I have a stock Glock 20 I 10mm purchased for backpacking/hiking/playing in the woods and fishing in remote areas. This is NOT a hunting handgun, itís an ďoh crap, how do I get out of here unhurtĒ handgun. At present Iím stationed at Ft Campbell KY. I live and play in TN, and Iím working on getting up to AK for may last assignment before retirement. Anyway, Iím questioning if it is appropriate to move up to the 460 Rowland from the 10mm. Some of the questions I want to ask could be answered by it depends; I know that. I also am highly aware that shot placement along with the motivation level of the animal are two critical factors. Despite the undeniable value of a revolver, I do prefer autoloaders since I shoot them often and have done so for years.
The ammo comparison numbers:
10mm, 200 grain WFNGHC, Double Tap = 750 FPE at 1300 FPS.
200gr Wide Flat Nose Gas Check Hardcast
460 Rowland, 255 grain HC-FN, Buffalo Bore = 957 FPS at 1300 FPS.
255 grain Hard Cast Flat Nose
I own both the standard Glock 20 10mm and the S&W M&P 45. The 10mm goes to the range and to the woods. The M&P 45 goes to the range and back to the bedside table. Iíve surfed and read every 460 Rowland thread on this forum and I have spent quite some looking it up online elsewhere. It looks good, but is it REALLY that much better than the 10mm?
1: How deep in real animal tissue does the 200 gr 10mm penetrate into?
2: Would it provide any realistic benefit to spend the $$ and move into a 6Ē Lone-Wolf long barrel/slide?
3: Have you seen the 10mm used to repel anything in the woods, and if so, was it effective?
460 Rowland questions:
1: How deep in real animal tissue does the 255 gr HC-FN 460 Rowland penetrate into?
2: If I get the kit for the S&W M&P 45, will the recoil damage my pistol? ($349 kit)
3: Do I NEED to go out and purchase a new steel frame 1911 specifically for the 460, if I have enough compelling information that the 460 is the way to go? (+$295 kit)
4: Have you used or seen used the 460 used for hunting or as a defense firearm for anything in the woods?
The reality is that I have no first-hand experience with the 460 Rowland and my experience with the 10mm has been on paper only, but my Glock has been accurate and uber-reliable. The other reality is that I plan to avoid encounters with large toothed animals, or any animal that may want to stomp, bite, or otherwise harm me while only armed with any handgun. So, do you have any input that I may want to know?
The 460 reads really well, but is it significantly better than the 10mm?