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T-Rod45
02-02-2012, 10:09
I have always thought, in a major SHTF/TEOTWAWKI scenario, I'd want at least one pistol and rifle chambered in the most common, readily available caliber.

So my question is, excluding .22lr, does anyone know what the most common pistol and rifle cartridges are in the country? :dunno:

Vanilla-gorilla
02-02-2012, 10:14
I read some where is was the .45 acp and the .223 ( since not counting the .22 lr).

Othere folks say 9mm. /shrug

cysoto
02-02-2012, 10:17
So my question is, excluding .22lr, does anyone know what the most common pistol and rifle cartridges are in the country?

I don't have any statistical data but, if I had to guess, I will venture to say that the .40 S&W is probably the most common caliber currently available in the US. I say this because this is the caliber of choice of most Law Enforcement Agencies.

The most common rifle caliber is undoubtedly the good-ol' .223 (for the same reason).

Zombie Steve
02-02-2012, 10:28
I have always thought, in a major SHTF/TEOTWAWKI scenario, I'd want at least one pistol and rifle chambered in the most common, readily available caliber.

So my question is, excluding .22lr, does anyone know what the most common pistol and rifle cartridges are in the country? :dunno:

I've always thought in a major SHTF/TEOTWAWKI scenario, I'd want a bunch of ammo already stockpiled so I don't have to go scrounge from others or depend on anyone else.

fredj338
02-02-2012, 10:39
I've always thought in a major SHTF/TEOTWAWKI scenario, I'd want a bunch of ammo already stockpiled so I don't have to go scrounge from others or depend on anyone else.
A large stockpile is geeat if you stay put w/ 7-8 others,but you can only carry so much.:crying:
I would say it's 223 & 9mm. Any current military round usually has the leg up on everything else. The 40 has got to be pretty close due to all the LEA using it, but I'ld bet more 9mm handguns are sold every years than any other caliber.

Javelin
02-02-2012, 10:43
My guess would be 12 gauge... or 72 caliber to the lay person :tongueout:


:wavey:

T-Rod45
02-02-2012, 10:52
I've always thought in a major SHTF/TEOTWAWKI scenario, I'd want a bunch of ammo already stockpiled so I don't have to go scrounge from others or depend on anyone else.

That is a valid standpoint, however it's all the way to one side of the spectrum. Assuming you are heavily fortified, with enough renewable resources to sustain you indefinitely, bug-in and be merry. I personally have always leaned to the side where eventually the need will arise to go mobile. In that case, this foresight will prove invaluable. A house with a million rounds of ammo is worthless if it gets over run or destroyed. Likewise, a gun with no ammo is about as useful as a rock.

I read some where is was the .45 acp and the .223 ( since not counting the .22 lr).

Othere folks say 9mm. /shrug

I don't have any statistical data but, if I had to guess, I will venture to say that the .40 S&W is probably the most common caliber currently available in the US. I say this because this is the caliber of choice of most Law Enforcement Agencies.

The most common rifle caliber is undoubtedly the good-ol' .223 (for the same reason).

I've speculated that .223/5.56 would be the most common rifle cartrige (good, because I have a 5.56 AR. Also, I thought that the .40/9 might be a close tie for pistol caliber due to LE applications. The .45 ACP would be a nice option because my Glock 21 is dead-nuts reliable.

I was thinking that if I needed to bug out I'd want to travel light, with a .22lr pistol as my last resort BUG, my AR as my primary defensive weapon, and ideally ONE defensive pistol in the most common caliber (preferably a Glock. Options I've considered have also included a Glock 23 with Lone Wolf 9mm and .357sig barrels and extra mags, essentially 3 pistols in 1 with less weight...

Lastly, hunting while on the run would realistically be limited to small game. Would a .223 likely render a squirrel or rabbit into useless bits n pieces, making a .22 rifle necessary, or will it be ok?

cysoto
02-02-2012, 10:55
Would a .223 likely render a squirrel or rabbit into useless bits n pieces, making a .22 rifle necessary, or will it be ok?

