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Old 02-12-2020, 12:02 PM
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Are you considering adopting a new cartridge?

If so what is it and why. I am sure that most of us have gone this route one time or another. Most here as gun forum members tend to be enthusiasts to one degree or another.

Many have started out with .22 rim fires at a young age and gone from there to long established standby rounds and guns that have been around for decades if not longer. To say that most of us are pretty familiar with .38 Special, .45 acp, 9X19, 30-30, 30-06, .308, 5.56X45, etc. This is probably not too far off track.

But It is also safe to say that we all have our pet rounds and guns. They serve us well in their respective roles. And occasionally we even will adopt a new round at least for us being new.

I have been trying to reign it in for a number of years in an attempt to consolidate things a bit. I have met with mixed results in this. Currently I am looking at .300 Winchester magnum for a number of reasons. As a cartridge that I have no experience with, for a long range target round.

What are you looking at? Rifle or handgun, something has to be calling your name.
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Old 02-12-2020, 12:19 PM
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I have so many calibers already you would have to to get really creative to name one I don't have. I am considering adding a Luger to my collection though so that would necessitate 500 rounds for that, 9x25mm also has my curiosity as a caliber for carry use because I think it can be driven fast enough to attain rifle style damage while having near zero recoil with possible ability to defeat armor.

The FK Brno has a proprietary round similar to 9x25 but it's too difficult to make a 1911 just for that when a 9x25 will be able to have the same effect.

I already have the following....

5.45x39
5.56x45
5.7x28
6.5 creed
6.5 Swiss
7.5 Swiss
7.62 tok
7.62 nagant
7.62x39
7.62x51
7.62x54r
12g
20g
410g
8mm Mauser
9x19
9x19 major
9x18
10mm
9x23 steyr
9mm largo
.17 hmr
.22 lr
.22 mag
.223
.223 Wylde
.25 auto
.30 carbine
.30-30
.30-06
.300 Black
.303 Brit
.308
.338 lap mag
.32 acp
.380
.38s
.38 spl
.357 mag
.357 sig
.40 s&w
.45 ACP
.45 Super
.450 SMC
.460 Rowland
.45 LC
.50 AE

I think that's all of them but I honestly am not sure, I have at least 500 rounds ball for each and at least one box of JHPs.

EDIT: added a few I forgot, will probably be back again
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Old 02-12-2020, 12:20 PM
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Yes, I have always kept to 22 LR, 9mm, 45 ACP 223/5.56 and 308/7.62. But lately, over the past year or so, I have had the "hankering" to play with something a bit older. I have been thinking about 45 Colt.

Having grown up in the era of the classic western movies, I have always had a bit of an interest in cowboy guns, but have never acted on it. Well, I have decided that if I am able to dig up enough money to actually get something, it will probably be 45 Colt.

Actually, one of the things that draws me to the 45 Colt is that I can get a Ruger with interchangeable cylinders - one in 45 Colt and one in 45 ACP.
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Old 02-12-2020, 12:29 PM
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Yes, I have always kept to 22 LR, 9mm, 45 ACP 223/5.56 and 308/7.62. But lately, over the past year or so, I have had the "hankering" to play with something a bit older. I have been thinking about 45 Colt.

Having grown up in the era of the classic western movies, I have always had a bit of an interest in cowboy guns, but have never acted on it. Well, I have decided that if I am able to dig up enough money to actually get something, it will probably be 45 Colt.

Actually, one of the things that draws me to the 45 Colt is that I can get a Ruger with interchangeable cylinders - one in 45 Colt and one in 45 ACP.
Be careful.... you're about to open a Pandora's Box!!!!! .45Colt is an exceptional caliber, and among the most versatile in my opinion. The best part - there are so, so many options available in terms of firearms, you could be buying different versions for a long time to come!!!

Winchester '66s, '73s, '92s, '94s (rifles, carbines, take-downs), Spencers, Peacemakers, Schofields, Vaqueros, Blackhawks, Redhaws, S&W 25s, 625s, on, and on, and on........ Tread lightly, lest you run out of money!!!

As for me and new calibers, well I may just return to an old one: the .45-70. When I consolidated calibers long ago, I jettisoned the .45-70s and the .45-90s, but now, I'm considering a return to the .45-70.
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Old 02-12-2020, 12:54 PM
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I have so many calibers already you would have to to get really creative to name one I don't have. I am considering adding a Luger to my collection though so that would necessitate 500 rounds for that, 9x25mm also has my curiosity as a caliber for carry use because I think it can be driven fast enough to attain rifle style damage while having near zero recoil with possible ability to defeat armor.

