What caliber do you load the most for and why?


January 15, 2014, 03:42 PM
What caliber do you load the most for and why? I load mostly 38 special why because with 148 grain wadcutters I can load for it very cheap and I enjoy shooting it. Also it being a snubbie 357 mag I feel that I need to practice with it often to stay proficient.

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January 15, 2014, 03:45 PM
I definitely load .308 win the most. The why is because I recently started shooting FTR and between the 5 matches I've shot it, doing the workups for my match load (2 different bullets, 2 different cases, 2 different powders), and practicing shooting prone with a bipod, I've shot a whole lot more .308 than anything. I shoot approx 150-200 rounds of .308 a month.

2nd most is .223, and that's because my daughter loves to shoot and she'll be getting into FTR soon as well.

January 15, 2014, 03:50 PM
40S&W most...because that is what I shoot the most. I typically shoot 150-200 rounds each trip to the range. I shoot much less, maybe fifty 38 spec/357 or 44 spec.

Rifle I shoot maybe 200 a year of 30-06.

January 15, 2014, 03:53 PM
Currently 204 Ruger, 300 BLK, 44 Special, 44 Magnum, 38 Special, 9x19, 45 ACP.

The last three are loaded in large batches once a year or so. I am cycling through reloading them at present gearing up for a 9x19 run, the others to follow.

44 Special/44 Magnum are new to me so I am having fun shooting and loading them. 204 Ruger is for an upcoming prairie dog hunt, I am sorting out a new rifle and then will make inventory for the hunt soon. 300 BLK is fun to shoot.

I'm too busy to shoot anything else at the moment but I go through periods of shooting lots of 223 Remington, 30-06, 30 Carbine and 308 Winchester.

It depends on my mood and what I want to shoot.

Arkansas Paul
January 15, 2014, 03:55 PM
I load more .45 Colt and .38 Spcl than anything else. They're just what I shoot the most of.

For rifles, we load more .243 and .30-06.

January 15, 2014, 04:03 PM
9 mill,
It's my only caliber outside of 380 and I gave up on 380 temporarily because I cant get any neck tension.

Hope to expand the footprint soon though.

January 15, 2014, 04:07 PM
7.62x54r, because my grand girls love to shoot their mosin and its just cheap to shoot.

Arkansas Paul
January 15, 2014, 04:13 PM
9 mill,
It's my only caliber outside of 380 and I gave up on 380 temporarily because I cant get any neck tension.

You're not trying to use your 9mm dies to load .380 are you?
9mm is tapered and .380 is not, so it doesn't work well. It's not like .38/.357 where you can use the same sizing die.

January 15, 2014, 04:29 PM
.45 Colt, due to cost and availability. I wanted something with more oomph than cowboy loads, but I'm not using a Ruger either. It's what got me from just a passing interest in reloading to actually learning to do it.

Second is .38 special. I own more .38s than any other caliber. One of them is older and while factory jacketed probably won't hurt it, I feel a little better with lead over a conservative load of Unique. Again, it it necessary? Probably not, but I have the means to produce it so why not?

Both of these have gotten me interested in casting as well, but that's down the road a piece.

To be fair, I am still VERY new and somewhat green to reloading but am head and shoulders above where I was a year ago. A year that has included very little shooting, but I'm getting there.

With an eye to the future, I have eight pounds of IMR4895 and a set of dies for .30-06. I'm not really ready for rifle loading yet, from a comfort or equipment standpoint. By the time I run out of M2 ball, I hopefully will be. Loading for my Garand is what is going to get me there.

Arkansas Paul
January 15, 2014, 04:33 PM
Both of these have gotten me interested in casting as well, but that's down the road a piece.

I found it to be just as addictive as handloading personally.

January 15, 2014, 04:46 PM
.45acp. It was the caliber that I started with when I began reloading. I have more guns chambered in it than any other caliber, not that I have many firearms in .45acp though. The few people that I reload for have .45acp pistols that my loads are safe in. I enjoy shooting it. And since I have started casting my own boolits I'm reloading it for $4-4.50 per box of 50 rounds depending on exact components.

Close second would be .223, followed by .38spl.

January 15, 2014, 04:46 PM
45 acp LSWC - cheap and practice for NRA Bullseye

January 15, 2014, 04:49 PM
When I get around to it it will probably be 5.56. Right now I have enough to play around for awhile.

January 15, 2014, 04:51 PM
223. Its cheap, its fun, and my rifle is very accurate. Lightman

January 15, 2014, 05:07 PM
You're not trying to use your 9mm dies to load .380 are you?
9mm is tapered and .380 is not, so it doesn't work well. It's not like .38/.357 where you can use the same sizing die.

Thanks for the thought though AP.

