Limiting your collection based on caliber


January 9, 2013, 10:37 PM
I work with some guys that only own guns that are of a couple of calibers, specifically 9mm, .223, and .40. Is this a common practice? I have never let that bother me, but they are serious about it. In fact, when one of them made the decision, he sold his .380 and ammo because it didn't fit the criteria.

Anyone else do this?

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January 9, 2013, 10:41 PM
If you horde ammo(or reloading supplies), then that probably works out pretty well.

During an ammo shortage... having oddball/less common calibers is pretty much business as normal.

In fact I'll probably go out of my way to buy my next gun chambered in something that doesn't seem to dry up... like 22 magnum.

January 9, 2013, 10:56 PM
Nah - I like to be able to shoot as much of a variety as possible.

January 9, 2013, 11:07 PM
I try to keep it simple. why get more calibers than you need, it just complicates logistics? My rule is to stick to one basic long range rifle caliber, one intermediate rifle caliber, one size of shotgun shells, one size pistol caliber, plus .22LR.

I break these rules from time to time, of course. :D Now there are two long range rifle calibers, would like to get into .223 perhaps (once the panic dies down), and of course I want a third or fourth pistol caliber. Thinking about a small bore shotgun just because...

January 9, 2013, 11:09 PM
I have started a pistol consolidation 5yrs ago. Currently, .22, 9mm and .45 so I could concentrate on ammo purchases.

January 9, 2013, 11:10 PM
anyone else do this?
I do - mine are .22, .38.Spl/.357 Mag, .45 acp in handguns and .22, .223, .308, and 30-06 in rifle calibers, and 12 ga shotgun. Okay, still quite a few...

January 9, 2013, 11:16 PM
I only own guns in a few calibers - around 23 to be exact.:D

January 9, 2013, 11:21 PM
I consolidated quite a long time ago. I only load for 4 calibers now.

January 9, 2013, 11:55 PM
Ive done just that. I'm sticking with .22lr, .38 Special/.357 Mag, 9mm, .40 S&W, .45ACP, .243, .270, .30-06 and 12 gauge. Not a big deal really because those are my favorite calibers anyway. I've never been interested in any of the exotic or rare calibers; although if someone were to take me to Africa I'm sure I could be forced to buy something exotic!

January 9, 2013, 11:55 PM
There is a limit on how many different cartridges I'm willing to stock.
Somewhere between 15 and 20 was the limit, I'm pretty firmly set on no new calibers at this point.

January 10, 2013, 12:03 AM
.17HMR, .22lr, .223, .22-250, .308, 9mm, .45acp, .38Special, .357Magnum, 20ga, 12ga.

Only one each in .17HMR, .308, .38Special, .357Magnum, and 20ga. Those are "specialty" guns for me, and get the least usage. All the rest have multiple guns. I own more .22-250s than any other centerfire rifle. It does come in handy when I take my sons varminting.

I tend to avoid some specific calibers, especially in handguns. I've moved away from big Magnums (.44Mag +) as I have no large wild animals in my area and don't hunt large game. My love affair with .45acp goes back over 30 years, but I bought my first 9mm last year, as I found myself shooting a lot at indoor ranges, and it's pleasant to shoot while still retaining "real" recoil. Cost of ammo was a huge factor, as well. The .40S&W is a fine round and effectively splits the difference, thus not fitting into my arsenal at all.

Other cartridges I've intentionally avoided: .222Remington, .22WMRF, .25acp, .32auto, FN 5.7,.380auto (owned a PPK/S once, lost to a burglary, never replaced). Had a 10mm slide and mags for my stainless Colt Series 80 - got it used with both 10mm and .45acp setups, sold the 10mm slide/mags/ammo to a local gunsmith, leaving me with a .45acp Series 80 for a ridiculously low net price, so I guess 10mm is also on the list. So far I've avoided .357Sig and .45GAP, as well. Some of these are fine calibers, and if I were starting out today some of my choices might change.

