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The Big "Logistics" Thread

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by twoblink, Feb 28, 2012.

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  1. twoblink

    twoblink Member

    Dec 22, 2002
    Houston, Texas
    Those that know me know I'm just ridiculously anal when it comes to logistics of guns. I have been looking for 3 guns for 10+ years; and now I have purchased all 3.. (Patience is a virtue I seem to have a lot of)

    So I have gotten my life down to:

    2 handgun calibers (.40SW & .357Mag)
    1 Universal practice caliber (.22LR)
    1 Rifle caliber (.308)
    1 Shotgun caliber (20 gauge)

    I am however, thinking about selling my handgun in .40SW and getting a Desert Eagle in .357Mag, thus eliminating yet another caliber.

    My working theory is that every gun should have an equivalent gun in .22LR caliber for recoiless practice and low ammo cost as well as to show someone the action when you take them to the range.

    If you guys have suggestions for how to be even more logistical, please let me know.

    So without further ado.. The guns and the categories:

    Steyr M40 (.40SW)
    Ruger 22/45 (.22LR)

    Rifle (semi-auto action):
    M1A National Match (.308)
    Ruger 10/22 (.22LR)
    Beretta AL391 or Benelli M2 (20 gauge to be purchased)

    Bolt action:
    Mauser K98 modified (.308)
    Ruger 77/357 (.357 Mag To be purchased)
    Ruger 77/22 (.22LR To be purchased)

    Pump action:
    Browning BPS (20 gauge)
    Timberwolf (.357Mag Waited 10 years!!)
    Remington 572 (.22LR)

    Ruger GP100 5" (.357Mag Waited 10 years also!)
    Ruger SP101 2.25" (.357Mag as CCW)
    Ruger SP101 2.25" (.22LR just bought this today! Waited 11 years!)

    So the original "Cowboy Logistics (tm)" was a rifle, a sidearm, and a ccw of the same caliber. I achieve that with a Timberwolf on the sling, the GP100 on the hip, and SP101 IWB all in .357Mag.

    Or you can do the .22LR version of this, Remington 572 on the sling, Ruger 22/45 on the hip, and Ruger SP101 on the IWB. In better theory; Ruger now have a 5" .22LR. Which is a consideration.

    I do own 2 AR15 lowers; and I am conflicted about them as I hate AR's but I own the lowers already and was thinking about building them into full guns; but that would introduce .223 into my life; and that would be unlogistical..
  2. Neverwinter

    Neverwinter Member

    Nov 13, 2008
    Sell or trade them instead of spending on a platform you hate, and on another caliber.

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  3. olafhardtB

    olafhardtB Member

    May 8, 2011
    I like guns with hammers. A savage 22 over 20 gauge, Winchester 94 30/30, Marlin 39,S&W 34 and S&W Model 60. Thats four calibers, could swap the 30/30 for a 357,. but I won't.
  4. allaroundhunter

    allaroundhunter Member

    Oct 5, 2011
    Southeast Texas
    Handgun: Glock 32 .357....Sig :neener:
  5. baronthered

    baronthered Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    South Central Kentucky
    I'll take those lowers if you want to have some help "hating" them. :D
  6. twoblink

    twoblink Member

    Dec 22, 2002
    Houston, Texas
    My friend wants me to build out the 2 AR's so when he comes over we can go shooting together. But I don't know... AR's bug me. Just the stupid charging button alone makes me want to piss on Stoner's grave.. (is he dead yet??)

    Interesting idea though changing a 30/30 to 357...
  7. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Member

    Aug 11, 2005
    Elbert County, CO
    I wouldn't call that anal. The term I would use is over-thought.

