What is your favorite caliber?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by danf_fl, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    I have thought the same even before I saw this clip:

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  2. txpossum

    txpossum New Member

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    My long-held preferences: for self defense, .45 ACP

    General all purpose: .357 mag

    Least favorite caliber: 9mm
     

  3. Transman

    Transman New Member

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    I have more 45acp pistols than any other,but of late my recent purchases have all been 10mm.Love the round.I've now got 5 tens,with one another on the way.45 or 10,a real tough call,but for now I'll go with the 10!
     
  4. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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    I like .45acp and .357. But I also load for 9x19 and can do some neet stuff there. 10mm is a big favorite. Mine uses standard .45acp 1911 mags and holds 8. 8rnd .45acp mags hold 9. It is a game changer hands down. I like .380(9x17), 9x18, .32acp also. Each has its' place. Best overall would be a toss up between .357 and 10mm.
     
  5. readygirl

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    The .40 is very popular right now. 50% of the auto's we sell at the shop. 25% 9mm, and 25% .45. 357mag by far the most popular revolver in all configurations. From full size cowboy guns, to the smaller hammerless variety.
     
  6. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Most worthless: .22 short & .25 ACP
     
  7. aandabooks

    aandabooks New Member

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    I've really been loving the .44special/mag lately. My .38 special reloads have been very fun.

    A couple months ago I would have said .45 hands down but I've been on a revolver kick.
     
  8. readygirl

    readygirl New Member

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    Just curious....what do you not like about the 9mm..? We have first timers come in the shop all the time wanting us to recommend a gun or caliber. I have noticed each salesperson will steer them in a certain direction, based on what their personal preference is. I try not to do that, but sometimes if you dont take charge of the situation, and tell them what to buy, they will just get frustrated, and walk out without buying anything. Every gun we sell comes with a free first shots safety class, and 1 hr of range time, so we often get to witness the transition from newbie, to gun nut...:D
     
  9. indy36

    indy36 New Member

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    I like .38 Super Auto fired from a 1911 style pistol. That's my favorite.
     
  10. kryptar19

    kryptar19 New Member

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    9MM for handguns......
     
  11. LakeshoreShooter

    LakeshoreShooter New Member

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    Hmmmm.....

    I am a 45acp fan from way back. But if I had to pick one....

    *Handgun.....10mm. (home defense, Carry, and hunting).
    *Rifle......308 (7.62) one for my rem. 700, or Sako.....and 7.62 for M14
     
  12. sputnik1988

    sputnik1988 Active Member

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    Handgun? 45 acp.
    Rifles? 308, 303, 30-06, ect. I really like the concept of a .30 cal, they can serve just about any purpose.
     
  13. txpossum

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    Some of my distaste for the 9mm comes from reverse peer pressure, as so many others seem to be infatuated by it. A lot of my predjuice against it comes from the days before high capacity 1911's when there was a hot and heavy debate between the "capacitonions" (those who favorer high capacity 9mm) vs. the "caliberites" (who prefered fewer, but bigger bullets). I was a caliberite -- if it can't be stopped by 8 rounds of .45, then I haven't any business shooting at it. Also, honestly, advances in handgun ammunition technology have lessened the basis of my preference for the .45 over the 9mm, which was that the 9mm penetrated too cleanly and did not have enough expansion for a self defense round.

    I still feel that a heavy, slower bullet is better for self defense, especially in an urban enviroment. I find the .45 ACP to to extremely controllable and easy to shoot. And . . . I like big bullets.

    If I hadn't been a .45 fan all these years, the .40 might be my fav -- to me it's a good compromise between the 9mm and the .45.

    Bottom line -- for me -- I feel that a .45 will drop 'em dead quicker than a 9mm and (knowing that this will draw a **** storm down on me for a variety of reasons) -- the 9mm is okay for a "girls" gun.
     
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  14. readygirl

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    Thanks for the candid response. My current EDC gun is a SR9 (if it cant be stopped by 18 rnds of 9mm Hydra shok, i probably dont have any business shooting at it either....lol) But i am thinking seriously about trading up to an SR40.....:)
     
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  15. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    well said Possum. pretty much the same as i feel. while i do own a 9mm, it's probably my least shot pistol these days. i like my 40, but as that i have three pistols in 45, i would have to say the 45 is pretty much my favorite right now.

    and there are always those i like, that i want to add into the collection! a 41 Mag., a 1911 in 38 Super and i have been wanting to try out a 100 as well.
     
  16. donthav1

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    i'm really startin to like the 32 H&R mag, there's a lot more pop to 'em then a guy thinks.

    i'd say my favorite though is the 9mm Luger.......& no possum, i'm not a girl :p
     
  17. readygirl

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    I would like to have a Blackhawk in .41mag....if one finds me, i will probably bring it home. Our Ruger rep says they are producing them again...and interest in them is really starting to pick up.
     
  18. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i would like one of the older S & W pistols in 41 Mag. with a 4" or 6" barrel. blued of course!
     
  19. kryptar19

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    If anything the .45 is the "in between" from 9mm to .40. Seeing as the .40 gets about 100 ft/lbs more energy than the .45. That being said i am a fan of both 9mm and .45, dont care for the .40 realy.
    If i needed a handgun with more energy than a .45 I'd go to a 10mm or .357.

    If the BG gets past the 11rds of 9mm Hornady Critical Defense, no caliber will save me.
     
  20. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    Pretty much anything that propels a .45 diameter bullet. 45colt is one of if not the most versatile cartridges in handguns.