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Posted: 7/12/2008 3:05:27 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/12/2008 3:08:54 PM EST by jb241970]
As your collection grows, do you end up buying more firearms thru a wide range of different calibers?

Or do you continue to buy new ones within a set amount of calibers?


Please post some details.
Why do you only choose a particular caliber or two?
Why do you not?
Link Posted: 7/12/2008 3:16:16 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/12/2008 4:00:58 PM EST by T-Man45]
For years I bought whatever gun caught my fancy regardless of caliber, providing of course that reloading components weren't too difficult to obtain. If memory serves I had about 16 different calibers at one time. In the last couple of years I have downsized my collection to just a few calibers and don't really have a desire to own any thing outside the calibers I already reload for.

ETA. Former calibers; .41 mag. .44mag .45Colt. .40S&W. .357mag. .303British. .30-40Krag. 7.62x39mm. 45-70. .30-06. .308 and a few others.

Current calibers; 9mm. .45acp. .223. 7x57Mauser. 7.62x54R and of course .22LR.
Link Posted: 7/12/2008 3:32:10 PM EST
Early on I owned several calibers , but have since narrowed it down.

12g , 9mm , .45 , .38, .22lr and of course .223/5.56.

I have culled .40 , .32 , .357 and haven't looked back since. Although I do still own a .40 Glock converted to 9mm.

I may be adding a big bore handgun in a revolver , but undecided till I find a screaming deal.

-JC
Link Posted: 7/12/2008 3:34:10 PM EST
So far, I've chosen common, easy to find chamberings (.22 LR, 45 ACP and soon 9mm in handguns and .22 LR and .223/5.56x45 in rifles). YMMV
Link Posted: 7/12/2008 3:48:47 PM EST
Having a C&R makes caliber consolidation really hard. Plus, having only a few calibers gets boring.
Link Posted: 7/12/2008 3:58:24 PM EST
Life is too short to worry about trying to keep a small list of calibers. I buy whatever I want in whichever caliber.
Link Posted: 7/12/2008 4:05:37 PM EST
both
Link Posted: 7/12/2008 4:29:43 PM EST
what I have

22LR
9mm
45APC
223
7.62x39
30-06

what I'm considering adding
308
12ga
38spl and/or 357

Reason, I can't afford to stock a shit load of calibers...I barely can afford to shoot now with the price of ammo going up.
Link Posted: 7/12/2008 5:05:39 PM EST
when i first started into collecting, i decided on those calibers.
Primary focus: 22LR
Secondary: 9mm/CZ and clones
Third: 45acp.
Link Posted: 7/12/2008 5:16:54 PM EST

Originally Posted By 22LR:
when i first started into collecting, i decided on those calibers.
Primary focus: 22LR
Secondary: 9mm/CZ and clones
Third: 45acp.


Three calibers ain't much of a collection.
Link Posted: 7/12/2008 6:09:12 PM EST

Originally Posted By fishngrits:

Originally Posted By 22LR:
when i first started into collecting, i decided on those calibers.
Primary focus: 22LR
Secondary: 9mm/CZ and clones
Third: 45acp.


Three calibers ain't much of a collection.


maybe.

but those are my main focus. i have dies and guns for rifle; 223, 30 carb, 30-30, 7.62 x39, 308, 30-06, pistol:
9mm, 357mag, 10mm, 44mag, 45acp, 45LC, 475/500 Linbaugh.

also, if you dont know that almost every gun mfg in the world had made a 22LR. i dont expect to finsh my 22 collection. its just something that i like and half the fun is in the "pursuit"
Link Posted: 7/12/2008 6:16:17 PM EST
I try to keep my calibers easy to find.

22lr, 9mm, .40, 45ACP, .223/5.56, 12ga, 308.

Anywhere I go, there's bound to be those calibers whether it be Wal Mart or a specialty gun store anywhere in the country. I'm considering culling the .40, but I doubt it, as my Glocks are chambered for it.

I can't imagine going into a store on vacation in the back country these days trying to find
45 GAP or 38 Super.
Link Posted: 7/13/2008 3:36:38 AM EST
Also put me in the "used to buy whatever, but have narrowed it down over the years" category for modern stuff, although I don't really count old milsurp. 9mm, .45ACP, .223, .308, 12ga, or (of course) .22lr and that's it for me. It really seems to be a common theme amongst those I know... So it might be beneficial to nip it in the bud early...
Link Posted: 7/13/2008 4:36:06 AM EST
I get queezy when I don't have 1,000 rounds on hand of any particular caliber I own a firearm chambered in.

