Who are Caliber Loyalists?


May 14, 2003, 11:10 PM
Was just curious if some were loyal to one caliber or another. I've owned several guns in several calibers but have settled on a few for simplicity because I'm a K.I.S.S. kinda guy.
For handguns I like the .45acp (however I just bought a SP-101 .357 for the wife), .30-06 for hunting rifle, 7.62X39 for my deadly "assault rifle" caliber, 12 gauge for shotgun and the complimentary .22LR rifles for all-around fun.
It makes it much easier and less expensive to buy ammo when your shopping for one caliber for the gun you want to shoot for the day instead of searching for the best deals in a plethora or cornucopia of options.

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J Miller
May 14, 2003, 11:16 PM
Revolvers:...........45 Colt
LA rifle, (rev cal):.45 Colt
Auto pistol:.........45 ACP
LA rile: (rifle cal)...30WCF
Bolt rifle:..............308 win / 7.62 Nato

Thats about a boringly caliber loyal as I can get.

Standing Wolf
May 14, 2003, 11:33 PM
I've been loyal to the .22 long rifle and .357 magnum cartridges for decades. I load and shoot several other calibers, but those two are my favorites.

May 14, 2003, 11:46 PM
I'm pretty spead out but if I had to limit myself to 3 calibers, I probably could... .22-ish, (a 22LR, 22 magnum and a 223) 277-ish (270 Win.) and 45-ish (45ACP, 45 Colt, 45-70)

But then, I'd miss my 243, 25-06 and wouldn't be able to get a 6.5x284 which I have a hankerin' for nor the 350 Rem or 35 Whelen I'd like to get sometime.

May 14, 2003, 11:51 PM
45 ACP
38 spl
12 ga

9mm ( in last few years)
30-30 (sentimental model '94)
'06 ( sentimental, stolen, some day I'll replace)

May 14, 2003, 11:59 PM
22LR (now)
7.62 x 39
12 gauge

May 15, 2003, 12:00 AM
...and here I was all tickled because I just added two more calibers to the list recently: .38 Super and .380 ACP. :)

May 15, 2003, 12:17 AM
Tamara, It may easier for you to list the calibers, you don't have--yet.;)

May 15, 2003, 12:19 AM
Not much of a shotgunner.

For handguns, I'd have to say .357 Magnum. I also buy .38 Spl though; for practice. I own a 9mm, but a .357 was my first pistol and hence, my first love.

For Rifles, I'd have to say that 5.56 NATO is edging out my .30 Carbine right now. Gotta get that M1 Carbine fixed.

Of course .22LR is a given.

I try to keep my calibers simple, but I'm going to hopefully be getting by year's end, or maybe a bit after:

.44 Mag
7.62 Soviet
10mm Auto - (Maybe)
.41 Mag - (Maybe)
.32 Mag - (Maybe)
7.62 NATO - (Maybe)

This is in addition to the:
5.56 NATO
.30 Carbine
.357 Mag/.38 Spl
12 Gauge
I already own!

14 Calibers! How ever will I manage?:D :D :D

May 15, 2003, 12:25 AM

Mike Irwin
May 15, 2003, 12:42 AM
Oh I'm a caliber loyalist, .357 Magnum and .300 Savage, but that certainly doesn't stop me from owning a WIDE array of firearms chambered in many different calibers.

May 15, 2003, 01:25 AM
The closest I come is owning a lot of 9mm Luger handguns. I have one 9x18 Mak, and a Browning Buckmark .22 LR for target/plinking.

I only own 12 gauge shotguns, but I want a Serbu Super Shorty in 20 gauge.

In rifles, I own a lot of things.


May 15, 2003, 02:57 AM
I am...45ACP.

May 15, 2003, 03:41 AM
The only cal I would say I was loyal to is the 12ga (yeah I know its not a caliber). I don't think I will ever own any other gauge because 12ga is the cheapest ammo and it seems to do anything I need a shotgun to do. I shoot skeet and don't hunt so I don't need variation.

Admiral Thrawn
May 15, 2003, 04:35 AM



.308 Winchester (7.62x51mm NATO)

12 Gauge 9-pellet 00 Buckshot

Matt G
May 15, 2003, 04:44 AM
I tend to really like calibers that have enough, but not more than necessary. Thus the elegance of the .257 Rbts really appeals to me, as does Mike's .300 Savage. (I own neither, though I've ready access to a Mk I M77 .257)

The .45 Colt similarly makes the grade. (And, again, I find I don't have one.)

The 16 ga. is another.

And the old original 7mm.

Funny, but I don't seem to have anything in any of these calibers! :)

For large bore rifle, .35 Whelen works nicely. (I DO have one of those. )

Room to grow, room to grow.....

May 15, 2003, 05:12 AM
Ahh.. talking logistics!!

.22LR for practice
.40SW for everything semi-auto
.357Mag for everything revolver
.308 for everything rifle
I'm currently using a 20 gauge pump shotgun.. but MIGHT get a 12 gauge.. That would ruin my logistics slightly, but that's ok, gf will probably get the 20 gauge..

May 15, 2003, 05:28 AM
I'm real partial to the 9mm family.

May 15, 2003, 08:17 AM

Do you have a 380/200 British service revolver yet? :D

I have had many but think 22 RF, 38 Special, and 45 ACP could serve for one hand weapons.

