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Just one caliber

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by VinnieD, Sep 12, 2013.

  1. VinnieD


    Mar 26, 2011
    I'd like to pose a question to you my fellow GTers. If for whatever reason, you had to choose a single caliber to shoot for the remainder of your life, what would that be? it must be your carry caliber, hunting if you choose to hunt, HD caliber, and SHTF caliber if it comes up. Currently existing guns only. You must use currently existing weapons, so no 50bmg revolvers or the like.

    My personal choice. Well if you follow my posts you already know my answer. .357 Magnum. It's available in various sized handguns from pocket pistols, to large frame revolvers, and it starts to do interesting things as barrels get longer. Out of a 16" barrel carbine, it starts to achieve rifle speeds. With a large case capacity allowing for a variety of loads, it can do anything from mouse farts to heavy hunting loads. About the only downside is that there aren't any options for semi auto carbines, leaving it restricted to revolvers, a couple of semi auto handguns, and leverguns, but really it's hard to beat for overall utility. I suppose the .44 magnum could be argued on the high power end, but it doesn't have nearly as many concealable options.

    So that said, what's your choice? Go for a wide range of uses? Portability? Just indulge in the fantasy for a moment and think up what you'd use.
  2. intecooler


    Nov 15, 2012
    Why limit yourself?

  3. JBL13


    Oct 24, 2010
    Northern Utah
    I read the OP. It said, "If for whatever reason, you had to choose a single caliber to shoot for the remainder of your life..."

    That being the scenario, I would also choose the .357 Magnum for the reasons stated above.
  4. wingryder


    Oct 9, 2012
    28.420, -81.171
    9mm. It is light, compact & fairly powerful. If needed you could carry 500 rds with you if you needed to "bug out". You can use it in concealable pistols or AR style carbines. I think it is a great all around caliber.
  5. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    THis kind of stuff does happen. In RSA, the govt change meant all gun owners were restricted to one rifle, one SG & one handgun. In that situation, a 4" 44mag/M29, hands down. Small enough to CCW & by handloading, you can go mild to wild.
  6. SDGlock23

    SDGlock23 Glockoholic

    I'll vote .45 ACP/Super, in Gen4 G21 preferably. .45 ACP for social work and I have tons of brass and bullets to load for it, good for plinking too as recoil is light. Then .45 Super when I need a 250-300gr bullet out in the woods for a critter getter.
  7. cowboy1964


    Sep 4, 2009
    I'd go 9mm since I don't hunt.

    Interestingly, I believe that if we are ever "forced" into only having one caliber then I think there is a good chance that we will also be banned from having "military" calibers (whatever that means exactly, but I'm sure they will define that for us!) or maybe police calibers which probably means at least no 9mm, no .40/.45, no .223/5.56/.308 and they will probably ban semi-auto firearms completely too. So .357 Magnum could very well end up being the best choice by default. A good lever gun and two 8-round S&W TRR8s on your hip with a few moon clips and you won't really be underarmed at all.
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2013
  8. eb07

    eb07 Sharkin'

    Feb 19, 2010
    Third Rock From the Sun
    I am with you... 357 Magnum for me
  9. Dave514


    Jul 6, 2013
    .357 came to mind when I first read the title of this thread. .45 would be second.
  10. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    May 31, 2007
    Old Colorado City
    First thought was .44 mag. After considering some other options, I'm going with .44 mag.

  11. CanyonMan

    CanyonMan In The Saddle

    Jul 26, 2002
    Without question.. 4" 44 Mag !

  12. Merkavaboy

    Merkavaboy Code-7A KUZ769

    9x19mm. It is the De facto most popular and most produced handgun/SMG cartridge throughout the world.

    I don't hunt but a 9mm carbine can be used to take small and medium game at close range if necessary.
  13. unit1069


    Oct 10, 2007
    So. Central US
    I'm not a hunter either, so the one all-purpose self-defense caliber I'd choose at the present time is .357sig.
  14. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    May 31, 2007
    Old Colorado City
    I suppose it would be fun to have a wheel / lever combo in .454 Casull. A little more on the high end, and you could always load .45 Colt in the pistol. But the premise was one cartridge...

    Back to .44 mag. :supergrin:
  15. JimIsland


    Aug 1, 2011
    10mm. I have a gazillion rounds on hand and shoot it very well. IMHO, the G20 is the ultimate combat pistol.
  16. glockman99

    glockman99 Millennium Member

    Jul 1, 1999
    Hoquiam, WA USA
    How about a GOOD crossbow?...Not very concealable, 'tho...If it HAS to be a handgun, I would choose a 5.5" stainless Ruger Redhawk in .44 magnum...Can be carried in a good IWB holster with no problems...I've done it.
  17. AngelDeville

    AngelDeville NoHablaMexican

    Feb 3, 2008
    9mm, .38special, .45ACP, 7.62x54r, .223, .375 H&H, 7.62x39, 45/70, 458 Winmag, and .22lr if I have to limit myself...
  18. janice6

    janice6 Silver Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    .357 Magnum. I would order a Coonan to fill out the revolvers in this caliber. Just 'cause I like it.
  19. Angry Fist

    Angry Fist Dehumanizer® Lifetime Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    Hellbilly Hill
    If it has a slide, .22 or 10MM

    A cylinder, .22 or .44 Mag.

    Since you said ONLY ONE, I'd say .22, cuz it works for bear country, as long as you have a buddy along.
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2013