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Consolidating calibers, but still spreading it out.

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by PlayboyPenguin, Nov 26, 2009.

  1. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    I recently decided I need to start consolidating my calibers a bit. I have decided I want to have one caliber that is my primary caliber of choice.

    After a bit of think I have decided that caliber will be .40S&W for me. Why? Because it is a powerful round and I am very competent with it. It is also available in such a wide variety of firearms that I feel that I can fill almost every niche with that caliber.

    This is how I have ended up covering my bases with the .40S&W round...

    Light Work Carry: Kahr PM40

    Heavy Work/Summer Carry: Glock 27

    Winter Carry: Sig P229 Elite

    Glove Box Backup: Springfield XD-40SC

    Survival Bag Gun: H&K USPc Bi-tone

    This way I feel I can start stocking one primary ammo more than the others. I can also just keep a couple bozes of .40S&W in my survival bag in my trunk and I will have ammo for what-ever gun I happen to have on me at the time.

    Don't get me wrong. I will still stock other caliber ammo and keep other caliber guns. I am a firm believer of having a little of everything. You always need to have a gun that will work with whatever ammo you are likely to find in a rough spot. It is just that now I can train with and keep available to myself a standard.

    Anyone else do this?
  2. HappyRoman

    HappyRoman Sherwood Forest Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Sounds good to me.. So, now you can send all those other caliblers and ammo over to my house.. thank you. You have a very nice Thanksgiving too.
  3. pdx lefty

    pdx lefty portland Active Member

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    I started thinking about this a year ago. My conclusion was the 9X19MM do to the fact it is a common round and the primary handgun caliber for law enforcement. IMHO.
  4. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I have a few preferred calibers, but I can't seem to always stick to my own guidelines.

    I love the .45 ACP and 99.9% of the time that's my carry gun.

    I also love the 30-06. (am in the market for two bolt actions for my nephews in that caliber, one right, one left). I USUALLY hunt with one. My uncle and cousin hunt with them. I bought my Dad one. Argue what you will, we all know that for deer, elk and black bear it will do a dandy job.

    The line of thought is common calibers...

    But then I might carry a .41 MAG in the woods. (like that's common!)
    Also, my .375 Ruger is a tool that I don't mind soaking in snow and rain, nor giving the stock a few hard knocks. The question of enough power is moot on this continent, period.

    For the wife I made different choices.

    A .45 is way too much for her, and she really prefers a revolver. So, .38 Special it is. But that's pretty common.

    A 30-06 would likely knock her end for end. I chose a 7mm-08. Great cartridge, but not as common as others.

    It's like the old Lay's potato chip commercials. You can't have just one!
  5. NoAim

    NoAim Hillsboro, OR Active Member

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    I've done the same thing.

    I much prefer .45ACP. So most of my competition pistols and PCC shoot .45. I'm all setup for reloading and it's a pretty forgiving round.

    For carry, I'm all over the place. I've got .380, .40, and .45 depending on the size of the pistol.

    Rifle is easy....223 and .308. Anything else is a small caliber stash for some unique things (7.5x55 Swiss, 7.62x39, 8mm Mauser, 5.7x28 etc.)

    And of course...22LR and 12 Gauge.

    Although, I have very much contemplated going to a 2 rifle/2 pistol setup just to simplify things.
  6. YFZsandrider

    YFZsandrider Tacoma, Wa Member

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    I consolidated down to 9mm and .45

    9mm for inexpensive range use, easy of shooting, and high capacity.

    .45ACP better recoil than .40, low capacity, but with lots of knock down punch... besides, some pretty cool guns shoot .45s :D:thumbup:

    But if you want to only have one caliber between the 2, .40 is great. You get a great self defense hit, good capacity, and close to 9mm in price and availability.
  7. 22many

    22many PNW Well-Known Member

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    After deciding that 9mm wasnt for me all I own (handguns) are 45 acp. As far as rifles, I have 1 223 AR and all the rest are 7.62x39. Makes it alot easier to keep track of how much ammo I have.
  8. shibbershabber

    shibbershabber Vancouver Well-Known Member

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    I narrowed my collection down to 22lr and 9mm. Best thing I ever did
  9. BlvdKing

