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Old 05-01-2013, 11:58 PM
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Yes the old timers used one caliber - the 45 Long Colt or 38 special for example - in both rifle and hand gun.

I like the idea too when in the field. One kind of ammo and load either gun. My vote would be the 45 LC.

However, this last round of ammo shortage has shown that a variety of guns in different calibers seems like a wise idea.

Yes the investment may be higher, but I think the pay off of diversity is having the ability to shoot.

For the record, I like the 45 ACp in my 1911. The .357 in my S&W revolver. and the 45 LC in the SSA. The girls like the 380 and it is fun to shoot. Of course the 22 for plunking.

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Not only 1 caliber, all Glocks for me.

everything the same. mags, ammo, parts, holsters. Everything interchangable.
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That's a bad idea, for a whole list of reasons.

While I understand the logistical advantages, let's evaluate what happens when another ammo run like what happened last December hits.You basically can't shoot ANY of your weapons.

Furthermore, looking down the road at gun control measures,what happens if-or in the case of California ,when- the antis get around to Europe style caliber licensing.If every gun you own is chambered in,say,9mm, youll have to choose which weapon gets shot and which collects dust.
Having all your guns in one caliber is like having all your investments with one company.
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That's a bad idea, for a whole list of reasons.

While I understand the logistical advantages, let's evaluate what happens when another ammo run like what happened last December hits.You basically can't shoot ANY of your weapons.

Furthermore, looking down the road at gun control measures,what happens if-or in the case of California ,when- the antis get around to Europe style caliber licensing.If every gun you own is chambered in,say,9mm, youll have to choose which weapon gets shot and which collects dust.
Having all your guns in one caliber is like having all your investments with one company.
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Yeaaa.. couldn't do it. After I created this post and really tried to narrow things down on what i like to shoot... I just can't do without some of the magnum rounds. Couldn't reason my way out of getting rid of 9mm, 357mag.. and even though 44mag is just for fun.. its way too much fun. Now I want 308 as well.

Oh well.. guess I'll just have to spend more time reloading....
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I tried to consolidate calibers a while back rifle and pistol but it didn't quite work out. The only thing I was 100% able to eliminate was 8mm Mauser.

It seems I have certain guns I refuse to get rid of even if it's the only gun I have in that caliber.

.22lr *
9mm
.40sw *
.45acp *
.44 mag *
12 ga
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30-06
7.5mm Swiss *
Anything with an * only has one gun. Too many calibers...

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Old 05-02-2013, 10:56 AM
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got rid of the 9mm..just 45s now along w/223s.
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That's a bad idea, for a whole list of reasons.

While I understand the logistical advantages, let's evaluate what happens when another ammo run like what happened last December hits.You basically can't shoot ANY of your weapons.

Furthermore, looking down the road at gun control measures,what happens if-or in the case of California ,when- the antis get around to Europe style caliber licensing.If every gun you own is chambered in,say,9mm, youll have to choose which weapon gets shot and which collects dust.
Having all your guns in one caliber is like having all your investments with one company.
That is very, very dependent on your buying habbits, and if you are a reloader/caster.
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Consolidate what you stock by picking a main caliber for each macro group of firearms. Pick a hangun, rifle, and shotgun caliber and stock it deep for each one. For me that is 9mm, 223/5.56, and 12 gauge.

That said, I still have some other calibers that meet niche needs I have. for example, my hunting rifle is 7mm-08. Random caliber, so I only keep a few boxes on hand. Same thing with my 45 1911. I keep a few boxes of a hundred rounds.

When times are tight like now, you just limit yourself to shooting what you stocked deep, so right now I'm shooting 9mm and 223/5.56. That said, I still have the flexibility to shoot a few other calibers if the ammo shows up. I have found 45 easier to find that 9mm right now, so if I snag a box of 45 at walmart, I just allotted myself another range trip with my 45.
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I just recently sold my G23 and sold all the .40 ammo. My thought was similar to yours, but instead of just having one handgun caliber, I have two. Im keeping my 9mm's and 45's.

Storing and buying ammo in todays predicament, make you rethink whats really needed.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:23 PM
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That is very, very dependent on your buying habbits, and if you are a reloader/caster.
I'm not a reloader,but from what I understand even components like primers are getting hard to find.

I tried the "one caliber" approach last year.It got to the point where I realized the guns I wanted were not chambered in the "one caliber" I wanted. Unless one is content to just have a limited number of guns-and there's nothing wrong with that BTW-youll end up busting your rule.

The day you say "9mm only"is the day you see a .45 at a screaming discount you can't ignore.Such is life ,haha.
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I'm not a reloader,but from what I understand even components like primers are getting hard to find.

