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Several pistols in same caliber?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Encoreman, Jul 7, 2020.

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  1. TTv2

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    I have quite a few handguns in a variety of calibers, with most of them being .22, .32, or .45. IMO it makes sense to have every style of handgun in .22 (SA and DA revolver, small semi, medium semi, large semi and preferably with an external hammer), then if you're a 9mm fan you may as well do the same, but outside of those calibers, it's tough for me to say that you should get 3 or more pistols in the same caliber. Maybe for .45 if you like the revolvers for the extra power (talking Ruger only .45 Colt) and semi auto for the ease of suppression. Nice thing about the Ruger .45's is they give you the option of shooting .45 ACP from their normally .45 Colt wheelguns.

    I have two Glock .40s and will add a 10mm Glock eventually and given that 10mm Glocks shoot .40 no problemo I regret that one of those .40 Glocks is a G35, however having a 9mm barrel for that doesn't make it hurt so bad. That said, do I feel I need any more .40 or 10mm pistols? No, but a single stack Kahr .40 would have been interesting when they were $200 6 months ago.

    A lot of my interest in owning several handguns in the same caliber has to do with different sizes, which is why I own so many .22's. I figure if I like a caliber enough, it may be worth it for me to get it in several pistols of varying size or function. I don't do it for every caliber, while I love 10mm I only want it in one pistol.

    It's different for revolvers. I do plan to get the 7 shot .357/9mm Taurus some day and that would be my 4th wheelgun in the .357/.38 caliber. For whatever reason I want a larger 7 shot instead of the 5 shot Charters. The Charters are light, easy to carry but I think the larger Taurus will be more comfortable to shoot due to the extra weight.

    .32 revolvers I have an obsession with (along with most .32 handguns) and plan to own at least a dozen of them. Absolutely no reason to other than they're cheap H&R .32's or I just really liked the guns they were in.
     
  2. Old Dog

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    I don't believe in more'n one pistol in the same caliber.
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    Oh wait, never mind (and those are just the SIG pistols).
     
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  3. JohnKSa

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    1. Ammo is no harder to come by than usual. I just look on my spreadsheet to see where the ammo I want is stored and I go pull out as much as I need. Same as always. I know that you mean it's currently not as readily available as it normally is in stores or online and that the prices are higher, but that's not a problem for people who plan ahead.

    2. If you are going to plan ahead, it would make more sense, at least from my perspective) spend your money stocking up on ammo rather than spending it on buying a lot of different pistols in a variety of calibers. Instead of spending money on pistols in different calibers, just spend the money on ammo for your stockpile. When you need to pull from your stockpile you can, the rest of the time you buy what you need (preferably in bulk) when prices are good and supply is not an issue.

    3. Having a spare pistol makes good sense, although there are lots of pistols on the market these days that are going to last a very long time, even with a lot of shooting. But a spare never hurts. Once you have your spare, though, at least from a practical perspective, spending money on ammo and practice time makes more sense. I have a lot more than 2 pistols, but then again, I don't claim that the number of pistols I have has anything to do with practicality!
     
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  4. Trunk Monkey

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    This topic came up almost a year ago to the day. The title of the discussion was "Is it time to fortify your ammo cache?"

    I posted the following and I I would like to direct special attention to the last paragraph.

    I'm thinking very loud right now
     
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  5. Old Dog

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    ^^^^ heh, heh!
     
  6. cfullgraf

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    I think WrongHanded provided a pretty good answer, you need to decide on what your firearm wants and needs are and go from there.

    I have a number of handguns chambered in different cartridges that I enjoy to shoot but I use 9x19 semi-autos and 38 Special J-frames for self defense. I keep a good supply of ammunition for the self defense firearms on hand and keep a moderate supply for the remainder.

    Besides, I reload and many components can be used in several different cartridges. So keeping component supplies on hand is easy and ammunition is never in short supply.
     
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  7. 460Shooter

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    I tend to have small, medium, and large all steel guns for each cartridge I shoot. But I’ve acquired several 9mm’s that I probably don’t need.
    But I like em.
     