Some of the cartridges I've avoided or ignored have passionate proponents here, and I'm fine with that. More power to them. One of the many great things about this country is we all get to make our own choices! (Some of you guys have more choices available that we do here in California, and I envy you that - I'd have a Barrett .50BMG just to have one, if I could!) It is nice to only have to stock 9 calibers and two shotshell gauges, but if I hit a multi-million dollar jackpot, I could adjust my inventory....

I certainly understand those 9mm/.223 or .223/.40 guys. I don't really get 9mm/.40, but that's their business. I also understand those that try to get as many different ones as they can - especially during ammo shortages. To each their own!

January 10, 2013, 12:05 AM
To each their own!

January 10, 2013, 12:17 AM
I am trying to slim my varieties of ammo down. I think that .22LR is a given. I also have:

.380ACP- Pocket carry
9mm- Relatively cheap ammo for plinking and range practice
.38/.357- A revolver very reliably goes "bang"
.45ACP- Home defense
.223- Rifle
12 gauge- shotgun for sporting clays, also could be used for home defense

I bought my .380 shortly before the pocket carry size 9mm came out... Now I'm thinking of selling it (Sig P238) and replacing with a Sig 938.

I'm also thinking of selling my revolver, again to streamline the collection. I keep a lot of 9mm on hand... it would be nice to not have to keep .380 and .38 special on hand too.

Hmmm... Off to the hand gun for sale board!

January 10, 2013, 12:44 AM
I have been trying to standardize my firearms to military cartridges. Now most of the rounds I shoot are .223 and .45 ACP. I still shoot a fair amount of .41 mag, an odd ball in anyone's book. With the dramatic increase in ammo costs, I suspect I will be shooting more cast boolits in my .45s and more .22 rimfire, and less of everything else until the current kerfluffle blows over.

January 10, 2013, 12:47 AM
I have 4.5 calibers.

.38 SPl/.357 Magnum

The various handguns that interest me are available in one of those calibers and it keeps thing simple for me.

January 10, 2013, 06:15 AM
A friend of mine is into swaging jacketed bullets. Due to the cost of the dies and equipment, he initially limited himself to .458 caliber cartridges. Recently, he has added .311 caliber, as the lure of relatively inexpensive Mosins, PSLs, and AKs became too much for him to resist.

He's also a fan of the .22 Hornet, but .22 bullets are so cheap it's not worth making them.

January 10, 2013, 06:56 AM
I think a lot depends on the type of shooting a person does, an avid hunter will have the appropriate range of choices for the type of hunting they do, where as a person that is primarily into self defense or target shooting will likely have a more limited selection once they settle on a set of calibers. Personally I know I have tried to minimize my number of calibers in each size range, but it has not always worked, mostly due to inherited guns that I would never sell. For example I have decided to concentrate on .45 ACP and 9mm for semi-auto handguns, but still own one 40 S&W which I inherited from my father, the same holds true of some other more obscure like the 2.5 inch 20 gauge Winchester model 12 that has been in my family for at least 3 generations.

January 10, 2013, 07:07 AM
Heck no, far to many choices out there to limit myself.
My wife is my only limiting factor. LOL

January 10, 2013, 07:20 AM
Not that i really limit myself that much. I always think about do i want to add xx caliber guns to my collection. so far im at 22lr/mag 9mm 38/357 45acp 44 mag .223/556 762x54 12ga

January 10, 2013, 07:21 AM
22lr, 9mm, .38Special, .357Magnum, 20ga, 12ga.

I'd prefer to not limit myself if I could afford more guns I'd get a variety. I'd rather have a wide variety available that I could buy since I don't reload or stockpile.

January 10, 2013, 07:22 AM
Last caliber I bought was based primarily on ammo availability. My .223 caliber rifle has become an expensive paper weight, since the ammo is hard to get. The 30-06 caliber is readily available. So having several caliber guns is an advantage.
Right now my favorite target caliber is 17 HMR. Very accurate for squirrel hunting. Just don't take the shot to close.
Hoarding is a vicious cycle. The more people hoard, the more I want to buy the store out during that short open window of availability.

