5 calibers for life

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by sweeper22, Feb 10, 2010.

  1. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    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?

    Here's what I came up with:

    9mm- Semi-auto pistols, some carbines...plenty of guns to choose from, cheap ammo
    .45acp- Semi-auto pistols, some carbines...can't miss out on 1911s
    .223/5.56- Some pistols (sorta), ARs and other tactical semis, bolt action rifles
    .308- Bolt action rifles, M1A, FAL, AR10, etc
    12 gauge- Ammo is easy to come by, and there's no shortage of exotic loads out there if you're feeling creative

    Honorable Mention: .357mag, 7.62x39, 22lr
     
  2. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I think I would have to include .22 LR. That would mean one of your 5 would have to go. I suppose I would have to axe the 9mm in favor of the .22.
     

  3. amoroque

    amoroque New Member

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    45 acp
    223
    12 gauge --- cant miss out on duck and goose season
    .22 LR --- cheapest fun ever.
    30.06 --- ammo availability, all around good big game rifle


    I sure would miss my 45 LCs! :(
     
  4. IGETEVEN

    IGETEVEN New Member

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    I concur with your choices, except for the 9mm would have to be replaced by the 22LR, which is probably the most versatile and affordable round there is IMO, and it can be used in various situations.

    Jack
     
  5. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    As usual, I agree with Jack...
     
  6. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Quoted for Truth. That would be the route I would go if 5 was the limit.
     
  7. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    Seems like the strong consensus so far is 22lr, 45acp, 223, 308, and 12ga.

    No surprise, though I did anticipate some push for 357mag.
     
  8. Franciscomv

    Franciscomv New Member

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    Well, as a revolver and lever gun lover, I'd go with .357 instead of 223 (besides in my country semiautos are almost impossible to own legally).

    So my list would be:

    22
    45acp
    357mag
    308
    12 gauge
     
  9. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

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    Id have to choose 9mm over 45, since its the NATO round, worldwide availability.

    NATO rounds are always good choices.

    22 lr
    9mm
    5.56
    308


    I could do it with just those 4.
     
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  10. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    OK, no one call EMS, I'm just fine. (And practical)

    And in this order:
    22lr
    9mm
    223/5.56
    12 ga
    45 ACP

    Think about it, I need no long gun, can't hit what I can't see.

    Besides, I'll be with JD for that.
     
  11. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    Actually Cane, when I think about it some more I'll trade .308 for .357 myself. I can't shoot for squat at long distance anyway. So my list would be:

    .22, .357, .45, 5.56, & 12 ga

    No, I can't trade my 1911s for a stinking 9mm...
     
  12. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    I don't own a stinkin' 9 mike mike!

    I own a P08 and a P35, the two finest 9mm to face each other on a battlefield!

    Any takers for that argument?
     
  13. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    For me, it's:

    .357 Magnum ;)
    .45 ACP
    .22LR
    .30-06
    12GA.
     
  14. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Well, in THAT case, I can officially dump the .308 and I'll take the 7 Mike Mike for what I like to do a whole lot. Put rounds on target from WELL beyond range of anyone else on the other side. :D

    And I got Cane to cover my back, how great is that?
     
  15. jimbobpissypants

    jimbobpissypants New Member

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    22lr
    22-250
    308
    12 ga
    45acp
     
  16. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper New Member

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    22LR
    223/5.56
    45ACP
    35 Whelen
    12 Ga
     
  17. james_black

    james_black New Member

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    Mine list:

    30.06
    5.56
    12 gauge
    22lr
    9mm

    I got 40s&w also because of law enforcement adoption. I'm more accurate with it too.
     
  18. Viking

    Viking Active Member

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    .22 LR, .44 mag, 40 S&W, 30-06 and 12ga. Alternative to the '06, 260 Rem.
     
  19. collegekid20

    collegekid20 New Member

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    .308 for big game/ distance
    12 gauge for birds/medium game/defense
    .22lr cheap/available/small game/fun
    .223 availability of weapons/NATO round
    .45acp power,proven, and 1911's
    Just my opinion but I think I covered my bases and seem to be in line with the thinking of most
     
  20. Biohazurd

    Biohazurd New Member

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    If i had to pick Five calibers/gauges they would be


    .45 ACP - Main carry pistol
    .308 Win- Long range sniping/hunting weapon.
    .22 LR- Its obvious why i picked this...
    12 Gauge- The 12 gauge and all shot guns in fact are extremely versitile, you can kill small game, big game, and 2 legged critters all by switching loads..
    7.62x39 The ultra-reliable AK-47, (One of my favorite rifle platforms) shoots it. As well as my SKS...