January 15, 2014, 05:16 PM
I agree with lightman - a .223 is cheap, fun, and accurate. Perfect for the rifle range, which is where I do virtually all of my shooting. I probably load 100 rounds a month or so. I'm not big on hunting but I would consider buying a larger rifle for an occasional hog hunt, seeing as how they're good to eat and have become something of a nuisance.

Arkansas Paul
January 15, 2014, 05:27 PM
Well darn Potatohead. I wonder if you got a faulty sizing die.

January 15, 2014, 05:38 PM
^^ Or oversize expander.

January 15, 2014, 05:47 PM
Most reloaded caliber would be .357Magnum, followed by .45ACP. Both are loaded by the thousands.
I currently need to do two 1000 round batches of each.
I also need to reload at least one 1000 round batch of .38Spl and 9mm each.
Still need to reload 500 round batches of .44Mag, .44Spl, .41Mag, .45Colt and .45AutoRim.
That will be enough to get my son and I through a few weeks of the spring shooting season.
Then I will need to load a few hundred rounds each month to keep our inventories up depending on how much we shoot.

Rifle ammunition loading is currently on hold. Probably won't get to that until sometime this summer.

January 15, 2014, 06:37 PM
I load the .38spl and .45acp in bulk by the thousands and shoot them for the rest of the year. In the .38spl I load Bullseye and wadcutters and the .45acp gets 185, 190 and 200 grain swc with Unique and Bullseye. Along with these are smaller batches of .38s and .45s with other bullets for heavy duty use. The .45 Colt may come in third then the 9mm and .38sup.

Rifle: .350 Rem mag, .250/3000.

January 15, 2014, 06:38 PM
9 mm with 45 acp a close second. Because I like shooting handguns.

January 15, 2014, 06:39 PM
I load for 8 different calibers, but I load more 40S&W, and .223 than anything else. Why? Because I shoot an average of 1,000-1,200 rounds of 40S&W per month in the 5 monthly IDPA matches I compete in, and practice. I usually shoot 800-1,000 rounds of .223 per month in tactical rifle matches, and practice.

My 2013 reload count
40S&W = 18,500
.38spl= 3,500

January 15, 2014, 06:41 PM
I reload more .357 than any other caliber by a large margin. My first reason for doing this was kind of a cop-out. I started casting and reloading about a year ago and had a heck of a time getting accurate loads until I started doing .357s. For some reason, they are just easy to get good accurate loads.

Even after broadening my horizons and finding many good loads in other calibers, I spent so much time shooting .357 that it just became my favorite caliber to plink with.

January 15, 2014, 06:54 PM
38 Special because that is what I shoot the most. It is economical with cast lead and easy to load.2nd place is a tossup between 9x19 and 45 ACP.

Don McDowell
January 15, 2014, 07:22 PM
44-77, 45-70,45 colt and 32 H&R get loaded the most around here.

Broken Bottles
January 15, 2014, 07:36 PM
.357MAG is what I load the most.
Because my Lever action rifle shoots it really well and it's currently the only caliber I'm set up to load for. lol

January 15, 2014, 07:42 PM
I have probably shot more light .38 Spl, light .357 and 9MM in the last few months than anything else, but have shot everything from .32 ACP to .45 Colt. Last Sunday I shot .38 Spl, .357, 9MM, and .41 Mag.

January 15, 2014, 09:58 PM
It's a toss up between 38 special and 44 special. the reason? Thats what I shoot the most.

January 15, 2014, 10:34 PM
I load for around 30 calibers. My rifles are mostly prairie dog guns from .17 K Hornet to 220 Swift AI. Pistols 38/357, 9 and 45ACP. I use a Rockchucker, I get my son to load the pistol stuff on his progressives for me. Been doing this for a minute, love loading and working up loads for new stuff.

January 15, 2014, 10:59 PM
.45 Colt. Because it is my favorite caliber and shoot it the most. Doesn't get any better no how and will always be 'the' caliber for this man. .44 Special would be the next best as it is an 'almost' favorite.

January 15, 2014, 11:04 PM
45acp followed by 40s&w and 9mm; last would be 38 spl

I have enough loaded ammo in all these calibers to last for years!

January 15, 2014, 11:07 PM
For me, 9mm is the most loaded and subsequently shot. Then 45 ACP, 38 SPcl. In rifle, 223 and 300 Blackout, then 308, 30-06, 30-30.

January 15, 2014, 11:13 PM
So far 40 s&w why, that is the only one I have press dies for in a pistol and what I shoot the most. We have several rifle dies but I am holding off on those for awhile.

January 16, 2014, 02:12 AM
because I want ammunition tuned to my pistols and specific uses.