    If it's what you want to do, then more power to you. I have personally always felt that "caliber consolidation" was rather stupid, unless one is so disorganized that they can't keep track of more than 3 or 4 different kinds.
  8. KansasPaul

    KansasPaul Member

    Jun 14, 2011
    Well, I guess that I'm the opposite in that I want as many different calibers as I can afford. Furthermore, I would really like to own some of the odd-ball or obsolete calibers. And therein lies my personal quandary - I can't seem to get excited about any one caliber and if I could it would certainly simplify my firearms and reloading hobby. :)


  9. ElToro

    ElToro Member

    Jan 29, 2003
    Bay Area, PRK
    I feel your pain but its expanded a bit. I have ..22, 38-357 and 44 mag revolvers in multiple. I have .22 9mm 40 and 45acp in multiple. I have 308, 30-06 .22 bolt guns in multiple and 30-30 levers in multiple. Also 308 and .22 auto rifles in multiple. And 12 and 20 pump and auto shotguns. I should probly sell some but they all came along at differnt times of life when I was into differnt things the shotguns are set up for games HD and hunting various game. The bolt guns for target work and hunting. The semi auto rifles for shtf.
  10. beatledog7

    beatledog7 Member

    Jun 18, 2011
    Having lots of different chamberings/calibers appeals to many shooters and collectors, myself included. Each chambering has its favored applications, after all. I'd be hard pressed to sell a gun if it were the only one I owned in that chambering.

    I know shooters who do focus on keeping the range of calibers narrow, and it does make sense logistically. But even if I had only 9mm and .223, a trip to the range might still involve a dozen different loadings, so the logistics of range day wouldn't be significantly simpler.
  11. il_10

    il_10 Member

    Jun 14, 2009
    Martinsville, VA
    I really want to move in that direction, but I'm having a tough time doing it.
    Right now I'm up to:

    .32 S&W
    .32 S&W long
    7.62 Nagant
    .38 SPL
    9x18 Makarov
    9x19 Luger

    .30 Carbine

    16 gauge
    12 gauge

    With only a couple duplicates, those being of the 7.62x54 and .32 revolver variety. The .32 revolvers can all eat .32 S&W, but I like to at least be able to feed everything what it really likes. I'm actively looking for a good .45 colt, and .380 will probably sneak in in the near future too! I'm doomed!
  12. twoblink

    twoblink Member

    Dec 22, 2002
    Houston, Texas
    I think there's a difference.

    If you are a collector or just like guns, by all means, have as many calibers as you can afford!

    For me, I like to shoot, but I'm also very utilitarian, or at least would like to be.

    As much as I love the 1000000+ threads on 9mm vs .40SW vs .45ACP; bullet placement is gonna be more important than which of these three calibers you picked. So I don't see the point of having a 9mm and a .40SW and a .45ACP. I figure knowing the limits of a particular round is probably time and money better spent than distribution over all of them. Jack of all trades and master of none type of deal.

    Rifles: .308 was what I standardized on; the reason being, good sniper round (not that I can shoot past 200 yards) great hunting round (will kill anything in North America with good placement) and not too exotic or uncommon.

    .357Mag: This just seems to be the most versatile round; in a revolver it's great anti-human. In a rifle, up to 50 yards, will take a whitetail without any problems. For target practice, go 38Spl. This is probably the round I would most like to reload for myself. My friend handloads in .357Mag cases full wadcutters but powder level equal to 38Spl. Super versatile.

    .22LR: If this caliber was a religion, I think I'd be pope. This is also a super versatile caliber; but more importantly, it's CHEAP and recoiless. That means taking people to the range, introducing them to shooting, and shooting often without breaking the bank.

    20 gauge: 75% of the pellets of the 12 gauge, but 50% the recoil. So I was sold. I know a few hunters in Oregon; shoots only 20 gauge, takes down everything big and small, and no sore shoulder the next day.

    If I want to try out different calibers; I usually rent a gun at the range, or just shoot my friend's guns..
  13. twoblink

    twoblink Member

    Dec 22, 2002
    Houston, Texas
    Picked up my SP101 .22LR today


    The SP101 in 2.25" in .357Mag is my dresser gun. I've been looking for its 22LR equivalent for 11+ years; I wanted basically the same gun in the .22Lr so I can give it to my wife so she can learn to shoot on the 22 and learn not to flinch. Rare rare gun; finally found it, just brought it home today.

    So.. Pics of the SP101 357Mag (in the Hogue Grip) and the .22LR in stock grip. I ordered pachmayr grips for the .22LR, we'll see how the Mrs. likes it.

    Also, to go with the logistical theme; SP101 .357Mag with Hogue grip; along side my GP100 5" .357Mag in Hogue grip as well.

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