January 10, 2013, 07:27 AM
I'm currently limiting my collection to .22LR, .38 special, .380 ACP, 9mm Luger, 9mm Makarov, 357 magnum, 357 Sig, 40 S&W, 10mm, 44 special, 44 magnum, 45 ACP, 7.62x39, and 12 gauge.

Buck Kramer
January 10, 2013, 07:35 AM
Only my handguns match up, all .380, 9mm, or 38/357. Rifles are all over the place but I only reload handgun ammo for now.

January 10, 2013, 07:38 AM
While I suppose I might consolidate in the future, right now I load many handgun calibers and several rifle calibers. I like it that way. As far as rainy day stock for shortages etc, I do not try to keep a lot of everything. I do keep that limited. .32 ACP, 9MM, .38 Spl, .45, .223, .308, etc. That will keep me shooting while the shortage runs its course. Naturally I usually have a few hundred bullets on hand for most calibers, but a lot of those mentioned. And of course primers and cases. I only have about 600 or so .45 Colt brass, with no backup cases. I like to have an extra box of 500 cases put back besides my working stock of brass. I don't for everything though. I still have a box of 500 .222 brass I put back years ago, and I haven't had a .222 in years. I need to buy some .45 Colt brass one of these days.

Lex Luthier
January 10, 2013, 07:41 AM
This is an excellent plan. Limiting your arsenal to practical familiar calibers is not hoarding.

There are so many choices that limiting one's tooling makes sense. One may have enough hours in the day to spend on their hobby and actually want to have everything that goes with everything, for those of us who have too many other demands on our time and energy, narrowing one's weaponry to a few calibers and subsequently knowing exactly what to expect from each weapon and cartridge load is smart and practical.

January 10, 2013, 07:41 AM
I think that this is not only a common practice, but one worth pursuing. The calibers that I try to keep it limited to are .22 (obviously), .38 special (because you can also use them in .357ís), .45 ACP, and very recently, .270. I try to keep it limited to 4 calibers, but itís easier said than done. If I see a gun that I simply canít live without, Iíll break my 4 caliber ruleÖbut I do what I can to match any new gun to an old caliber.

January 10, 2013, 07:49 AM
Variety is the spice of life, heck NO.......Iv got as many different calibers as Carter has little pills.

January 10, 2013, 07:52 AM
Loved Lex's reply. For me, streamlining and consolidating calibers is driven by the desire to keep more ammo of relatively few calibers on hand. If I have two pistols that serve different functions in my collection (range practice & plinking vs pocket carry), then if they are both chambered for 9mm, so much the better.

Unfortunately, I (like most people) am not independently wealthy, so I have to make choices about what guns I buy. Consolidating calibers makes sense. I don't stockpile ammo, but I do like to keep enough around to keep me shooting through a shortage. That means I generally like to keep 500 rounds of any pistol ammo I shoot regularly. That gives me a good 3 to 5 range trips before I get low, and I generally replace my reserves after each range outing provided that the caliber is readily available.

Next acquisitions will be a pocket carry 9mm so I can share ammo with my Berretta 92. I would also like to pick up a pistol caliber carbine, the Berretta CX4 Storm, configured to accept Berretta 92 magazines. So, I would have a pocket carry pistol, a full framed pistol, and a carbine that all fired 9mm, and two of those guns would share magazines. Sounds like a dream to me.

January 10, 2013, 07:53 AM
Yep, I'm a believer in this. It's basic logistics. I only keep:

.22 LR
.38 special/.357 mag
.40 S&W
12 gauge

I have absolutely no desire for any other caliber at the moment and I reluctantly added the 5.56 only this year.

