Caliber consolidation?


October 15, 2003, 07:06 PM
About a year and a half ago i set out to limit myself to two calibers 9mm and .40 S&W.

Today I find that I now have more calibers than when I decided to consolidate. I have added .357 Sig, .357 Magnum and .45 ACP. I am gonna resist the .45GAP, but I find myself wanting a 10mm.

I think the wheels have come off and I have lost my mind. I guess it is alright since I still have fun going to the range with my two young boys and shooting.

My question is has anyone else set out to do this and failed.:banghead:

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October 15, 2003, 07:18 PM
Do a search on Twoblink and 'cowboy logistics' :D

I consolidated to 9mm but get tempted to buy .40s, .357s, .45s, 10mms, etc. all the time. mmuuust..reeesiiisttt!!!

October 15, 2003, 07:33 PM
Tried it with calibers, that didn't work. So I decided to try and stick to one platform so that holsters and other add ons would be compatible. That didn't work either.

Now I'm started to get interested in long guns. Don't even get me started. :uhoh:

Zach S
October 15, 2003, 07:52 PM
I did it without trying, but as time and fundage allows I'll undo it. All of my semi-auto sidearms are .45 ACP, along with the one long gun I own. I only have one other caliber, .38 special. The gun I have on layaway is a .45. I used to have a 9mm just to save a little money on ammo, but it was traded in towards a .45. I still have some 9mm ammo floating around somewhere...

October 15, 2003, 08:17 PM
I tried a couple times, but I've just given up. :rolleyes:

On a positive note, if ammo ever gets expensive or hard to find, you'll have more options open to get something to shoot.

October 15, 2003, 08:45 PM
Nope, I only have a few more calibers to go, and I'll have 'em all.
Now as to owning every make and model of gun, that's gonna take a little longer, esp. on my salary...

October 15, 2003, 08:46 PM
You need to keep trying. I have decided to start by consolidating my 9mms. I'm down to 9mm Kurz, 9mm Mak, 9mm Parabellum but the Super and 21 have been tempting me lately. :D

Ky Larry
October 15, 2003, 08:57 PM
Why would you want to limit yourself to only one caliber? I like them all and enjoy shooting them all. I promised to be faithful to one woman but why would I promise to be faithful to one caliber?

Mike Irwin
October 15, 2003, 09:32 PM
I decided to consolidate a few years ago, but picking at least one of every kind...

So far, it's going well. :)

October 15, 2003, 10:26 PM
Yeah, I set out to consolidate a few years ago. I sold off my 10mm & my 40's. I'm glad I don't have the 40's anymore, but I miss the 10mm & I'm kinda likin' the 357 can get frustrating, but I have added 3 9mm pistols in the interim :D

October 15, 2003, 10:41 PM
I have set out to do this and I've held steady so far. Right now I only have .358/357 (revolvers & levergun), .22lr (revolver & semiauto) and .45ACP (SIG P220). Next up is .223/5.56 when I finish my AR (someday). I've told myself I won't bother with a 9mm, even though I *LOVE* the feel of the Browning Hi Power in my hands.

October 15, 2003, 11:06 PM
Variety is the spice of life, so what's the problem?

Mike Irwin
October 16, 2003, 12:50 AM
You're not kidding variety is the spice of life...

I own handguns in the following calibers:

.22 LR

.32 ACP

.32 S&W

.32 S&W Long


.38 Special

.357 Magnum (7 of them, at last count)


10mm Auto

.41 Magnum

.44 Special

.45 ACP

11mm Mle 1873 (French military revolver round)

I think I'm missing a couple, but I know I have some gaps in there that I really need to fill...

October 16, 2003, 01:05 AM
I recently consolidated to 9mm. I had a Ruger P95 and then within the last two months I added a CZ75B, Springfield XD9, Glock 26, Beretta 92FS, and finally a sigpro SP 2009.

I was doing just fine . . . sticking to my grand unification theory of 9mm . . .

then that danged Glock 21 showed up. :banghead:

October 16, 2003, 01:24 AM
look for barrel conversion for the gun that shoots .45acp.
10mm is not cheap and if you plan on shooting it for while best get reloading equipment.

October 16, 2003, 01:37 AM
I decided to consolidate and concentrate only on smallarms.


October 16, 2003, 02:24 AM
Not me, Sam. I'm still working on that orbital particle beam. Someday...

-Nightcrawler (budding supervillian)

October 16, 2003, 04:28 AM
You guys must have money coming out of your ears. Congratulations!

