i would like to know what your favorite caliber is for bottom feeders and why if you don't mind, thanks :)
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April 17, 2005, 07:35 AM
fMine is 9mm. I like to shoot alot and 1000 rounds can be had for less than $100.00.
April 17, 2005, 07:47 AM
I'd have to say 9mm Luger. Cheap to shoot, low recoil, many cool guns chambered for the caliber, and very effective with modern JHP designs.
April 17, 2005, 08:16 AM
It's a toss up between the .45acp and the 10mm. I'd hate to have to choose only one.
April 17, 2005, 08:26 AM
.45 ACP for me. Great history. Also it feels really good to fire. Satisfying power without overwhelming the shooter.
Having said that, I have to mention that I also very much enjoy .25 ACP. It's not good for much, but it's a cute and appealing miniature, fun to handle, fun to look at, fun to reload. :p
I also love the Baby Browning pistol... real Browning quality in shirtpocket size. The pistol is like a little jewel. :)
Hey, you ASKED!!! :D
April 17, 2005, 09:33 AM
Die Pistole patrone 08 (9mm Luger for you folks in Rio Linda) :D
Light recoiling, accurate, inexpensive (both factory ammo & reloading), and more then powerful enough for 99% of any type of defensive situation one might encounter. It's no wonder it is the most popular pistol cartridge in history and will likely remain in that position for another century.
April 17, 2005, 09:44 AM
.45 ACP :D
And if you don't know what ACP stands for read this (especially dsk's on down):
April 17, 2005, 10:00 AM
The great .45 ACP.
I used to shoot bowling pin matches with it. It hits hard and is easier to reload for me than the 9mm. It was very easy to find accurate loads in .45.
Lots of history connected with the .45 too.
I've also shot it in a few subguns. That's also a lot of fun.
April 17, 2005, 10:04 AM
10mm, no bout a doubt it!
Power, accuracy, speed.
.40s&w makes a good '10mm special'.
April 17, 2005, 10:12 AM
45ACP all the way, but I'm shooting a lot of 9mm these days since the ammo is so cheap (and to feed my wife's gun).
But mostly I carry a S&W SC360 Scandium .357 magnum or a .40 S&W PM40.
All will do the job if you take care of the three Ps -- Placement, Placement and Placement.
April 17, 2005, 11:26 AM
.45 ACP for me too! :) Its big, fat, and slow with plenty of punch. :D
April 17, 2005, 11:34 AM
Hands down favorite has been the .45 a.c.p. since the mid-sixties. Power, easy recoil and accuracy.
I like 9mm Parabellum too though for cost, ease of using full capacity magazines and besides, I just love my Hi-Powers.
April 17, 2005, 12:18 PM
not sure what you meant by "bottom feeders" my favorite to shoot is probably .357 now. i bought a win 94 in .357 and always enjoyed shooting my GP100 but now as a pair and the wide range of loads .38 .38+P .357 .357+P. i have been shooting a lot with that caliber. i carry a 1911 and .45 is a close second. then 10mm a third. never had much confidence in 9mm. ya i have one of course but i dont shoot it much.
April 17, 2005, 12:23 PM
.22, 9mm. .357, .45ACP - whichever one I happen to be shooting at the moment.
April 17, 2005, 01:37 PM
22,25,32,380,45, their all fun but I like these . :)
April 17, 2005, 02:52 PM
.22 for me.. I only own 2 handguns a .22 and a .40 the .22 is cheap cheap cheap to shoot. over 1600 rounds for under 30 bucks..
Shot the .40 this weekend, shot a little over 400 rounds through it got a lil sore forearm but it is well worth it.. :D I so bad want to shoot my HD bullets.. lol
April 17, 2005, 03:04 PM
9x19 - Cheap to shoot (great for college students), tons of wonderful pistols chambered for it (too many to choose from!), and effective with quality JHPs
Of course, who could not love the .45ACP? Especially with the 1911, Sig P220, and CZ97......
and the 10mm - just wish they had more firearm options for it
oh and the .22LR
and the 7.62x25
April 17, 2005, 03:21 PM
.45acp in a 1911 for carry.
.22LR for plinking- fun and cheap!
April 17, 2005, 03:29 PM
Hmmm ... All of the calibers come in very nicely made platforms, for the most part. Lots of good quality ammunition available, using the best of the modern bullet designs in all calibers, too.
My first thought was 9mm, because of the accuracy and controllability of the caliber, as well as the overall acceptable size of the available platforms chambered for it. I've been carrying issued & personally owned 9mm pistols for many years.
Then, I'd say .40 S&W, because it generally requires a bit more of the user when it comes to recoil management, accuracy and controllability, but it also comes in nicely proportioned pistols which fit most small & medium-sized hands. I've also been carrying an optionally issued full size .40 S&W pistol for a few years, which I occasionally carry in my plainclothes assignment.
Then, I'd probably say .45 ACP. A personal favorite back when I got my first blued lightweight Commander, and then traded it for a steel Combat Commander. I've been carrying different personally owned pistols chambered in this venerable caliber as an off duty weapon since I first entered L/E.
