View Full Version : Multiple calibers, or consolidate?

Mossy Man
02-19-2012, 7:14 AM
I've got a few handguns of various calibers....and my philosophy has been when buying a new handgun (or guns in general) that if i'm getting something different...i may as well get a different caliber too.

Now, with my safe and my house getting more cramped (kids!) i'm wondering if it might be better to consolidate caliber types and just stick with one or two?

How many of you guys stock multiple (more than 4) different ammo types?:

How many of you consolidate your guns and choose weapons that use the same ammo?

I currently stock

.357 mag
.45 winmag

so that's 8 types of ammo. Now granted, I don't keep high amounts of everything. The vast majority of my ammo is 9mm, .40S&W, .22LR, .223 and 12ga.

.357 mag/.38 i keep a box of each, and the .45 Winmag I have about 80 rounds left (can't find anywhere else except reloads, it's a dead round).

Now, all of this stuff takes up considerable space. I'm wondering if I should narrow it down a bit.....

02-19-2012, 7:40 AM
This will be another raging caliber debate by 6pm tonight.

I only have .22 & 9mm handguns now but I keep a lot of ammo around because I like to shoot a lot and those are cost effective rounds.

I only consider 9mm for new handgun purchases and got rid of the .45's I had because the destructive power of common defensive handgun rounds come from shot placement not caliber.

.40 never even made it on to my radar screen.

02-19-2012, 7:44 AM
You really NEED a .357 wheelgun and a 1911 in .45ACP (And yes. On Calguns you need to specify the obvious. :facepalm:). Anything else is optional.

02-19-2012, 7:45 AM
Don't consolidate. Organize. :)

02-19-2012, 8:16 AM
take it down to 2
9mm and .223

no wait .22 is cheap and fun
12ga comes in handy
.357 for the nightstand

ok I give up take it down to 5

well might as well keep all 8 then

02-19-2012, 8:57 AM
I consolidated. I didnt like buying 15 different calibers in order to shoot my guns.

I have:

.45acp (thinking about ditching this one too)

These are all spread over 12 guns.

02-19-2012, 9:18 AM
Don't worry about it.

I shoot and stock:

.22 LR
.22 magnum
5.7 X 28
.223/ 5.56
7.62 X 39
7 MM magnum
.44 magnum
.45 auto
.357 magnum
12 gauge shot and slugs

I reload some of these calibers. :cool2:

I've had others like .380s and .32 but I sold these handguns. (PPK and Seecamps)


02-19-2012, 9:25 AM
Consolidate? Your career in comedy is off to a great start good sir.

When women consolidate their shoe collections to one type, and millionaires consolidate their cars into one collection, I will consider the concept for myself. Until then, I will worry about hitting the target more than the size of bullet that leaves the barrel.

02-19-2012, 9:46 AM
OP, are we talking one gun of each caliber or several?
What you could do is:
Let go of either the 9mm or 40s&w (depending on what you prefer shooting)
Do the same with either .38 or .357
Keep smaller amounts of 12ga and .223 in stock (shotgun shells take up a lot of space and if you're like me you probably buy bulk boxes of rifle ammo)

02-19-2012, 10:13 AM
I certainly own many, many calibers, but I've consolidated the calibers I shoot in quantity. My primary handgun caliber is 9mm, my AR is .223 and 700 is a .308. I don't shoot very much .308 at all, so that's not much of an issue. I think handguns is where it can really make a difference because you shoot so much more of those calibers. I have repeatedly thought about swapping my AR to 9mm and getting rid of .223 all together, but I think I like .223 too much. :cool2:

02-19-2012, 10:41 AM
You need 2 Safes one for ammo & one for guns :)

02-19-2012, 10:46 AM
I consolidated to just 3 calibers and for those, it will cover everything I need to do (or will do). I am also considering ammo cost/storage as well.

.22 Pest abaitment or just general plinking/training.
9mm Duty round/Security work.
.223/5.56 For those longer shots that the 9mm wont suffice.

