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Which gun can shoot the most calibers? (e.g. Ruger Blackhawk shoots 38sp, 357 & 9mm)

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by wacki, Nov 16, 2010.

  1. wacki

    wacki Well-Known Member

    I just learned that the Ruger Blackhawk can shoot 9mm, 38 SP & 357 magnum w/o changing the barrel. You just swap out the cylinder. They also have a 38-40/.40 S&W/10mm Auto version. Is there anything that can beat that?

    If barrel changes are allowed, I'm pretty sure the AR15 platform goes home w/ a first place medal.

    Anyway, under the four categories below I've put what I think would be the winner:

    1) Handgun w/ Barrel Change = ????
    2) Handgun w/o Barrel Change = Ruger Blackhawk
    3) Rifle w/ Barrel Change = AR15
    4) Rifle w/o Barrel Change = ????

    What are your thoughts?
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2010
  2. cleardiddion

    cleardiddion Well-Known Member

    You can shoot out of a Nagant 1895 (without changing anything):
    .32 S&W
    .32 S&W Long
    .32 H&R Magnum
    7.62mm Nagant

    With a clyinder change you can also shoot:
    .32 ACP
  3. russ69

    russ69 Well-Known Member

    22 Long
    22 Short
    22 CB
    22 shot

    and I'm sure there is more.........

    Thanx, Russ
  4. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    Actually, they were never offered with both .40S&W "and" 10mm cylinders but one or the other.

    The .327Federal is probably one of the most versatile. Also capable of digesting .32S&W, .32H&R, and .32ACP, all from the same cylinder. Some guns are also equipped with a second cylinder in .32-20.

    A .44Spl or .44Mag and .44-40 convertible can also shoot .44Russian and modern .44Colt.
  5. Radagast

    Radagast Well-Known Member

    .38 Super 1911s can often shoot 9 x 23, with a barrel swap they can shoot 9mm.

    Some .357 Magnum S&W revolvers will chamber the .38 super round, but it's not a recommended practise.
  6. Pete D.

    Pete D. Well-Known Member


    Oh, no. The winner would be one of the Thompson Center platforms - either the Contender or the Encore.
    Barrels for the Contender have to be available for close to 100 different cartridges and the Encore may have as many as well.
    No contest.

    PS _Bullberry Barrel Works alone sells Contender barrels in 108 chamberings and Encore barrels in 97...... and they don't sell everything available.
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2010
  7. Sport45

    Sport45 Well-Known Member

    I think pete nailed it with the Thompson Center platform.

    If barrel changes aren't allowed the Phillips & Rogers Medusa revolver could shoot just about any .355-.357 non-bottleneck handgun round. .380 to .357mag and everything inbetween.
  8. hardworker

    hardworker Well-Known Member

    Cleardiddion beat me to the nagant revolver. i thought I was being smart this early in the morning.
  9. docnyt

    docnyt Well-Known Member

    The HK model 4 can shoot .22LR, .25 ACP, .32 ACP and .380 with a barrel change.
  10. hardluk1

    hardluk1 member

    T/C will have the biggest options for what caliber to change to next.

    Next would be the Witness line of handguns. I witness can change from 10mm to 45, 40, 38 super that will shoot 9x23, then 9mm and 22lr all on a single frame.
  11. dogsoldier0513

    dogsoldier0513 Well-Known Member

  12. kludge

    kludge Well-Known Member

    Handgun w/o a Barrel change

    .327 Mag, .32H&R, .32 S&W Long, .32 S&W
    .460 Mag, .454 Casull, .45 Colt, .45 Schofield (maybe a stretch)

    Rifle with barrel change : Savage 110 .473" bolt face,

    6mm-06, 240, 25, 6.5, 7, 30, and 35 Gibbs, 25-06, 6.5-06, 6.5x55, 270 Win, 280 Rem, 30-06, 8x57, 8mm-06, 338-06, 35 Whelen, .22-250, .243 Win, .25 Souper, .260 Rem, 7mm-08, .308 Win, .338 Federal, .358 Win, .284 Win, 6mm-284, 6.5-284, any other wildcat based on the .284, .257 Roberts, 6.5x57, 7x57, 7.92x57, 9x57, 9.3x57, 9.3 x 62, 9.3 x 64, .45 Win Mag, .308x1.5", 6mmBR, 7mmBR, .30BR, 6XC, all the AI versions of all those cartridges, and probably several more I can't think of. So that's easily 50-60 including the AI cartridges.

    ... and greatly extend that number with a bolt change to include the Magnums and the PPCs.
  13. Pete D.

    Pete D. Well-Known Member


    I don't believe that's quite what the OP meant. Certainly it's not what was meant by mentioning the T/C guns. You can change a T/C barrel in less than a minute and do it with a screwdriver. Lots of rifles exist that have bolt faces that allow re-barrelling. Don't think that's the idea.
    About the Medusa and its 25 different rounds in the .356-358 area. I didn't know that there are 25 different cartridges in that caliber range. Cartridges of the World lists only 13.
    Go figure.
  14. RimfireChris

    RimfireChris Well-Known Member

    Whatever happened to the Medusa? Did figure if enough people bought it they wouldn't buy other guns just too have a different caliber?
  15. pikid89

    pikid89 Well-Known Member

    I cant figure how the medusa can fit a 9mm into a .357 cylinder...
    I get the whole springloaded rim holder thing but

    the 9mm case slightly tapered (.380 in. at the neck and .391 in. at the base) and the .357 case is a straight wall case at .379 in. in diameter

    Ive tried sticking a 9mm into my 38 just to see if it would fit, and it did not it stops about halfway, which makes sense considering the case diameters

    if the medusa has a .391 inch chamber to fit the whole 9mm Luger case, wouldnt you start to see blown out/ split 357 and 9mm cases?
  16. Skribs

    Skribs Well-Known Member

    Taurus Raging Judge Magnum can handle .454 Casull, .410 2.5", .410 3", and .45 LC.
  17. pikid89

    pikid89 Well-Known Member

    ^dont forget the .45 ACP with clips
  18. headshok

    headshok Member

    another choice is glock's 20/29

    .40 SW
    .357 sig
    9x25 dillon

    all with just a barrel swap.
  19. GLOOB

    GLOOB Well-Known Member

    The chambers were .357 size, except for the back being reamed out to fit the luger cartridges. So you'd get bulged brass, but as long as the brass was new it should just stretch to fit the chamber. It would certainly be no good for reloading, though.
  20. Patriotme

    Patriotme Well-Known Member

    I remember something about Colt coming out with a multi caliber revolver just before Y2K. I thought that they were going to call it the "Survivor" or something similiar. I'm sure this is the handgun I read about. I wish it had been produced. I'd love to have one.
    Freakin Colt. If any company runs away screaming from inovation it will be those guys.

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