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Old 08-07-2018, 5:45 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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Old 08-07-2018, 6:01 PM
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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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Old 08-07-2018, 6:17 PM
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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
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Old 08-07-2018, 7:27 PM
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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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Old 08-07-2018, 8:10 PM
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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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Old 08-07-2018, 8:14 PM
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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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Old 08-07-2018, 8:22 PM
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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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and .22WMR
Heritage Rough Rider in 22LR/22mag combo...
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Old 08-07-2018, 10:26 PM
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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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Old 08-07-2018, 10:38 PM
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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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Old 08-07-2018, 11:41 PM
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Never hurts to have some oddball cartridges as trade bait.
5.7 ammo
6.5 Grendel
the WSSM cartridges s well as the Ultras or 30-30
Someone's gonna need it someday...
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Old 08-08-2018, 3:21 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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Old 08-08-2018, 5:03 AM
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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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Old 08-08-2018, 2:37 PM
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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
5.56 223 never enough.
12 ga. 2000 mixed.
38/357 as back up guns only about 500 rounds
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