October 16, 2003, 05:26 AM
elmer---this is your concience---you need a .44magnum

October 16, 2003, 07:52 AM
I've tried it many times, and now I think I've got more calibers than ever before.
So, I give up.
I may see how many different calibers I can load up on. :rolleyes: :banghead: :scrutiny:

October 16, 2003, 11:18 AM
Though mainly due to finances.......
I have tried most everything at one time or another and found the 1911 in .45 acp to be best for me. So that is basically what I have. I even ordered a Mech Tech Carbine Conversion Unit to turn a frame into a Patrol Carbine for my nightly prowls of crack alley...using the same ammo, outta the same mags is a nice feature.
I do have an AK stashed Elsewhere and a .38 snub for ze pocket BUG. And I have a .22 conversion unit. But...buying a case of 7.62X 39, a few boxes of .38 and a brick or three of .22 as the situation warrants is not too bad. Mainly I get .45 acp......
Then I started looking at AR', the Mighty Mattel has sure come along ways!!! Oh, no...another caliber? Not yet, anyway..........

October 16, 2003, 11:19 AM
I have been trying to consolidate calibers for the last few years. I have had some success. I eliminated .35 Remington, .38-40 Win, .44-40 Win, .44 Special, .44 Magnum, .45 Colt (this one hurt), and .454 Casull in handguns, and .307 Winchester and .35 Remington in rifles. I still have .44 Magnum for rifles.

The handgun calibers I still support:

1) .17 HMR
2) .22 LR
3) .22 WMR
4) 9x19
5) 9x23 Winchester
6) .38 Special
7) .357 Magnum
8) .40 S&W
9) 10mm Auto
10) .45 ACP

Zach S
October 16, 2003, 03:34 PM
You guys must have money coming out of your ears. Congratulations! Not me. Layaway rocks!!! If I keep buying guns at this rate, I'll never get my cars built...

El Tejon
October 16, 2003, 03:58 PM
Went through a reorganization couple of years ago. .45 acp and 9mm. Nothing else. Needed to refocus.

(Still have a bunch of others).:D

October 16, 2003, 04:17 PM
I'm down to one .40 caliber barrel for my SigPro, and no other .40 caliber weapons. Problem is, I still have 10,000 empty brass cases. Oh well, no such thing as too much ammunition.
I think the next gun to go is my .44 mag bisquero.
At that point, I'll have no .44 magnums.
And, as you can assume, oodles of starline brass.

My short list right now is as follows.

.22 RF
9mm (Too many at last count)
357SIG (Two last month, down to one this month.)
.357 magnum (Too many at last count)
.40 slow and weak (Two last month, down to one this month.)
10mm (Two currently, looking to expand)
.41 magnum (4 or 5 at last count, looking to expand.)
.44 magnum (One left, next to go.)
.45 acp (Not telling.)
.45 colt (One left, she's not going anywhere.)

October 16, 2003, 04:29 PM
45acp and 380acp.

45 Colt for revolvers.

Didn't plan just happened.

October 16, 2003, 05:52 PM
I'm down to these chamberings:

9mm (1)
357Mag (2)
40S&W (2)
44Mag (1)
45ACP (1)

Nothing too weird, if I had to lose one I guess it would be the 9mm. But it's just so cheap to shoot.

October 16, 2003, 07:05 PM
If I only viewed pistols as defensive weopons, then I would consoldate on a caliber and/or a platform. But since I mainly view them as fun, but also carry, I like to have lots of different stuff. Personally I think that I am too consolidated because I only have pistols of the following chamberings:

.22 LR
.22 WMR
.25 ACP
.32 ACP
.380 ACP
9mm Para
.38 Special
.357 Magnum
.44 Magnum
.45 ACP

October 16, 2003, 10:43 PM
Eh, I consolidated calibers a few years back. All of my rimfires are in .22lr, all of my autos are in 9mm, and all of my revolvers are in .45LC. Although, I am looking for a nice 9mm revolver. One of those new Taurus guns would be nice, if I could find one without the porting.

October 17, 2003, 03:48 PM
I tried consolidating several years ago-- planned to get rid of my only 9mm and focus on large bore handguns. Traded a Beretta 92 with preban mags in partial payment on a Ruger Ranch Rifle (thought I wanted one at the time). Boy, do I sorely miss that preban 9mm!

October 17, 2003, 04:11 PM
a breeding pair of each type and seven each of the ones I use.

October 18, 2003, 02:08 AM
I have tried this many times over the years and always end up buying some odd ball caliber gun! Hey, variety is the spice of life, so don't beat yourself up too badly when you can't stick to just one, two, three, four or more 'standard' calibers!

Black Snowman
October 18, 2003, 03:17 AM
I like a variety. I have 4 handguns that can shoot 6 differant cartridges.

Buckmark 5.5 target - .22 LR
Taurus 669 - .38 Special and .357 Mag
Glock 24P - .40 S&W (want to get a KKM .357 Sig barrel for it but haven't yet)
Desert Eagle - .50 AE and just picked up a .44 Mag barrel for it recently.

Next handgun purchases I plan on making are a CZ-97B in .45 ACP and a CZ-75B Compact in 9MM. Need something to do with all my salvaged range brass ;)

October 18, 2003, 01:40 PM
Right now I only have .45 ACP and 9mm...

