Do You Need a Stopping Rifle?

As often as politics and gas prices, "stopping power" is a subject that you'll see addressed in pieces like this, on online forums, and across gun-store counters.

Many of the things you'll hear and read are nonsense—sales pitches, hypotheses, and third-hand accounts. 

Hunters whose egos are proportional to the size of their bores will often boast about their rifle's stopping power.

"After all, you can't murder 'em too soon!"

A genuine "stopping gun" has its place, but what is a stopping rifle, exactly?

A stopping rifle, as the name implies, is as much about its intended usage as it is about its performance or chamberings.

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