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Is consolidation to one caliber wise?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by orphanedcowboy, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. orphanedcowboy

    orphanedcowboy Well-Known Member

    We had an in depth discussion at work last night about the merits of certain calibers. I told my group of about 6 co-workers that I had decided to consolidate my handgun selection to guns clambered for the 45 acp and some thought it was wise while others thought it was a poorly made decision. I have 32 H&R, 380, 9mm, 357, 40 S&W, 44 Mag, 45 Colt, 45 acp, 500 S&W. I think for me, the wise decision is to consolidate. Less hassle with ammo storage, selection and purchasing. I have over 10 handguns in 45 acp, far more than any other caliber, it's a caliber that I am proficient with, it has a wide variety of bullet selection and manufacturers.

    I do not hunt with a handgun, so that eliminates the need for the big bore revolvers, and I have several 13rd capacity 45 acp handguns so that is covered.

    I have racked my brain trying to find fault in my reasoning, does this sound far fetched to anyone other than a couple of co-workers(that happen to love the 40 S&W)?
  2. chhodge69

    chhodge69 Well-Known Member

    Don't over-think it - it sounds like a simple personal preference to me.
  3. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Well-Known Member

    I've often said there are only 4 1/2 useful pistol cartridges:

    1. The .22 LR. Everyone should have a .22 pistol.

    1 1/2. The .38 Special. Although you can buy lots of flea-weight .357s, most people shoot .38 specials in snubnose revolvers.

    2. The .357 Magnum -- ideal for a service revolver.

    3. The .45 ACP, especially in the gun designed for it, the M1911.

    4. The .45 Colt -- close to the ideal revolver hunting cartridge.

    If you don't carry a snubnose revolver, don't carry a service revolver, and don't hunt, that leaves two, the .22 LR and the .45 ACP.
  4. Jason_G

    Jason_G Well-Known Member

    If you do consolidate, just make sure to stockpile some ammo. When we get another ammo shortage like we had recently, .45 ACP, 9x19, and all the common cartridges will be sold out. All you'll see on the shelves is 10mm, .357 Sig, and other cartridges that are not as popular. If you have some guns you like that are chambered for a more unpopular round, you might hold onto at least one. Otherwise, yes, one caliber does make it easier to buy ammo. All my handguns are .45 ACP. I have several calibers of rifles, but all I really buy ammo for now are my .308's. I get what you're saying. I also think you may end up regretting selling some of those guns, unless you have a dream gun that you are thinking about using the money towards. I'm not a fan of selling my guns, but I know folks that do it all the time without hesitation. Guess it depends on your mindset.

    I dunno man, tough decision.

  5. Creature

    Creature Well-Known Member

    Consolidating can make things easy at first. But make sure you choose a common and readily available choice that wont likely disappear. Consolidating can make one obsolete.

  6. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Well-Known Member

    Shoot your one caliber a lot, save your brass and handload.
  7. Mike1234567

    Mike1234567 member

    I currently only own two handgun calibers (9mm Luger and .45 ACP) but I'll soon buy a .22LR and something big/bad like a .454 Casull or .500 S&W Mag or maybe .44 Mag. So that'll be four calibers.

    The above stated, I'm in the process of stockpiling other common/popular ammo for barter down the road... 1000 rounds in calibers I have handguns for and 500 rounds for those I don't. So ammo storage isn't the deciding factor for me.
  8. HankR

    HankR Well-Known Member

    Vern said:
    That's basically what I've settled on over the years. I got totally out of .38 special for awhile, even trading away my old brass and loading my plinking loads in .357 cases but then an (old style) bodyguard followed me home. I've got a .32 and a .380 that the wife tried for awhile before settling on a 9mm. I probably ought to sell/trade those as they're too small for my old eyes and klutzy fingers to reload and she doesn't need them anymore anyway. Sometimes I think about picking up a .40 S&W pistol or even a .44 Mag levergun but I know one would lead to many and then I'd have to buy new dies, and stock more bullets, and ....

    Another thing I like about my current status is that I don't have any cartridges that are "close enough" to confuse and cause trouble. .45 Colt, but no .44 mag. 30-06 but no .308, etc. Do have a son that's getting more into shooting, so mom's old 20 gauge a and a new/used .243 are probably being added to the rifle mix.
  9. oldbear

    oldbear Well-Known Member

    If it works for you I think it's a good idea. I would venture to guess that 90+ % of firearm owners have only one caliber.