The FK Brno has a proprietary round similar to 9x25 but it's too difficult to make a 1911 just for that when a 9x25 will be able to have the same effect.

I already have the following....

5.45x39
5.56x45
5.7x28
7.62 tok
7.62 nagant
7.62x39
7.62x51
12g
20g
410g
9x19
9x19 major
9x18
10mm
9x23 steyr
9mm largo
.17 hmr
.22 lr
.22 mag
.223
.223 Wylde
.25 auto
.30 carbine
.30-30
.30-06
.308
.338 lap mag
.32 acp
.380
.38s
.38 spl
.357 mag
.357 sig
.40 s&w
.45 ACP
.45 Super
.450 SMC
.460 Rowland
.45 LC
.50 AE

I think that's all of them but I honestly am not sure, I have at least 500 rounds ball for each and at least one box of JHPs.
What! You don't have .400 Corbon? ...or .327 magnum?

I'm disappointed in you Striker.
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Old 02-12-2020, 12:57 PM
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I have so many calibers already you would have to to get really creative to name one I don't have. I am considering adding a Luger to my collection though so that would necessitate 500 rounds for that, 9x25mm also has my curiosity as a caliber for carry use because I think it can be driven fast enough to attain rifle style damage while having near zero recoil with possible ability to defeat armor.

The FK Brno has a proprietary round similar to 9x25 but it's too difficult to make a 1911 just for that when a 9x25 will be able to have the same effect.

I already have the following....

5.45x39
5.56x45
5.7x28
7.62 tok
7.62 nagant
7.62x39
7.62x51
12g
20g
410g
9x19
9x19 major
9x18
10mm
9x23 steyr
9mm largo
.17 hmr
.22 lr
.22 mag
.223
.223 Wylde
.25 auto
.30 carbine
.30-30
.30-06
.308
.338 lap mag
.32 acp
.380
.38s
.38 spl
.357 mag
.357 sig
.40 s&w
.45 ACP
.45 Super
.450 SMC
.460 Rowland
.45 LC
.50 AE

I think that's all of them but I honestly am not sure, I have at least 500 rounds ball for each and at least one box of JHPs.
What! You don't have .400 Corbon? ...or .327 magnum? [IMG class=inlineimg]https://forums.1911forum.com/images/smilies/wink.gif[/IMG]

I'm disappointed in you Striker. [IMG class=inlineimg]https://forums.1911forum.com/images/smilies/smile.gif[/IMG]
The .400 doesn't really interest me too much since I have the .450 and .460 already plus 10mm but the .327 is interesting.

Oh I forgot .300 black on that list lol
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Old 02-12-2020, 01:32 PM
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Hmmmmm

.22 lr
22 Hornet
.223
5.56
22-250
6.5 TCU
6.5 Creed
.270
.300 BLK
308
9mm
38 Super
38 spl/357
44spcl/mag
45 ACP
12 ga
16 ga
20 ga
28 ga
.410


I think that's it. Not interested in any new cartridges at the moment.

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Old 02-12-2020, 03:16 PM
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The many cartridges available are interesting, since each one has a history and sometimes unique characteristics/capabilities.

For me, it's more interesting to focus on shooting skill with a small number of them. The last few years have been narrowed to .45 ACP and 9mm in match shooting, with 5.56x45, 7.62x39, .308 and 12ga for hunting, fun and personal practice.
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Old 02-12-2020, 03:18 PM
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Going the other way, fewer calibers than in the past.
.22 LR, .32 ACP, .380 ACP, 9mm P, .38/.357, .44 Mag, .45 ACP/AR.
Used to have .25 WMR, .25 ACP, .9mm Super, .45 Colt.

.223, .22-250, .30-30, .30-06.
Used to have .222, .243, 6mm, .308, .45-70

Still have .44-40 even though I am out of CAS and .38-55 and .40-65 even though I have dropped out of BPCR.
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Old 02-12-2020, 03:22 PM
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I feel I have enough:

Pistol:

45 main round for sport and self defense, perfect powerfactors for fast accurate and hard-hitting fat rounds. (1911's and plastics.)

357 M higher PFs for those days you just want that extra recoil (Conan and 586Lcomp)

38S 1911s for days you want a little less recoil but still Major PF's.

1 9mm in plastic, not really exciting to shoot as recoil is not much but the Walther PPQ is a small/light gun which performs very well.

Rifle, SG various loads, 223/556 AR, 308 M1a, 44 magnum lever.

