In this .357 Magnum vs. .45 ACP penetration competition, which ammo will dominate? Watch and the results will demonstrate the merits of each caliber choice.
TheFireArmGuy matches .357 against .45 ACP to find out which caliber dominates for stopping power and penetration at various distances.
A great matchup that clearly showed the legendary stopping power of .45 ACP at shorter ranges, with .357 performing better for penetration at longer distances.
.45 ACP was specifically designed for the US Army to be a hard-hitting round at short distances; intended to put a man down with just a couple of shots and this showed with the impacts on the masonry at closer range, doing exactly what it was made for.
.357 with its more rifle-like and longer casing keeps a higher velocity at further distances so definitely out performed on the hardwood at longer ranges. It remains a popular caliber, even seeing use for hunting carbines for that very good performance over longer ranges when compared to other pistol calibers.
Each caliber works well for different reasons, one for close in work and one for longer distances, and each will continue to be an American favorite for years to come.