308 Win, 375 H&H for shoulder fired missles;

12 gauge for things that creep or fly.

Of course, that would leave out a lot of goodies like 10mm Auto, 458 Win Mag, and 223 Rem/5.56mm.

Oh yeah, 357 Magnum, Super 38, ...

May 15, 2003, 10:01 AM
Do you have a 380/200 British service revolver yet?:D

Nope. Although I did buy one, a No.1*(Enfield), for my little brother as a birthday gift some years back. I wonder if he still has it?

Sleeping Dog
May 15, 2003, 12:17 PM
I like the .22LR. Then I have a few more but I'm partial to the ones I have reloading dies for. 30-06, 223, 308, 6.5x55.


Sean Smith
May 15, 2003, 01:16 PM
10mm. :D

May 15, 2003, 01:22 PM
Nope. I'll load and shoot just about anything.

May 15, 2003, 01:32 PM
All the gun's I've bought have been the following:


This does not include guns I've inherited or received as gifts, just the ones I've had control over. Rest assured, I'm an equal opportunity shooter, and will shoot anything. There are plenty good calibers out there, I just try to keep it simple. The problem that has arisen of late, is that even guns in the same caliber require different ammo. For example: my Savage .223 shoots Black Hills Moly 75grain, and my Remy .223 shoots Federal Gold 77 grain. My pistols are the only ones that I can really buy a standardized ammo for. I pretty much stick to PMC for target ammo and Corbon for SD.

May 15, 2003, 01:36 PM
9 mm Parabellum and 12 ga for me :D

May 15, 2003, 01:37 PM

.45 Colt
.300 Win mag
.300 Savage
.350 Remington Mag


12 ga.
16 ga.
20 ga.
28 ga.
410 ga

As you can see I like lots of things and would like to add more, but my loyalties remain with:

350 RemingtonMag
300 Savage



May 15, 2003, 01:40 PM
I've tried to stick to military caliburs basically.

9mm Luger
.357mag (Oops how'd that get there?)

.308 Bolt
.223 Rem

Oh and .22LR for fun.

Johnny Guest
May 15, 2003, 03:17 PM
I shoot and have shot a lot of calibers. Hey, I handload for quite a few different cartridges, some of which are a lot of fun. (.45 Auto Rim and .455 Webley, for two.) I’d think loyalty means a particular personal liking for, or, perhaps as stated, one of the last I’d willingly let go if cutting back.

I really do like the .45 Colt, and would keep it after selling off the .44s. The .45 ACP, though - -Can’t imagine being without guns to shoot that short, fat cartridge. I don’t care nearly as much for the .40 auto as I thought I would.

I really have sneaking affection for the .36-bores - - .38 Special, .357 mag, 9 x 19 mm, anyway. Even the .380 ACP. But this has as much to do with the particular arms as for the rounds. I really want to keep at least one each .38 snub, four-inch .357, Browning High Power - - And probably my 1966-vintage PPK. I really have no particular feeling for .38 Super, 9x21, 22, 23, etc., or the .357 SiG.

.22 LR, certainly. Rifles, pistols, revolvers—all of ‘em.

My real rifle loyalties lie with the .30’06 and .257 Roberts. I definitely want to hang onto at least one .22 center fire (most probably a .223 or two.) I could (grudgingly) do without the .308, .303, .338, and .45-70.

Oh, heck - - I’d better just hang onto pretty much everything I have, and maybe scout around for a couple more. ;)


May 15, 2003, 05:17 PM
.44 Magnum
.44 Special
.41 Magnum
.357 Magnum
.38 Special
.32 S&W Long
.32 H&R Magnum
.22 Magnum
7.62x38 Nagant
.40 S&W
.380 Auto
10mm Auto
.38 Super
7.5x54 Swiss
7.62x51 NATO
.300 Whisper
7.7x58 Arisaka
.45 Colt
.243 Winchester
.30-40 Krag
5.56x45 NATO

...so far. :D

Brian Williams
May 15, 2003, 06:46 PM
I like
45Long Colt


in that order and I think I have been Tamaraed by the Gun Queen her self! I bow humbly to her list.

I would like to see whether 22 hornet or 218 bee would work or maybe a 25-20..... hhhmmmmmm.....may be a 45/70 or a 38/55

May 15, 2003, 07:07 PM

Jason Demond
May 15, 2003, 07:24 PM
Pistol: .45 ACP
Revolver: .357 Magnum
Rifle: .308
Shot gun: 12 Gauge

May 15, 2003, 07:52 PM

I knew this thread would get Blink's attention.

May 15, 2003, 07:54 PM
.22 (of course)
- still deciding on "assault rifle caliber"

May 15, 2003, 07:56 PM
22-250 - for varmit hunting
7 mm mag for hunting - North America Game
.375 H&H for hunting - African Game

.223 Remington - Civil defense
.45 ACP - Personal defense

12 ga. - for anything to do with a shot gun.

May 15, 2003, 08:25 PM
Centerfire handgun: 45ACP

Rimfire Rifle and Handgun: 22LR Std. Velocity.

Rifle: .308 Win, .222 Rem.

Shotgun: 12 ga.

May 15, 2003, 10:10 PM
Ahh.. talking logistics!!

Ahh... the unusual belief that owning a gun in 7.7 Jap somehow prevents me from buying .223 by the case. ;)

You have an unusual definition of logisitics, man. :D

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