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Your Favorite Semi-Auto Pistol Caliber and Why

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by SharpDog, Feb 12, 2019.

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What is your favorite semi-auto pistol caliber?

  1. .50 ae

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  2. .44 mag (semi-auto)

    1 vote(s)
    0.3%
  3. .450 corbon (or similar)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. .45 acp

    111 vote(s)
    35.1%
  5. 10 mm

    27 vote(s)
    8.5%
  6. .357 mag (semi-auto)

    3 vote(s)
    0.9%
  7. .357 sig

    9 vote(s)
    2.8%
  8. .40 s&w

    32 vote(s)
    10.1%
  9. .38 super (or similar)

    7 vote(s)
    2.2%
  10. 9mm

    129 vote(s)
    40.8%
  11. 9mm makarov

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  12. .380 acp

    14 vote(s)
    4.4%
  13. .32 acp

    7 vote(s)
    2.2%
  14. .25 acp

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  15. .22 rimfire (any)

    46 vote(s)
    14.6%
  16. Other

    11 vote(s)
    3.5%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. SharpDog

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    You can cast 2 votes if you want.
     
  2. MTMilitiaman

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    10mm Auto, because it brings the performance and versatility of the .357 Magnum to the autoloader. If you can only own one handgun to do everything from hunting to defending yourself from two and four legged threats, the 10mm Auto is your cartridge. Or if you just like really ringing that steel.
     
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  3. Al-jim19

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    If we’re talking about practicality, I’d go 9mm and .22 in a close second place.

    If it’s just about fun I’d go .45, .22, and 9mm in that order. All the .45s I’ve ever shot have been a good time, especially the 1911.
     
  4. Hasaf

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    If I am going to add calibres that I don't have, I would add 357sig. On paper, it looks great. I just never got around to adding one. I suspect that I will add 22tcm before 357sig. The main thing that keeps me from 22tcm is that it is a single vendor product.

    That being said, if the Springfield EMP was offered in 357sig it would be on the short end of my shortlist.
     
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  5. SharpDog

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    The .357 Sig is a great all-purpose round. The original loading available from Underwood, Buffalo Bore, etc. very closely mimics the .357 magnum while the popular loadings are close to the .40 S&W. Kind of like a .357 mag and a .38 spl. but in the same caliber. I would not feel under gunned against anything from black bear on down with suitable bullets.
     
  6. Drail

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    There can be only one....... .45 Automatic Colt Pistol.
     
  7. Lennyjoe

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    What’s my favorite pistol caliber and why? 45 ACP because it’s fat and heavy, like me......lmao
     
  8. chicharrones

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    9mm. It's power-to-cost ratio is pretty dang good.

    and

    .22 LR. It's fun-to-cost ratio is pretty dang good.
     
  9. RA40

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    .22LR for the economical price. Everything else I have to be mindful of the wallet drain. The .45 ACP is my other choice but I have to keep count of how much I shoot those. The .22LR and .45 have the nicest triggers so shooting those is fun. The 9's I like too but the triggers compared to the 1911 is worlds apart so read that as my ability to have good trigger form. ;)
     
  10. WestKentucky

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    More design of the guns I like than the caliber itself for me. I truly love an m9/beretta92/taurusPT pistol. But the 22 versions I have tried flat out suck. So 9mm is wayyyy up there. The next has to be 10mm because it seems right in a modern 1911. Fat and slow hits too close to home for me to like a 45 but a faster and lighter round with more hunting capability fits what I like in a handgun.
     
  11. JTHunter

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    Considering that I have had a .380 for 40 years, I tend to lean in that direction. I also have a PMR-30 in .22 Mag that is a neat gun to shoot, except for the ammo cost. I used to have one of the early (circa 1974) Ruger round-bodied 10 shot .22LR pistols with the 7 3/4" barrel. It was a sweet shooter but I made the mistake of trading it for the .380. Much as I like the .380, I've regretted trading that Ruger ever since.
     
  12. jeepnik

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    .45 acp. It works even when the 5.56 won’t
     
  13. Trunk Monkey

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    Stopping power

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    And someone is in big trouble for fusing all those rounds up
     
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  14. bluejeans

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    favorite semi-auto caliber and why?
    first of all, i like the 357 mag and 44 mag best for pistols... but they don't belong in autos so...

