comes to cartridges you have almost countless options. Popular rifles, like the Remington 700 are available in over 30 different calibers. Depending on the intended use of your firearm, there are some basics that should be taken into consideration when choosing one cartridge over another.
For home-defense a cartridge should excel when it comes to stopping power. Penetration, expansion and fragmentation are what will make the difference when you have to stop an intruder. Two popular options here are .357 and .44 mag rounds
When it comes to hunting, stopping power isn’t less essential, however, especially for long range shots. It can’t hurt to read a little into the flight path of the cartridge of your choice. While stopping power in terms of penetration and a more controlled expansion is needed for a clean kill, even a .308 or .300 Win Mag bullet will fail when it hits the ground instead of vital organs. Velocity and trajectory come into play here and determine if you bring home dinner from the woods or from Walmart on the way home. Continue reading