January 10, 2013, 09:52 AM
I am a C&R junkie. I have bought dies to reload most of those calibers. Bullets are the only fly in the ointment though, not much selection.....chris3

January 10, 2013, 10:06 AM
I try to keep down the number of different calibers I have guns for, although its hard to to pick up something "new" at times. Currently, my collection if limited to:




I'd really love to pick up a lever action in .30-30 though, and a classic .45-70 breach loader has been one of my dream guns for a while. A nice double-barrel in 20ga would be wonderful for upland game. I've almost dropped money on a revolver in .44spl or .44mag more than once, so I'm not sure how much longer I'll hold the line on calibers. ;)

January 10, 2013, 11:12 AM
I don't buy a caliber if I can't readily purchase ammo at any WalMart or reasonably stocked gun store. For semiauto rifles I went with x39 instead of 5.56 because of the availability of cheap ammo. Of course, the cheap brass x39 is just about dried up now but I think I might have a box or two stashed away. ;)

January 10, 2013, 11:14 AM
There are two trains of thought I've seen as far as the logistics of it goes. On the one hand, if every purpose is filled by a specific caliber, you can simplify a lot of things. For example, my plan is (through getting rid of some current and gettings some new) to only have .380 for a pocket pistol, 9mm for the rest of my pistols, and .223 for my rifles. If I hunted I might get a bigger rifle (.223 not legal in WA) or even use a different cartridge for both hunting and HD.

The other idea is that if you limit yourself to only 9mm pistols, what happens if .45 is all you can find? Some people prepare by having a lot of different options. I used to think like this, but I prefer the simpler option. This also justifies the "oh, shiny in a new caliber" mindset ;)

January 10, 2013, 11:14 AM
40 S&W
38 special/357
44 magnum (very little)
30-06 (very little)
12 gauge

January 10, 2013, 12:47 PM
As several have noted, the consolidation approach is mostly associated with those who stock up (they are not "hoarding"), or reload.

January 12, 2013, 04:21 AM
9 MM
357 MAG/38SPL
38 S&W
12 GA

January 12, 2013, 04:36 AM
well, I did get rid of that 1935 A, in that pesky French .32 long. Still have a few odd balls, though. 7.62x38R Nagant and .38 S&W are the weirdest I have left.

January 12, 2013, 06:04 AM
22lr,9mm,45acp - Pistols
22lr,223/556,30.06 - Rifles
12ga - Shotguns

I bought an arsenal 106 just for ammo compatibility.
So yeah I like to concentrate on a smaller number or calibers. Makes ammo buying much easier and pre panic saved me money buying in bulk.

January 12, 2013, 06:15 AM
I think it has everything to dwith your mindset. If you really close your eyes and think about it, is your reasoning due to imagining shtf scenarios and inability to carry everything? At one point, I did the same with handguns as I had a bit of an ammo compulsion. If I didn't have several thousand rounds at my fingertips, why do I have that gun? And if I only have 1000 rounds of .40, couldn't that have been 1500 more rounds of 9mm? Now I'm kind of enjoying variety. I don't shoot my more expensive rounds much, but so what?

January 12, 2013, 06:33 AM
I currently have .22lr, .410, 20 ga, 12 ga, and .308.

I'm planning on adding .22 mag, 9.3x62mm, and a levergun/sixgun round of some kind. I almost want to go with the .44/40 for fun.

Cranky CJ
January 12, 2013, 10:32 AM
I guess I haven't limited my calibers as I reload for nine different ones. Going forward, yeah I'm going to stick with what I have as I don't want to continue to add supplies in different calibers for reloading.

January 12, 2013, 10:33 AM
.45 ACP


12 gauge
20 gauge

I have gotten rid of .357 Sig, .357 Mag, 40 S&W, 10mm, and 7.62x54R

January 20, 2013, 04:29 PM
22lr, 9mm, 38/357, 40s&w, 12g. I may get into one rifle caliber, but that will be the last one. Unless I ever go prairie dog hunting, then I will get a 17hmr.

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January 20, 2013, 04:48 PM
I actually only own 4 calibers at this time but have owned many over the years. I've cut down to strictly 9mm, 45 ACP, 45 Colt, 45-70 as well as 20 ga and 12 ga shotguns, but want to add another to that a 22LR pistol preferably a single action. I have also cut down the number of guns to a few compared to a bunch previously. Getting old, about to retire and sold the stuff I never shoot keeping only what I do shoot regularly. Oh and other than the 45-70 I have both pistols and a rifle in 45 Colt.

