next time I get attacked by a sink or
block of clay, I'll take that into consideration. If I want to take on elephant with an 11" 223, it will be with a 90 gr, solid bronze, hollowbased bullet, at about 2200 fps in the CAR. It IS about the APPROPRIATE use of energy. If you aint GOT ENOUGH energy, it doesn't matter WHAT form you twist it into, it's still not enough. 158 gr 357's at such speeds, are uncontrolable in ccw size and wt guns. Also, in such guns, controlable speeds, with such bullet wts, mean no expansion of the bullet in flesh. I'd like to see you TRY to match the .18 second split times of the SAME sized 9mm, as your 357 snub is, using a 158 gr with the same energy as the 9mm has. Say, 90 grs at 1500 fps, 450 ft lbs. in a 6.7", 24 oz auto. Get your 158 gr bullet going 1150 fps(if you CAN) in your 24 ozs, 6.7" long 357 snub, and you will get at best .35 seoncd splits, for repeat hits on the 10" circle of the chest, at 5 yds. Maybe you want to be twice as slow as you need be, but nobody with any sense does.
The lungs are rarely more than 2" deep from the front of the chest, the heart almost never more than 3". from the side, the lung is never deeper, and the heart is at most 7' from the ribs. If you'd like to hold up an 8" thick dog in front of your chest, and let me pop him with a 90 gr 9mm, I'd be glad to accomodate you. You'd be perfectly safe, since everyone KMOWS a 90 gr 9mm jhp wont penetrate more than 8" of flesh and blood, right? RIGHT?
Arm first hits are MISSES, since you never INTENDED to hit the arm, and they are actually pretty rare. an adquately destructive and shocking, load, typically makes that arm USELESS with such a hit, which can often be of A LOT MORE value than a .45 ball hit to the lung, as far as achieving an immediate effect goes. Certainly, the 357 snub load can be deflected by an arm bone, too, and then it takes you TWICE as long to get a repeat hit, and you've only got 5 tries with which to do so, too,fighting a DA trigger and the revolver's higher line of recoil as you do so.
Guns that are too big and heavy to have WITH you don't count.