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6 Great Revolver Cartridges for Carry and Home-Defense Applications

Here are six popular revolver cartridges that are good choices for self-defense applications.

6 Great Revolver Cartridges for Carry and Home-Defense Applications

From left.: Federal Low Recoil Hydra-Shok .327 Federal Magnum, Hornady Critical Defense .38 Special, Hornady American Gunner .357 Magnum, SIG V-Crown .44 Special, Garrett Hammerhead .44 Magnum, Hornady Critical Defense .45 Colt. 

Here's a roundup of popular revolver cartridges for defense applications. We're going to stick with popular rounds chambered by major makers. No pistol rounds, some of which are found in revolvers today, will not be included.

Except for the .44 Magnum (Hornady Custom), I used Hornady Critical Defense for the muzzle energy figures in an effort to make this as apples to apples as possible. The Relative Recoil Factor data are from Bob Forker’s Ammo & Ballistics 6th edition. The factors are calculated...

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