Originally Posted by sweeper22
Was talking to someone about "caliber consolidation" when this senario came up: You can choose five firearm calibers (all platforms) for your current and future collection. Whether you own 2 guns or 200 guns, what five calibers would you narrow it down to?
I had to sit and think about this one for a bit, and changed my mind numerous times in the process. Would I be doing this for ease of use in a SHTF type situation, or would I be doing it just to keep my collection as simple as possible, or both?
First, the easy part:12 ga.
- I don't see a reason to consider another gauge, since this one can do just about everything.
From here on, I flip-flopped and wavered quite a bit. I used to think I was indecisive, now I'm not so sure..357 Mag
- In addition to the powerful revolvers, there are a goodly number of lever action rifles chambered for this round. The fact they can also be loaded with .38 Specials may technically be cheating, but hey, another advantage..22LR
- As much as I wanted to opt for the .22WMR, I decided on the Long Rifle instead. Rifles and pistols galore. A great, great round..223/5.56 NATO
- Many rifle options available and military usage has made this one a no-brainer. While a more powerful round would be good in some situations, I don't know what I would be needing something more powerful for. I would have no intention of shooting beyond the capabilities of the round, nor would I be hunting something that couldn't be taken with either it or one of the others in my arsenal.9mm
- Despite my preference for something a bit more powerful, the availability, variety and expense of rounds for this one makes it the more obvious choice to me. Again, military usage weighs in its favor.