Most guns in which caliber?


September 20, 2003, 07:52 AM
I'm sure that this has been beaten to death, but I searched, and couldn't find anything this direct.
I allowed for multiple choice, for auto/revolver or ties, but please don't pick all that apply, just your favorite one or two.
The reason for this poll is that I am swayed to the less common enthusiast calibers like .41 mag, and 10mm, and I'm wondering how many 'enthusiast' caliber lovers we have here, on THR.
I'll bet that it's waaay more than the general population.
To start it off, I chose 10mm in auto, and .41 mag for revolver.

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September 20, 2003, 09:14 AM
For me, it is a “dead heat” tie between .357 magnum revolvers and .45 ACP semiautomatics:

.357 revolvers:
1. ’70 Smith P&R’ed 27-2
2. Ruger SP-101
3. Two S&W 627s
4. Two Ruger GP-100s

.45 ACP autoloaders:
1. Sig P-220
2. H&K USP Tactical
3. Glock 36
4. Three 1911A1s (‘30s GI Colt, Springfield TRP, Kimber Custom/Classic)

Regards to all -- Roy

September 20, 2003, 09:18 AM
I have four handguns in 9mm (K9, PT99, G19 & PT908), though it's not my favorite caliber.

I am a big fan of the .45acp, though only have two handguns chambered for it (first series Kimber Classic and, um... a Llama).

I am currently eyeing the 10mm as I am quite impressed by the ballistics of Winchester's 175gr Silvertip offering.
The only reason I have yet to own one is due to the horrible experience I've had with my .40S&W EAA Witness Compact (it doesn't work and three trips to the factory hasn't changed that). Otherwise, I would have snapped up a 10mm Witness fullsize in a heartbeat.

September 20, 2003, 09:58 AM
Most guns in which caliber?
Your not going to believe this, but... equal # of firearms in regard to handgun calibers...

September 20, 2003, 10:11 AM
I voted for the .38 Special and 9mm as favorite cartridges although most of my revolvers are chambered for .357 I prefer shooting .38's through them.

Browning Hi-Power
S&W 5906
Beretta 92D Centurion

S&W Nickel 37 Airweight
S&W Nickel 4" 586
S&W 2 1/2" 66
S&W 640 .357 Centennial

September 20, 2003, 11:06 AM
I have more 9mms than any other single caliber, but it is closely followed by 45acp revolvers.:D

September 20, 2003, 11:08 AM
I believe I have either 13 or 14 revolvers chambered in .357.

September 20, 2003, 11:50 AM
Seven 9mms.

September 20, 2003, 12:17 PM
It's pretty close for me...5 9mm's & 4 45 acp's :D

September 20, 2003, 12:57 PM
Its a tie between .22 and .44

September 20, 2003, 01:24 PM
Mixed bag here...
both calibers and frame sizes.
Like em all.


September 20, 2003, 01:36 PM
Like RWK, it's a tie at seven each between .45 ACP and .357 Mag.

September 20, 2003, 01:51 PM
.357 mag.

They breed, slowly but steadily, as time goes by.

September 20, 2003, 02:38 PM
Voted 10mm for most guns. Most favorite caliber depends on the activity.


Neal Bloom
September 20, 2003, 03:05 PM
357's followed by 9mm.

September 20, 2003, 03:07 PM
Not much to add to that!

Standing Wolf
September 20, 2003, 09:38 PM
Where's the .22 long rifle?

September 20, 2003, 10:06 PM
Where's the .22 long rifle?
Mine's in the safe. :)

September 20, 2003, 10:37 PM
9mmP for me, please! An almost infinite variety of makes and models from service-size to micro compacts and everywhere in between! Can be had in autos and revolvers and ammo can be found in every corner of the globe! It might not be the biggest bullet on the block but it has been getting the job done for over 100 years, and it can be had in this country mighty cheap! :D

September 20, 2003, 11:16 PM
Hmm, my favorite revolver round is a toss up between the .357 maggie & the .44 Special. I only have one .44 Special, so I picked .357 in realguns ;).

The .40 has both performance & capacity in a decent grip size & I voted .40 S&W in autoloaders. Other auto rounds are also good ;).......

September 20, 2003, 11:39 PM
9mms dominate my collection, followed closely by .380s, then .45s. Other calibers include .38, .44, .22, .25, 9x18 and .32. A .357 is next on the caliber list.

September 21, 2003, 12:51 AM
I've got 4 .357's

S&W 27
S&W 586
S&W 342
Taurus 617CH

Zach S
September 21, 2003, 01:22 AM
Four in .45 auto, one more on the way, and one .38

September 21, 2003, 01:31 AM
More .22 rimfire than anything else, .45 Colt and .357 Magnum tie.... it saves to reload!

September 21, 2003, 03:35 AM
.45 acp for Autos.

.41 Magnum for Revolvers.

September 21, 2003, 07:57 AM
I've got nine in .45 ACP (both autos and revolvers), closely followed by .38 Special and .357 Magnum.