  8. MTNSTRYDER

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    It’s a fun theme with me .Take 45 cal 2 sa’s 1 is 45 colt with a 45acp cylinder 1is 454 can shoot 45 colt very well 1 Ruger Redhawk 45/45acp.
    1 lever action 460 shoots 45colt 454 and 460 and a Rossi 45 colt.I load a of 45cal.
    Getting almost as bad with 357/38/9 with a cylinder change and a Glock plus building a 350 legend.Oh 22’s lots of those please.
     
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  9. Twiki357

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    Never really thought about it before, but yeah, I do have multiple guns in the same caliber.
    22LR – 3
    32 Long – 4
    9mm – 5
    38 Super - 2
    38 Spl – 24
    357 – 8
    45ACP - 4
     
  10. CapnMac

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    I have a number of arms in similar calibers, while also having a range of calibers. Been that way for more than thirty years, really.
    As a "strategy" for coping with the current scarcity--well, that ship has already sailed. The milk is spillt.

    It's a bit like how I view .218bee--if you like it, you'll shoot it, and either find the ammo to keep it happy or make it yourself.
     
  11. crazydice

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    I do have to admit that i have put some thought in calibers and the ammo i keep for them based on my own system.

    I do have a lot of guns in 9mm because of the availability and price

    5 pistols and 1 rifle in .22lr

    10 pistols and 2 rifles in 9mm

    2 pistols in .45acp

    1 pistol in .40

    1 revolver in .357

    2 rifles in 556

    1 rifle in 7,62x39

    1 shotgun in 12ga
     
  12. JTHunter

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    Actually, I tend to combine long guns with handguns that shoot the same ammo.
    A bolt action rifle, a SA pistol, and a revolver in .22 Magnum.
    A bolt action and a SA rifle and the aforementioned revolver in .22 LR (2 cylinders for the revolver).
    A lever action rifle and a revolver in .38 Special/.357 Magnum.
     
  13. CraigC

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    In general, I think you should have whatever strikes your fancy and fits within your finances. Whether that's 3 guns that fire 3 of the most popular cartridges or 500 guns that fire 100 different cartridges. Or anything in between. Life is too short for arbitrary limitations. I will say this, I think everyone should own an AR15 and a good 9mm handgun and at a minimum, familiarize yourself with them. Even if they do not normally appeal to you.


    The difference is that you are not an enthusiast. The flipside of that is I have never understood the mindset that guns are "just tools". If you don't have a passion for guns, I hope you have a passion for something.
     
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  14. Trunk Monkey

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    Why would you assume I don't?
     
  15. CraigC

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    Uh, I didn't. I said I hope you do. :confused:
     
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  16. Phaedrus/69

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    Maybe because you said this?;)
    :rofl:
     
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  17. Trunk Monkey

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    Reading comprehension?

     
  18. entropy

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    Range brass. At least that's free.
    I load for my pistol calibers (don't own a .22 pistol currently) and keep plenty on hand. I do buy carry ammo, but I only have 2 calibers, .45 ACP and .38 Spl. Since reloading is one of my hobbies and forms of relaxation, I don't count the time. Bullets are the major expense, I prefer top end ones for hunting ammo.
    Almost forgot the .45 LC; I do load for it, but it is a Cobray Leinad SxS derringer that I shoot maybe once a year. I load down .45 LC so it won't pop open on firing like it does with .410's.
     
  19. D.B. Cooper

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    You keep saying these words. I do not think they mean what you think they mean. (Princess Bride reference)

    If what you say is true, why are so many people commenting in, or starting, threads about how ammo is hard to find and/or rising in price? (So much so that the mods are swatting at the threads like campers swatting at flies trying to keep them shut down.)
     
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  20. Trunk Monkey

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    Not to speak for JohnKSa but you need to read what he actually said. He's saying that he has enough of a stock that when he wants some ammunition he just goes to the ammo closet like he normally does and gets it.
     
