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Favorite Handgun Cartridge(s)?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by 38-45 Special, May 27, 2020.

  1. 38-45 Special

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    Handguns, the gun you have with you when you can't carry the .50 BMG or the .375 H&H rifles with you lol. What is your favorite handgun cartridge(s)?


    .38 Special and .45 ACP take the top for me. I'm a bit of an old soul at heart so I love the classics.


    Note: Please exclude rifle cartridges like 45-70, 30-30 or any other that the BFR is chambered in. After all, they're still rifle cartridges, just in a handgun.
     
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  2. Middletown

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    38 Special from a 357 firearm.
    44 Special from a 44 Mag firearm.

    The rest are good stuff but these are my favorites.
     
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  3. Anchorite

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    45 Colt......44 Mag a close second. Both can do it all from mice to elephants.
     
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    .357, .44 Special and .45 Colt
     
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  6. giggitygiggity

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    .32ACP: Soft shooter, highly accurate.

    7.62x25: Fast, old, big flame, and soft shooting.

    .45GAP: Powerful, accurate, fairly rare.
     
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  7. JR24

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    My favorite was is and likely will always be the .45 ACP. Love how it looks, shoots and reloads. Love opening a fresh box of the big ol fat bullets and looking at them shine in their squatness.

    But I carry and shoot mostly 9mm
     
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  8. MedWheeler

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    .22LR, and .38 Special.
     
  9. 375supermag

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    Hi...
    Favorite is probably .41Magnum...
    Shoot most all the popular handgun calibers and some that aren't so popular so I have a bit of experience after 40+ years.
    Second favorite is probably .44Spl followed by .45Colt, .357Magnum and .44Magnum.

    Couldn't begin to count the tens of thousands of those rounds sent down range over the decades.
     
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  10. .308 Norma

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    22LR, 38 Special, and 44 Magnum (usually loaded down to 44 Special levels)
     
  11. WrongHanded
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    So far, it's .44 Magnum. 300gr .44 Magnum.

    Though I usually carry a .357 Sig, which I also really like.
     
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  12. .38 Special

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    The .44 Special is closest to my heart. The .45 Colt, in all honesty, is a more versatile cartridge. "If I could only have one handgun" it probably would be chambered for the Colt.

    I hope to live to see the .50 Special as a factory cartridge. If Ruger would "mainstream" it like they did with the .480 (a ".50 Ruger" wouldn't bother me at all) then I would be a very happy camper.
     
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  13. black mamba

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    Gotta be the 44 magnum. Very accurate, extremely versatile, and with tremendous availability of ammo and components.
     
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  14. Stevie-Ray

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    Tie between .45 ACP and .22LR. Certainly I shoot .22 far more, but the .45 will likely always be my favorite centerfire.
     
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  15. jmorris

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    Not in order but .22, 380, 9mm, 38/357, 40, 45 ACP, 44 mag, 7mm BR works with your criteria because I don’t own any rifles in the caliber.

    I have lots of others but they don’t get used much, 40 is pretty much a USPSA limited round for me, I shoot lots of .22’s, rifle and pistol, same goes for 9mm other than them 45 ACP is up there as far as round count goes.
     
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  16. Insignificant bill

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    22 and 9mm and 38 and 357
     
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  17. Arkansas Paul

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    .45 Colt for me.
    I also love plinking with the ol' .38 Spcl as well.
     
  18. Riomouse911

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    I’m on the .22 LR, .38 Spl., and .44 Spl camp.
    Stay safe.
     
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  19. entropy

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    .45 ACP
    .22LR
    .357 Magnum
    .38 Spl.
    .45 LC

    9mm
    .380 ACP

    , and .32-20.
     
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  20. mnrivrat

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    .44 Special .22 LR
    ,45 ACP
    .357 Magnum
    .32 H&R Magnum
     
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  21. Ernie Bass

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    22. 380 9mm
     
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  22. Steve S.

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    .45 ACP, .45 Colt, 9mm Luger - old, dull, common but that is what I own, that is what I shoot and that is how my mama told me to do it.
     
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  23. FROGO207

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    .22 LR is what I have shot most over the years. Now I also shoot several flavors of centerfire as well. Next in line would be 38 SPL/357. Next 45 ACP. Next would be 44 MAG/SPL. I shoot a lot of the others but these are my most practiced with calibers. I bet I could fill an 8 foot bed in a pickup with the lead I have shot over the years now that I think about it.
     
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    10mm, and .44 magnum.
    I shoot more 9mm and .44 special, but i LIKE the 10 and Mag better.
     
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  25. bannockburn

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    1) .45 ACP in a semi-auto.
    1) .45 Colt in a revolver.

    2) 9mm. in a semi-auto.
    2) .44 Special in a revolver.

    3) .38 Super in a semi-auto.
    3) .38 Special in a revolver.
     
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