So if you were to make an educated guess, what do you think the most......


May 1, 2007, 07:06 PM
Commonly chambered handgun and rifle are in the United States besides .22 Long Rifle.

Basically if we lived in a society where the neighbors came over to borrow a cup of ammo what would they be asking for.

I am thinking something along the lines of...

.38 Special or 9mm for handguns
thutty thutty for rifles.

What say you?

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Struckin Fuggle
May 1, 2007, 07:08 PM


Baba Louie
May 1, 2007, 07:10 PM
.38 spl

May 1, 2007, 07:11 PM
Hunting cartridges - .30-06 is pretty widespread, since it's seen pretty much as a do-all cartridge.

May 1, 2007, 07:17 PM
If you count all the law-enforcement agency guns, then 9mm and .223. Not counting them, probably still 9, maybe .45ACP, and .30-30 with the '06 a close second. Just a guess. Would probably vary greatly depending on reigon.

May 1, 2007, 09:17 PM
In civilian hands, no LEO:

Handgun .38 Spl hands down. Lots of 'em sittin' around in bedside tables, in attics, in drawers etc. .45ACP as an easy 2nd

Rifle - no doubt in my mind it's 30-30 (read somewhere that more game has been taken with a 30-30 than any other cartidge out there) with .223 or 30-06 in 2nd place

May 1, 2007, 09:42 PM
.38 and 30-30, would be my guess.


May 1, 2007, 09:57 PM
38 special


May 1, 2007, 09:58 PM
I agree with you.

.38 Special or 9mm for handguns
thutty thutty for rifles.

Note : I am in the South and 30-30 is still quite popular.

Shotguns - 12 gauge and 20 gauge shells are a given .

May 1, 2007, 09:58 PM
30-06 and 45acp

The Real Wyatt
May 1, 2007, 11:05 PM
I gotta go with:
9mm for the handgun
30/06 fer the rifle

May 1, 2007, 11:23 PM

May 1, 2007, 11:36 PM
I have seen lists ordering the top number of ammunition sales for rifles in North American around on the net. I seem to recall they can vary from list to list, but I do know 30-30 and 30.06 were both up high (assuming high ammo sales is reflective of most common chambering, which is probably not a good assumption to make).

May 1, 2007, 11:37 PM
30-30, 30-06, .308 .223 and .270 for rifles
38 Special, 9mm, .45 ACP, .357 Magnum, and .40 S&W
12ga, 20ga, 16ga

In approximate order.


May 1, 2007, 11:57 PM
In order:
9mm, .38, .45, .357, .40 Handguns
.223, .308, .30-06 Rifle
12ga, 20ga shotgun

May 2, 2007, 12:08 AM
Around here, I would say:

For handguns: (not counting .22 Rimfire)

1. .357 magnum
2. 9mm
3. .38 special
4. 45 ACP
5. 40 S&W

For Rifles: (not counting .22 Rimfire)

1. 30.-06
2. .270
3. 7mm
4. .243 (a lot of people get .243's for their wives and kids for deer hunting-- so there will be one or so in most houses)
5. .308

Why not round it out?


1. 12 gauge
2. .410
3. 20 gauge
4. 16 gauge (ask me about my Fox/Savage Sweet 16 bird gun.-- best balance you'll ever feel)

-- John

May 2, 2007, 12:09 AM
I notice Walmart puts out about the same amount of 30-30 and 30.06 for deer season so I would need to toss a coin for those in the rifle category.

For pistol although I am in the .38 user category, 9mm might be more common.

May 2, 2007, 12:16 AM
Frankly, I think 30-30 is probably the most commonly owned gun in the US, but you don't see them in the numbers that you see others here.

I should say this, however. A lot of folks around here have one in the gun safe that they inherited, and they never use it. Because it is something they have only out of family respect and history, I am reluctant to consider it a choice of firearm. Likely, they don't have any ammunition for it in their home.

Around here, the tread is going the same for .38 Special as well. The new pistols purchased are almost always .357 in revolvers and either 9mm,45 ACP, or 40S&W in Auto now.

-- John

May 2, 2007, 12:44 AM
7.62x39 is getting up there, especially if you just count guns acquired in the last 10 years.

Seems everyone has an SKS.

May 2, 2007, 04:19 AM
Ten years ago, I'd guess it was .38 spl/.357 mag and .30-30, no competition. These days, I'd say it's more likely that 9mm, .223, and maybe .45 acp are edging in on the competition. As far as rounds shot for practice, etc. , 9mm and .223 are most certainly in the top qualifiers, and you're probably more likely to find a household with those (or .45acp) available for borrowing a cup of ammo than .38 or .30-30 :)

I imagine 12ga is the most likely cartridge to be found in a house, however.

May 2, 2007, 04:54 AM

May 2, 2007, 05:41 AM
Handguns : 9mm Para,.38 Spl ,.45 ACP , .40 S&W , .357 Mag

Rifles : .223 , .30-06 , .308 , .30-30 , 7.62 x 39mm

May 2, 2007, 01:52 PM
I'll go with 9mm and 30-30. Those leverguns take a looong time to wear out.

May 2, 2007, 03:57 PM
.30/06 Springfield (still tops in ammo sales for ceter fire rifle in US)

.38 Spl / .357 Mag

And 12 GA. shotgun.


Get the .308 insert (15 bucks)and .06 eats .308 Win, too.
Get the .357 and also feast on .38
And have a 12 Bore because you can load it to do any grunt job from rabbits to bear.

And of course, 30/30-9mm-.45 ACP-and 20Ga are pretty close in the running, too.

Big Calhoun
May 2, 2007, 04:04 PM
Handgun, I'd say 9mm
Rifle, I have no idea

Eleven Mike
May 2, 2007, 04:10 PM
Educated guess? Educated guess? This is the internet. The internet is not for educated guesses. It is only for wild speculation and uninformed rambling.

I'm going with .41 Magnum and .17 Bee.

May 2, 2007, 04:11 PM
Rifle? .22 hands down, with the .30-30 close on its heels. Handgun? .38 Special.

Koos Custodiet
May 2, 2007, 04:12 PM
In South Africa, I'd say 308 and prolly 223. In handguns, 9mmP, 9mmK and 38 Special. Take away the police and mil (who use 9mmP), and I'm not too sure but I think 9mmK will outweigh 38 special. Lotsa cheap 9mmK "Luger" pistols sold in the past 10 years.

But in rifles, 308. Everyone ('cept me) has one.

Shotguns, 12 gauge, no question there.

May 2, 2007, 04:24 PM
.38 Especiale and 30-06.

What I believe is particularly interesting is that I don't see any way of determining who's right. Ammo sales wouldn't do it as I could see the legions of greased up model '94s in coat closets existing but not impacting ammo sales.

I'd still bet on 30-06 for no better reason than that I can. Maybe those piles of 1903s in 30-06 will balance the fleet of dusty lever guns. Gotta be a metric pantload of 30-06s preceeding GCA '68 (?).

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