I plan on the following as well...

.357 sig

10mm if HK or SIG ever make one(so no 10mm for me)

And most likely one day I'll buy a desert eagle, havent decided on the caliber yet though. Probably .50AE :)

October 20, 2003, 08:59 PM
So far, I have felt no need to 'consolidate' I make good money, have few bills, and my wife turns a blind eye. I pretty much buy what interests me.

October 21, 2003, 12:39 AM
When I first re-entered the world of shooting sports I ended up with (in a short amount of time) 9mm, .45, .32, .22, 38 spcl/.357 mag, .380. Now I'm down to .22 (cheaper between paydays an plain fun), 9mm (cheapest center fire so I can practice, practice, practice-and plain fun), and .38/.357 because revolvers are cool. I'm always torn between practical and frivolous. Since concealed carry didn't pass here, I modified my collection a bit and dumped many of my non-range-sized guns.

October 21, 2003, 12:53 AM
Relatively consolidated

22LR (1)
45 ACP (2)
45 Colt (3)
.36 (1)
but will probably add a 7.62x25 and 9x19 in the near future

22 LR (1)
45 Colt (1)
7.62x39 (1)
7.62x51 (3)
45-70 (1)
but will probably add a 7.62x54R, 7mm Rem Mag and 5.56x45 sometime in the future

October 21, 2003, 06:45 AM
I consolidated. Now I only have:
.44 Magnum
.357 Magnum
.45 Colt
.44 Special
10mm Auto
.41 Magnum
.38 Special
.32 S&W Long
.32 H&R Magnum
7.62x38 Nagant
.40 S&W
.38 Super

I got rid of 9mm! :)

(Hmmm... It appears I inadvertantly got rid of .22 Magnum, too. I need a gun to go with this box of shells... :uhoh: )

October 21, 2003, 09:19 AM
i'try to limit myself to calibers,i,reload.

then find the one recipe that is good for that particular caliber
and/or that particular firearm.

as of now;







but,i'm silly like that:neener:


October 21, 2003, 09:27 AM
I'm a big 1911 and P7 fan so have multiples in 45ACP and 9mm.

SIG and USP in 45 and have the USP setup for 45 SMCs. Also have a SIG 229 in 40 & 357. Since I had the 229, might as well buy the little brother 239 and the fraternal twin the 228.

For those walks in the woods, I have a 44 mag and a 357 mag to choose from. EDC is a usually a 340 in 357 or a 642 in 38 (occasionally a P7 although less nowadays). More old S&Ws in 357 and 44 because I like them. Also have one of 44 Special 596 snubbies.

I have an old German Walther PPK in 380 that I don't shoot much. Along with a Colt Delta 10mm.

So how many calibers is that? 11? See, it just doesn't work - buy the guns you like for what you need to do with them.

October 21, 2003, 09:37 AM
I had it down to .45 ACP and .223 at one time, multiple copies of each. But I needed a .308. And a 22 rimfire... and a 12 gauge. Then, of course, I needed an elephant rifle - for Virginia - ... :eek:

October 21, 2003, 11:49 AM
i don't any two guns in the same caliber!


well, actually I have a 10/22 and a MkII, both .22LR.

But you get the idea.

I don't see much point to caliber consolidation - variety is the spice of life.

October 21, 2003, 03:30 PM
If I HAD to choose I'd probably choose 9mm.........I have wittleded it down to 9mm and 357/38.At one point I had only 357's........then I dicovered the world of autos................:cool:

October 23, 2003, 10:58 AM
I am looking at reducing my number of calibers also. Ever since I've started reloading, I noticed I don't "need" other calibers. Then the word "need" in the gun world is kind of an oxymoron.

I find with reloading the .45 ACP I can go light and get less than 9mm recoil. I can go hot and get a decent 'boom'. Before I put my 2 9's up for sale I took them to the range with Wally World white box and some leftover ammo of all kinds. I found it less accurate and less fun than the .45 reloads, and I was able to make 'nicer' holes with the .452 diameter bullets.

I think I am going down to just a few calibers:
.45 ACP
9x18 - for my Makarov
.380 - for my pocket gun
.357 - for my revolver
.22 - its so cheap

.41 mag - I haven't decided. I got a .41 mag Redhawk for deer hunting this year, but I don't think I'll make it out so I may just sell it.

For shotguns:
12 ga.
.410 - grew up with one, will always have one.

That said, I understand you guys liking the variety. I kind of like the oddball calibers. Originally I wanted to own 1 of every caliber in pistols. But sometimes I see some of these calibers as a solution to a problem that doesn't exist.

Anyway, have fun shooting whatever you want!

October 23, 2003, 07:27 PM

5 handguns in one or the other double duty configurations.

.45acp/.460 rowland

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