This has kept me away from some cartridges I've considered owning, such as .41 Magnum, 10mm Auto, 6.5x55, 7x57, .416 Rigby, etc.
Link Posted: 7/13/2008 6:45:26 AM EST
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Originally Posted By 53vortec:
I get queezy when I don't have 1,000 rounds on hand of any particular caliber I own a firearm chambered in. his


10mm is only a hair more than 45ACP when purchased in bulk.
Link Posted: 7/13/2008 7:36:58 AM EST
I am trying to keep my handgun collection down to 22lr, 9mm and 45ACP because I have several cases of ammo those calibers. I also own a 25acp, two .380s six, 357s two 40 S&W, two 41Mags, and three 44Mags but I only have a few boxes of ammo for those guns.

I really want a 10mm but I can't afford to buy cases of 10mm ammo.
Link Posted: 7/13/2008 8:28:49 AM EST

Originally Posted By feld-hure:

Originally Posted By 53vortec:
I get queezy when I don't have 1,000 rounds on hand of any particular caliber I own a firearm chambered in.

This has kept me away from some cartridges I've considered owning, such as .41 Magnum, 10mm Auto, 6.5x55, 7x57, .416 Rigby, etc.


10mm is only a hair more than 45ACP when purchased in bulk.


Wolf is making 10mm now?
Link Posted: 7/13/2008 8:57:55 AM EST
Variety is the spice of life
Link Posted: 7/13/2008 10:21:24 AM EST
Link Posted: 7/13/2008 4:46:31 PM EST
Both

I like having a bunch of different choices in weapons and rounds. I do try to stay away from some of the less used rounds though. The 6.8 spc is one of the rarer rounds I have a weapon chambered for but that is now offered by a lot of companies. I don't think I would be interested in the 6.5 of the .458 though as they really are a little too rare.

As far as pistols go I have ones chambered in 9mm, 357 mag, 40sw, and 45acp. I plan on picking up a 10mm and a smith 460 at some point as well(as the 460 will shoot 454 and 45). Also will pick up a 50ae at some point I'm sure. After that I really don't see myself going for any other rounds unless the 5.7 comes out in a better pistol then the current fiveseven. Just don't like that thing. I don't really have any interest in the 41mag, 44 mag, 357 sig or anything like that. Maybe a 44 mag if I got a good price on one.

I really enjoy the collection of various types of pistols I'm collecting. I do only really stock larger amounts of ammo for the 9mm and the 40 though.
Link Posted: 7/13/2008 6:29:42 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/13/2008 11:28:30 PM EST by Thumbtack]
I have a shooting buddy, he has well over 50 different calibers in various pistols, rifles, and shotguns. There have been a few times when he either didn't know if he had any ammo for X pistol/rifle, or didn't know where he put it. His gun room has an entire wall with shelves filled with boxes for every different caliber he owns. It's like going to the ammo counter at a funshop. He has even brought the wrong ammo for the gun he is shooting to the range a few times

I stock 9 calibers and that is more than enough.
22 (bulk packs and stingers/minimags)
223 (AR15... nothing more needed to be said)
308 (700P and soon to be built AR10)
40 (Glocks)
41mag (forgot about this one- keep minimal ammo)
38spl. (forgot this one too.... same as above)
45 (have ammo no current firearm... Kimber Warrior soon)
32 (Keltec P32 and I don't keep much ammo on hand for it.)
12ga (hunting, plinking, and home defense rounds for 3 different firearms)
Link Posted: 7/13/2008 7:14:56 PM EST

Originally Posted By superhawnkie:
I try to keep my calibers easy to find.

22lr, 9mm, .40, 45ACP, .223/5.56, 12ga, 308.

Anywhere I go, there's bound to be those calibers whether it be Wal Mart or a specialty gun store anywhere in the country. I'm considering culling the .40, but I doubt it, as my Glocks are chambered for it.

I can't imagine going into a store on vacation in the back country these days trying to find
45 GAP or 38 Super.


i'm currently in the exact same boat, except i don't have a 12ga
Link Posted: 7/13/2008 7:30:31 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/13/2008 7:31:28 PM EST by Heineken]
Since ammo is getting more and more expensive im sticking to my current calibers..