02-19-2012, 10:58 AM
For me it would be (and I think will be when I retire) .22LR, 9mm and .223/5.56

02-19-2012, 11:57 AM
I say get whatever you can manage. I personally got rid of all my 40SW and 357SIG. Now I just keep it:
Semis: 9mm
Revolver: 38sp and 357mag
Rimfire: 22lr
Rifle: 223

02-19-2012, 12:00 PM
I think you just about the right amount of calibers and I see no reason to consolidate.

Although, I would recommend 10mm and .45acp ;)

02-19-2012, 12:57 PM
.45- 6ea
9mm- 3ea
.38 Special- 2ea
.308/7.62x51- 4ea
.223/5.56- 2ea
7.62x39- 2ea
.22- 3ea

02-19-2012, 1:07 PM
Rather "consolidate" to one or two caliber rounds, I prefer to stock .223/5.56 for long range, .357 & .44 magnums for four-legged predators, .45ACP & .40S&W for two-legged predators, and .22LR for practice.

02-19-2012, 1:09 PM
Several years ago I sold all my Enfields and .303. I felt very adult at the time, and now I miss them.

02-19-2012, 7:33 PM
38/357 work together

and you really threw me off with the 45winmag...didn't think anyone had that anymore

22 easy to store, alot of

i have a bit of 45 acp
a bunch of 223
some 762X39
i won't get a 40, because i don't want to add a caliber

02-20-2012, 11:52 AM

12 ga

The only caliber/pistol I'd consider would be 45acp/1911 and it would need to have a 22lr conversion kit.


02-20-2012, 2:00 PM
Variety makes things interesting, doesn't it??

02-20-2012, 2:06 PM
Variety makes things interesting, doesn't it??

This is very, very true
But honestly I'm beginning to consolidate myself got rid of my .40 and 6.8

What Just Happened?
02-20-2012, 2:19 PM
I've only got firearms in

.38 spec
.45 acp

They're of the most common calibers so I won't have issues finding/purchasing ammo. Funny thing, as of this moment I have more 5.56 than I have .22lr Honest truth.

02-20-2012, 4:17 PM
I consolidated about a year back I just keep it to the common calibers. So for me it's

12 gauge

I got rid of 22wmr, 40cal, and .380. I only had one gun in each of those caliber's so it was an easy choice for me to discard.

02-20-2012, 7:16 PM
My collection has grown recently.
Now I've got..

12 gauge

Looking to get something in 270win soon and 357 later.
That should about do it for a while.

02-20-2012, 7:21 PM
i keep about 1k 380 for the pocketlites. otherwise handguns 22lr, 9mm, 45acp, 50 gi.
rifles- 22lr, 9mm, 223/556, 308, 50 bmg.
12 ga, 20 ga
iam not very exotic. id rather have 15k 45 acp on hand then 2k of 6 different calibers.

02-20-2012, 7:28 PM
I have two 45's that is all.

02-20-2012, 7:33 PM
i keep about 1k 380 for the pocketlites. otherwise handguns 22lr, 9mm, 45acp, 50 gi.
rifles- 22lr, 9mm, 223/556, 308, 50 bmg.
12 ga, 20 ga
iam not very exotic. id rather have 15k 45 acp on hand then 2k of 6 different calibers.

:eek: NOT VERY EXOTIC????? I have the .50 gi conversion for my glock it is no easy task to stock pile ammo let alone feed her, even if you reload....which I do, but I do %100 agree better to have 15K of one ammo than 2K of 6.

02-20-2012, 8:12 PM
Why fight it :). Although I did get rid of all my .40s&w. It's our hobby. This is what we do!

02-20-2012, 8:48 PM
I keep it simple:

-12 guage

one day down the road I might add a lever action and a wheel gun in 44 mag...but we will see

02-20-2012, 9:34 PM
I've been trying to consolidate ever since I retired... but the gun gods won't let me. Every time I divest myself of all firearms chambered for a round that I want to quit carrying in inventory, they tempt me with something new. It's just not fair, I tell ya! :mad:

Now, it's down to:

.38 SPL
.357 Mag
9 MM (tried to get rid of this, but that didn't work)
.40 S&W
.45 ACP
.45 Colt
5.56 MM
20 GA
12 GA

I did manage to eliminate .30-06 so I guess I'm making progress... :D

02-20-2012, 10:05 PM
I'm down to three calibers:


I've got a handgun and rifle in .22, handgun in 9mm and then the obligatory Mosin in 7.62x54r.

