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TN.Frank
05-18-2012, 20:40
After owning about ever cartridge and caliber you can think of I've finally narrowed it down to two(or three depending on how you look at it). 38spl/357Mag for Revolvers and 45acp for semis. Those are the ones I'm sticking with, if a handgun isn't chambered in one of those I'll not even bother looking at it. Figure after 51 years I should narrow it down to a couple that I can depend on and trust. So, has anyone else narrowed there cartridge choice down to a couple three as I've done or are ya' still open to anything.

WoodenPlank
05-18-2012, 20:43
357SIG in primary semi-autos, 9mm for backup or more "discreet" weapons. .357 Magnum and/or .38 Special +P in revolvers.

Cambo
05-18-2012, 20:43
For me it's 9mm all the way. I shoot 300 - 400 rds a week due to it's low cost. With all that practice, I do get better and better.

427
05-18-2012, 20:57
No, I'm omnivorous when it comes to firearms. Most of my handguns are 9mm. I only have two revolvers, .45 acp and .38 special.

bac1023
05-18-2012, 21:32
9mm is my favorite, followed by 45ACP.

Camu Mahubah
05-18-2012, 21:50
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Wyoming
05-18-2012, 22:10
After many years I have way more calibers than necessary but I'm a gun enthusiast so it is OK!

Like you I like the 38/357 and 45 ACP a lot. To me 9mm is about as cheap a round to shoot as you can get so have several pistols and carbines just for fun. My Kahr P9 with +p+ is as close to my EDC as I get.

However, if I were to only have one caliber in a handgun it would be the 44Spl/Mag with my Dillion reloader! Not perfect but very versatile. Eerything from plinking to hunting big game.

The one good caliber that I avoid is the 40 S&W. I do a lot of reloading and the 40 cal brass is too easy to get mixed with 9mm and 45. If you shoot 9mm and 45 there is no need to use a 40. However I do use the 10mm and the longer case doesn't seem to be a problem. I do have one 40 S&W upper for my Beretta 92 just to have.

Tallahassee
05-18-2012, 23:03
.357 Magnum and .45 ACP are my two favorite calibers, but I enjoy variety. I have no plans to get rid of my 9 mm or .44 Magnum.

TxGlock9
05-18-2012, 23:05
9mm/45acp. The days I could afford it 357sig

Cole125
05-18-2012, 23:12
I like 9mm and .45 acp for pistols, .38/.357 for revolvers.

.40 is a good cartridge, but like many here I have no use for it.

Cole125
05-18-2012, 23:13
9mm is my favorite, followed by 45ACP.

Thought it would be the other way around. :cool:

rilkil23
05-18-2012, 23:30
Pistols only and down to 9mm and 40s&w. I shoot a lot of .22 so I shouldn't forget to mention it too.

fnfalman
05-19-2012, 01:43
.22LR, 9mm, .45ACP, .38Spl/.357Mag, .44Spl/.44Mag, and of course .38 Super for when I gotta pimp it.

collim1
05-19-2012, 02:29
I think .45acp and .38spl are good choices. I have nothing against 9mm or .40 but no arguing the two you listed are top notch.

barth
05-19-2012, 04:01
I've got seven guns in various calibers.
Revolvers? 38 Spl, 357 Mag, 44 Spl & 44 Mag
Autos? 9mm, 357 Sig, 40 and .45

For carry I've settled into;
Winchester Ranger T-Series 125 gr 357 Sig
Winchester PDX1 Defender 125 gr 357 Magnum
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TN.Frank
05-19-2012, 04:32
Main reason I'm sticking with just the two(or three) is because I get tired of getting loading dies and brass and loading up a bunch of ammo only to sell the gun off and having ammo on my hands with no gun to shoot it in. Recently did that with the 40S&W that my PX4 Storm took. I DID eventually sell off the dies and ammo but I just figure if I stick with 38/357 and 45 and don't bother with anything else even if I do sell off or trade a gun as long as it's still in those calibers I'll be good to go for ammo.
Of course 22lr is always a good choice for plinking and small game but since you don't have to handload for it I didn't really count it in my choices.

PlasticGuy
05-19-2012, 04:36
90% of my handgun shooting is .45 ACP in both autos and revolvers. I would be happy with a half dozen other calibers really, but the .45 ACP has proven to be a very good fit for most of my needs.

carloglock19
05-19-2012, 04:42
.22, .40S&W, .357sig, 9MM and .45ACP in that order as what I like to shoot. Number 2 and 3 for SD/HD (handgun).

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bac1023
05-19-2012, 05:03
Thought it would be the other way around. :cool:

Well, I do own more 45ACP handguns, due to all my 1911s. However, 9mm has always been my favorite cartridge overall.

byf43
05-19-2012, 05:23
I've thought about consolidating or 'thinning down the herd', but, I enjoy what I have.

.22 lr
7mm TC/u
.30 Herrett
9mm
.38/.357
.40
.44 magnum
.45 acp

I've sold a couple of handguns over the years, and I've regretted selling them, shortly afterwards.

