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whats your preferred pistol caliber?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by x1hunter89, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. x1hunter89

    x1hunter89 gresham oregon Active Member

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    just wondering what everyones preferred pistol caliber is. i go with 9mm its not too expensive and gets the job done ;)
     
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  2. ripcity

    ripcity Milwaukie Active Member

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    Same here. 9mm is good enough for me, and it's cheap.
     
  3. Villager

    Villager Eugene, OR Member

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    Gee, I thought that there'd be 20 responses to this thread by now! All the 1911 guys shooting back and forth with the 9mm guys. And a bunch of .40 S&W folks in the cross fire. And then there'd be little old me standing off to the side caressing my various .38/.357 revolvers. I guess the topic has been kicked around so many times there there's simply nothing left to say.....
     
  4. 1stIDFMP

    1stIDFMP North of Salem, south of Portland Active Member

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    .45, in my 1911 of course!:bluelaugh:
     
  5. NWGunner

    NWGunner Salem Active Member

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    I was all about the .40 S&W for awhile but switched back to good old 9mm. Though I like .357 SIG the best I use and buy more 9mm's then anything. My 1911's turned out so pristine in the end I can never find it in me to shoot them or I might of said .45 ACP. It's a toss up between 9mm's price to shoot and .357 SIG's ability to punch through anything!
     
  6. halmbarte

    halmbarte PDX Active Member

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    9mmP for me. It's cheap enough I can afford to shoot it and it's effective enough (or not less effective than .40 S&W or .45 ACP) I don't feel underarmed carrying it.

    Personally I prefer +P loads for carry ammo.

    H
     
  7. Dinged

    Dinged Portland, OR Active Member

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    Ditto. 9mm is cheap enough to train with and is effective. I do want a .40S&W and a .45ACP handgun to add to the collection but maybe when the budget allows.

    I'm also with you on the +P for defensive ammo. Federal HST 147 +P all the way!
     
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  8. no excuses

    no excuses Rainier OR Member

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    40 S&W in a glock of course ( is there anything else ;))
     
  9. Villager

    Villager Eugene, OR Member

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    Isn't the Glock-22 carried by more police than any other handgun?
    I know that 9mm is so ubiquitous as to be cheap to buy, but there is so much .40 S&W being used now that it also is not overly cost-prohibitive.
     
  10. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    9mm, but if I could only have one based on a fixed amount of purchasing power it would be .22lr. I just love .22s so much because blasting off hundreds of rounds with anything else isn't much of an option.
     
  11. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    My preferred caliber is 9mm. I've carried one for what seems like forever. 9mm pistols have always had more capacity than 45's and revolvers and as such have been my preference. As for cost of reloading, I am able to turn out nice quality, high speed (1250 fps) 124 gr rounds for $0.10 each. Love those guys at the range that when asked if they're saving their brass reply "you've got to be kidding, it's 9mm";). I just sweep it up for them and they then go out and buy more new for twice what it costs me to reload (and crappier ammo too).

    That said, there is no really "Bad Caliber". Each has its attributes and followers.
     
  12. Throckmorton

    Throckmorton Florence,Ore ah gone Well-Known Member

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    45 Long Colt,i[m a cowboy at heart. 200 grain bullet moseying along at 800fps packs a nice punch.
     
  13. unklekippy

    unklekippy In The Mountains Near Sprague River Well-Known Member

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    .357 mag is my favorite. Followed closely by .45acp. 9mm is great for messing around and deep concealment, but .45 is where it's at for target shooting and defense as far as automatics go. .357 mag needs no further explanation. Kip
     
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    2506 Seattle Well-Known Member

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    I'm with Throck. 45 Colt, 265 gr Mt Baldy Kieth over 9.5 gr of Unique. It's what I'm packing right now in my Bisley.
     
  15. Unka-Boo

    Unka-Boo Milwaukie Active Member

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    Carry gun = 9mm

    other carry gun = .45


    Confused?

    Me too.


    I've always been a .45 fan, but wanted a smaller pistol to CC and wasn't about to go any smaller than 9mm.

    That, and I also have a soft spot for Hi Powers....
     
  16. pacific keeper

    pacific keeper North Coast New Member

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    Depends , are we talking handguns or pistols ? For handguns a .22wmr for rodents , a .357 or.38 for light carry , a .45 acp 1911 for heavy carry , and a .44 or .45 colt revolver if we think we might have to mess with some thing BIG . If we're talking pistols then the 4.25" scandium frame 1911 in .45acp does the job .
    Just my opinion .
     
  17. sheepdip

    sheepdip Redland Well-Known Member

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    with any luck my next one will be .327 fed mag in a 7 shot gp100.
     
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  18. mortre

    mortre Yelm, WA Active Member

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    Honestly I generally carry a 45. Not because it the be all end all, simply because I prefer 1911's and most 1911's are 45's. I am sitting on a few thousand 9mm range brass that are just waiting for the funding for a 9mm 1911 though.

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  19. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    My preferred pistol for what?

    Being technically correct I'll say that my favorite pistol caliber is .45 ACP. Yeah, I'm predictable, it's a 1911. It's rare that I carry a different gun and I carry every day.

    Bending the rules a bit and including revolvers I have 2. For years my woods gun has been a .41 Mag. More than enough power for what I might run into anywhere around here. 210gr at 1350 fps will take the fight out of anything. Recently I've backed up a bit and bought a .357. It's a sweet shooting 7 shot, 4" Smith and I really like this gun. The 41 Mag will likely see less use because of this gun.
     
  20. techieguy

    techieguy Well-Known Member

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    45ACP for daily carry and practice but the 10mm puts the biggest smile on my face! If you reload the difference in price between 9mm and 45 isn't enough to worry about...