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Old 02-14-2020, 09:29 PM
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I've never been in the caliber consolidation camp, variety is the spice of life. I even have at least 2 calibers (if you include 16 guage) in my collection without arms to fire them! One of these days, my older sister is going to give me her crappy Stevens side by side that I cut my teeth on back in middle school, lol!

Not nearly as expansive as Striker's long list for sure!

I will say, however, that I wouldn't look back if I could rid myself of the .380. Maybe I should trade my Bersa Thunder 380 for my sister's Stevens! No disrespect to the Bersa; it shoots great groups! I just don't love it in comparison to most other options, whereas the crappy Stevens double brings back tremendous memories, sentimental. One thing is for certain, she'd get her shotgun's value returned in ammo, forget the value of the Bersa!

My latest addition is the 6.5mm Creedmoor. Not for competition, but for hunting out of a 20" barreled Savage light weight hunter. I love it! Sure, the 7mm 08 I was considering would have fit the role, but what the heck? If I ever wear out my Weatherby's 30-06 barrel, I'd consider rebarreling in 6.5mm-06. I'm pretty sure that it will never happen.

My next new handgun cartridge will likely be 357 magnum. Its hard to believe that I've never owned a .357 mag! Do ya'll think it this cartridge will have some staying power; not just another fad to dissapear during the night?

I bantied about the idea of giving up the .44 mag in favor of the .45 Casul (which would open up the door for the 45 Colt as well. More than likely, I'd also keep the .44s!

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Old 02-14-2020, 09:44 PM
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I'm more into the guns themselves. The caliber is a secondary consideration.

I'd like a Luger or a Broomhandle. Chambered in whatever it happens to be, as long as I can get some rounds for it to do a bit of shooting.

Because I'm honest enough to admit that I'm not going to be shooting thousands of rounds through my Broomhandle, like it was a .22 plinker.
Same here. For example I have .25 and .32 ACP ammo on hand, but only because I have a pistol in each of those calibers which I rarely shoot, and so I just have a box or two of each. It's not like 9mm and 5.56 which I shoot gobs of, and for which I always keep several hundred rounds on hand at a bare minimum.
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Old 02-14-2020, 10:36 PM
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HELL NO!

I downsized in 2008 to:

Pistol: 9mm, .38/.357, .45 & 10mm.
Iíve crank out the same .45 load on my Dillon 550 for 18 years. Iíll pull major volume to cover 90% of my recreational shooting. I stock a reasonable amount of each. Training ammunition is Blazer Brass for 9/45 or Lead Free Frangible.

Rifle: .22LR, .22 Mag, .17hmr, .223/5.56, .308 Win. & 30.06.
The .22 Mag & .17hmr are shot on one trip each year. My buddy buys the ammo for the group, then we pay him at the end of our trip.
Itís safe to say, I have a healthy amount of rifle ammunition.
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Old 02-14-2020, 11:47 PM
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This is new to me. I thought the .300 Blackout's claim to fame was:
1. Ability to shoot heavy bullet subsonic rounds;
2. Duplication of 7.62 x 39 ballistics out of an AR;

The HAMR ups the ante, but loses the subsonic value. Or have I got that wrong?
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Old 02-15-2020, 02:35 AM
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Maybe 10mm. I've always liked the DW Bruin



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

We get it...you're very impressive. You should add those to your signature.
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Old 02-15-2020, 09:27 AM
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I like to try the new calibers, but I have to like the way they look. I was all set to try the .450 Bushmaster, but the look of the shell didn’t do it for me. Now .224 Valkyrie did fit the bill, so I picked one up.
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Old 02-15-2020, 11:31 AM
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Got everything I need with handguns....however I just dove into the Long Range Hunting/Target shooting realm by ordering a Weatherby Mark V Accumark in 6.5mm
Creedmoor. Will see if I am hooked....LOL
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Old 02-15-2020, 02:24 PM
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I still have ammo , and reloading stuff for probably another dozen cartridges I no longer have the guns for.
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Old 02-15-2020, 02:41 PM
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Maybe 10mm. I've always liked the DW Bruin



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

We get it...you're very impressive. You should add those to your signature. [IMG class=inlineimg]https://forums.1911forum.com/images/smilies/biggrin.gif[/IMG]
Memory is kinda hazy with some of them, I totally forgot all my Swiss calibers the first go around and my surplus WWII guns. Sig line is just my 1911s, I'm thinking of removing it actually
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Old 02-15-2020, 03:28 PM
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Yes, 5.7x28. My next will be a Ruger 57. Same price range as any quality full size centerfire handgun and with Federal and Fiochi making ammo at under $20.00 a box, its becoming more affordable to shoot.
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Old 03-09-2020, 09:28 AM
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I agree. Was it Jeff Cooper who said "there is nothing new under the sun"??
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Old 03-09-2020, 11:07 AM
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Are you considering adopting a new cartridge?

No, not at this point in my life. I divested myself of everything other than .45 ACP, .223, and .30 Carbine. This way I can afford to stock and store thousands of each round. I know the .30 Carbine is an odd round, but it is the rifle that I would have to carry in case of having to leave home, the .223 is for giving to friends in their time of need, and .45 is my carry caliber.
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Old 03-09-2020, 11:09 AM
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The only one I've added recently is 40 S&W. Never had a gun in that caliber but last year picked up a CZ Tactical sport to shoot USPSA limited with. Easy caliber to reload.
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Old 03-09-2020, 01:58 PM
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These days, I'm with the folks who prefer 'variety of firearms' over 'variety of caliber'. Post consolidation several years ago, the calibers I remain most fond of are:

.22S/L/LR
9mm
.45ACP
.45Colt
.223/.556
.30 Carbine
.308
.30-06
.45-70
12-Ga

This combination allows for a myriad of different firearm types. On occasion, I've toyed with the idea of something in 7.62X39, but haven't found anything interesting enough to make me want to follow through.