  21. JohnKSa

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    That's correct. The point I was trying to get across is that while it is understandable that those seeing their first ammo panic might not have a decent stock of ammunition on hand, those who have seen ammo panics come and go before don't have to rely on current availability to insure that they have a stock on hand. They can be their own suppliers. And if they are, then ammo is no harder to come by than usual. My supplier (me) has an ample stock and availability is the same as it always is.

    I understand that this doesn't help those looking for ammo right now because they don't have a stock on hand, but it WILL help them a lot when the next shortage happens because they will have spent the time between this shortage and the next stocking up.

    AND, the more people who stock up, the fewer people there will be to panic the next time which might just keep it from being as bad nor lasting as long.
     
  22. D.B. Cooper

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    So...you and I have been talking past each other, as on different frequencies, in various threads the past few days then. Like you, I reload some, and have some components, as I too recall 2008-2016. I'm a little rattled by current goings on, and my target of "adequate supplies" has shifted.

    And now, to keep this on topic and not go on yet another ammo shortage discussion, there are benefits to having multiple guns in the same caliber. One that comes to mind is the ability to hand the second gun to a family member (especially if they both take the same magazine) for home defense. Logistics are made simpler in normal times.

    The advantage to owning odd ball calibers in the current fiasco is increased ammo availability, however, in the current scenario, I don't think manufacturers are going to be producing "oddball" calibers as they focus on meeting the demands of the masses (9mm/45/223), so once you've bought up those remaining "oddball calibers," you may not see any for a very long time.In normal times, it's just what do you like about the oddball caliber or the gun that shoots it. (Is it a family heirloom, etc.)
     
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    Well on the other thread, I was talking about online purchases before you stated that you were prohibited by law from making online purchases. So that was the miscommunication there.
    I get that. My current supply is such that I would have to completely rethink my storage strategy to be able to store another case of ammunition. I made up my mind years ago that I would not stand in line for ammunition nor pay ridiculous prices for it.
     
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    I initially bought a 9mm because I thought it would give me a range gun that was cheaper to shoot than my 45s.
    I now own four 9mm, two 45acp and one 357mag. I have one 9mm and one 45 for carry, the rest are range toys. I keep my 357 loaded with Barnes tac xpd on the nightstand.
     
  25. cougar1717

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    We forget in plentiful times how fragile the gun and ammo supply chain really is. The reality is that when panic buying begins, the inexpensive, popular caliber ammo always goes first. Calibers like 9mm, 223 Rem, and 22LR have high volume demand and we can see this in play. Low availability, high prices, and quantity limits.

    Here are the two sides of the coin:

    1) Consolidation. It is not a bad thing. The intention is to be a good steward of your resources. People are very efficient with their dollars when they can have several guns that take the same mags and ammo, whether that is multiple pistols, a pistol and a carbine, multiple rifles, shotgun gauge, etc. However, the downside is that people typically consolidate around the most popular calibers. When that specific ammo spikes in demand, if they didn't stock up, they are in trouble.

    That is why brass cased 9mm is more expensive than 40S&W right now.
    What may happen is that guns in popular calibers may need to be discounted to be sold if demand reduces because ammo for them is unavailable. That did happen in the great 22LR shortage during the Obama years.

    2) The other side of the coin is Variety. More firearms enthusiasts fall in to this category. Over years of shooting and collecting, people have various calibers - many purchased, some gifted, some inherited. There isn't as much of a panic for this category. If the most popular calibers aren't available and for some reason these gun owners are caught short, they can just shoot something else.

    In the Obama panic, I shot a hilarious amount of 9x18 Mak. It was basically the same price throughout that panic because it is not very popular and only a few guns are chambered for it. I remember ammo sellers had to clarify that 9x18 Mak was "not for 9mm Luger/Parabellum" because people were that desperate to buy the popular 9mm caliber. Likewise, in the days when 55gr FMJ BT 223 Rem was between $15-20 at the local big box outdoor store, I shot a ton of 308 Win. Again, nobody cared about 308 since the panic focus was on AR's in 223.

    In summary, the ways to not have a season of panic buying drastically affect you:

    a) Stock enough of the popular calibers to weather an ammo drought. (assembled cartridges or components for reloading)
    b) Shoot available calibers that people aren't panic buying.
     
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