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Anyone else seriously consolidating calibers?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Gunner3456, May 4, 2010.

  1. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    In my quest to stockpile ammo, and to have at least one good gun for each purpose, I've made a firm decision to reduce my number of calibers.

    1. All handguns will be .40 S&W or .22lr. (I'm not saying .40 is best, it's just where I'm going, for me.)

    2. All shotguns - defensive, deer including 2 legged, or bird will be 12 ga. All ammo will be 2 3/4 00 buck, slug, and two sizes of bird.

    3. All rifles will be 5.56 Nato/.223, .308/7.62 or .22lr.

    4. I will keep a couple of Glock 19's because of the Nato ammo in a SHTF scenario, but that's just in case I might find some ammo. I'll keep about 1,000 rounds for them just in case.

    5. All guns of the same type will be same make and model for parts. If one breaks, it's a parts gun for the others.

    6. I can't use 100 guns. Except for being able to arm a relative if needed, or to have a spare if one breaks, and to have some .22lr's for barter, the gun count is coming down and the ammo count is going up. (I don't have 100 guns - just making a point.)

    Is anyone else thinking this way?
     
  2. John Gault

    John Gault clackamas county Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Right there with you. It's easier for me as I have a limited gun cabinet but the thinking is the same. All current "tools" are pretty standard calibers, and all future purchases will be same calibers already in the tool box with the exeption of NATO calibers that I don't own yet and would be easiest to find in times of military type conflict.
     
  3. Mac_Fan

    Mac_Fan Beaverton Active Member

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    Did so years ago. 9MM pistols, and 5.56 carbines. One of my smarter decisions if you ask me.
     
  4. willseeker

    willseeker N. Portland. Well-Known Member

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    Yes. Started to have too many ammo boxes of this cal. and that cal.
    Have gone to the .45 acp for my pistols and some .38 special for the wheels.

    The 12 ga. is ready with a good supply of 2 3/4" 00 and slugs and the Model 70 is the long range with 300 win. mags.

    Don't know why but I still have a G19 in the safe and plenty of 9mm for it. I may still rig it up with a light and make it the night time home gun.


    Will
     
  5. Just Jim

    Just Jim Well-Known Member

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    So:D:D:D The government decides you have the right to keep and bare arms but not military calibers (Mexico doesn't allow military calibers for the people) and tells you only sporting guns. Hope it all works out for you:bluelaugh::bluelaugh:

    jj
     
  6. Silver Fox

    Silver Fox Puyallup, WA Well-Known Member

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    Yup. Don't call it a come back, Been doin' it for years... Hard to let go of some of the beauties in the safe but am finally getting around to it.

    .30-06
    7.62x39
    12 G
    9mm
    .22 LR

    I keep 7.62 NATO and 6.5 Grendell as "hobby" calibers but am reducing # of FALs.

    SF-
     
  7. mobil1

    mobil1 Northwest Active Member

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    9mm
    .45 ACP
    .380
    .22LR

    5.56/.223
    .308
    12ga

    Thats all that I stock currently. Handguns I probably wont ever add another. If I do, it might be a revolver in .38/.357, but I wouldnt stockpile ammo for it.
     
  8. Weebs

    Weebs Clackamas County Member

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    I stock

    9mm
    .40
    .22
    .223/5.56
    .308
    30.06
    30/30
    5.7x28
    12ga

    I understand the logic in not wanting to have to buy lots of different rounds but if you already have the gun and already have the ammo what does it really hurt to hold onto it?
     
  9. simpleguy

    simpleguy Clackamas Active Member

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    I wouldn't say I have a whole lot of calibers, but at the same time, I don't think it will dictate what guns I buy(the only gun I ever sold I regretted, so I only buy guns).

    Let me give a contrarian view though. Don't we all remember what was available on the shelf at Wally World and Bi-Mart when you went to look for ammo. during the crunch this past couple of years? That's right, just the oddball stuff.

    So I think that a bunch of each are in order.
     
  10. nixuser

    nixuser nw Member

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    7.62x54r, 7.62x39, 545x39, 762x25 that should cover about every situation :)
     
  11. toobigtofail

    toobigtofail PDX Member

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    For me, it is a no brainer to go with the 9mm. Much cheaper than all the other calibers, much more available.
     
  12. HankDiesel

    HankDiesel Oregon Member

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    My collection is just starting to grow, but I have already planned on sticking to these...


    9mm
    45ACP
    .22lr

    .223/5.56
    .308/7.62
    12G

    And a .300 Win Mag for big zombies!:thumbup:
     
  13. SICARIO

    SICARIO Oregon City Active Member

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    If you plan well and stockpile, you won't be worried about what is on the shelves at wally world during a crunch.

    I think it's important to stock very common calibers that can be bartered if needed.

    Mine:

    7.62x39
    .308
    .223
    12ga
    .22lr
    40S&W

    Everything else I have small amounts of ammo for (hunting rifles, small caliber pistols)
     
  14. Chugger

    Chugger Central Oregon Member

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    While I agree that stockpiling for future issues is improtant, I see no need to get rid of the current guns I have for fear of not being able to get my hands on it.

    Stock piling:
    40 S&W
    7.62x39
    22 LR
    12 ga
    380 ( I know... please don't throw fruit. It's for the Wifey's pistol. What do you do? I have 860 rounds on hand right now. Working to get it up to 1200 and never get below 1000)

    Will continue to purchase but only in reasonable amounts:
    7mm Rem mag ; elk hunting (I reload my own)
    243; deer and antelope (reload for this too)
    17 HMR
     
  15. THC101

    THC101 Pierce County Member

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    9mm
    7.62x39
    .22lr
    and eventually 12 gauge 00

    less calibers=less weight+more rounds of what you need
     
  16. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    The problem is, nearly all popular commercial ammunition, even .22lr and 12g, is or has been used as a military cartridge by some country somewhere. If a 'sporting ammunition' ban goes into effect, there will be precious little to choose from...maybe .22 short.

    Keith
     
  17. darkminstrel

    darkminstrel PDX Well-Known Member

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    Indeed;

    .22
    .40
    .38
    7.62x54r
    12ga

    Every situation covered from hunting to defense.
     
  18. DERGLOCKINMEISTER

    DERGLOCKINMEISTER SPRINGFIELD OREGON Member

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    10 k + rounds of 22 lr
    6000 + 223
    6000 + 9mm
    3000 45
    2500 7.62x39
    500 50 bmg
    1000 + 12 g.
    3000 17
    2000 misc

    lots of other guns I would like , just want to concentrate on the ammo now.
     
  19. Benny503

    Benny503 Grants Pass Well-Known Member

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    Stop hogging all the ammos guys...

    Over 2000 rounds of 308 (surplus, tracers, AP, match ammos)
    Over 3000 rounds of 7.62X39 (surplus and wolf)
    Over 4000 rounds of .22 LR all brands
    Around 3000 rounds of 45 (reload)
    Around 4000 rounds of 9mm all brands and reload
    Less then 1K of 40
    Less then 500 of 380 auto

    Not including what ever I buy whenever I get a chance

    Moving all this ammo is a pain in the back......
     
  20. parsons_12b

    parsons_12b LaPine Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I started doing this not that long ago I have gone with 7.62x39,45ACP,12g,. I still have a few others like 22s and the wifes 357/38 but they would probably become barter material if things came to that.