I tried the "one caliber" approach last year.It got to the point where I realized the guns I wanted were not chambered in the "one caliber" I wanted. Unless one is content to just have a limited number of guns-and there's nothing wrong with that BTW-youll end up busting your rule.

The day you say "9mm only"is the day you see a .45 at a screaming discount you can't ignore.Such is life ,haha.
Just as hard as ammunition.

The big difference is, reloaders generally buy in much larger bulk, since we have to overcome the cost of hazmat. You see guys ordering 10k-20k primers or multiple 8lb jugs of powder pretty often. Primers/power are much less caliber specific, so even if you are loading for multiple calibers you get much more flexibility. Combine that with casting, or even just buying lead bullets (which are still pretty damn easy to find), and you are setting yourself up pretty well.

Like I said, it depends on buying habits. As a whole, reloaders tend to be able to sail past "panics" much better.




FWIW, I consolidated down pistol calibers to 9mm. I really can't think of any 45 I would like to have. Most of the styles I like are available in both 9 and 40. I wouldn't mind adding a 40 cal for USPSA Limited though. Sure glad I saved all that .40 brass
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Old 05-02-2013, 1:27 PM
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I consolidated to 22 LR, 9mm, 223 and 12 ga. No regrets and I have ammo. If I add calibers back into my collection it would be 45 acp and 7.62x39.
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It is an interesting topic. Everyone is at a different place in life. Some people live in a trailer park and others on a ranch on 640 acres.

I think it is like the cup is half full / half empty thing. So Whatever ... As a deer hunter I told my ex-wife I needed six dedicated deer hunter rifles. Of course I have an Uncle who mentioned in 60 years of deer hunting with one shot kills at 600 yards and 60 feet all over the country he only had one rifle a 30-06.
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Old 05-02-2013, 1:47 PM
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We chose to consolidate to 45 cal. as that is what we mostly shoot.
.452 for 45acp, 45 colt, S&W460 there is even more that use 452
.458 for 45/70 458 socom 458 B&M 458 Lott

also have 223, 308, 10mm
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Nope. Never going to consolidate. This is the reason why...

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I decided from the very beginning to stick with one caliber. All of my handguns are 9mm except for my 1911 or my .22's. All of my rifles are .223 also. Just keeps things simple for me.
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I decided from the very beginning to stick with one caliber. All of my handguns are 9mm except for my 1911 or my .22's. All of my rifles are .223 also. Just keeps things simple for me.
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Down sized to 45 acp 1911 and a 45 acp rifles. Interchangeability from home defense to couple hundred yards. One brass to manage with the 230 grain FMJ bullet which is known for its postive functioning and exceptional accuracy. Everyone knows the history of the .45 ACP being a genuine bad guy stopper. History has proven it with years of military service.

Remember that bullet placement, not cartridge and load, is the most important factor in stopping power.
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Down sized to 45 acp 1911 and a 45 acp rifles. Interchangeability from home defense to couple hundred yards. One brass to manage with the 230 grain FMJ bullet which is known for its postive functioning and exceptional accuracy. Everyone knows the history of the .45 ACP being a genuine bad guy stopper. History has proven it with years of military service.

Remember that bullet placement, not cartridge and load, is the most important factor in stopping power.
Which is why I've standardized, for defensive use guns, on 9mm. I can get better bullet placement with speed with the smaller caliber. It's just a plus that I also get a cheaper round with more in the magazine.
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I didn't consolidate to one caliber but I did downsize. Got rid of .223, 45 ACP, 38 Super, 44spcl/44mag, 44 black powder, 380, 30-06, & 30-30. Kept 22lr, 9mm, 38spcl/357mag, 30 carbine, 40 cal, and 12 gauge. Oh and I almost forgot .177 (air rifle).
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I consolidated to .40. I used to shoot .357 sig and I had a 9mm in the house. People got confused which was which.
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For someone who wasn't even planning on getting anything outside of a 12g and a hand-me-down 22lr rifle, I now have 9mm, 45 acp, a 22lr pistol, and a 357 mag/38 spl. Why? Cause I love shooting and I like being prepared for shtf. I also plan on getting a 223 at some point. These are the calibers I'll probably stick with and I shoot whatever I can get a hold of.
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I am of the school of thought that velocity and placement are the two more important factors in instant incapacitation (it that ever exists). If besides that you are a proeficient shooter with them you are OK, so following that logic I got rid of everything but the 9mm for my 3 guns and 5.56 x 45 for my two rifles. They are fast and I feel preety confident in placing shots right with both calibers, so why bother in keeping others? 2 cents.
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Personally I like shooting a variety of guns. Asking me to consolidate calibers is like asking me to give up a kid to consolidate to either sons or daughters.
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I agree with many people here... Consolidating seems smart, and makes things easier, but sticking to one caliber can make finding things difficult. It also depends what stage people are at.