The full-power 357 PFs gets me the most excited, 45 is bread and butter, 9mm is a ho hum day at the range, still fun, but don't get that "tingle"...On Rifle, there is absolutely nothing as exciting as SG as far as walking off the range with a big smile.

Kinda spans the spectrum without going totally overboard. I wouldn't want to add anymore, don't really see the purpose, and then I feel "guilty" ;-) if I don't shoot it at least once a year.

(And full disclosure, had a 44M revolver but it was not fun to shoot after 25R or so, that is when I went to 357M which is just were I want the recoil to make for an exciting and fun shoot...On the low side, I'm not interesting in shooting anything less than 9mm which is already not very exciting. Of course 10 years from now I might change my mind).
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Old 02-12-2020, 03:31 PM
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For a long time I really tried to stay streamlined, sticking mostly to what I called the "NATO" calibers - 45 ACP, 9 mm Luger, 7.62x51 and 5.56x45. I also have an M-1 Carbine, which I guess you'd have to call a "pre-NATO" Caliber, but still military.

Then a few years ago I was introduced to 38 Super for the 1911, and branched out into that caliber as well. Not long after that I found out about 6.8 SPC for the AR-15 platform and ended up jumping into that caliber too.

Oh yeah, I also have a .22 rifle and a .22 magnum pistol.

So not so streamlined I guess, but still pretty tight compared to some. Not planning on adding any more to the mix, but I suppose one never knows.
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Old 02-12-2020, 03:33 PM
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If so what is it and why. I am sure that most of us have gone this route one time or another. Most here as gun forum members tend to be enthusiasts to one degree or another.

Many have started out with .22 rim fires at a young age and gone from there to long established standby rounds and guns that have been around for decades if not longer. To say that most of us are pretty familiar with .38 Special, .45 acp, 9X19, 30-30, 30-06, .308, 5.56X45, etc. This is probably not too far off track.

But It is also safe to say that we all have our pet rounds and guns. They serve us well in their respective roles. And occasionally we even will adopt a new round at least for us being new.

I have been trying to reign it in for a number of years in an attempt to consolidate things a bit. I have met with mixed results in this. Currently I am looking at .300 Winchester magnum for a number of reasons. As a cartridge that I have no experience with, for a long range target round.

What are you looking at? Rifle or handgun, something has to be calling your name.


I'll be adopting two new calibers for me in 2020:
.38Super
.30'06


Planning on reloading for both...acquiring components at this time.

Sorta funny that both have been around for ages and I'm just now getting into them. I have 1911's in .45, 9mm & 10mm....but haven't played with .38Super until this year.

Hunting rifles have been all over the place with calibers...mostly magnum stuff that I no longer have a compelling interest in....although it was loading them up to max book loads and chasing the chrono.....complete overkill for the deer hunting I do....fun at the range. Finally settling in on the classic '06.




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I have so many calibers already you would have to to get really creative to name one I don't have. I am considering adding a Luger to my collection though so that would necessitate 500 rounds for that, 9x25mm also has my curiosity as a caliber for carry use because I think it can be driven fast enough to attain rifle style damage while having near zero recoil with possible ability to defeat armor.

The FK Brno has a proprietary round similar to 9x25 but it's too difficult to make a 1911 just for that when a 9x25 will be able to have the same effect.

I already have the following....

5.45x39
5.56x45
5.7x28
6.5 creed
6.5 Swiss
7.5 Swiss
7.62 tok
7.62 nagant
7.62x39
7.62x51
7.62x54r
12g
20g
410g
8mm Mauser
9x19
9x19 major
9x18
10mm
9x23 steyr
9mm largo
.17 hmr
.22 lr
.22 mag
.223
.223 Wylde
.25 auto
.30 carbine
.30-30
.30-06
.300 Black
.303 Brit
.308
.338 lap mag
.32 acp
.380
.38s
.38 spl
.357 mag
.357 sig
.40 s&w
.45 ACP
.45 Super
.450 SMC
.460 Rowland
.45 LC
.50 AE

I think that's all of them but I honestly am not sure, I have at least 500 rounds ball for each and at least one box of JHPs.

EDIT: added a few I forgot, will probably be back again




I'd like to hear more about that .460 Rowland. Mighty intriguing.
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Old 02-12-2020, 03:51 PM
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I'm considering adopting an additional new cartridge, the .38 Super. Would like to play with .38 Super and hand load for it. I've long thought that .38 Super is everything the 9mm is cracked up to be, but isn't.

Current cartridges for which firearms so chambered are on hand, with reloading dies if center fire. Gathered in over many years' time. Still havin' a ball loadin' and shootin' and learnin'!