January 20, 2013, 04:50 PM
I am about to trim mine down. I'm going to get rid of my 7.62 x 25 and 9mm Makarov handguns.

January 20, 2013, 07:10 PM
I tried limiting my calibers but some how ended up with 22lr,22 magnum,223/5'56., 30-30 cal. winchester, 35 remington, 44 magnum, 45 acp, 9mm, 450 marlin, 30-06 38 special, 357 magnum and a partridge in a pear tree.

January 20, 2013, 08:23 PM
:DI am about to trim mine down. I'm going to get rid of my 7.62 x 25 and 9mm Makarov handguns.
Let me know if you have a Makarov you want to get rid of! I live just up the road.

January 20, 2013, 08:35 PM
The smart person will keep everytime in easy to get ammo 9mm, 38/375, 45acp,223, and 308. forget the rest if you can't get the ammo the fire arm is useless.

January 20, 2013, 08:37 PM
Limiting your collection based on caliber

yep .380acp .45acp, what I won't limit is how many in each caliber and you can get some variety and still only buy 2 calibers

January 20, 2013, 08:52 PM
I don't limit it...and it's worked out well for me. I reload for around 12 to 15 calibers. What I'm finding is that even though some calibers are difficult to find I can easily find ammo in the others. Diversification works. While there is no ammo on the shelves in 9mm or 40 cal there is plenty in 45 colt, 44 mag, 41 mag, 10mm.

I reload so I don't need the factory ammo but it's nice to know it's there.

January 20, 2013, 08:53 PM
I do.


January 21, 2013, 12:29 AM
Reload (as needed) .380 and .243, but stock .22LR/Mag, .38 Spec/.357, 12 gauge, and 7.62 x 39.
Have a small amount of .25 ACP and .32 ACP.

January 21, 2013, 02:01 AM
It makes sense if you are stocking up on ammo, or trying to budget (buying in bulk). i.e. Buying 9mm is definitely cheaper than 45ACP.

I would also limit the caliber based on your current ammo supply. If you have 40S&W stockpiled then it makes sense to buy guns in that caliber. Also some ammo are more available than others; I find 40S&W and 357 a lot more while 9mm and 45acp are always out.

January 21, 2013, 07:54 AM
Since I reload, ammunition availability at the stores are less of an issue, whether during a shortage, a less popular cartridges or even an obsolete cartridge. I enjoy exploring new-to-me cartridges.

Some cartridges I will not shoot very frequently. I only keep a small inventory of components and ammunition on hand. Other cartridges that I shoot frequently, I stock a larger inventory.

Primers and powder, and sometimes bullets, can be used over a number of different cartridges so I can shuffle them to the cartridges I shoot infrequently if I need to replace some inventory.

January 21, 2013, 08:52 AM
I like the calibers that people hoard and are out of stock! Apparently they do as well.

Carl N. Brown
January 21, 2013, 08:54 AM
I have passed on guns, at times, with the comment "I need to simplify my ammo supply situation, not complicate it."

January 21, 2013, 01:36 PM
No I don't. I like variety and the nice thing is most times I will be able to buy ammo that the hoarders left behind, though this time for the life of me cannot figure why 22 mag is gone. I currently keep:

50ae (currently have none on hand)
30-06 for my Garand
22 magnum
12 gauge in buckshot and slugs

I normally only keep at most 200 rounds for each except 50ae which might only keep 60 and 22 magnum which I try to keep above 500. 12 gauge a few boxes suffices.

January 21, 2013, 01:54 PM
I did this years ago,
So when I saw prices skyrocket as demand went thru the roof I didnt fret one bit,
I have plenty of new un-fired,I kept as stock, and a LOT of clean brass to reload
Guess I forgot 12 gauge,,

January 21, 2013, 02:02 PM
I work with some guys that only own guns that are of a couple of calibers, specifically 9mm, .223, and .40. Is this a common practice? I have never let that bother me, but they are serious about it. In fact, when one of them made the decision, he sold his .380 and ammo because it didn't fit the criteria.