    I discovered years ago that .357 Magnum revolvers are ideal for all of my shooting needs, so I sold, traded, or gave away the few handguns I had in different calibers. At almost 63 I don't see me buying anything in a different caliber.
  10. daorhgih

    daorhgih member

    Caliber selective choices

    Darwin was right. If you are going to sit around reading magazines and sipping champagne, you don't need to make ANY changes. But if you are aware of potential Zombie-oonamis coming eventually, and go w/ the flow, you'll shake out a few calibers. Most-common caliber storage for you truly "... won't be any problem ..." But the larger the bullet, the harder it is to carry bunches of them if you NEED to move out. While you are "on the road" you won't be re-loading very much. Just be as ready as you can, stick to your plan, and prove Darwin right again: Survival Of The Fittest (And Best Prepared.) For me, I'll choose from these two-gun packages: .357 mag, 3" barrel pairs with Desert Eagle, 14" barrel (meat-gun & SD); .45ACP Glock-21, xtra hi-cap mags, Marlin Camp .45ACP with Choat folder (two other guns that were "designed" for 45ACP); maybe take my Taurus Circuit Judge, and a 12ga flare pistol. I have to keep my BOB under 40-pounds. And my pockets will be stuffed with bullets. DAO.
  11. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Well-Known Member

    Might work for some. Personally, I like having lots of different ones, if for no other reason than I am very unlikely to not have enough ammo for something to go shooting at any given time without having to go shopping first.
  12. forindooruseonly

    forindooruseonly Well-Known Member

    Personal preference. As far as apocalyptic problems, caliber and ammo supply will probably be one of your lesser worries, despite the attention it gets in the forums.

    If you are happy with one caliber that will serve all your purposes, do it and don't worry whether it is a "wise" choice or not. As for us who "sip champagne and read magazines", we will be really bored at the range without some diversity. And I bet we last just as long as you....
  13. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    Screw all that, variety is the spice of life.
  14. CmpsdNoMore

    CmpsdNoMore Well-Known Member

    Isn't that more of a inventory/"stock" issue?

    Since my budget is VERY limited, I've been considering the best caliber for the type of handgun I want. It's seeming like .38/.357 is going to fit the bill.
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2011
  15. moxie

    moxie Well-Known Member

    Sounds like a plan, unless you have need of a pocket pistol.
  16. Ronsch

    Ronsch Well-Known Member

    Dunno...I have a foot in each camp...I mean for a while I was trying to get down to 5 calibers. My 12 gauge, .308, 9mm, 22LR...Then I started shooting CAS, so I went with the .45 LC. I saw a .45 ACP revolver in a gun shop, so I bought that, and my RIAs quickly followed. Then my mother-in-law gave me a .38 Special revolver, so I started buying those, then Ruger came out with their version of the Kel-Tec in .380 ACP. Then a friend of mine was moving down to Oregon, and she sold me her SKS, so I had to buy 7.62 x 39 for it. My mother-in-law (bless her heart) gave me an 8mm Yugo Mauser, so I had to have 8mm. Then, for living history classes, I bought .45 and .50 caliber muzzleloaders...So I am back up to a whole bunch of calibers...

    I always figured the best way to go would be to stick to a few calibers you like and use, and just buy a lot of guns that use them!
  17. easyg

    easyg Well-Known Member

    Personally, I prefer having weapons of various calibers.
    Here's why:

    No one firearm is great for everything....

    .22LR is great for plinking from rifles or hanguns because it's very affordable (which means that I can afford more range time).
    But when it comes to self defense the .22LR is not the best choice.

    And while I love the .357 magnum and the .45ACP, I wouldn't want a small light-weight pocket-pistol in either of those calibers.
    In fact, I wouldn't even want a sub-compact in either of those calibers.
    Those particular calibers perform best from a 4+" barrel and are easiest to shoot from a full-sized handgun (like a Ruger GP100 or a Colt 1911).

    The 9mm and the .38 Special are both great from smaller handguns.
  18. mrt949

    mrt949 Well-Known Member

    Down that ROAD myself.32,380 ,9mm , 40 sw,45 acp,38 sp ,357 mag.22 wmr,22lr. I don't shoot as much as I did years ago.Down to 22 lr,32 acp ,38 sp, & 357 mag .Now life is simple.
  19. orphanedcowboy

    orphanedcowboy Well-Known Member

    Well, I will be keeping on S&W 29 for a personal reason, but other than that it will be Glocks, XDms and 1911s for me from here on out and whatever I buy in the future.

    I consolidated to on gauge, 12ga, in shotguns this past yr even for the wife and daughter and haven't regretted that at all.

    Rifle calibers will be different, I don't know if that is even possible.

    Supply isn't an issue for me, bought 2000 rds a week of Federal 230gr ball at $15 a box while Cabelas had it on sale, so I am sitting on over 10,000 rds of that plus whatever I had of FMJ and then there is at least a 1000 rds of PD ammo.
  20. JustinJ

    JustinJ Well-Known Member

    I see no reason for it unless you reload and even then not really. Storing 50 rounds of 9, 50 of .40 and 50 of .45 is no harder than 150 of .45. Not to mention in times of a shortage you'll have an easier time finding something you can shoot. During the last panic .45 was one of the hardest to find.

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