.22 Short
.22 Long Rifle
.22 Hornet
.223/5.56
.220 Swift
.25 ACP
.257 Roberts
.270 Win
7x57
.30 Carbine
.30 Remington
.300 Savage
.308
.30-40
.30-06
7.62 Russian Nagant
7.62X39
7.62X54
.32 ACP
.32 Colt Long
.32 S&W Long
.32-20 Win
.303 British
.303 ICL Improved
.32 Winchester Special
.351 Win
.380 ACP
9mm
.38 S&W
.38 Long Colt
.38 Special
.357 Magnum
.375 H&H Magnum
.38-40 WCF
.40 S&W
10mm
.41 Long Colt
.405 WCF
.41 Magnum
.44 Special
.44 Magnum
.45 ACP/.45 Auto Rim
.45 Colt
.455
.45-70
.45-90 Win

.410 3-inch
20 gauge 3-inch
16 gauge 2 3/4-inch
12 gauge 2 3/4-inch
10 gauge 3 1/2-inch Magnum

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Old 02-12-2020, 04:21 PM
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Little SA 911 at my local shop seems to be calling my name. If it does, that means I'd be BACK in 9mm, for the first time in 25 years...
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Old 02-12-2020, 05:38 PM
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I'll be adopting two new calibers for me in 2020:
.38Super
.30'06


Planning on reloading for both...acquiring components at this time.

Sorta funny that both have been around for ages and I'm just now getting into them. I have 1911's in .45, 9mm & 10mm....but haven't played with .38Super until this year.

Hunting rifles have been all over the place with calibers...mostly magnum stuff that I no longer have a compelling interest in....although it was loading them up to max book loads and chasing the chrono.....complete overkill for the deer hunting I do....fun at the range. Finally settling in on the classic '06.










I'd like to hear more about that .460 Rowland. Mighty intriguing.
Well it's basically a 9-11 shot .44 magnum that has less muzzle rise than a non-comped .45 1911 and insane blast every shot, you can use .45 (with a spring change), .45+P, .45 super, .450, and .460 all out of the same gun with no changes needed other than after using non .460 you need to clean the barrel before going back to it. The caliber allows far greater ease of handling and firepower than a .44 magnum revolver and much higher speed of use and recovery while retaining all the power.

I like these two loads personally, one for general use and the other as a sidearm when hunting. Be careful with the hard cast as it goes through basically anything I've shot it with so if spear hunting be aware it WILL go through a boar outright.

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Old 02-12-2020, 05:57 PM
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No more adoptions for me. Last summer I adopted a baby gorilla at the zoo. Figured when fully grown it would be great for protection. I mean who would try to rob me at the atm if I had a full sized gorilla with me. Well after paying $50 and getting a certificate I found out you don't really get the gorilla. Never going back to that zoo again.

I'm sticking with 45acp, 357 mag, 223, 308, 12ga, 22lr, and 50 cal bp. I consider those the basics. Tried 9mm and it just did not give me the warm and fuzzies.
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Old 02-13-2020, 10:54 AM
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I'm a cheapskate so:
22lr because it is the cheapest of all
9mm because it is the cheapest pistol caliber.
38 Special because it is the cheapest revolver caliber
223 because it is the cheapest rifle caliber
12 gauge because it is the cheapest shotgun shell
380 because it is the cheapest mousegun caliber
357 because it is the cheapest large caliber magnum
22 magnum because it is the cheapest small caliber magnum.
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Old 02-13-2020, 11:26 AM
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I've tried out the FN 5.7x28 as a range rental and thought it would be a fun gun to own - if only they didn't cost an arm and a leg. Even Ruger's new offering remains kinda pricey.
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Old 02-13-2020, 11:52 AM
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Short answer, nope.

I don't adopt "new" cartridges any more. There are several I alternately use, right now I'm only shooting 9mm and .380 which I won't reload as well as .223.

I have shot extensively in the past and once in a while clean up one of my presses and shoot .222, .40, 10mm, .45acp, 45 colt, .357, .38, .38 super .308, 7BR, 7mm mag, 45-70, and 12 gauge.

Since I'm no longer into magnumitis, I think any "new" cartridge that comes out will have a tough time to get me to justify adopting that I don't already have covered ballistically.

I still have dies (no guns to go with them) I can still load 357 SIG, .44 mag, 45 Win mag, .357 Herrett, 30 Herrett, and likely more I can't remember.

That's the beauty of reloading, you can buy any caliber firearm and all you need is brass, as if you've loaded a lot in the past, it's likely you'll already have primers and powder to get you going.
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Old 02-13-2020, 01:00 PM
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I went with two new calibers last year for utility vs. novelty reasons.