January 16, 2014, 02:19 AM
More 9mm than anything. Cheap, fun to shoot.
and 7mm Rem mag, not cheap, kicks a little, fun to shoot in small batches:D

Capt. Ct.
January 16, 2014, 03:05 AM
9mm and .45 acp. Mostly 9mm do to cost and a pleasant round to shoot. I also can load .357 and .38 special but I have plenty of those rounds and only one gun that can shoot them now, so no need for any loading of those calibers.

jolly roger
January 16, 2014, 03:50 AM
45 ACP by far. Have 5 I need to feed, then probably 38 and 44 Specials, followed by 9mm

January 16, 2014, 11:54 AM
In order most to least:

223 Remington, 40 SW, 45 ACP, 30-30 Winchester.

I see now that the ones with the biggest magazines get loaded more. This phenomenon may only occur with teenage boys running the guns.

January 16, 2014, 12:59 PM
I load a lot more 9mm than anything else. Followed by 45acp.


deadeye dick
January 16, 2014, 04:27 PM
My go to loads are: .45acp 9mm 38sp 357mag. .32acp. Howie

January 16, 2014, 05:01 PM
44 mag
Both with cast lead.

January 16, 2014, 05:03 PM
40S&W because it's a whole lot easier to shoot more rounds through an auto than through a revolver (357)! Plus, I apparently need the practice.

January 16, 2014, 06:30 PM
Well right now it's a toss up between 45 Colt and 40 S&W, and I don't even own a 40. I reload for both myself and my son in law. Well the young man enjoys shooting. He provides the materials and I reload for him. We have tailored loads for his 40 pistol, 45 Colt Blackhawk, and both of us have 45 Colt lever actions.
Right now I am loading right around 250 rounds of 40, 100 rounds for the Blachawk and 100 rounds for the lever, every other week. That's just for him. Now he tells me he is thinking of getting a 9mm too.
That's ok though he is a good man and treats my daughter and granddaughter like queens.

January 16, 2014, 06:55 PM
Handgun 38/357
Rifle 30-06

I've been shooting a lot of 45 Colt and 32 ACP lately though...

January 16, 2014, 06:57 PM
32 auto and 380 auto for practice with my carry pistols.

January 16, 2014, 07:22 PM
For me it's .357 Magnum by far. Probably 100 times as many as .40 S&W... because revolvers are just plain more fun to shoot in my opinion.

January 16, 2014, 07:29 PM
223 40S&W 9mm 30-06 357 Magnum and in that order!!

January 16, 2014, 07:35 PM
.303 British because I get better accuracy than any factory ammo I've ever tried and it's much cheaper.

January 16, 2014, 07:45 PM
It's a toss up between 308 and 223.

Month to month it varies but it will always be 308 or 223 in the lead position. They would be followed by 7mm-08, 30-06, 45 ACP, 45 LC, 38 SPL & 357 Magnum. I don't shoot much 7mm Rem Mag anymore or 30 Carbine.


January 16, 2014, 08:51 PM
38 Super, because I can use lighter bullets designed for 380ACP up to 180gr bullets intended for .357/.38 Costs about the same as 9mm if you reuse the brass. 158gr bullets are quite nice and seem like a good choice if not running a compensator.

40 S&W is my go to "common caliber". I just shoot for average loadings for it since there's plenty of information available and don't really bother with anything other than 165gr or 180gr bullet weights.

January 17, 2014, 11:17 AM
1) .223, because I have a teenager with an AR.
2) .380, cost of factory ammo.
3) .38 Special, same as .380.
4) 6.5x55, because most factory ammo is under loaded
and what isn't is pretty expensive.

January 17, 2014, 11:42 AM
The .44Mag by a fair margin. I load them by the bucketful on a Dillon 650. Followed by the .44Spl, .38Spl, .44Colt and .45Colt. When I get my new loading room built, I need to add dedicated Dillon presses for .44Spl and .38Spl. Maybe .45Colt and .38-40 later on. Don't know about loading the thin-necked .38-40 on a progressive.

January 17, 2014, 11:46 AM
45ACP, because I haven't figured out how to load 22RF yet!
Not much 308 for me, I broke my wrist a few years back and I can't wrap it around a rifle or shotgun stock anymore.

January 17, 2014, 12:20 PM
For me, it's .357. It is not only because I and my sons own more firearms in it than any other caliber, but it is one of the most pleasant for us to shoot at the range, with .45ACP coming in a close second. The cost and ease of reloading for it also makes it more attractive than calibers taking a larger more expensive bullet or that are less forgiving.

Comrade Mike
January 17, 2014, 12:38 PM
.38 special and 9mm because it's what I shoot the most.

January 17, 2014, 08:53 PM
9mm, i shot 8 matches a month.

