One Cartridge Per Platform Choice

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Mr. Mosin, Jan 13, 2021.

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  1. jmorris

    jmorris Member

    Sep 30, 2005
    I guess my rifle, pistol and shotgun would follow along the above the hard par would be figuring out what I’d want my machinegun and AOW to be or could I have more than one of them?

    Pretty sure there would be a .22 LR in there somewhere.
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  2. Steve Milbocker

    Steve Milbocker Member

    Dec 29, 2019
    Of the guns I own on a future need to survive basis: older 12ga 870 Remington Wingmaster, Ruger Security 6 6” and a Ruger 77 -22. All of my choices are based on reliability and versatility.
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  3. Hokkmike

    Hokkmike Member

    Feb 28, 2006
    Snack Capital of the US
    Ubiquity rules:
    Rifle - .30-06
    Handgun - 9mm
    Shotty - 12 gauge
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  4. Rexster

    Rexster Member

    Mar 25, 2007
    SE Texas
    The shotgun is easy, because 12 gauge is what I have, now. I live in a region that is built-up if urban, and brushy/thicket/wooded if rural, so, many foreseeable shots are within slug range, and adding a rifled Benelli M2 or Remington 870 barrel provides me with a bit more reach than my current smoothbore barrels. I am probably about to add a rifled Benelli barrel, as it is. So, that means my rifle cartridge can be a .22 LR, which is chambered in a variety of firearms other than rifles, enabling me to “game” this one.

    So, that leaves the handgun cartridge, and as I have stated on internet forums, so many times, my most-favored firearm, and most-favored handgun, is the Ruger GP100, because the original-pattern grip is a perfect for in my hand, the resulting trigger reach is perfect for my index finger, long-stroke DA is my most stress-resistant and least-perishable trigger skill, and, because I actually used my first GP100, with success, in a shooting incident, so that particular GP100 is not going away, ever. So, as much as I like several other handgun cartridges, my several GP100 revolvers use .357 Magnum. .357 Mag cases can be loaded to lower pressures, making them more tolerable in smaller-framed weapons. And, of course, .357 Magnum is chambered n rifles, so, I am gaming this choice, too.

    Of course, I am basing these choices upon an economic/logistic scenario, and the factor that .22 LR is easy on my aging bones and joints. I shoot more .22 LR, through an S&W Model 17-4 K-Frame revolver, than anything else. My first handgun was an autoloader, a 1911, but revolvers soon dominated my handgunning, after I became a police officer during what was still the Revolver Era, and had to use a revolver in the academy, and during my rookie period. I ended up liking revolvers, too, very much. With my right hand aging-out of reliably maintaining a firm grip*, to enable reliable cycling an auto-loader, if shooting righty, and having problems reliably running the slide, if shooting lefty, well, if I have to choose “one” handgun type, going forward, it is the revolving pistol.

    I also considered .375 H&H and .308 Winchester as my rifle cartridge, but then, .22 LR and .357 Magnum would have been competing for the handgun cartridge slot, and that would be a significant dilemma.

    *My “limp wrist” malfunctions are more like “numb-thumb,” with limp ring and pinkie fingers contributing to a loose grip. My right hand has good days and bad days.
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  5. Hal

    Hal Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    N.E. Ohio
    S&W M69 2.75" barrel - - for all.

    Shotguns & rifles are a waste of time & money in my hands.
    I'm 99.5% blind in my right eye & right handed, which means shooting a bow or rifle has to be done left handed.
    It also means I have zero depth perception. I know all about depth perception - I just don't know what things look like in 3D..

    That lack of sight also makes it difficult to impossible to hit anything moving.

    If it stops for even a split second though - I own it. At least with a handgun.
  6. MacAR

    MacAR Member

    Mar 28, 2019
    Hills of Home: The Ozarks
    My current three:

    Remington 700, 30-06
    Winchester 1897, 12 Gauge
    Pietta SAA, 357 Magnum

    Bonus Rimfire (because Rimfire's a platform too!):

    Tie between Marlin 39A and Savage 93R17. Throw in my Single Six, too.

    If money were no object:

    1892 Lever in 357 mag
    Coach Gun - 12 Gauge
    SAA, 357 mag

    For the most part, I'm satisfied with my currently owned choices. Can't see where they would have problems in this part of the country. Might want to open the '97 up from Full to Modified choke, but otherwise it should be able to take care of business admirably.

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  7. Dunross

    Dunross Member

    Aug 22, 2018
    Well, I wouldn't be happy about it, but a twelve-gauge pump shotgun, a four-inch 357 revolver, and an AR in 5.56.

    That's defense, pest & varmint control, and what hunting I may want to do.
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  8. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Member

    Dec 7, 2008
    Mount Desert Island Maine
    30-06 bolt
    12 GA double
    44 MAG revolver
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  9. Bfh_auto

    Bfh_auto Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    I'll just copy and paste this...
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  10. Fiv3r

    Fiv3r Member

    Sep 30, 2009
    The shotgun is easy:
    Mossberg 590a1 pump. 12 gauge comes in many, many flavors. Even right now, while slugs and buck are hard to come by, I can still get some target loads which are better than nothing.

    The handgun is a bit trickier.
    While I generally prefer a .45 acp for carry, it is incredibly hard to argue with the utility of the .357. I would probably go with my snub 686+. Walking in the woods or the streets. On my hip in the open or hidden under my jacket, 7 rounds of rip-snort 125/158gr can get the job done most of the time.

    Rifle is kind of a toss up. I'm not a rifle guy. I don't hunt. I don't shoot long range. I could go with a .22 for cheap plinking fun, but I think I would go .223/5.56. I like the AR platform a lot for what it is. I don't even mind if I had to limit myself to a 10 round magazine by law. It's such an easy shooting and affordable round out of a compact firearm that is easy to work on. 30-30 would be a close 2nd with .45/70 bringing in third...but I digress. Yes, 5.56 AR as my current rifle choice:)
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