9mm
38 special
45ACP
357mag
223/556
22lr

I have been wanting to build a nice remington700 in 308 but in the end i wont shoot it very much and with the price of ammo i dont think its rtealy worth it to me now...

just bought a glock 26 though

EDIT:

almost forgot 12gauge too
Link Posted: 7/14/2008 8:28:32 AM EST
Just about all of my weapons are chambers in either .22LR, 9mm, 5.56MM or 12ga.

My only purposes for firearms are recreation and self defense. I find those 4 calibers handle all of my needs for those 2 purposes. I also have limited time and money so from a practical standpoint, I find having too many different types of weapons or calibers a waste of those resources.

That said, I do have a S&W .357 revolver and a Colt 1911 style .45ACP mostly because IMO those 2 weapons are American classics that I just couldn’t live without but honestly, they don’t get used much and are pretty much safe queens.
Link Posted: 7/14/2008 9:40:36 AM EST
more ammo
Link Posted: 7/14/2008 6:42:53 PM EST
I own the following
Pistol
.22 LR
.40 S&W

Rifle
.22mag
.223/5.56
30-06

Shotgun
12 ga.
16 ga.
20 ga.

I plan to add a .308, .40 AR, and a .357 Mag revlover. Other then that I think that I am set.

MAHA
Link Posted: 7/14/2008 7:05:07 PM EST
Link Posted: 7/14/2008 7:55:36 PM EST
You can by the same caliber for as long as you like, you will end up with alot of the same thing.

I attempted to do this long ago when my collection was just starting, but have discovered you just limit yourself to much.

7.62X25 is an awesome round, so is 45, and 9mm. The only thing I can say is try to keep your collection to a theme, be it historical, a certian maker, a certian country, or a certian type of weapon.

Enjoy all the calibers from .50 S&W to 22 short.
Link Posted: 7/15/2008 6:32:11 AM EST
I'm trying to collect a wide variety of calibers so I can get an idea of what they are like and how they differ from each other.

For handguns I currently have:
.22LR
.380ACP
.357mag/.38spcl
9x19mm
.357sig
.40SW
.45ACP

Two calibers that I don't have yet that I really want are 10mm and 44mag.

A few that are low on the priority list but I find to have a coolness factor are 7.62x25, 5.7x28, .25, .32, .38super, .41mag and .500. A .410 revolver would be cool too.

I don't understand the need to be "standardized". Like was mentioned above, variety is the spice of life.
Link Posted: 7/15/2008 2:59:31 PM EST
I don't reload so I keep my collection to the most popular and available calibers.

.17HMR
.22LR
.380ACP
9x19mm
.357mag/.38spcl
.40SW
.45ACP
Link Posted: 7/15/2008 3:06:03 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/15/2008 3:06:53 PM EST by Lakemoor]
I'm to the point where I wish I had a fewer choices. I have 8 different rifle calibers and 3 pistol calibers giving a grand total of 10. 22lr is in the rifle and pistol side. Some of you thought I couldn't add.

Stick with half a dozen or less different calibers and loaded up on ammo
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 4:19:36 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/19/2008 4:20:35 PM EST by Slappy96]
Have:
.22lr
9mm
.45acp
5.56
7.62x39
.308
12 gauge
5.7

Will add:
.50 BMG
.38 Special


I'm limiting myself to 10 different calibers, would actually like it to be less but there are some guns I just must have. I think that however many calibers you have its best to pick one pistol and one rifle caliber that you shoot everytime and train with to become very proficient.
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 2:32:55 PM EST
I like to keep it simple

Pistols:
(2) 9mm
(4) 45ACP

Shotgun:
(3) 12 gauge
(1) 16 gauge... it was a gift

Rifle:
(4) .223/5.56
(1) 30-30 Win.
(4) .22 LR
(1) 7mm Mauser... also a gift

I try to stick with the same calibers if I can. All my guns are different for the most part, so Im still flexible as to what my needs/ requirements might be.

Might add later:
.38 Special (Snub nose)
.308 Win (Rem 700)
7.62x39 (AK)
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 6:01:59 PM EST
I'm not averse to adding a new caliber to the collection, but I have my core calibers- .308, 8mm Mauser, .22LR, 7.5 Swiss, 12 gauge, and 9x19- and try to stick to those. Since i reload everything except .22 and 12 gauge, it's helpful to stick to a few basic calibers.

I'll be adding only a few more calibers: .338 Lapua, .45 Colt, .357/.38, and 7.5 MAS.
Link Posted: 7/29/2008 5:24:00 PM EST
.45acp is pretty much my only caliber. I have 10 different .45s but I do have a Walther
P22 (that I plan to sell) & 1 .357 revolver. I've tried 9mm & .40S&W & didn't care for either one.
Link Posted: 7/30/2008 3:45:23 AM EST
I actually do what SD307 said, I have a "theme" to my collecting.