Rifles/shotguns are just as diverse.

Haldor
05-19-2012, 06:39
In order of usage (all firearms):

.22 LR
.22 LR
.22 LR (I shoot a lot of .22)
9mm
12 gauge
5.56x45
7.62x51
7.62x25
.380
.44 magnum

M&P15T
05-19-2012, 06:45
9mm & 5.56mm

Bruce M
05-19-2012, 09:08
If I was going to limit myself to just two calibers, I think I would go with a Contender in 45/70 Government for my pistol and a 9mm Camp Carbine for my long gun...:whistling:

taurn88
05-19-2012, 09:22
I shoot the 9mm the most, then .40, then .380. In fact, I just ordered a case of S&B 9mm. :banana:

Camu Mahubah
05-19-2012, 09:52
Main reason I'm sticking with just the two(or three) is because I get tired of getting loading dies and brass and loading up a bunch of ammo only to sell the gun off and having ammo on my hands with no gun to shoot it in. Recently did that with the 40S&W that my PX4 Storm took. I DID eventually sell off the dies and ammo but I just figure if I stick with 38/357 and 45 and don't bother with anything else even if I do sell off or trade a gun as long as it's still in those calibers I'll be good to go for ammo.
Of course 22lr is always a good choice for plinking and small game but since you don't have to handload for it I didn't really count it in my choices.

FRANK! As much as you trade guns you should never sell or trade dies and ammo! :whip::whip::whip::whip:

Whippahh! You need spanked! From a friend to a friend!

CajunBass
05-19-2012, 09:59
I guess we can leave out 22 LR since it's a more or less universal?

For the most part it's 38 Spec/357 Mag and 44spec/44 Mag for me. And I almost never shoot the magnuns, but I can.

And a couple of 9mm's.

TN.Frank
05-19-2012, 10:03
I just figure it makes life a bit simpler to narrow it down to two or three, that way you can stock up on em' instead of spreading your ammo supply out so much. :supergrin:

JAS104
05-19-2012, 10:08
9mm first and foremost, then .45acp

TalkToTheGlock
05-19-2012, 10:15
I've decided to stick with 9mm for anything I shoot or carry. I feel tat those extra rounds I can get in a self defense situation might be crucial. Plus, I feel that between 9mm and .40S&W, they are quite similar in performance when it comes to ballistics.

Now, for collector pieces all bets are off when it comes to calibre.

Glockdude1
05-19-2012, 10:26
.40, 9mm, & .45

:cool:

fastbolt
05-19-2012, 11:04
Now that I'm no longer reloading I don't do all that much shooting with my .44 Magnum & .45 Colt revolvers, but I'm not getting rid of them. (I still have a fair amount of ammunition, both reloaded and commercial, put back for them, anyway.)

I suppose it's fair to say my preferred revolver calibers remain .38 Spl & .357 Magnum.

I used to stick just with .45 ACP as a younger man, but after a career in LE I discovered that 9mm isn't a bad choice. ;)

If I hadn't been involved with .40 S&W as a work cartridge, and had an ammunition inventory containing this caliber available, I suspect I might not have gotten into it as much as is the case, if at all. (I own 5 pistols chambered in .40, which still surprises me upon occasion. :wow: ) I still look at it as my "extra" caliber.

I was just getting out of handloading back then, but if that hadn't been the case I might have picked up a couple of 10mm pistols 20-25 years ago. The Bren Ten as all talk and no go ... the Colt DE still had some rough edges ... the G20 didn't feel "right" to me (I tried a demo G20 when they were available in late '90) ... Ruger canceled his plan to introduce the P90 chambered in 10mm ... and I wasn't ready to carry the boat anchor 1006 (and was just getting involved in using the then-new 3rd gen S&W's). It just didn't work out quite right for me to add the 10mm to my collection.

As much as I miss the .41 Magnum revolvers I used to shoot, it's also a caliber for which I lost interest when I stopped handloading.

The .357SIG and .45GAP don't really do anything for me that I can't do with a 9 or .45, so those hold little interest for me.

I guess I'll continue to run with .38 Spl, .357 Magnum, 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP ... and an occasional foray with my .44/.45C revolvers. ;)

Fwdftw
05-19-2012, 11:17
9mm and 5.56 ftw

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GRT45
05-19-2012, 11:24
For handguns, I narrowed it down strictly to .45ACP for a defensive, semi-auto pistol at a range under 25 yds., and 10mm for longer range, offensive use beyond 25 yds. Luckily, I needed only one semi-auto pistol and two barrels for both calibers. :)

Wolfdad
05-19-2012, 17:33
I have handguns in all the major calibers but the ones that get the most use are 45acp and 38special.

fastbolt
05-19-2012, 18:55
I have handguns in all the major calibers but the ones that get the most use are 45acp and 38special.

Hard to beat the pair of proven 20th century service calibers. ;)

SiberianErik
05-19-2012, 20:09
.45
5.7x28
7.62x54
5.56
44-40
45-70

the 5.7 (.224) is my fave, working on landing an AR57 asap

bac1023
05-19-2012, 20:12
9mm first and foremost, then .45acp

Great choices

samuse
05-19-2012, 20:35
9mm & 5.56mm



Yup.

