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Old 08-07-2018, 6:45 PM
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Default Consolidate calibers or have a variety?

I was a one pistol caliber man (.40), but recently sold one of my .40s for a 1911. Now I'm eyeing a Glock 19.

Whose better off in a SHTF scenario? The guy with several pistols all in one caliber with maybe 1,000 rounds on hand or a guy with several pistols in a variety of calibers?
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I standardized calibers a long time ago for this. 9mm for handguns is easily managed by all in the family, plus runs in my pistol caliber carbine. 5.56 for long guns with 22lr, 12ga, and 7.62.51 filling niche roles. 9mm and 5.56 for the foreseeable future are available surplus and each member of the family is equipped with them.
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I limit my firearms and ammo to: 22LR, 9mm, 45ACP, 223/5.56, 308/7.62 and 12 ga.

Ammo in these calibers is widely available, easy to find and always available cheaper in bulk. Use to also shoot 38/357, 44 mag and 30-06 but gave up those calibers long ago.
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+1 Variety is the spice of life. But for prepping, I'd select the most common calibers as they should be most available, affordable and universal. My list would look like this:

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.22 rimfire
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Variety is key. Remember the ammo shortages? .38, .40., .270 etc everywhere with no 9, 45, 556 to be seen.
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Variety is key. Remember the ammo shortages? .38, .40., .270 etc everywhere with no 9, 45, 556 to be seen.
You are not kidding, those were the first times in my life to start thinking about .243 winchester and .40 cal.


OP, focus on the usual, but when a good deal comes along for a firearm in a not so common caliber, don't hesitate.
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All 9mm handguns here.. 1911 is no excuse.. I have 6 1911s in 9mm

Consolidated last year with the ammo restrictions. 5.56, 22LR, 7.62x39 for rifles
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+1 Variety is the spice of life. But for prepping, I'd select the most common calibers as they should be most available, affordable and universal. My list would look like this:

HANDGUN
.22 rimfire
9mm Luger
38/357
.45 ACP

LONG GUN
.22 rimfire
.223/5.56
7.62X39
.308 Win
12 gauge
I would add .44 mag and .45LC to your list...
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I standardized calibers a long time ago for this. 9mm for handguns is easily managed by all in the family, plus runs in my pistol caliber carbine. 5.56 for long guns with 22lr, 12ga, and 7.62.51 filling niche roles. 9mm and 5.56 for the foreseeable future are available surplus and each member of the family is equipped with them.
I follow along the same lines. Unless we go full Red Dawn no need for Russian ammo.
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I would add .44 mag and .45LC to your list...
and .22WMR
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I used to try to standardize my calibers. But that was when I could only afford a few. Now I find It's fun having a huge variety of different calibers. I can't even remember how many I have - over 25 though.

But it's not for everyone and if you don't reload it's very expensive.
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I do a combination: I own many calibers of firearms and ammo for each, but I have 80%-90% of the ammo in .22lr, 9mm, 5.56mm, and 12ga.

For the rest (.380acp, .38/.357mag, 45acp, 10mm, .308, 5.45x39, 7.62x39, and 20ga), I have some ammo, maybe 100-1000 rds each. Enough to fulfill my need for regular practice.

This way I'll have guns that shoot ammo that may be abundant in tough times, yet I have enough consolidation for me.
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Never hurts to have some oddball cartridges as trade bait.
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the WSSM cartridges s well as the Ultras or 30-30
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Old 08-08-2018, 4:21 AM
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You are not kidding, those were the first times in my life to start thinking about .243 winchester and .40 cal.


OP, focus on the usual, but when a good deal comes along for a firearm in a not so common caliber, don't hesitate.
I may have to consider getting something in .270, .243 and .40.
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I have planned around commonly used calibers, especially those used by the military and the police. So, 9mm & 45 acp for handgun, and .223 and .308 for rifle. I am considering adding a .40 to the mix.
However, rather than getting different handguns, what I have done is to set up my 1911 to be able to go from .45 acp to other calibers simply by changing the top end. For one 1911 I have a slide that has a 9mm/38 Super breech face and can take the 9mm & 38 Super. The other 1911 has a slide that has a .40 cal breech face, and can go from 9mm up to 10mm. I need to add a .40 barrel to it.
I have done this to 4 1911 45 acp based guns. 2 FS, one MS(Colt Commander), and one based on a .45 acp Detonics sized gun and a spare .40 cal Commander sized slide.
So, once I get the last one done, I will have a gun that can go from 45 acp, to 9mm, 38 Super, 40 S&W, or 10mm. Whatever the urge strikes me, or whatever ammo I find.

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Variety is key. Remember the ammo shortages? .38, .40., .270 etc everywhere with no 9, 45, 556 to be seen.
This was my thought too. Keep all options open for an uncertain future.
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I standardized calibers a long time ago for this. 9mm for handguns is easily managed by all in the family, plus runs in my pistol caliber carbine. 5.56 for long guns with 22lr, 12ga, and 7.62.51 filling niche roles. 9mm and 5.56 for the foreseeable future are available surplus and each member of the family is equipped with them.



^^^DITTO - but I went 1911's in .45 instead.
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Consolidating ammo types is smart IMO.
My priority is to be be able to feed my own firearms first. With a caveat that all ammo calibers must be able to function in every firearm I have in that caliber. 12ga & 22LR are the only exceptions to that rule.
I see no need to collect anything I don't use. No intention to ever trade my ammo for goods/services.

*Centerfire rifles have SP loads for hunting. Not a lot, but some.

I don't collect off standard firearms or calibers. No room for "might need it" calibers. YMMV.
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I consolidated my calibers. However, I did keep the rounds in the event I end up with that type of gun I have rounds for it. I just put those rounds away. I do buy rounds for calibers I kept of course
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I was a one pistol caliber man (.40), but recently sold one of my .40s for a 1911. Now I'm eyeing a Glock 19.

