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Minimum Caliber Size?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Joe13, Mar 3, 2016.

  1. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Easy Question:

    What is the smallest caliber you will trust your and your family/friends life on?







    I put this in off topic because there are people who only keeps guns at home so Carry didn't seem to completely fit & this way we can go on tangents if needs be.

    ***Hot Topic***:eek:
    Please, don't get hostile about anyone's post - if you can't have a civil debate then take it to a private conversation for everyone else's sake;)


    Having said that, this is just for fun and maybe some good conversation.:)








    I'll start and say .22lr... And yes I am compensating for something:oops::p

    I'd rather have 9mm but it is heavier and I am sometimes just not going to carry it so .22lr works for my piece of mind.

    Will I regret that someday? I hope not but having something increases my odds by a lot over not having anything.

    At home I prefer a 12ga pump shotgun - old school style stock, wood and metal with 00 buckshot.

    Enjoy the show:D


    Possible Poll questions are limited so I tried so stick with the basics plus "other".
     
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  2. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Gonna move this to General, since it's firearm-related ;)
     
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  3. Kruejl

    Kruejl Hillsboro Moderator of the Coriolis effect Staff Member Gold Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Joe, really? Another caliber debate? Its a good thing I don't own a gun or I might have to actually participate. :cool:
     
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  4. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Would or do? If it's do, it's the 9mm.
     
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  5. Darkman1692

    Darkman1692 King county Member

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    Personally, the smallest I am willing to carry for self defense is .380 I've had too many dud .22lr rounds to trust it to protect me from a 2 legged attacker. But I know people that carry .22s and more power too them but it's not for me.
     
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  6. rezi

    rezi Everett, WA Member

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    I could carry a Kahr .380. .32ACP with some hot loaded steel core is nice.
     
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  7. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I figured it would liven the place up:D
     
  8. Roop

    Roop La Grande Active Member

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    .22lr. If it's good enough for the Beastie Boys, it's good enough for me.
     
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  9. Jerry

    Jerry Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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  10. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    Size is but one aspect.

    Weight and velocity make the others.
     
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  11. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I voted 9mm because it's the smallest I'd carry or have as my HD gun. But in a pinch, I'd grab anything, including a .22lr, if it was all that was available. I might be willing to consider a .380 or a .22lr as a BUG.
     
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  12. Larrytpdx

    Larrytpdx Portland, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    .22 lr, but strategy and tactics will change with each.
     
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  13. rezi

    rezi Everett, WA Member

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    if you had to take the family on an 8 hour car and foot tour of St. Louis people would feel comfortable with a rimfire pistol? :eek:
     
  14. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    I've seen to many farm animals over the years suffer because of poor shot placement. And fmj bullets.

    .22 LR is ok if you can make sure you can place your shots in a vital area. .380 and 9mm I've seen not penetrate the skull and skirt around under the skin. .38 plinking rounds are in the same boat.. The .38 needs to be loaded up on the warm side to be really effective!
     
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  15. DSAPT9

    DSAPT9 North Idaho Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    95 present of the time I carry a Glock 19 with a LCP 380 back up the other 5 percent it is just the 380. I do run into times the size of the G19 is not an option but the LCP will fit in a back pocket very well. It may not be the best but it is better than nothing at all.
     
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  16. AndyinEverson

    AndyinEverson Everson, Wa. Well-Known Member

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    These polls and threads are fun.
    Any of the calibers will work , some will work better than others.
    I have had only my .22lr rifle with me while hunting and have come across some sketchy guys in the woods a few times.
    I was glad of the rifle , but I worry about misfires with a rimfire.

    I have carried .38 special and .357 magnum in a carry gun I used to own.
    I use .45 acp now. Nothing against either .38 / .357 , just times were tough and needed the money so I sold the revolver.

    From personal experience .556 and .762x51 will work.

    I picked other because my house gun , the one most likely to be used for defense is a .20 gauge.
    Andy
     
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    P7id10T Cedar Hills Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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  18. oremike

    oremike Creswell, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I asked myself the same question before getting a small pistol to pocket carry while riding a dual sport motorcycle in the woods. I decided that my perceived threats would be if I've fallen and can't get up so I figured I'd want to fend off either a Cougar or a 'ner-do-well. I went with 40 S&W and so far haven't needed to see if it is "enough".
     
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  19. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    I said 22lr but being as I had to hand eject 3 misfires yesterday shooting my 22s ,I'll have to say 9mm
    I believe if the rimfire runs perfect,10 rounds of 22lr in a guys chest or face would ruin his day.And mine can put the shots where you want. But I have to be reminded of the unfortunate misfires with a rimfire
    That said the 5.7 wouldn't be bad either.And i carry a 357 with me most of the time
     
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  20. AndyinEverson

    AndyinEverson Everson, Wa. Well-Known Member

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    A .22lr that you can shoot well and has reliable ammo will work.
    If I was to rely on my .22 for defense , I am lucky that both CCI Mini-Mags and Stingers shoot well and have not had misfires from any of my .22's. Also am lucky to have a good supply of both of those rounds on hand.

    Again it wouldn't be my first choice , but then life often doesn't give you your first choice ...
    Andy