    BlvdKing Almost Boring Member

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    I started doing this about a year ago and have gone back and forth between the .40 and .45 and still haven't decided 100%
  10. dementia

    dementia kent wa Member

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    i have chosen 45 and 308 but for long range got a fn pbr in300 wsm can still load ap rounds
  11. Intervention

    Intervention NW Member

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    I started with the same plan going with .40 S&W, then before I knew it I had just as many 9MM pistols as I did .40 S&W.
  12. NK777

    NK777 West of Portland Member

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    Primary caliber for me 45 ACP and variants:

    Handgun 45 acp
    Handgun 45 Super
    Carbine 460 Rowland

    Other calibers:

    380 bug
    12 guage

    I reload for the 45 variants and 460 Rowland out of the Carbine is plenty potent at 1990fps 185gr JHP 1667ft/lb's. Yeah I'm a cheap and simple kind of guy. I think it's a real handy idea to have one primary caliber. My evolution started with the 1911 chambered in 45 ACP of course, which is my favorite shooter.

    Playboy I think you need one of these in your collection: http://www.mechtechsys.com/ You can trick them out anyway you want or keep it simple as I did. I just added a Bushnell reddot.
  13. rodell

    rodell Newcastle, WA Active Member

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    Rather than one, I went with primary/secondary. I have gotten out of many calibers, even though it doesn't seem like it. I don't worry about stock of ammo for the "others", although I don't expect to run out any time soon.

    Primary handguns

    Carry: 9mm
    Woods: .44 Mag/Special
    Others: .38/.357/.22/.380/.45ACP

    Primary Rifles

    Social Work: 5.56 NATO
    Hunting: .30-06
    Others: .308/.243/.257 Roy/7mm-08/.22

  14. ricsha

    ricsha Oregon Coast - Lincoln City Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Good thread; caused me to stop and think about it.
    I'm going with .45ACP and 30.06, with 12 guage added. And maybe a .223.
    But there has to be a place for a .22 also.
    Don't think I can yet let go of the .40 and 9mm and the .380, but I'm thinking more about it.
    There is a lot to be said for consolidating.
  15. johnharris11

    johnharris11 Central Point Member

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    I agree, it is a good thread. I have been doing this over the last year. Trying to get down to S&W 40 cal, 308, 12 gauge, and 22 LR. I'm almost there, but I still have visions of an AR floating around in my mind. I guess I could get an AR chambered in 308. There we go, I should do that. Now to just get it past the wife. It would make an awesome x-mas gift. :yes:
  16. I-Shoot

    I-Shoot Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I've tried this, but made very little progress... I've narrowed handgun calibers to 9/40/45/357m... eliminating one so far, .380. I have one G32 in .357sig, and when I shoot out the last 200 rounds of that ammo that I have on hand, I'll switch it over to .40sw and not buy any more .357sig. In terms of quantity, I'd say I've focused on 9 and .40.

    With rifles I'm trying to own only three primary calibers; .223, 7.62x39, and .308 - with .22lr and 12ga as ones I don't stock in bulk. So all of my bolt actions are in those primary calibers also. With my primary three calibers I can get decent ammo in bulk quantities, and it keeps things simple.

    I'm still fighting the urge to get a 30/30, and I did break down and get a .44magnum a couple of months ago. But neither of those would be rounds I stock in any quantity.
  17. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    Let's see - what do I have? .380acp, .38spl, .357mag, 9mm, .45acp, .22lr, .223/5.56, 7.69x39, 30-30, 30.06, 6.5 Carcano, .410ga & 12ga.

    If I was smart, I'd get rid of the .380acp, choose between 9mm & .45acp, get rid of 7.62x39, 30-30, 6.5 Carcano & .410ga. However, there are various reasons I have all of these calibers (inherited guns, unusual guns I hate to get rid of, etc.) so it's unlikely I'd shed these calibers.

    If it weren't for that fact, I'd be perfectly happy w/ .38spl/.357mag, 9mm or .45acp, .22lr, .223/5.56, 30.06 and 12 ga.