Whose better off in a SHTF scenario? The guy with several pistols all in one caliber with maybe 1,000 rounds on hand or a guy with several pistols in a variety of calibers?
This is Calguns, the standard here outside the survival subforum is a 1k rounds for each caliber you own and 5 magazines minimum for each firearm.

1k rounds is a nice weekend of shooting.
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There is no such thing as too much ammo for every gun you shoot.

We have ample 9mm, 556 and 7.62. for every thing we shoot. .22 and 12 Ga by the ton and about 3 thousand rounds for the big guns.

Make sure you have more mags than you need for everything you shoot. IMHO this is as important as ammo. Pouches to carry them in is a real plus also.
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There is no such thing as too much ammo for every gun you shoot.
Ugh! Wait till you have to move it all then tell me that again
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Ugh! Wait till you have to move it all then tell me that again
Ugh, wait till you need it and don't have it.
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I realize this is in the survival section, but I wouldn't limit my calibers, especially not if it was only going to be 40. Maybe you could get a 9mm barrel and mags rather than the G19? Or go the calguns way and always get MORE
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Keeping on topic, if running warm-loaded plated 9mm reloads, do people get leading in carbine barrels?

I ask as my next purchase is probably the Ruger PC Carbine, 9mm...
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22LR pistol and rifle, AR 22 Upper, 10/22 Take down.
308 Bolt Action Long Range Savage
5.56 AR several lowers and uppers
45 ACP 1911 and XD 45
40 SW Glock 35 with 9mm conversion barrel and 357 Sig Barrel
9mm pistol and Ruger PC9
one AR 7.62 x 39 upper for just in case some AK ammo comes available.
and of course 12 ga. Slugs, buck shot, bird shot.
Do have a Grand 30/06. 300 rounds.
Minimum of 5 mags, for pistols, prefer to have at least 10.
Rifle, never enough mags.
Ammo at least 1000 for 40 and 45.
22 LR 4-5000,
9mm 5000 plus
308 500 LR Ammo
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12 ga. 2000 mixed.
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I vote for variety just because it’s so much fun to shoot different guns. A 9mm, .40, and .45 is a nice variety of very common calibers that should always be available. Throw in a 357 magnum revolver and you’ve got all your bases covered. You can always pick your favorite and stock pile ammo just for that gun- that’s what I do. I have a lot of guns in different calibers that I enjoy but only keep a large quantity of 9mm, 357 mag, and 12ga around just in case the shtf.
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380acp / 9mm / 40 s&w / 45 acp / 45 GAP / 357 Sig / 10mm / 38SPL

Never hurts to have some wildcat calibers. Don’t care about having only one type. In a SHTF zombie alien apocalypse. I will be dead way before I run out of ammo.

12g /410/ 20g / 223 - 556 / 762x 39 / 762x54 / 308 / 300blk
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Ah, variety...

HANDGUN
.22 LR
9mm Luger
.38/.357
.45 ACP

LONG GUN
.22 LR
9mm Luger
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30-06
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I was a one pistol caliber man (.40), but recently sold one of my .40s for a 1911. Now I'm eyeing a Glock 19.

Whose better off in a SHTF scenario? The guy with several pistols all in one caliber with maybe 1,000 rounds on hand or a guy with several pistols in a variety of calibers?
Since I plan on staying out of sight or to engage i am for 22lr, 9mm, 12 gauge and maybe 556 in the future! The others are just novelty from my point of view!
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Depends what you're betting on. Short term or long term?

Short term life is going to be ok, you'd still be able to buy your latte at starbucks and enjoy what's left of this life. Hence try different calibers, experiment, gain knowledge, live to the fullest.

Long term has obviously inevitable conflict on horizon so prepare accordingly. Take a look of what's going to be available on the battlefield for you to pick up. There are millions of Glock 19s, 1911s in .45ACP, AR15s in 5.56, AK types in x39 and AR10 types in x51.

The above will be available in abundance from the fallen ones. You'd be able to replenish your supplies with ease. In many cases the mags will be the same what you're carrying so you won't even have to load most of them.
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Only a thousand rounds on hand? The answer is there is never enough ammo.

I would choose 22 LR, 308 Win, any centerfire pistol caliber, and 12 gauge. Keep 5k each in reserve except 22 LR and buy a shelf full of CCI MINI MAG HP and RN.
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IMO having multiple calibers because of ammo shortages doesn't make sense. Buy ammo now, not when it's run out, then you'll never have to be happy you have that 7x57 bolt gun..


You can never have enough ammo and it will never go down in price. That said I just pulled and shot a 20 round box of Norinco 5.56 from the early 90's that was marked $4.89, or .24 cents a round so you're not going to get rich either, but will have the peace of mind knowing it's there and you won't be need it and not have it.

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Buy a lot of one caliber and then get your glock with barrel conversions bam best of both worlds.
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I started with consolidation in mind with 9mm, 5.56, 12g ... Yeaaa about that. Years later, I look like the average CGer caliber cornucopia. Good luck my friend!
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Never hurts to have some oddball cartridges as trade bait.
5.7 ammo
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the WSSM cartridges s well as the Ultras or 30-30
Someone's gonna need it someday...

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It is not worth the mental masturbation. been there done that.Keep a case of ammo and mags and continue with enjoying life.
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pistol:
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9mm

long gun:
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By plan or by chance I ended up with a collection centered around some of the more common calibers.
I guess if I add anything else it might be a larger rifle caliber, maybe .308 or 30-06.

.22LR
.223 / 5.56
.38 / .357
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