I'm a starving college student so that's all I can afford to shoot or I'd have about ten times that :D

02-20-2012, 10:12 PM
screw consolodating...i buy guns, then worry about ammo. If a gun feels good, BUY IT!!! You don't need to stockpile for everything. If you're prepping for TEOTWAWKI, just pick 3-4 guns to stockpile for. If you're just plinking, go crazy!!!!

I have 8 guns right now:
.22lr rifle
.223 rifle
7.62x54r rifle
12ga shotgun
.25acp pistol
9mm pistol

and i plan on adding more calibers :43: (and more guns of the same caliber too :D )

there are fun guns and there are purpose guns. Stockpile for your purpose guns, and keep a "fun day at the range" on hand for the others

02-20-2012, 10:22 PM
I currently have and shoot:

9mm (three pistols)
5.56 (one rifle)
.308 (two rifles)
.22LR (one rifle)

Looking to get a .45 just to have... otherwise, not looking to expand at all. I like keeping fewer calibers and more guns.

02-20-2012, 10:35 PM
I've got a few handguns of various calibers....and my philosophy has been when buying a new handgun (or guns in general) that if i'm getting something different...i may as well get a different caliber too.

I used to subscribe to this notion, but now find myself consolidating... Now there are some sentimental firearms that I will never let go of, but for the most part I find myself replacing platforms that I dig in calibers that I have settled on.

02-21-2012, 9:17 AM
I consolidated calipers long ago and even today I don't feel it was a compromise.

All my pistols are 9mm and each has a 22 conversion kit except for the LC9. And I would love a 22 conversion for the LC9!

My rifle caliber is 5.56/223 and I have the M&P 15/22 for plinking.

Unless you reload I don't see the value in having a large variety of calibers. I feel spending money on ammo is like spending money on gas. I want to squeeze as much mileage out of every gallon as I can.

02-21-2012, 10:19 AM
you shouldn't consolidate just yet. you still need 308 & 45acp!

02-21-2012, 12:50 PM
I like having guns in different calibers just in case another ammo shortage comes along. When 9mm and .45 were nowhere to be found, there was still a lot of .40 ammo on the shelves.

02-21-2012, 3:58 PM
I consolidated to 9mm, .223/5.56, and 22lr.

02-21-2012, 9:33 PM
...You don't need to stockpile for everything...there are fun guns and there are purpose guns. Stockpile for your purpose guns...


I have:

.45 ACP
.40 S&W
.38 SPC
7.62x54R (Yes, the obligatory Nagant)
.22 lr
12 GA

I plan to add at least one 9mm handgun and an AR in 5.56 NATO. I am also planning on stocking my greatest ammo quantities in .45 ACP, 9mm, 5.56, 12 GA, and .22lr. The rest I plan on keeping just about 100-200 rounds of each caliber on hand.

02-21-2012, 9:43 PM
I prefer to have guns in common military and police calibers. That'll be the most common "street" caliber available.

Damn True
02-21-2012, 9:52 PM
Interesting topic as I'm looking to add tools to my collection and caliber creep is one of the things Ive been thinking about.

My meager scope is now at:

12ga (2 shotguns)
.308 (bolt-action rifle)
.357 (revolver 6" barrel)

I'm looking to add two more handguns (a compact poly gun & a 1911) and two more rifles (a lever action and something scary and black). I figure if I do both handguns in .45, the lever gun in .357 for that "old west matched set vibe" and the black rifle in .308 I only increase my caliber count by one.

02-21-2012, 10:11 PM
I have:


But lately ive been thinking of 45 acp :wub:

02-21-2012, 11:06 PM
Just curious, for you folks that have more than 3-4 calibers, are you stocking 10,000 rounds for each caliber? I've hesitated to branch out into more calibers, because I feel like it would commit me to buying 10,000 rounds for each new caliber that I add, and that gets expensive and space consuming.