Funny thing is, though, when I count the pistols in my safe, I own more .45 ACP pistols than I do 9mm & .40 S&W pistols combined. :scrutiny: That must mean something ...
Also, when I was asked to select one of the new service pistols we're about to start issuing, which are available in both .40 S&W and .45 ACP (we're transitioning from 9mm as a general issue caliber), I tossed a mental coin and selected the .45 ACP model. ;)
That must mean something, too.
April 17, 2005, 03:36 PM
For defense, .45ACP.
For plinking, 9mm. I find .22lr to be boring.
I shoot .45 the most though, I only have two pistols that are chambered in other calibers, and one is a wheelgun so I'm not sure if it counts...
April 17, 2005, 03:48 PM
In autos it's 9mm (never got into the .40) if I'm shooting a lot.
10mm if I really want to fix things NOW.
Big fan of the .357 in wheelguns and of course keep lots of .22 on hand for practice.
April 17, 2005, 04:12 PM
My favorite to shoot is .45ACP, but my favorite at the checkout counter is 9mm. :o
I don't have a 22LR gun yet. It just doesn't do it for me.
April 17, 2005, 04:16 PM
.355 (because I like my Super .38s and my .357 Sigs just as well.)
It does everything I ask of it. Plinking, competition, defense.
April 17, 2005, 04:20 PM
It's a non-question for me. Horses for courses & all that. In other words, I not only don't have a favorite, I refuse to have a favorite.
I have, in bottom feeders, .22, 9mm, 40 S&W, & .45ACP. What I use depends on what I want done. When I want that task done, I demand that the cartridge used does its job in a manner that satisfies my requirements.
The trick is, knowing both the task and the tool.
April 17, 2005, 04:26 PM
In autoloaders, 10mm. You get Magnum power in an auto with a fairly flat trajectory good out to a hundred yards or so. What's not to like? :)
April 17, 2005, 04:35 PM
.22 i can shoot them all day long and they are cheap.
April 17, 2005, 10:46 PM
.40 S & W-Something about the snap of the recoil that just makes it fun and challenging to shoot. I like the 9mm and .45 acp, but it's the .40 that rocks my world.
April 17, 2005, 10:58 PM
.45...ACP and Colt.
April 17, 2005, 11:13 PM
April 18, 2005, 09:01 PM
22lr,cheap,easy to find,breeze to
shoot and lots of guns in this
caliber to play with
9mmP,cheap,easy to find,easy to
shoot and lots of guns in this
caliber to shoot
45acp,not real expensive,easy to
find,lots of gun in this caliber
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easy to shoot.
April 18, 2005, 10:15 PM
45 ACP(pistol) & 308 (rifle)
April 18, 2005, 11:50 PM
It would have to be .45:
2 .45ACPs (3rd on order)
3 .45 Colt Revolvers
1 .45 Colt Lever Action
1 .45-2.4” Ballard High Wall
1 .45-2.6” Shiloh Sharps
I look at it this way, I save a lot of money on bulk cleaning patches and brushes.
Duke of Lawnchair
April 19, 2005, 12:07 AM
It ranges from cheap to expensive.
This means that I can practice on the cheap while maintaining confidence in a caliber that "will get the job done" - heaven forbid.
April 19, 2005, 12:20 AM
I'm 50/50: 9mm or 11.43x23mm (around these parts it's marketed as "45ACP"). I'm of the opinion that, in premium loads, most of the service calibers are about the same in terminal effectiveness.
That said, I shop by platform rather than caliber. If it feels good in my hand and shoots well, that's what I'm going with. I really like the .357SIG, but I really despise the .40. Just me.
April 19, 2005, 12:52 AM
Gotta go with .45acp. It just feels so good in my hands. :D
April 19, 2005, 12:58 AM
10mm First - Can cover almost every situation.
45 ACP #2 A timeless classic that makes big holes.
April 19, 2005, 12:58 AM
10mm: low recoil, high cap, high power, good velocity -
an easy choice, though I'd be tempted by 9x23 or 9x25 if they were less rare.
April 19, 2005, 01:44 AM
I really like the .357SIG, but I really despise the .40. Just me.
I don't have a .40 but I would like one... why do you 'really despise' the caliber?
April 19, 2005, 03:50 AM
.45ACP, but I am open to .40S&W, and plan to own a pistol in that caliber soon.
I could also see .357SIG or .45GAP in my future. When I was younger, I thought for sure that .41 or 10mm would take off more than they did. So who knows.
I don't care for 9mm for anything but target shooting. Not from typical 1911 versus Beretta prejudice, I just don't care for it. I recognize that it is cheaper and better than the .380ACP I have, but I just am not a fan. I don't really know why.
That won't stop me from owning something in 9mm someday, though.
I keep the .45 fed with alternating Hydra-Shok and Whitebox FMJ. I train with Whitebox/WinClean, and occasionally some Hydra-Shok, just to ensure it still feeds and groups well.
April 19, 2005, 04:35 AM
April 19, 2005, 09:47 AM
I like most handgun calibers but if I had to pick one without any regard to cost etc. it would be the .40S&W. I think it is a nice compromise between a 9mm and a .45ACP.