What caliber for credit cards?????


October 6, 2006, 09:47 PM
My wife and I are going through a Total Money Makeover (https://www.mytotalmoneymakeover.com/index.cfm?) via the Financial Peace University (http://daveramsey.com/fpu/home/), and rather than use scissors for our plastectomy I figured I'd shoot the damn things. I'm going to do this tomorrow, so responses tonight would be helpful.

So, which gun(s) should I use for the job. The choices are:
CZ 550 (6.5x55, paid for with cash, choice of handloads using 120gr Rem Core-lok or 140gr Barnes XLC),
M96 Swedish Mauser (6.5x55, paid for with cash, handload using 120gr Rem Core-lok),
T38 Turk Mauser (8x57, paid for with the credit card that'll be shot, choice of handload using 150gr Hornady, or Turk mil-surp 154gr FMJ),
Ruger P944 (.40S&W, paid for with the credit card that'll be shot, thinking of selling this gun though),
Ruger Redhawk (.44mag, paid for with cash, currently out of .44 ammo though),
Sig P245 (.45ACP, primary CCW gun, paid for with the credit card that'll be shot), or
Winchester 190 (.22lr, paid for with cash).

I was also planning to film the event and send it to Dave Ramsey. Good idea, or bad?


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October 6, 2006, 09:58 PM
I love the idea. Go ahead and send it to Ramsey. If he doesn't like it it's his problem.

Maybe you could a representative from each of the credit card companies to hold their respective cards for you while you do the shooting.

Baby step number 1 1/2 - blow away your credit cards on the range.

Bullet Bob
October 6, 2006, 10:03 PM
I don't know anything about the gentleman or his plan, but if he's truly into saving money, wouldn't he want you to use no-cost scissors to do the deed, instead on ammunition, no matter how inexpensive?

October 6, 2006, 10:05 PM
My vote is the Mauser, the P944 and the Sig. Poetic justice or cruel irony? You decide...

Debt management, High Road-style. I love it! *big serpentine grin*

October 6, 2006, 10:15 PM
The biggest you can find. Give 'em extra for me.

October 6, 2006, 10:27 PM
Definately, respective guns and credit cards that bought 'em. Make sure all pieces with name and account # are thoroughly destroyed.

October 6, 2006, 11:31 PM
The reason I listed if I'd paid cash or with credit for each gun was I wasn't sure if I wanted to honor the "only use cash" principle, or if I wanted to take revenge on the cards used in buying the guns. Consensus seems to be revenge is more appropriate, so I'll go with that.

Bob - I certainly understand your point, but at the same time I think this would a whole lot more fun, and part of what Dave teaches is to get enjoyment out of getting out of debt.

October 6, 2006, 11:33 PM
Wait until your wife find out you bought a new gun for this:)

Zeke Menuar
October 7, 2006, 12:50 AM
When I cut up my credit cards. I used a number of methods. I shot one up with a 270 at 200 yards. One was shot up with an SKS. The most rewarding was vaporizing it with birdshot from a 12ga at 10 feet.


October 7, 2006, 01:02 AM
Lucky, I already own those guns. I'm not buying any new ones, at least for a while.

October 7, 2006, 01:42 AM
Shotgun with a deer slug at point blank range! That should do the trick.

October 7, 2006, 02:10 AM
Turn the cards sideways, and you'll get some real practice. :D

October 7, 2006, 02:26 AM
Whatever method you choose, just please ensure the numbers are beyond recognition.

I recently learned that I spent several thousand dollars on very nice electronics in a high-end home theatre store in New Jersey.

I live in Texas :fire:

Fortunately I'm not liable...thank goodness. I must admit, though, the thief had very nice taste in equipment :cuss:

Put one in 'em (cards) for me, would ya?

Take care

October 7, 2006, 02:29 AM
DFW1911 - Most certainly!

October 7, 2006, 02:51 AM
I would taek the winny and the cz, and shoot them from the side, those two are acc. enough to do it.

October 7, 2006, 05:10 AM
A .22 will bore a neat little hole in the plastic, while something in 9 m/m will blow the thing to smitheroons (based on using the AOL CD ROMs they keep sending me in the mail). You might want to tack them on a piece of cardboard, or a stump so you can have a solid background.

I agree, debt management, THR style. Love it.

October 7, 2006, 05:30 AM
Use somesort of incindiary round. Put a hole in it and light it on fire.:fire: Dual effect. Or get a bunch of guys together with semi's loaded with tracers at night. It will look like the Empire Strikes back, post dept style.

October 7, 2006, 08:44 AM
I'm a fan of .22 for this job.

The holes are small, so you'll have the opportunity to shoot them A LOT before they become unusable as targets... :-)
//and the ammo is cheap - you can buy all you need with pocket change on the way to the range - financially prudent, I would say//

October 7, 2006, 08:55 AM
Congratulations! We went thru FPU five years ago. It is sure great to walk in and pay cash. One of my daughters recently bought her first car, a 2003 Civic, using cash. The dealer did not know how to handle her. He kept wanting to finance it until she simply stood up and started to walk out.

I happen to have a nice selection of shotguns, so would use something like #8's at about 10 feet and watch the card simply vanish in a cloud of plastic pieces.

Since Dave is a ultra conservative (politically) from Nashville he is probably pretty much pro-gun.

October 7, 2006, 09:05 AM
He's from Nashville?
Might have to invite him out to the range if we get anyone else who's ready to "retire" their plastic.

October 7, 2006, 09:54 AM
Yeah, I'm pretty sure he's pro-gun. In one of the FPU lessons he recounted the story of how he got some landscaping done by trading it for a couple .22 rifles he didn't want anymore. Mentioned collected a bunch over the years.

I'm heading out to the range in about 1/2 hour. I'll post some pics soon as I have time after getting back (might be tonight or even tomorrow).

October 7, 2006, 10:23 AM
A .22 will bore a neat little hole in the plastic,

I'd use the .44 with wad cutters for a neat BIG hole. :p

October 8, 2006, 01:39 AM
I got out of the car business twenty years ago (Honda, Toyota, Mazda). Car dealers make a ton of money on the financing. Often, it's more than they make on the car. That's how the finance manager makes his entire living- comission on the financing. That's why the salesperson is not allowed to let you go without having you see the finance guy.

They get you coming and going.

October 8, 2006, 10:55 AM
I'm thinkin a shotgun with high brass turkey loads.

Call them suckas in close before you let it rip.:D

October 8, 2006, 11:07 AM
Credit cards are just plastic...so stack 'em up...rubber band around....one shot! All done. Not as much fun as multiple hits on each card....unless that one shot is 12 ga, #4 shot from about 10 feet. :D Either way, enjoy your range time and I hope you make to debt free!

October 8, 2006, 11:09 AM
I think nothing short of .338 Lapua will take care of those guys. I hear they deflect .30-06 from time to time ;)

October 8, 2006, 11:56 AM
Nothing less than a Barrett 50 BMG should be used:eek: . Credit Cards can be monsters when they get to big;) .

October 8, 2006, 07:34 PM
12 gauge with bird shot at close range. That should shred them up pretty well. Do it a few times per card and you won't be able to tell that they were credit cards in the first place.

October 8, 2006, 07:44 PM
Here's an idea!
Have your wife flick the cards into the air and you blast them like skeet!
Take care of two problems at one time!

That didn't come out quite the way I intended....:evil:

October 8, 2006, 10:26 PM
Shotgun at close range

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