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Complimenting Calibers...?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Arkarayne, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. Arkarayne

    Arkarayne Medford, OR Member

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    As I was deciding on my main rifle, a thought occurred to me, that I kinda contemplated for a while and decided to ask the community their opinion: What's a "Complimenting Caliber" to this Rifle/Caliber i'm using?

    In my context, I've got a Romak-3 (7.62x54r, generally lumped in the .308 class of rifles) and was trying to decide on a 2nd caliber to, well, do what it won't.
    .308s are generally long range, high impact, but low rate of fire (please no flaming raging forest fires with this statement, just being general)
    So, in my mind, I'd be looking for either a smaller round, a mid range round or a high-fire-rate round, right?
    So a dual question: What are your complimenting calibers, and what would be a good choice for me?
    (obviously handgun calibers would be a different complimenting set, but would a pistol-caliber carbine be a viable choice too?)
    P.S. My main pistol caliber is 9mm.
     
  2. mrblond

    mrblond Salem OR Well-Known Member

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    338 LM and enjoy banging the gong at 2k yards +. another thing you could do is get a 10/22 plinker.
     
  3. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    I have no idea what you're even asking.
     
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  4. quneur

    quneur Mukilteo, Wa Member

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    Depends upon what you're after. For me, it would be 30-06 for elk and 30-30 for deer.
     
  5. kukusya

    kukusya King County Wa Active Member

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    My hunting set up is Howa 1500 heavy barrel in .308 for deer or smaller game. Howa 1500 in .375 Ruger for elk and bear.
     
  6. huthuthike

    huthuthike Hillsboro OR Active Member

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    I think what you should do is ask yourself "What do I like doing with this caliber?" and "What would be more fun/valuable with another caliber?" It appears that you would prefer to have as little overlap as possible in the purposes for each gun. Say a guy has a couple Mosins and a couple full-size pistols. He might want a concealed carry pistol or a .22lr for cheap(er) plinking. He may want an AR-15 for home defense or something else.

    You just need to ask what you want to do and then find the caliber that lets you do that.
     
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  7. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    Your PSL isn't ideal for home defense and you've already got your pistol caliber covered, so perhaps an AR or an AK chambered in an intermediate cartridges like 5.56x45, 7.62x39, and/or a 12g. shotgun would be a good choice?


    Keith
     
  8. Arkarayne

    Arkarayne Medford, OR Member

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    Thank you for the input.
    I think a 10/22 and/or a AK/AR might be the right fit then.
     
  9. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    6.5 Grendel
     
  10. civilian75

    civilian75 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    First, I "compliment" my wife on her looks and her cooking every day. I think you meant, "complement", right? [Grammar police hat off]

    I am struggling to understand what you mean by a "complementary caliber". So, based on what you said, you are looking for a caliber that will do what 7.62 Russian does not do for you.

    If you want to be able to share some bullets, in case you are a reloader, then, 7.62 Soviet (aka 7.62x39).

    Or, since you seem to be into former Soviet block firearms, 5.45x39. I think you can still get surplus fodder for ~$0.14-0.18/rnd+ shipping.

    Of course, 5.56x45/223REM is always a good choice. Under normal conditions, it is plentiful.

    But, I'd go with 22LR, for all the reasons mentioned above.
     
  11. Pandaz3

    Pandaz3 Cornelius, Oregon NRA Lifetime Member Platinum Supporter Gold Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I would get a 9 MM Hi-Point Carbine or better, but pricier, a Calico

    You can get 15 or 20 round Magazines for the Hi-point I understand. But it would simplify your logistics
     
  12. lucky guy

    lucky guy Sisters Active Member

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    I'd get a 223 with a fairly fast twist rate. Cheapest centerfire ammo you'll find, good ballistics, versatile, accurate, easy to reload, a thousand bullet/powder choices. Between that and a 30 caliber you can hunt most anything. Somebody mentioned a 22. Everybody should have one, cheapest practice there is by far and a lot of fun.
     
  13. Heidland

    Heidland SW Washington Active Member

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    My rifles are all almost all .308. I usually shoot 180gr which shoots just fine, through for plinking you'd want to use that cheap Federal 160gr. I'm not sure what you mean with your ROF comment. My .223 and .308win AR platforms perform the same, all have 20" chrome-moly with 1:10 twist. It depends on your rifle. If you're shooting an 18" with stainless at 1:9 you're going to be different. What are you planning to use the second caliber for?
     
  14. Arkarayne

    Arkarayne Medford, OR Member

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    Well when I say "complement" I mean it in the fashion of, having a bike or dirt/moto bike for those places a car can't go.

    I seem to be leaning toward 5.56x45, 7.62x39, or a 9mm carbine. I'll be getting .22 and 12 gauge guns anyway lol
    Or I could buy another "car" and go .308, or get a "truck" and go bigger.

    And yes i'm a reloader.
     
  15. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Dude, it sounds like an intermediate round would suit you now, but aim for having them all! LOL!!! Seems like an AK would fit right in with your Romak-3.
     
  16. 458Socom

    458Socom Wa Member

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    How about .458Socom:)

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  17. hermannr

    hermannr Okanogan Highlands Well-Known Member

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    A good pistol would be a CZ52 in 7.62X25mm
     
  18. Arkarayne

    Arkarayne Medford, OR Member

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    I considered 7.62x25mm a while back, even still have a buncha brass for it, I decided to go a different direction though.
    And honestly never heard of 458 socom.. those look painful.

    What's the pre-crazy price for your average AK or 9mm carbine? 5.56nato i'm still up in the air for. (ironically I was against AKs and ARs when I first started collecting, 'cause "everyone had one." now I know why they do lol.)