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Old 02-26-2013, 00:04   #1
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Who recommends shooting just one or two calibers?

I enjoy shooting and love shooting handguns in particular. I only own one handgun right now and it's a SA XD40 service model (chambered in .40s&w of course), and I have a .357 sig conversion barrel. I want to get a Glock 26 and maybe a Glock 21 too! I like 9x19 and .45acp! Would you recommend just getting a Glock 27 and maybe a full size .40cal. Or is varitey really the spice of life? Even after this ammo scare I could find 40s&w and .357 sig too. No 9 and 45 anywhere! What's your philosphy on handgun calibers. Variety or K.I.S.S.?

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Old 02-26-2013, 00:35   #2
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KISS for me. I figure its easier to stock only a few calibers of ammo. .40 S&W and .38 Spl, for now. I'd like to add 9mm and .357 to round it out.

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Old 02-26-2013, 01:17   #3
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i only have 9mm for hand gun (.22lr if needed), .223/.22lr for rifle, and 12g. although a .308 AR will be joining my ranks this year, i have abandoned .380, .38spl, .357, .45, .40, and 7.62x39 over the years. i consider myself a fairly accurate shooter and am comfortable with any of those calibers but have simplified greatly over the years.
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Old 02-26-2013, 01:37   #4
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I was thinking of a Glock 26 because ammo is cheaper (typically) and I figured recoil would be more mild, but in a 27 you lose one round and gain some energy in ft. lbs. However, recoil is a little more harsh, but hardly unmanagable. If I got a Glock 21, I could get a .40 Super barrel, and rival ballistics of 10mm (for hunting pigs and deer), and still use .45acp for two legged threats and practice.
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:19   #5
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hambone80,

All you need are two things... Time & money and you can collect and shoot till your hearts content.

Your collection should be as wide as our interest in this sport.

I reload so for me it is a matter of owning a particular caliber gun in order to test with it. Afterward it becomes part of my regular rotation at the range.

After quite a few years one could have collected a nice group of firearms.
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:52   #6
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hambone80,

All you need are two things... Time & money and you can collect and shoot till your hearts content.

Your collection should be as wide as our interest in this sport.

I reload so for me it is a matter of owning a particular caliber gun in order to test with it. Afterward it becomes part of my regular rotation at the range.

After quite a few years one could have collected a nice group of firearms.
I'm rather new to this but have a 9mm, 40 and a 45 and I like them all. I'm also getting into reloading as I like the hobby aspect of it. Couple that with the fact that ammo is scarce and it just makes sense.
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:27   #7
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A mix of variety and KISS.

I've got a bunch handguns, but no .40. I'm not opposed to that caliber, but me and the wife standardized on 9mm, and I know she can shoot any of those well. Also a bunch of .38/.357. But for fun I have a .45acp, and for hunting I have a .44mag and a 7-30waters. And for micro, we have a couple .380's. And of course a few .22's. But the majority of our handguns are 9mm

That's just to establish a basic collection. Next year I was thinking about something different, maybe a double stack .40 like a Gock 23. But then NY Cuomo came along with 7 round mag restrictions for new guns. So, what's the point. Next gun will be either a .45acp, or a .357mag.

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Old 02-26-2013, 07:49   #8
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A mix of variety and KISS.

I've got a bunch handguns, but no .40. I'm not opposed to that caliber, but me and the wife standardized on 9mm, and I know she can shoot any of those well. Also a bunch of .38/.357. But for fun I have a .45acp, and for hunting I have a .44mag and a 7-30waters. And for micro, we have a couple .380's. And of course a few .22's. But the majority of our handguns are 9mm

That's just to establish a basic collection. Next year I was thinking about something different, maybe a double stack .40 like a Gock 23. But then NY Cuomo came along with 7 round mag restrictions for new guns. So, what's the point. Next gun will be either a .45acp, or a .357mag.

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Same here - two .45s, a .44, a .357, a .22LR, and a 9mm - no .40s yet.
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:04   #9
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I like a variety. Not a ton, but: 38spl, 9mm, 357, 45. I believe in getting what I think would be enjoyable to shoot. I also try to stay within the "affordable" calibers, I mostly shoot 9mm.

Also, don't sell any guns unless you really, really have to. Most everyone I know has regretted selling guns. That $100 (or more) you get will be gone very quickly, and you will be missing a gun.
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:14   #10
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I like a variety. Not a ton, but: 38spl, 9mm, 357, 45. I believe in getting what I think would be enjoyable to shoot. I also try to stay within the "affordable" calibers, I mostly shoot 9mm.

Also, don't sell any guns unless you really, really have to. Most everyone I know has regretted selling guns. That $100 (or more) you get will be gone very quickly, and you will be missing a gun.
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:07   #11
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I like having plenty of calibers. I have .22, .380, .38 spl., .357, .40, .45, 9mm, 10mm and 44 mag among my handguns.
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:21   #12
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I like having plenty of calibers. I have .22, .380, .38 spl., .357, .40, .45, 9mm, 10mm and 44 mag among my handguns.
This. I like guns too much to limit myself to just a couple calibers. Having a bunch of different caliber guns also means it's easier to find stuff to shoot if there is an ammo shortage. If it goes "bang", I like it!
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:50   #13
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I like variety as I'm still learning what I like and don't like. Eventually I will probably cut it down to fewer but for now I have six, and currently reload four.

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This. I like guns too much to limit myself to just a couple calibers. Having a bunch of different caliber guns also means it's easier to find stuff to shoot if there is an ammo shortage. If it goes "bang", I like it!
You are quite right about ammo shortages.
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Old 02-26-2013, 14:00   #15
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I own or have owned just about every caliber. So me I shoot more than others, but they are all fun. SO let your wallet be your guide; Glock, 1911, Sig, XD, Ruger, pistol, revolver, it's all good.
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Old 02-26-2013, 14:10   #16
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I have a number of 9mm and .45 handguns and just one .40 which happens to be a G27. I'm seriously thinking of getting a .40 to 9mm conversion barrel for the G27 or just selling it and getting a G26. Twice I've caught myself loading the G27 mags with 9mm. Yeah I admit it! They are pretty close to the same size and now I'm conscious about keeping the 9mm away from the .40.
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Old 02-26-2013, 15:28   #17
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I'm down to two calibers in handguns, 9mm and .45ACP.

Easier to find, especially if the SHTF... these have a chance of being available when many other calibers might be long gone and plum out of stock.

Glock 19, Sig P226 Navy and Dan Wesson CCO 1911. These three are ALL keepers big time!

Oh I forgot, a NAA Mini Mag .22Mag. But that ammo doesn't count because it's hardly ever shot!
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Old 02-26-2013, 15:32   #18
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For me it is KISS- Keep It Stocked Stupid

I accumulated ammo in the calibers I shoot right after Zero took office for the first time and keep it at a certain level replacing it as I go, rotating old stock out for new, etc.

If I cannot replace it immediately or within a reasonable time frame, I hold-off or greatly reduce the amount of shooting I do until 'til I can.
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Old 02-26-2013, 17:15   #19
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I like having the option of shooting various calibers.
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Old 02-26-2013, 19:52   #20
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Not me. Boring. I shoot just about all the regular calibers.
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