I also like oddball calibers, owning a .41 Magnum, a .32 H&R Magnum, a .38 Super, and three 10mm Autos (two are actually revolvers. :D )

September 21, 2003, 08:31 AM
Kinda strange, right now 10mm is lagging behind .41 magnum.
And everything has at least two votes except 357SIG (none).
I would have never expected that.

September 21, 2003, 11:55 AM
I think part of the problem is that favorite and number owned may not turn out to be the same. I have more 9mm handguns than any of the other calibers, but my favorite to shoot is the 38special followed closely by the 45acp revolvers.

Black Snowman
September 21, 2003, 12:03 PM
I had a "One of each" theme going until my Dad gave me another .40 S&W, which happens to be a cartridge I like a lot.

September 21, 2003, 02:02 PM
I guess I'm joe average with more .45acps than anything else :seven. .38 Special near at 6, .357 and .22 at 5 each .................ect:)

September 21, 2003, 02:47 PM
Am I the only 44 Special fan left? You didn't even include it in your poll. And what about my 32's, both H&R mag and S&W long? Had to vote for my 41 Magnums, which actually come in second in my collection.

Kentucky Rifle
September 21, 2003, 02:49 PM
...but somehow I've obtained several .38 Special revolvers. It just worked out like that. My gun collection really has no theme. I just like to shoot. However, I have plans to buy a new revolver in another caliber soon. My 1894C Marlin is in .357 mag and it just seems right that I purchase a .357 mag revolver to go with it.


September 21, 2003, 03:50 PM
Sorry for not including your favorites.
I left out many calibers to keep this poll on track.
I left out .454 casull, etc. so that magnumitis wouldn't rear it's ugly head.
(My gun is bigger than your gun.) This has been shown in the past to throw polls waaaay off their intended course.

I left out .32 H&R magnum on purpose because it's newer, the 'old timers' can't say they have been shooting it for 20+ years with good results.
It simply hasn't been around that long.
.357 magnum/.38 special +p can both do what the little magnum can do, but do it better.

I left out all other calibers smaller than 9mm, because of the number of mouse guns that are 'carried much, shot little'.
In other words, they aren't shot for pleasure, but for serious practice in maintaining their familiarity with their carry piece.

I didn't leave out .44 special for any purpose, but I simply didn't know where to draw the line.
I would have to include things like .44 russian, and older stuff, as well.
Also, the only .44 special I have owned personally is the charter arms bulldog 'pug'.
Let's just say I lumped it in with mouseguns from personal experience and leave it at that.
I'm sorry that I didn't include it, I just needed to draw the line somewhere.

September 21, 2003, 10:38 PM

September 22, 2003, 12:49 AM
caz223 - sorry, I didn't mean for my post to sound quite so whiney. I do think that 44 special should have been included due to it's long history, maybe include it with the 44 Magnum. I understand that the line has to be drawn somewhere, and your reasoning with the other calibers is good, but maybe all the 32's could have been lumped into one catagory and everything else could have been grouped in "mouse gun" and "big magnum" categories.
The results are interesting so far, 45 ACP, 38 + 357 and 9mm basically all being about the same.

September 22, 2003, 12:50 AM
My 442 started a 38 acquisition spree. Three of the old stalwarts in three months.

September 22, 2003, 01:13 AM
The answer to your question "most guns in which caliber" would be .357mag with three. Close second with two each would be .38spl and 9mm.

In the body of your post you ask for favorite one or two. Well, that would be different. In revolvers it is easily .357mag but in autos my favorite is a tie between 9mm and .45acp (you'd think from some of the "caliber wars" that you need to make a choice between these two, am I the only one who won't?).

I would like to give a few of the more obscure and/or popular calibers a shot (pun inteneded) to see what I think though. I really hope to get a .41mag before too long and I've been thinking about a 10mm (two sort of obscure calibers), and I will give .45LC (popular) a try.

September 22, 2003, 11:44 AM

Never fear, you are not alone !!!! .44 Specials are amazing, and work well, especially in S&W's. Amazingly easy to handload, from powderpuff to Magnum, in good revolvers. A great general purpose round. :D

I've heard of Ruger Speed Sixes converted to five shot Specials, something I'd like to have. And there some of Smith's 696's out there. And if I was into Single Actions, a Colt SAA in .44 Special would have my interest.

I would be hard put to choose between my favorite .357 & .44 Special, but either would serve me well....

September 22, 2003, 11:53 AM
I guess .44 special should have a category of it's own, but I don't know how to do it.

September 22, 2003, 12:22 PM
Hey, this is a fun round, but so are a lot of others like the (take your choice). I'd probably not worry about it this time ;)..... I'd like to see more folks using .44 Specials, but then again that would drive up the price of those used Smith's I drool over :rolleyes: ............ The most important thing is probably to be safe when shooting and vote to keep this possible. Best.

September 22, 2003, 08:57 PM
Currently? 9mm.
In the future? .45acp will probably dominate most of space in my safe. ;)

September 22, 2003, 11:23 PM
10mm Auto, 17 and counting...

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