Anyone else do this?
While I only own pistols in 9mm and 45 Auto, it's not because of an insistance on sticking to those calibers. I simply prefer shooting those calibers to others. That said, I'd like to get a pistol (probably a Glock 32, or Sig 229) in 357 Sig. I'd also like to get a 357 Magnum revolver.

January 21, 2013, 03:26 PM
.32 ACP
.45 ACP

January 21, 2013, 03:43 PM
I do not really limit my calibers anymore, I just have them for certain uses. My CAS guns (2 revolvers and a rifle) are all the same caliber because is it easier at the matches to only have one type of ammo. For my hunting guns it is what ever caliber suits me for the game I am going after. I also keep some of my guns in the same caliber for ease of buying and finding components to reload or shoot with, i.e all my cap and ball guns are 36 cal. My current caliber footprint is 22 short, 22LR, 17HM2, 22 WMR, 38 special, 357 MAG, 45ACP, 45 Schofield, 45 Colt, 460 S&W MAG, 30-30, 30-06, 8mm mauser, 220 swift, .410, 16ga and 12ga.
I did however go through a purge about 5 years ago because I had a bunch of guns I just wasn't shooting, didn't like or couldn't see myself using them and they had just become safe queens. Mostly handguns and the only ones to survive it were my 22 and 45 caliber guns. I picked the caliber I shot the most and it turned out to be 45. So all the rest went.
Now I consider use most when buying new guns and caliber second. If I cannot see myself using a gun besides plinking then I try not to get it. It also helps when the wife asks why do you need that gun to have a specific answer, if I can say it with a straight face she mostly says ok and that's that.

January 21, 2013, 07:34 PM
9, 40, 45, 223, 12 gauge, nothing else needed, got rid of 38,380,32,22,25,
As far as 22 goes, I really don't enjoy shooting them, although I understand the concept and did shoot 22 in my early years, and again in my 20's and 40's, now in my 60's if I shoot handguns it's usually 45, or 9mm, for carry I carry a 40 shield for a little extra pop.
Rifles 223, and a Benelli 12 gauge. That rounds things out. I can never tell when I may go back to "say" a 357 revolver or a 22 magnum pistol, if I see something I like, but 22 lr only if supressed, "so I can shoot it close to home without a hassle.For HD I like a 45 and a 12 gauge, which should be more than enough.
I found that drapes in the bedroom make a good spot for a shotgun at night.

January 21, 2013, 07:38 PM
Use whatever you consider to be the best cartridge for each shooting purpose you need to cover, or compromise and select rounds that can do an adequate job of covering several purposes. It's everyone's choice.

I choose to manage my shooting needs with a number of cartridges: 9 handgun, 6 rifle, plus .22LR and 12ga. Each has been chosen after careful study; each has a purpose. But they are also those cartridges which many shooters choose as multi-purpose.

I reload all those centerfire rifle and handgun rounds. When handgun components or ammo become scarce or demand drives prices up, I can still shoot economically. When some calibers are hard to find, I can shoot others. When the kind of thing we don't debate on THR actually happens, and the only ammo one can shoot is whatever one can scrounge, I can shoot pretty much whatever handgun rounds I'm likely to find.

I'm not there yet with rifle rounds. I need to expand my battery to include calibers that are ballistic near-duplicates of ones I already have, not because I need them under normal conditions, but because under those other conditions, these might be the only ones I can scrounge. Specifically, I plan to add .308 and 30-06 as soon as resources allow, then later a couple of additional rifle rounds that in my mind would either supplement my current battery or be scrounge-able when that thing happens.

Yep, that's exactly opposite the seemingly growing trend of consolidating cartridges. I'm sure there are merits to shooting only 9mm and .223, at least, that is, until there ain't no 9mm or .223, or the little bit that's available is expensive beyond belief. Plenty of shooters who didn't plan ahead find themselves staring at that situation right now.

