If all semi-auto pistol calibers cost the same, what would you carry and own?


November 3, 2006, 06:42 PM
If every caliber was say $6.00 per box of 50, what would you pick? Would it be the same as what you carry now or would it be something else?

I really like 9mms but part of the reason I like them is the cost. I can really practice with them and get good with any gun chambered in 9mm. I own several 9mms and I like everything about them but... There is always room for more power. If I could buy .357 SIG for the same price as 9mm, I think I would like that. I have never shot .357 SIG so maybe I wouldn't like it but I probably would.

I will pass on .40S&W and .45acp since I have had them and prefer 9mm. I like .45acp but I really don't see the point of .40S&W.

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November 3, 2006, 06:45 PM
Well, all of them, of course!

If all women were attracted to you, which one would you pick?

Same answer!:rolleyes:

lee n. field
November 3, 2006, 07:12 PM
I might stop reloading .45, and just start buying it.

But I'd still keep the brass.

November 3, 2006, 07:21 PM
I'd go with .45acp... though I'd probably try out 9x23mm

November 3, 2006, 07:28 PM
A really good reason for owning a 9mm is practice. Not for ammo cost reasons, either.

Many students that take a weekend long, professionally taught course experience fatigue by the end of the class. Shooting a 750-1000 round course in a hard recoiling caliber is punishing. The round count is different for every shooter, and caliber used, but at some point the practitoner begins to focus more energy and attention on fighting recoil fatigue than learning the technique being taught.

The 9mm is a great round for a course that requires a practitioner to fire hundreds of rounds each day, over 2 or 3 days. I carry one of two Commanders in either .45 ACP or 9x23. When I train with it, its usually has the 9mm barrel in it. I feel no embarassment showing up with a case of 9mm when everyone else has .45s, .357 Sig's, .40 S&W, or some other more powerful caliber. I'm there to learn, and I learn best when I'm sharp.

November 3, 2006, 07:34 PM
I'd not reload anymore. I'll stick with my 45s, Colt and ACP. I'm a proponet of the slow heavy bullet, fired from low pressure cartridge, with resultingly lower flash and blast.

Bazooka Joe71
November 3, 2006, 07:39 PM
.45acp for me...although it would be nice if 10mm was cheaper

November 3, 2006, 07:45 PM
i would definetly stick with the .40 cal, that is what i like, and what i am used to and good with, even if it cost more than .45 i would still stick with the.40cal

M2 Carbine
November 3, 2006, 07:47 PM
If all semi-auto pistol calibers cost the same, what would you carry and own?

Since I reload, most of the ammo does cost less than $6 a box. But like others have said, if I can buy it for $6 a box it's not worth the time to reload.

But whatever the cost I'd still choose the 45ACP.

November 3, 2006, 07:52 PM
since I mostly carry a snubby. :)

I think for most, the gun (and not the caliber) is the main factor in their eventual CCW choice.

November 3, 2006, 07:54 PM
You CAN get it for $6 a box, all day long at Wally world or Dicks', and sometimes slightly less if you're lucky, and that's part of the reason why i own three 9mm's, in addition to my other calibers. I walked out of Dicks yesterday with 1K of UMC 9mm for $119.60+tx., or 5.98/50.

Mac Attack
November 3, 2006, 07:56 PM
I like my rounds big and slow.....45 ACP for me.

November 3, 2006, 07:58 PM

November 3, 2006, 08:04 PM
ALL of them for me too, but more specifically, probably the S&W .40cal

November 3, 2006, 08:06 PM
albanian, you should have extended this to general handguns, because I would have said .44 Magnum. ;)

If we're dreaming, can't we make it $4/box for practice ammo?

I think I'd still go with 9x19, or maybe .357 SIG, for the higher ammo capacity in the same size package, compared with .45 ACP. I'd probably own a gun in each caliber, but carry would still remain 9x19.