I have a 12ga, 9mm, .22lr, .45ACP, and .223/5.556. Everything, with the exception of my training pistol/rifle in .22lr, is a military/tactical gun -- and even then I have those lovely Tech Sights on the Ruger 10/22.

As far as pistols go, I'll likely be adding .357 and 5.7x28.
Link Posted: 7/30/2008 9:09:50 AM EST
I don't like getting really unusual calibers in handguns, especially more so now with high prices of ammo

Just my preference though
Link Posted: 7/30/2008 10:22:52 AM EST
I would rather have 3 handguns in the same caliber and purchase cases of that caliber than 3 handguns in different calibers and a few boxes of that... a case of this... etc.

45ACP... and lots of it.
Link Posted: 8/6/2008 9:48:27 AM EST
For me I feel that the calibers that I already own are all I will ever need In any foreseeable situations.

.308
5.56
.45
12g
22LR
Link Posted: 8/6/2008 5:41:23 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/6/2008 5:41:43 PM EST by Armin_Tanzarian]

Originally Posted By Armin_Tanzarian:
I'm trying to collect a wide variety of calibers so I can get an idea of what they are like and how they differ from each other.

For handguns I currently have:
.22LR
.380ACP
.357mag/.38spcl
9x19mm
.357sig
.40SW
.45ACP
10MM

Two calibers that I don't have yet that I really want are 10mm and 44mag.

A few that are low on the priority list but I find to have a coolness factor are 7.62x25, 5.7x28, .25, .32, .38super, .41mag and .500. A .410 revolver would be cool too.

I don't understand the need to be "standardized". Like was mentioned above, variety is the spice of life.


Mmmm, Glock 29
Link Posted: 8/7/2008 7:31:53 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/7/2008 7:32:25 AM EST by Paveway_]
I have two pistol calibers and only one model for each caliber.

Thus I have a couple of G19's for 9mm and a couple of USP's for 45. I'm not buying anything else except more of the same (well maybe a G26, but that is essentially the same gun).
Link Posted: 8/7/2008 4:37:32 PM EST
I try to stay in my set, but if there's something cool (like a SW 29) then I'll add a caliber.
Link Posted: 8/7/2008 4:57:30 PM EST
As of right now I am trying to keep to accessible calibers for my rifles and pistols. They include: 9mm, .357mag, 45 acp, .22, .308win, and .223. I really want to add a 6.5 Grendel or a big bore AR to the collection but ammo prices are to high.
Link Posted: 8/7/2008 5:19:17 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/7/2008 5:22:20 PM EST by useful_idiot]
Current calibers

Sidearms in 10mm, 9mm, .40S&W, .45ACP, .380, .22lr, .410ga & 5.7x28mm
ARs in .223/5.56 & ARs & FALs in .308 (standard and plentiful ammo)
ARs in 6.5 Grendel & 6.5 Creedmoor (long range)
AR & PS90 in 5.7x28mm (purely for the charm of it)
ARs in .458 SOCOM & .50 Beowulf (fun and pounding targets to splinters)
Shotguns in 12ga, 20ga
Rifles in .50 BMG, .243, 7mm WbyMag, .300 WbyMag & .338 Lapua (pending)

I like various calibers to learn/understand first hand the differences in exterior and terminal ballistics, design, etc. .50 BMGs were acquired simply as investments. Some are still uppers awaiting completed lowers to be attached.

ETA: Doh!! Forgot 7.62x39mm and 5.45mm

chuck
Link Posted: 8/7/2008 6:01:11 PM EST
I buy different calibers.

Its fun taking out different calibers everynow and then. I dont keep 1000 rds of each though. I only stock pile rounds for the ones I shoot most and use as home defense weapons (9mm, 45acp and 5.56). All the other calibers I just keep a hundred rds or so of each for hunting and shooting every now and then.
Link Posted: 8/7/2008 8:45:44 PM EST
Long guns
.22LR
.223
.308
.30-06
12 ga

Handguns
.22LR
9mm
.40 S&W
.44 Magnum

If I buy any new rifle calibres it will be somthing like .243 or 30-30 for the kids to hunt with. In handguns I may one day get another .357 Mag. To me, the glaring thing missing is a .45 ACP...but I'm mostly shooting .223, 9mm and rimfire to save money.
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