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Old 05-29-2012, 01:08 PM   #11
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There are quite a few rifle/handgun calibers. Off the top of my head there are :
45Long Colt, 45ACP, 40S&W, 357 Magnum/38Special, 9MM, 22LR, 44 Magnum.
There are probably others. It all depends on what you want to do with the guns but there is a good selection out there.

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It boils down to personal choices.

If I were you, I'd shoot 22LRs for a while, and study on it.

A good, up to date reloading manual has massive amounts

of caliber history and practical information beyond the scope

of reloading.

My choice in this area was .44 Remington Mag, but I hunt short

range, as the average .44 shooter is limited to less than

250 yards. It's not the ideal, or perfect for everybody,

just practical for my needs.


Rifle rounds in a pistol? Well, I hope you have a strong

grip, and a stronger HMO, because the muzzle blast and

recoil are epic fail bad. OK up close, but average shooter

accuracy drops like a rock after 25 yards, with one of these

behemoths.


9mm carbines are starting to come into their own now.

They also have their great points, and shortcomings.

Basically, you're looking at a small rifle with an

accurate and effective range of 150 yards.


Consider overall costs. A quality pistol/rifle combo

will run you 1200$ before ammo, easy. So the 35$

you will put into that reloading manual is money

well spent, to be well informed, before you make the

larger investment...

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Wow! Thanks for all the quick responses. I have learned quite a bit from the responses and now I guess it's just up to me to A. Research and find a caliber I feel comfortable with and B. to figure if I want a dual purpose caliber or just get two different calibers like JonM suggested.

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Do you live in the open country? Or are you dealing with a lot of

trees, broken terrain, and brush?

Most of the pistol caliber carbines make fine brush

guns...

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Wow! Thanks for all the quick responses. I have learned quite a bit from the responses and now I guess it's just up to me to A. Research and find a caliber I feel comfortable with and B. to figure if I want a dual purpose caliber or just get two different calibers like JonM suggested.
I'd stick with 9mm for a while. All pistol calibers are about the same in effect, recoil however is different. Also with the price of 9mm being so much less, you are more likely to get out and practice more.

I agree with an above poster, no reason to limit yourself to a pistol caliber carbine for a defensive rifle. For a plinker, they are great, I'd check out a Keltec sub 2k, Hipoint carbine with the ATI stock, or ideally a Marlin Camp 9 if you can find a used one. I'n revolver calibers, you jump into lever guns that are great fun to shoot, but compared to modern semi auto carbines, it just isnt the same.

If you live down near the Austin area, I have a XD 45 compact you are welcome to try out, and a CZ full size sp01 tac 9mm.
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While the lever gun / revolver was common, even most modern rifles that shoot pistol cal. rounds are underpowered.

Beretta CX4 Storm can be had in 9mm. 40S&W, and .45acp


Don't know how or where to get em, But some ar's can shoot 9mm

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What about 10mm?

K10 - Pistol Cal 10mm


http://olyarms.net/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.f lypage&product_id=54&category_id=29&manufacturer_i d=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=37&vmcchk=1&Itemi d=37

G20


http://us.glock.com/products/model/g20

Odd, yet intriguing...

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When you consider the great number of semi-auto versions of popular SMGs out there, and the 9mm uppers for the AR-15s, I would tend to believe that the 9mm is probably the most popular pistol/carbine round today.

Whether or not it's the "best" depends on your needs and wants.

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I use to do the cowboy action shooting and these folks can make a single action revolver and lever gun sing (do a youtube) if you live in a restricted state a six shooter and lever gun doesn't make the anti's cringe as much as a HI-CAP Glock and and AR-15. I could give anyting that goes bump in the night a bad reception with 45colt combo, it sent many a man to their reward in the old west.

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If you looking for the AR platform , I might suggest a 5.7 X 28 . The ammo is only made by FNH but its a real nice pistol and the AR platform has a upper that holds 50 rounds also , you also have the choice of the FNH PS90 . 50 rds in a box for around $23 I think .





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