November 3, 2006, 08:20 PM
Well gosh. If we're talking a 1911, 45 ACP without a doubt. But if we're talking about anything else, I'll be the black sheep and go with 40 S&W. I really, really like that cartidge as a defensive round.

November 3, 2006, 08:39 PM
45 ACP

November 3, 2006, 08:46 PM


You can load it down to wussy 40 smith or 45 acp:neener: levels or crank it up to 11 and let the beast roar.

November 3, 2006, 08:57 PM
I wouldn't change a thing. I would still stick with the .40 even it cost twice as much as everything else.
Conversely, I wouldn't shoot the .357 SIG if it was free if I had ANY other choices.

November 3, 2006, 09:09 PM
same thing i do now , cost is not one of the criteria i base carry choices on lol

Chuck R.
November 3, 2006, 09:18 PM
I figure it would be a wash, so I wouldn’t change a thing, just stick with .45ACP.

IF factory ammo was $6.00 a box, then my reloads would plunge down to somewhere around $1.00 a box for commercial cast bullets.


November 3, 2006, 09:28 PM
.50AE would be neat to CCW if it's recoil wasn't so intense, and the D. Eagle wasn't so unreliable.

November 3, 2006, 10:08 PM
Im going with 45acp or 357sig:)

November 3, 2006, 11:27 PM
.50 GI

November 4, 2006, 12:20 AM
a) there are a lot of great guns in .45ACP, and I own a few of them, and have a few more in mind. That is, guns which have ergonomics and looks that I like, and that I liked on first glance, before I had any idea what particular cartridge they used. (So, if I could carry any one caliber, it would be one that that used the few guns I've been able to afford so far.)

I grew up in a house with no guns, but even at age 5 (a few decades ago :)) I liked the look of 1911s, as pictured in the Guns & Ammo annual that I got at a yard sale. Call it imprinting or whatever you'd like, but to me, that is "the shape of a gun." Turns out, I've not yet owned one of those, but sure might when I next have net positive cash flow, post-school :) (Can you get captive recoil springs for a 1911-style pistol? That's one of the things I really like about my XD45 ...)

b) Though so far I've *enjoyed* shooting all of the calibers I've had a chance to fire -- not an extensive list, compared to most people on this forum, but most of the common handgun cartridges: 45, 9mm, 38, 357, and 357sig, a few more besides -- the .45ACP is the one that feels nicest and most controllable in my hand, through the guns I've fired it from. Caliber choice is idiosyncratic, because so many factors are at play, but that's where I come down. 357sig was certainly an interesting feel; sort of "zingy," but I've not fired one enough to quite get used to it. (Just a few shots courtesy of a fellow shooter at a public range, who traded for a few with my XD and seemed impressed with it.)

c) Related to (a), but different enough to list separately: the .45ACP is a classic. Not that classics get to win simply by existing, but it's like the Coca-Cola logo, or the shape of [your favorite sports car]; I'm not so old that my school was 30 miles distant, uphill both ways in the constant swirling snow, but evidently nostalgia is a social disease, easily transmitted. Which is, I guess, why you see people my age (early 30s) into things like classic Harley-Davidsons. I *like* that it's been around for about a century, and yet remains a strong contender; I wonder where small arms ammo will be a century hence.


November 4, 2006, 12:32 AM
.45 ACP because I am a 'Merican darnit. :D

Actually .45 is what I consider one of the best SD rounds ever devised sure it lacks a bit of penetration but for "MY" SD needs .45 does very nicely......as a second to .357 magnum of course. :neener:

November 4, 2006, 12:52 AM
Same cost? Same availability? I'd go w/ 45 acp, 10mm, 357 sig and 9mm :D

I can't just pick one...they shoot differently enough that each one has its charm :cool:

November 4, 2006, 12:57 AM
My vote is for 10mm.

November 4, 2006, 01:34 PM
Yes 380 ,because I pocket carry most of the time and I have found that anything bigger is not practicle for me for pocket carry.

I do usually have a high cap 9mm close by.

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