Thinking back on the calibers eliminated (along with components), thus freeing up a good bit of space:

.380
.38Spl
.357Mag
.40S&W
.41Mag
.44Spl
.44Mag
.25WSSM
7mm Mag
8mm Mauser
.303
.30-30
.38-55
.45-90
.410-Ga
20-Ga

Can't really say I miss any of them - except perhaps the .38-55 every now and then, but again, not enough to make me want a replacement.
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Old 03-09-2020, 11:38 PM
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Stick with the basics: .22lr, 38/357, 45acp, 9mm, 12/20ga, any of the STANDARD Centerfire Greats: 243win, 270win, 308win, 30/06. The rest is ALL JUNK!
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Old 03-10-2020, 07:38 AM
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I'm with the previous post. I keep it simple and with what is commonly available:

.22lr
9mm
.45 ACP
.223/5.56
.270 Win
12 Gauge

Plenty stocked up of all.
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Old 03-10-2020, 11:57 AM
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My current calibers:

.22 LR
.22 Magnum
.25 ACP
9 mm
38 Special
357 S&W Magnum
.40 S&W
10 mm
44-40 Winchester
45 ACP
45 Colt
44 Remington Magnum
454 Casull
223 Remington/5.56X45 mm
30-30 Winchester
308 Winchester/7.62X51 mm
50 Beowulf
12 Gauge

The .50 Beowulf is my latest caliber acquisition.

I have been drooling on a Weatherby Deluxe .300 magnum rifle at the LGS.

I bought a Ruger M-77 in .338 Winchester Magnum instead of the Weatherby.
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Old 03-10-2020, 05:31 PM
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No, when I have briefly considered getting into another caliber, common sense has so far won the argument. I only shoot 5.56 and 7.62x39 in centerfire rifles (except the M1 carbine that I'm just about to the point of parting with). I've tried .308, 7.62x54 and 7.5 French and finally had to give in to 74 years and admit that the intermediate calibers are enough for me. I am fairly good with the 'insult rifles' though . Pistols, .22, 9x18, 9x19, .40, and .45.
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Old 03-10-2020, 08:53 PM
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I'm boring. .22LR and .45ACP pistol, just added a S&W EZ9 because carrying a full-size 1911 is sometimes a chore. 12ga. for the shotgun. .308 for the rifle.

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Old 03-11-2020, 01:40 AM
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While I enjoy shooting, I liked racing cars more. But shooting is more affordable and at my stage in life that is important. My primary focus is self protection. I like redundancy and simplicity. 2 1911 .45s, 3 .38 specials, 1 M1 carbine. It keeps the ammo supply easy to track, and the shooting skills focused. Had to go down to the garage tonight, just slipped one of the .38s in my waistband w/ a speed loader in my jacket pocket. Life is easy when it is simple.
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Old 03-11-2020, 03:02 AM
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Well, I have guns for which I have no ammo and I have ammo for which I have no guns:

I have no .41 Magnum, 10mm, .30 Mauser, 8mm Nambu, 7.7 Japanese or 8X56R cartridges but I have the guns.

I have .40 S&W, .357 SIG, .41 Colt, .38-40, .25-20, .32-20, .401 Powermag, .41 AE and some rifle cartridges--8X33 (sturmgewehr rounds), 7X57, .300 H&H, 8mm Rem. Mag. and .45-70, but I don't currently have any guns for these calibers. I also have 20 gauge shells but no shotgun.

I have a couple of boxes of .38 Super that I'd like to burn up but there's no way I'm shooting them through my unfired 1939 vintage Super .38 or my 1951 vintage Colt (also unfired). If I come across a used 1911 .38 then I'll probably end up adopting the Super.

Until then I'm pretty much set with shooting:

.22 LR
.22 WMR
.38 Special
.357 Magnum
9X19
.44 Magnum
.45 ACP
.45 Colt

.223/5.56
7.62X39
.30 Carbine
.308/7.62X51
.30-30
.30-06
.270 Winchester
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Old 03-11-2020, 06:07 AM
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While I enjoy shooting, I liked racing cars more. But shooting is more affordable and at my stage in life that is important. My primary focus is self protection. I like redundancy and simplicity. 2 1911 .45s, 3 .38 specials, 1 M1 carbine. It keeps the ammo supply easy to track, and the shooting skills focused. Had to go down to the garage tonight, just slipped one of the .38s in my waistband w/ a speed loader in my jacket pocket. Life is easy when it is simple.
You're a BMW VARA guy, aren't you? I used to race 510's when I lived out there.
On topic, I'm a 1 to 1 guy. I have 1 very nice specimen in every 1 caliber that I want. I recently adopted a new one though, .223, as a large varmint rifle for my farm.
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Old 03-11-2020, 07:36 AM
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I have noticed that a number of posts have listed .30 carbine as one of their calibers. This is a pleasant surprise to me as none of the people that I shoot with care for that round at all. I love my carbine.
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Old 03-11-2020, 08:01 AM
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I have downsized my round variety over the years. Currently I am at 45ACP, 40SW, 9mm, 38SPCL, 357MAG, 32ACP, 5.56/223, 7.62x39, 308, 270 and 22.

I have always wanted a leverrifle, so 30-30 will be added when I find the one I want.
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Old 03-11-2020, 08:39 AM
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I bought a Marlin Levermatic in 256 Win mag. There appears to be only one company making ammo for it at an insanely high price. I'd get dies to make my own, but I don't think I'd really shoot this gun enough to justify it.

The only "odd" round I've used often is 458 SOCOM. It is very hand loader friendly.
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