January 21, 2013, 07:59 PM
About three years ago I consolidated down to what I consider the basics, a pistol and rifle in the same caliber.

.22 LR Ruger Standard and 77 MK II
.22 WMR S&W 651 and Ruger 77 MK II
.38/.357 Colt Python and Diamondback with Marlin 1894c
9mm FNP-9 and Sub 2000
30-30 Winchester and Marlin
30-06 Weatherby
Both of the last two are supported by SAA revolvers but I dont think I want to shoot them.
20g Ruger Red Label SxS and Rem Sportman 48

January 21, 2013, 11:15 PM
Not counting antiques, I only have a couple exceptions from popular military rounds. My .22 and M44 are those. The others are 30.06, 7.62x39, .357, .38 and 9mm.

January 22, 2013, 12:19 AM
I only shoot three calibers at this point:

.22 LR

I plan to add only one or two more:

Possibly .38spl/.357Mag

I like inexpensive, common cartridges. Only exception is the 7.62x54r and that's just because Mosins are cool rifles.

January 22, 2013, 02:26 AM
i try to keep few calibers. for several reasons. for one, i find a caliber i like, and i stick to it, also when buying ammo it makes it easier, and more ammo can take up less space.. meaning instead of having to fit 20 calibers in my lock box. i have less than 5, meaning more ammo for each caliber, which means i can use different guns, (even though in same caliber) to go plinking and shoot something different. my calibers are .45acp, .270 win, 30-30 win, and 7.62x54R.. im not counting 12ga and .22LR... because i feel these are more common and easier to obtain and so i never stockpile it....

1911 guy
January 22, 2013, 02:33 AM
I based my initial purchases on percieved need and ended up with a pretty short list of calibers. .22LR, 12ga, .223, .308 and .45acp. Different guns to fit different roles, but commonality among calibers. Just as an example, a range blaster AR and a varmint rifle are both .223, but one sees (formerly) El-Cheapo FMJ and the other gets a steady diet of handloads.

January 22, 2013, 02:40 AM
I definitely consider keeping my caliber pool small. About 70% of my shooting consists of 44 caliber stuff, of which I hand load 95% of what I shoot. The calibers I own:

44 mag/spl (pistol and rifle)
5.56 (my freedom rifles)
9mm (the wife's gun)
6.5x55 swede (the dinner getter)
7mm Rem Mag (the freezer filler)
12 ga

I'm considering replacing the 9mm with .45 acp. Other than that, I don't see myself expanding much into new calibers.


January 22, 2013, 02:51 AM
I used a few different things over the years, .223,22-250, 6.5x55, 7x57,7-08, 7mm Rem Mag, 300Rook, 30RBlaser, 300H&H 32-30Rem, 32-40win, .338win mag, 450-400ne, .410,20ga and 12ga.. I try to do larger batches of ammo to last me a while in each cartridge.
I am more into "the guns I always wanted" now, and try to buy something I already have the stuff for other than brass, dies and moulds, but have departed from that a bit lately.
I stopped doing shotshells, not worth it anymore. The 30R and the .300 and the 450-400 were all a case of wanting the gun, and wanting to play with a different cartridge.

January 22, 2013, 06:23 AM
> why own more than a few calibers

Why have more than one firearm in the same caliber?

Excluding the embarrassing number of 7.62x54R guns that seem to have accumulated, only a few of my guns share the same caliber. And three of the others are wildcats.

January 22, 2013, 09:23 AM
I've reduced mine to a few calibers for management purposes (buying and reloading). Heck, I've even made it a point to buy the same model gun in the optional caliber for ease of intergration with my holsters, lights, etc.

6.8 SPC

Recently added .380 ACP but only because I wanted a small gun for backup or carry when it's not possible to hide my others.

January 22, 2013, 10:54 AM
9mm/.380/12 ga/7.62

That's it for me. Thinking about ditching the.380 for another 9mm.

January 22, 2013, 08:22 PM
Less is more.

January 22, 2013, 08:23 PM
I have never sold a gun but I am considering it.

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