Im pretty new to this shootinh, but do my homework and have shooters who have been at it for years asking me stuff. Personally, I will only own a few calibers for simplicity. I have a 12 gauge with plenty of shells that I will not give up. After that a 9mm pistol seems a necessity for everyone?!

My next purchases are for 38sp/357 weapons that will be used to simplify my revolver and rifle. (Looking Ruger GP100 and deciding between lever action Marlin 1984css or Ruger bolt action 77/357) I see no downside to have these as the rifles will allow 100-200 yards of scope range and the GP100 gives me the up close range in the same caliber.

ballistics from 9mm to 38 special are about the same - well... within 0.01 with most ammo - so there is minimal difference. If they made a decent revolver in 9mm I would do that, but i wont buy a Taurus and haven't found a decent used 9mm revolver. This would still give me 3 calibers though, and im fine with that.

When I have a lot more money ... if I ever do... I will look at other calibers, but not at the moment.
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Bad idea, like right now I have several guns I can't shoot because there is no ammo available.

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Well I could consolidate to one caliber for urban concealed carry but I still want my 10mm or .44 if I owned it for the woods.
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I like the diversification of having multiple handgun calibers. If something happens where you are unable to find the only caliber you have, then you're screwed. Kinda like what is going on now. Ofcourse, I think its safe to assume most of us have alot of ammo on hand for our guns already, but if you only had one caliber, Id hate to lose access to ammo because it just hard to find.

Currently, I have 9, 40 and 357 mag. 40 is just everywhere down here in SD county. So i figured it would be a good pistol caliber to have. I think having 2 calibers is fine. I personally wouldnt want to have only 1
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given the choice, my preferred defensive handgun caliber is 45acp (and my favorite plinker is 44mag) But I don't want to pay 50 cents (or a dollar) a shot to replenish it. The fact that I have a pretty nice 40 and have had no difficulty keeping it fed through the recent drought (and under $20 a box for the most part) lead me to agree with the posts above that advocate owning all the common calibers.

But if I HAD to pare it down to one caliber, it would probably be 12 gauge. It's not my favorite caliber to shoot, and not the best for many of e things I do, but it *is* one of the best choices for home defence, and versatile enough to be competant in virtually any shooting task.
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Keep selling and consolidating your .40 and .45 and buy up all that 9mm. Leaves more ammo for me and others that have multiple cal's.

I have plenly of ammo and my friends with 9mm can't really find it.
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Yup, got rid of .45ACP....My Les Baer had more ftf's in one 8rd mag than my Glock 19 has had in over 6k rounds. Although my Kimber Custom II faired way better than the Baer. Multiple magazines with stock and upgraded power spring kits gave me no luck. For my needs, 1911's suck balls and are not worth it. Down to shooting 9mm and .22 through a few different pistols. At the rate I've been shooting lately, I've got enough 9mm reloading supplies to last me 10 years or more. I'd ordered a few cases of .22lr just before the retardation began, so i'm good. I don't compete, but do enjoy the occasional range trip. If i want ammo, I walk 5 feet into my garage and pull away. I've been through an ammo crisis before and learned my lesson. Shooting and firearms are no longer a priority in my hobby/recreational life. When it comes to firearms, I've got what i need for myself and my family. BTW, anyone need a Dillon 550 45ACP/GAP die set with caliber conversion??
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I could never consolidate down to one caliber...that said I was at one point shooting .223, .270win, 22lr, 9mm, .380acp, 45acp, .38spl. I have worked it down to just .223, 22lr, 9mm and .38/357. It still gives me a good variety and allows me a large variety of firearms, but I am not buying and/or reloading ammunition in 7 calibers.
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Eh, im stock piling all that i shoot, but not expanding any more out of what I have.

22LR, 9mm, 10MM, 45ACP, .223, 7.62x39, 12 gauge and 308

That's all i will buy from now on, thought about the other stuff like 300 blackout, 5.7x28, 44mag, etc. , but rather not kill myself and have too many options to collect or worry about. I'm happy to have variety.
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Im down to 9mm(for handguns),12g(for shotguns),5.56(rifles)
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In order to guarantee always scoring SOME ammo at ChinaMart or Cabelas, I agree that it is better to have a variety of handgun calibers around a single manual of arms, that is to say Glock in 9, 40, 10, and 45 with LoneWolf or Advantage Arms 22lr barrel. Don't bother with 45gap or 357sig - not common enough.

If just one caliber, I'd go with 45 to have a Glock 30 and 21, with a S&W 625 revolver, and a 1911 plus a MechTechSys.com (in Montana) carbine conversion for Glock ($450-$850) ImageUploadedByTapatalk1370781281.147178.jpg
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It's a smart move if you don't have a million guns.

The cowboys did it, pistol & rifle running the same caliber.
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