I made the mistake of "hunting" a rabbit with a .223 once. There wasn't much meat left on that rabbit... :crying:

T-Rod45
02-02-2012, 11:01
I made the mistake of "hunting" a rabbit with a .223 once. There wasn't much meat left on that rabbit... :crying:

Damn. Looks like I'll need to add a second rifle to the mix...

banger
02-02-2012, 11:15
Simply on a W.A.G., I agree with "Javelin" and would say the 12 ga.

I would hedge my bet and give a strong possible to the 30-30 WCF.

This is based on the idea that for over a century, countless rifles have been produced by numerous manufacturers and "Squirreled away" by their owners.

barth
02-02-2012, 11:41
I don't know the answer to that question.
My solution to a major guacamole hit the fan event is my G27.
Have barrels and mags to run 9/357/40 from one gun.
That should cover some of the bases...

Brucev
02-02-2012, 11:53
I have always thought, in a major SHTF/TEOTWAWKI scenario, I'd want at least one pistol and rifle chambered in the most common, readily available caliber.

So my question is, excluding .22lr, does anyone know what the most common pistol and rifle cartridges are in the country? :dunno:

Most common? In terms of firearms... probably 12 ga. shotguns. In terms of handguns... probably .38 Special. In terms of rifles... probably .30-30 or maybe .30-06. Now... as to what is the most popular caliber ranked by current sales... 9mm for handguns and .223/5.56mm for rifles. Everything else takes the rest.

Zombie Steve
02-02-2012, 11:59
A large stockpile is geeat if you stay put w/ 7-8 others,but you can only carry so much.:crying:


That is a valid standpoint, however it's all the way to one side of the spectrum. Assuming you are heavily fortified, with enough renewable resources to sustain you indefinitely, bug-in and be merry. I personally have always leaned to the side where eventually the need will arise to go mobile. In that case, this foresight will prove invaluable. A house with a million rounds of ammo is worthless if it gets over run or destroyed. Likewise, a gun with no ammo is about as useful as a rock.



That's why you don't put all your eggs in one basket.

9mm +p+
02-02-2012, 12:33
Non shotgun long gun would be a tie, 7.62x39/223 tons of AK/SKS's in the mix that the ar crowd overlooks. Handgun has to be 9mm, hoping that you'll be able to "resupply" off of others is foolish in the extreme, get what you need now. That makes choice of caliber up to you instead of up to trendiness.

dkf
02-02-2012, 12:34
A 12gauge is very common an the most versitile. You can hunt squirrels to moose with it. Only have birdshot available, make cut shells or wax shells.

Honestly I don't get all worked up about SHTF. I'd mainly want to protect my property and stay put as long as possible so the stock pile and reloading components make more sense. I feel in a lot of cases wandering around aimlessly is a fools errand. Travel can be problematic in a lot of areas anyway.

windplex
02-02-2012, 13:58
A 12gauge is very common an the most versitile. You can hunt squirrels to moose with it. Only have birdshot available, make cut shells or wax shells.

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i watched some videos on those -- never heard of it before -- thanks.

i wonder if anyone has shot ballistic gel to see the results. i know bg is not the end all performance predictor but it would be interesting to see a static display of where the pellets end up.

LASTRESORT20
02-02-2012, 14:08
A large stockpile is geeat if you stay put w/ 7-8 others,but you can only carry so much.:crying:
I would say it's 223 & 9mm. Any current military round usually has the leg up on everything else. The 40 has got to be pretty close due to all the LEA using it, but I'ld bet more 9mm handguns are sold every years than any other caliber.


This ^^^

cowboy1964
02-02-2012, 14:25
9mm and .223/5.56 would be about the most optimal combo possible. I wouldn't sweat it though if I had .40 and .308 or 7.62 or something. .45 is dang popular too, but the size/weight (in)efficiency hampers it a bit IMO for a TEOTWAWKI scenario.

If you have a revolver obviously .38 Special is king.

