Hey guys, time for another "what gun should I get?" thread, with some other general gun questions.
I currently have a Colt .357 magnum, 4" barrel, which was an inheritance. At the range I've been shooting 158 grain rounds, but after reading around it seems most people recommend 125 grain for self defense with the 357. Is it that much of a difference? I only have a few hundred rounds of the 158, so I could go through them quick if I should be shooting the 125 grain.
After shooting the 357 a bit, I have the same thought that any sane person has, which is "more guns!" What if someone invades my home, and I'm all the way over here and my gun is all the way over there? So I find myself interested in the H&K USP, and the Springfield XDm. Both are offered in the 40S&W and 45ACP. I understand the general differences between the rounds, but have shot neither.
The Springfield XDm in 40S&W has a 3.8" barrel and is 16+1 for ~$550. The 45ACP is 13+1 and has a 4.5" barrel for between $575-$600
The H&K USP is 13+1 in the 40S&W, and 12+1 in the 45ACP. Cost wise it is ~$750+ and $820+ respectively.
Have any of you shot both frames? What are your impressions? What am I paying more for in the H&K?
For reference, I'm interested in general home defense, and not CCW with this specific gun (I'll talk the wife into another gun for that!) and I have a Remington 1100, so hold on to suggestions of a shotgun for home defense. I have two small kids in the house and don't want to be sending slugs through the walls. I know the 40 and 45 will both go through my walls, but I'll have a bit more control over the pistol.