I do have a J-frame BUG that's a 38spl.

Highspeedlane
05-19-2012, 20:43
Love heavy recoiling handguns like .45 Colt +P and .454 Casull.

Shooting a Blackhawk loaded with heavy 325 grain bullets and feeling the pistol lift off the bench is cathartic.

I wish Ruger would come out with a beefed up, 6 shot Blackhawk chambered for the .454. The Super Redhawk is a good number but I prefer the way the single action rolls up instead of shoving straight back.

AK_Stick
05-19-2012, 20:47
17 Rem, 22, 5.56, 30-06, 7x57, 300 wsm, 338 win mag, 9.3x74R, 375, 375 ICL, 416 Rigby, 45-70 for rifles.


9mm, 10mm, 45 acp, 44 mag for handguns.

Those are "about" all the cartridges I need.



Why settle for a cartridge that does an ok job when you can have one that does every job well?

countrygun
05-19-2012, 20:51
As a handloaderI tend to lump rounds like the .44 mag and special , together.

If there was a mid frame 5 shot .41 mag or they legitimized the .41 soecial wildcat and made such a gun. the combo would do for my centerfire revolver round. If there were a few more choices in pistols the 10mm would do as my Semi auto centerfire round.

ronin.45
05-19-2012, 21:06
Centerfire handguns are all in two calibers 9/45. I can get any action type or brand I want in those two and they are easy to stock up on.

Berto
05-19-2012, 21:19
No way, can't do it....at least not to only a couple.

.38sp
9mm
.45acp
.44sp

SauerChoi
05-19-2012, 21:26
9mm is my favorite, followed by 45ACP.
+1 :cool::cool::cool:

brisk21
05-20-2012, 08:25
9, .40, .45, .38, .380, .357, .223, 12ga, .22lr, and .270. Out of all those I really only shoot the 9, .45, and .223.

CBennett
05-20-2012, 08:39
After owning about ever cartridge and caliber you can think of I've finally narrowed it down to two(or three depending on how you look at it). 38spl/357Mag for Revolvers and 45acp for semis. Those are the ones I'm sticking with, if a handgun isn't chambered in one of those I'll not even bother looking at it. Figure after 51 years I should narrow it down to a couple that I can depend on and trust. So, has anyone else narrowed there cartridge choice down to a couple three as I've done or are ya' still open to anything.



good choices I almost have the same list

.38/.357 magnum

.45 ACP (which I actually dont own right now)

9mm

5.45/5.56 for rifles(and lever action in .357 magnum)

and .22lr/.22 WMR for plinking/small game hunting

IF i really had to go with just 1 cartridge it would be .357 cause you can do anything from a semi auto to a pistol to a rifle with the .357 and in most cases(not sure about the semi auto) the .38 special..and in my part of the country it would take down pretty much anything in the woods as needed inside 100 yds.


In the same way the one cartridge after using it for 3+ years(in a Glock 23) ive fully eliminated from my lineup is the S&W .40...just dont like it and it does not do anything the .45 ACP wont do just as well or better and with a nicer...not less per say but a nicer what I would call "rolling" recoil VS a sharp unpleasant snappy recoil from the .40.

TN.Frank
05-20-2012, 09:02
For centerfire handguns I think the 9x19mm might come in third on my list. Low recoil, large mag capacity, and you can get some really small semis in 9x19mm.
I like the 38x357Mag because you can get anything from a small J-Frame up to an 8 shot N-Frame in that cartridge. The 45acp, IMHO is one of the best semi auto cartridges for those of us who handload. The brass is large so it's easier to fine and it works great with cast bullets.

Wyoming
05-20-2012, 10:33
Why do some think it is special to only shoot a few calibers?

We are gun people! The more the better!

If I were King I would tax people for having less than 10 different calibers!:tongueout:

faawrenchbndr
05-20-2012, 11:11
I like 9mm and .45 acp for pistols, .38/.357 for revolvers.

.40 is a good cartridge, but like many here I have no use for it.

Yep,...........+1

TN.Frank
05-20-2012, 11:37
Why do some think it is special to only shoot a few calibers?


I don't think it's "Special" but I do think after owning a boat load of different calibers is nice to have finally made up your mind as to which are the most useful to you so you can concentrate on those. Just tends to make life a bit more simple for me.

CBennett
05-20-2012, 13:51
Why do some think it is special to only shoot a few calibers?


cost effective and I really dont need more than I shoot..the only cartridge id add to my collection(talking centerfires) of .38/.357,9mm,5.45 or 5.56 would be .308 but i dont own one...at least not yet but that .308 M1 Garand is calling my name :) .

NEOH212
05-20-2012, 16:26
For me, .357 Mag for revolvers and .40 or .45 for semi-autos.

RyanSBHF
05-20-2012, 19:05
1) 9mm Luger
2) .45 ACP
3) .357 Magnum
4) 10mm
5) .22 LR