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Cartridges of choice.

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by TN.Frank, May 18, 2012.

  1. TN.Frank

    TN.Frank Glock4Life

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    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.
     
  2. WoodenPlank

    WoodenPlank Who?

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    357SIG in primary semi-autos, 9mm for backup or more "discreet" weapons. .357 Magnum and/or .38 Special +P in revolvers.
     

  3. Cambo

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    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.
     
  4. 427

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    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.
     
  5. bac1023

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    9mm is my favorite, followed by 45ACP.
     
  6. Camu Mahubah

    Camu Mahubah 9=Fine

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  7. Wyoming

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    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.
     
  8. Tallahassee

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    .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.
     
  9. TxGlock9

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    9mm/45acp. The days I could afford it 357sig
     
  10. Cole125

    Cole125 Silver Member

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    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.
     
  11. Cole125

    Cole125 Silver Member

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    Thought it would be the other way around. :cool:
     
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  12. Pistols only and down to 9mm and 40s&w. I shoot a lot of .22 so I shouldn't forget to mention it too.
     
  13. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    .22LR, 9mm, .45ACP, .38Spl/.357Mag, .44Spl/.44Mag, and of course .38 Super for when I gotta pimp it.
     
  14. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

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    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.
     
  15. barth

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    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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  16. TN.Frank

    TN.Frank Glock4Life

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    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.
     
  17. PlasticGuy

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    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.
     
  18. .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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  19. bac1023

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    Well, I do own more 45ACP handguns, due to all my 1911s. However, 9mm has always been my favorite cartridge overall.
     
  20. byf43

    byf43 NRA Life Member

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    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.