1) 10mm to replace .44 Magnum for woods defense. Numerous Alaskan guides and other woodsmen are moving away from their heavy revolvers to the 10mm.

2) 12 gauge for home and large predator defense.

3) ¿ Is bear spray a caliber ?
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Old 02-13-2020, 02:05 PM
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Are you considering adopting a new cartridge?

I have two categories of calibers. The mainstays/SHTF calibers and fun/hunting calibers. The mainstays are .22 LR, 9mm, 45ACP, 38 SPL, .223/5.56, 7.62x39, 7.62x51/.308, 12 gauge. The fun/hunting calibers are 5.7, .22 WMR, .243, .300 BLK, 6.8 SPC, 6.5 Creedmore, .303, 7mm Mauser, .30 Carbine, .30-30, .351 Winchester SLR, 30-06, .38 Super, .357 Mag, .357 Sig, 10mm, .380, .32 ACP, .45 Colt, .44 SPL/Mag, .32 Mag, and .40 S&W. Though my go to rifle rounds for tactical/hunting cartridges are the .300 and 6.8 in AR platforms. And my carry leans towards .38 Super and .357 SIG. I keep a good stock of ammo for them but stock about three times for the mainstays more than the others. Some I enjoy shooting. Some are for the firearms I enjoy or are historical. Some are just better performers to me than the more common rounds but are harder to find and mainly is dictated in finding bulk online.


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Old 02-13-2020, 02:08 PM
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Then a few years ago I was introduced to 38 Super for the 1911, and branched out into that caliber as well. Not long after that I found out about 6.8 SPC for the AR-15 platform and ended up jumping into that caliber too.


I fell in love with the .38 Super and 6.8 as well.


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Old 02-13-2020, 05:05 PM
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Well let’s see. I used to have a bunch of different calibers but decided to cut way back to calibers I could buy in bulk. This meant getting rid of guns and make sure I could reload for everything. Unfortunately I can no longer reload because I no longer have anywhere to set it up.
Now I have the usual suspects.

22S, 22L, 22LR,
22 Magnum.
.32ACP
.380ACP
9mm
38 Special
.357 Magnum
.460 Rowland
.223
7.62x39
.308
12 gauge
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There is a sweet bolt action Ruger American Ranch rifle in 450 Bushmaster that would be a thumper. It’s short, light weight and and very reasonably priced. There are no sights but I would probably install a red dot or a nice 4 or 6 power scope on it.
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Well let’s see. I used to have a bunch of different calibers but decided to cut way back to calibers I could buy in bulk. This meant getting rid of guns and make sure I could reload for everything. Unfortunately I can no longer reload because I no longer have anywhere to set it up.
Now I have the usual suspects.

22S, 22L, 22LR,
22 Magnum.
.32ACP
.380ACP
9mm
.38 Special
.357 Magnum
.45ACP
.45 Super
.460 Rowland
.223
7.62x39
.308
12 gauge

There is a sweet bolt action Ruger American Ranch rifle in 450 Bushmaster that would be a thumper. It’s short, light weight and and very reasonably priced. There are no sights but I would probably install a red dot or a nice 4 or 6 power scope on it.
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Old 02-13-2020, 05:29 PM
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I have so many calibers already you would have to to get really creative to name one I don't have. I am considering adding a Luger to my collection though so that would necessitate 500 rounds for that, 9x25mm also has my curiosity as a caliber for carry use because I think it can be driven fast enough to attain rifle style damage while having near zero recoil with possible ability to defeat armor.

The FK Brno has a proprietary round similar to 9x25 but it's too difficult to make a 1911 just for that when a 9x25 will be able to have the same effect.

I already have the following....

5.45x39
5.56x45
5.7x28
6.5 creed
6.5 Swiss
7.5 Swiss
7.62 tok
7.62 nagant
7.62x39
7.62x51
7.62x54r
12g
20g
410g
8mm Mauser
9x19
9x19 major
9x18
10mm
9x23 steyr
9mm largo
.17 hmr
.22 lr
.22 mag
.223
.223 Wylde
.25 auto
.30 carbine
.30-30
.30-06
.300 Black
.303 Brit
.308
.338 lap mag
.32 acp
.380
.38s
.38 spl
.357 mag
.357 sig
.40 s&w
.45 ACP
.45 Super
.450 SMC
.460 Rowland
.45 LC
.50 AE

I think that's all of them but I honestly am not sure, I have at least 500 rounds ball for each and at least one box of JHPs.

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