Mark10
02-02-2012, 16:13
my guess would be 9mm for handgun and 223 for rifle
these stats must be available some where

dkf
02-02-2012, 16:28
i watched some videos on those -- never heard of it before -- thanks.

i wonder if anyone has shot ballistic gel to see the results. i know bg is not the end all performance predictor but it would be interesting to see a static display of where the pellets end up.

Yeah I just heard of and learned about them myself not too long ago. Also known as improvised shells. There are some decent vids on Youtube. They look pretty handy and devastating to boot.

tcruse
02-02-2012, 16:47
If you consider needing to carry/transport a large amount of ammo, I think that it would be very nice to have common ammo between pistol and rifle. Also, you have to consider the ammo weight and size as to increase quantity that can be transported. It seems to me then you would have to consider 5.7x28 for both. Small light weight rounds that work well as a pistol round and a rifle round.

T-Rod45
02-02-2012, 17:24
If you consider needing to carry/transport a large amount of ammo, I think that it would be very nice to have common ammo between pistol and rifle. Also, you have to consider the ammo weight and size as to increase quantity that can be transported. It seems to me then you would have to consider 5.7x28 for both. Small light weight rounds that work well as a pistol round and a rifle round.

That would be ideal. Problem is, once you run out of ammo, good luck finding more! :(

fastbolt
02-02-2012, 18:28
.357 Magnum (meaning really thinking about finding .38 Spl, but wanting the ability to chamber any Magnum loads that might appear).

.30-30

flynlead
02-02-2012, 18:37
Damn. Looks like I'll need to add a second rifle to the mix...

You can shoot 22LR with your AR

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Javelin
02-02-2012, 19:08
You can shoot 22LR with your AR

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With a new BCG & magazine yes.

:wavey:

unit1069
02-02-2012, 20:18
Most Common Caliber in the USA???

Just my guess but for handguns I'd say anything in 9mm, .38 Special/.357 Magnum, .45ACP, or .40S&W just because those are the most prevalent calibers from way back when through today. If counting only LEO then .40S&W would be my guess but there are a lot of caliber handguns out there issued/sold before that caliber became dominant with LEO. I read that the micro .380ACP guns are flying off the shelves so maybe that's another caliber that might be considered most popular.

Shotgun;, 12 gauge would be my first, second, and third pick as to most common.

Rifle I have no idea, but the military calibers I'm guessing still don't keep even in popularity with hunting caliber weapons.

clogspecialist
02-08-2012, 12:19
unfortunately the most common handgun caliber is 9x19mm, as for rifles cartridge- .223 or .308

itstime
02-08-2012, 12:53
I've always wanted to see statistical date of ammo companies showing popularity of different ammo.

I could never find it.

T-Rod45
02-08-2012, 13:57
unfortunately the most common handgun caliber is 9x19mm, as for rifles cartridge- .223 or .308

Doesn't sound unfortunate to me. Light ammo and 2 very reliable platforms I currently own...

OctoberRust
02-08-2012, 17:54
Doesn't sound unfortunate to me. Light ammo and 2 very reliable platforms I currently own...


I was thinking the same exact thing. :supergrin:

if it truly was SHTF. The only things that'd go with me would be two glock 19's. I'd probably even leave my mossberg 500 home since that'd add on weight which would = less ammo. I run and gun pretty well with a pistol @ 20-25 yards, even though it took a lot of practice.

michael e
02-08-2012, 17:56
I am trying to own every caliber, that way don't have to worry about not being able to use the ammo I can find.

DirtyDan
02-13-2012, 15:51
Most survivalist/SHTF/Zombie invasion preppers usually recommend the 9mm and the .223/5.56 due to them being widely available if you need to re-stock on the move,they are relatively cheap so you can stock up in the meantime & you can carry a lot of rounds with you(same idea behind what our Military & NATO went with) & you have an awesome selection of weapon choices in these two calibers.

Hard to beat a Glock 17(the most popular pistol in the World)with a bunch of standards & extended 33 Round mags and an AR-15/M4 for a SHTF combo IMO.