    10mm; it has the best power commercially available for auto-loaders. i don't own a 10mm because i don't like any of the pistols it is offered in (except the sig p220 but it don't have any capacity advantage over my 8-shot 357 so..) but the question was about caliber, not a specific gun.

    #2. 357 sig... this one i do own in a 5" s^w m&p. again; power! when i choose a gun for ccarry the question in my mind isn't "what's the puniest gun that would intimiddate a bad guy?"

    i do shoot an aweful lot of 9mm .40 and .45 for economys sake... nothing impresses me about those calibers though. i actually shot my deer last season with my sig 1911 .45 with a 200gr hornady xtp and was quite disappointed in its performance.
     
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  15. TTv2

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    I use to dig the sig, it's got a lot going for it like good power and the bottleneck is good for reliable feeding, but it's limited to 125 grain mostly with 147 grains rare and expensive plus it's a PITA to reload. For the money, 10mm is more bang for the buck, greater variety of ammo, easier to reload.

    I still think the .357 Sig has huge potential for military applications, but until it gets adopted by a service branch or by various police departments (which it won't cuz $$$) the sig just doesn't have much merit for civilians to consider owning it other than they like it and are willing to pay the price for liking it.
     
  16. Mowgli Terry

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    I got tangled up in the survey and only voted for one caliber. I prefer 40 S&W because my everyday gun is a G23. However, #2 is a H&K USPC in 45ACP. My favorite carry revolvers are 357 Magnum and a 44 Magnum. These rounds have a track record.
     
  17. golden

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    I would go with the 9m.m. parabellum. It balances power with recoil that is manageable in most guns and has the largest selection of handguns so you can choose what fits your needs best.

    Jim
     
  18. Dibbs

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    I respectfully disagree, while it's popular to say "stopping power is a myth" IMO it's closer to the truth
    to say the terminology is sorely misused. IOW, would you agree that 44 magnum, when compared to
    .25 ACP, is a substantially stronger round ?
    The point is that stopping power can be somewhat
    effectively used, as a comparison tool, when sizing up different calibers. But it's total hogwash to
    select one caliber, hold it up, and say "THIS has true stopping power.". The problem with actual
    "stopping power", as borne by statistics, is the more powerful the round, the less likely the average
    Joe will be able to shoot it effectively under real life conditions. Otherwise, everybody would be
    using 454 Casull. (No, I'm NOT advocating usage of 454 Casull.)
     
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  19. bannockburn

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    While the 9mm. is my EDC, target shooting, and plain old plinking fun favorite, the .45 ACP is my sentimental favorite for the same reason. That plus the fact that when I was growing up a Colt Government in .45 ACP was just as iconic as a S&W N frame in .357 Magnum.
     
  20. GunnyUSMC

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    The best thing for throwing 230 gr rocks at paper.
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  21. MTMilitiaman

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    You don't really think your .45 is more effective than a 5.56, do you?
     
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  22. Jessesky

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    9mm because most of my European milsurp handguns are chambered in it
     
  23. Jessesky

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    This is on my list of Must have guns
     
  24. JR24

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    I tend to bounce between .45 ACP and 9mm as my two, but I've been trending to 9mm a lot more lately.

    Accurate, does what I need and is fun to shoot. Reloads a bit cheaper than .45 and I've found some loads that my guns really like and shoot very similar to my carry HPs (4.2 CFE under RMR 147 grain round nose ).

    I think I get drawn back to .45 occasionally because I love my 1911s so much, but I've got a line on a trade for a DW Valkyrie in 9mm that might push me even further into mostly only shooting 9mm.
     
  25. Pat Riot

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    I used to be a .45 ACP guy when it came to autoloaders. Then I got my first 9mm then another. Then I sold them both and missed them so now I have 2 more and am considering another. (This isn’t about the guns, it’s about the ammo)

    Why did I switch? Cost was part of it but I just enjoy shooting 9mm more. I am more accurate with it, probably because I practice more. I have quicker follow up shots when practicing. It weighs less for carrying loaded mags and when lugging my gear to the range. It takes up less real estate in my gun bags and ammo cans. I just love the round.

    If you would have told me 15 years ago I would be a fan if the 9mm I would have laughed.
     
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