Crunchy Frog
January 17, 2014, 09:11 PM
.38 Special, because my wife and I both shoot that cartridge in cowboy action (two matches per month, 120-ish per shooter, per match, plus practice plus "extra" ammo I always bring in case a new shooter shows up).

.45 ACP is number two; gotta load that up for Wild Bunch Action Shooting.

January 17, 2014, 09:28 PM
.44 Magnum because it is awesome.

January 17, 2014, 10:00 PM
.223 because I have an AR-15 and two bolt guns chambered for it, my son also has an AR, and the gophers/sage rats and coyotes deserve a humane end.
Next would be 9mm as my primary SD weapon is a Glock 19, and the Dillon is set up for it.
Next would be .357 Mag since there are 3 in the safe and I have probably loaded more of those over the years than anything else. I need to start using the Dillon again for those guys.
.45 ACP next because both my son and I have one.
The next are about even, .270WSM, .270 Win, 6.5x55 and .243 Win., not necessarily in that order.

January 17, 2014, 10:12 PM
9mm because it's cheap and I have two guns that shoot it.

January 17, 2014, 10:59 PM
380 because it is really cheap and I have a fondness for larger 380 guns

chris in va
January 17, 2014, 11:12 PM
45 acp using my cast bullets. I just like 45. 9mm is a close second.

January 18, 2014, 01:37 AM
I load way more .221 Fireball ammo than anything else. I have four .221's.

I guess after that would be .264 win mag.

January 18, 2014, 06:06 AM
I have been reloading plenty of .223 lately, since I finally ran out of the cheap steel cased russian ammo. I got a great deal on partial boxes of bullets a over a year ago, and most of it was speer .223 soft points and fmj.

I do have over 400 30-06 cases prepared and primed, just waiting until I feel like shooting my Garands again. Although today I think I'll load up a couple hundred 9mm for this weekend when my niece comes over to shoot her AR and pistols.

Peter M. Eick
January 18, 2014, 01:08 PM
Looking at my current spreadsheet, here are my top 3.

66,576 rounds of 38 Special.
22,286 rounds of 9mm
22,109 rounds of 10mm

It surprised me that the 9mm beat the 10mm. I would have thought it went the other way.

January 18, 2014, 01:31 PM
45 acp
45 colt

January 18, 2014, 02:07 PM
45acp the most, .223 after that.

Edit: I didn't put why, I shoot about 10-12,000 a year out of my 1911's. About 6,000 223's a year.

January 18, 2014, 02:46 PM
I don't currently reload but if I get a .458 SOCOM or .375 H&H Mag then I definitely will. I won't be paying $2-4 per round for cartridges with premium bullets.

January 18, 2014, 03:42 PM
.45 Colt - it is what I like to shoot the most.

January 18, 2014, 11:18 PM
Usually .45ACP/Colt & .308.

Currently it will be 9 Luger, only because that's what I have the most components for- and my old lady and son choots a lot of 'em. That's if I can find my SP safety primer... Ever know you have something, and you're sure you know where it is and then it isn't there!? :banghead:


Pete D.
January 19, 2014, 06:11 AM
What Caliber do I reload the most?
That would be .45.
I reload a number of different .45 caliber cartridges, the most volume for me is the .45 ACP. I also reload the .45 Colt as well as the 45-70 and the 577-450.
The .45 ACP is loaded for match shooting and practice. The others are for fun.
Second place goes to .223. I load two cartridges that are that caliber....the .223 Remington and the 5.7X28.
Third place is .30 caliber...the 30-06 Springfield, the .30-30 Winchester and the .30 Carbine.
A not too distant fourth place is .357, in the form of the .38 Special cartridge.
Very nearly the same numbers as .357 is the .429 caliber loaded into .44 Magnum cartridges.
PS - Caliber and cartridge are not the same thing.

January 19, 2014, 03:01 PM
223/5.56 - cause my AR likes to eat.

9mm - it's one of my carry guns and I practice alot

38 spl - it's the wifes carry gun and she likes to practice

357 mag - it's my other carry gun and again, I like to practice

January 19, 2014, 03:11 PM
45 Automatic.

I feed 6-8 of them with any regularity. Seems to be the caliber of choice for sidearms in my circle.

Metal Tiger
January 19, 2014, 07:17 PM
9mm because its my everyday shooter
45 ACP because it is what I shoot the most of after 9mm
.44 MAG is a super versatile round loaded light to heavy
HMMMMM after that its a toss up between
45 Colt or .357

January 19, 2014, 10:12 PM
I load a lot, for me, in 25-06. Over 1,500 last year and it is new barrel time I am afraid.

I loaded about 800 8mm Mauser last year, and bout 500 7.62x54 for both Vepr and Finn M-39.

I love reloading I just wish powder did not remain such an issue.

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