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Old 03-22-2013, 6:52 PM
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I like variety in my life too much to limit myself to just one caliber/gun. I like shooting my 9's, but I like to shoot my .45's also. Then, of course, there is nothing quite like shooting a .44 Mag. I really like shooting my Model 57 in .41 mag too. I have several vintage revolvers in different calibers, that while I may not shoot them a bunch, I still enjoy bringing them out from time to time to let them speak to me.

I have guns because I like them, not because they are merely tools. If I want to shoot just one caliber I suppose I could, but that would be like having the same thing for dinner every night.
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Old 03-22-2013, 7:08 PM
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Makes sense to save money. But very true that one caliber can put you in a hard spot if you cant fine ammo. I guess with the extra money reload reload until you have a good supply. I cant fine 9mm locally right now but i have found a couple boxes of 40 so that will feed others.
Yea, that was the whole point of my original post. To just keep reloading even when I don't need more ammo just to have a nice stockpile of a caliber that every one of my handguns can utilize. I should have worded the title of this thread differently. Admittedly, I would miss shooting 44mag and 357mag. I only have a 9mm for pragmatic reasons. Its the caliber thats cheap enough for me to not bother reloading.. but lately that's not exactly the case.
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Over the years I've acquired many guns in a variety if all the common calibers. In the same time I've realized which guns I enjoy shooting and which ones I like but hardly shoot and they just sit in the safe. I've also recently realized that life is short and you can't take a bunch of guns with you when you die. If you don't have anyone to give them to, or don't want to, then what's the point of having an arsenal that only a few guns get used regularly out of?

I reload for all the common calibers but feel like I'm wasting ammo on certain guns that aren't my favorites just for the sake of shooting them, when I'd rather just have a few guns and shoot the crap out of with the ammo I load.

I've decided to sell off all my excess guns and keep a select few for variety. I'm going to keep one or two of each: 9mm, .40, .45, .357/.38, 12ga., .223, .22lr and a .44mag lever action. Duplicates and extra guns in the same caliber are going to be sold. My favorites are my Glock 30sf, glock 27 and Ruger Sp101. These I shoot the most. The other calibers will be for fun once in a while for variety. If I have no real need or purpose for the other guns and they just sit in the safe I'm going to sell them.

I can still load for the other calibers but will only need to once in a great while because I will only shoot .45/.40/.357 mainly, therefore simplifying the need to stock up on various calibers.

Lately I feel like a slave to my guns so I'm selling some off. I've already sold several and it makes me feel good to let go of material possessions that have had a real hold on me. I'm going to practice extensively with a few guns and have a few others for variety but be free from hoarding and trying to have tons of guns when I can only realistically use a few.

All the hoarding, increased prices and lack of availability of guns/components has made me want to simplify things. None of this has actually affected me but I remember when I first started with guns and was satisfied with just a single gun. Through the years I've earned more money and bought many guns and now I have the dilemma of having to choose certain guns at certain times because there are too many to use and be proficient with at once.

I'm going back to basics and will have a variety of calibers to choose from but will only use a few regularly and will be free from worrying about storing/maintaining and using an excess amount of guns.

I say it would be good for you to simplify or consolidate if you are feeling the urge because it will set you free but still allow you to have fun on a smaller scale.

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All my pistols are .40 cal because they are pretty cool. I like the balance of a 10 round magazine of .40, and the upside is any time I want I can swap a barrel and go to 9mm and even use the same mags.

On the downside is that with DHS buying up those 1.6 billion rounds .40 LEO overruns $12 a box JHP have almost dried up. I can still find .40 easier than .45, and ergonomically a .40 fits my hand better than .45.
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When I first got into firearms (last year) I let ammo decide my primary firearms based on their quantity and availability in the continental U.S if SHTF.

For me anyways in order of importance....

#1 - 9mm
#2 - 22 lr
#3 - 5.56 / .225

For the 9mm, I made sure I got the Glock 19. Reliability, fewer parts, easy to maintain, easier to find spare parts. NOT my favorite 9mm however...
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Old 03-23-2013, 5:26 AM
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Sticking with a 1911

Do want a revolver/lever rifle combo, same caliber, classic American.

I went all Russian getting into guns, WASR, SKS, Mosin switching to all American
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Just the opposite. Added calibers to make it easier to find 'something' most of the time.
This was my thinking as well. I was going to stick to just 9mm but that was the first to disappear during the recent run on ammo. So I just bought a .45, and I'll probably buy a .40 soon. I also have a .380acp, 30-06 Hunting Rifle and .357 revolver.

Glad I stocked up on .22LR & .223 last year.
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Only ever had .40. This was something i considered when I started shooting. I knew I did not want stacks of different calibers just so I can shoot. Chose 40 and never looked back.
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Not me, I have been adding calibers haha. I now have 9mm, .223/5.56 and 7.62x39 plus a 12 gauge. Looking to add .45 and 5.45x39 soon.
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I'd go crazy with only one caliber. I like having a bunch of different rounds and different guns to shoot them. That said I wouldn't keep thousands of rounds on hand for every gun. I don't have a 9mm yet but plan on it. I'd be keeping 9mm, .40, .223, and 12 ga as my go-to rounds and probably .308 as well. I wouldn't have a ton of .45 but I just don't prefer it.
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Old 03-23-2013, 7:14 PM
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I don't think you really need to "consolidate" as in selling your guns. However, you can "concentrate" your purchasing and reloading efforts on a certain cartridge.

I have guns in 8 different cartridges, but I concentrate my purchasing and reloading efforts on just a few cartridges.

For your situation, I would say concentrate on 9mm since you're already shooting that. Moving to 45 ACP is more troublesome because it's much more expensive in every way (factory ammo, reloaded ammo, reloading components). Brass is more difficult to get and double the price of 9mm.

If times were "normal", then you can branch out to the 45 ACP and even other "wilder" cartrdiges, but times are tough.
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The only time ill keep one caliber is in my cowboy action guns. All my single actions and lever actions shoot and will ONLY shoot .45 colt.

Other than that, I'll buy guns in any caliber. 9, .40, .45 sign me up for all of them.
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Nice thing about having hand guns in multiple calibers is that you can always find ammo for at least one of them. Same with components for reloading.

limitdown has the right idea, just focus your purchasing of ammo on one caliber. No need to sell guns in order to do this.
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Besides the .380 FMJ and JHP I have for my LCP (I love shooting that gun with the GP trigger), I've consolidated my firearms down to 9mm and .223/5.56 calibers.

I also have a good stock of 00 buckshot and slugs for my shotguns, but for my "pistols" it's now just 9mm and 5.56 (now that I think of it, I don't have any .233 ).
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This was my thinking as well. I was going to stick to just 9mm but that was the first to disappear during the recent run on ammo. So I just bought a .45, and I'll probably buy a .40 soon. I also have a .380acp, 30-06 Hunting Rifle and .357 revolver.

Glad I stocked up on .22LR & .223 last year.
Good point...

Based on the left over pickings I'm seeing regarding ammo....I may end up having to pick another caliber other than 9mm, 22lr, 5.56/.223 just so I can buy ammo regularly. I really don't want to as I'm planning on buying accessories for what I already have.....as a last resort...I may add another caliber to what I already have. Hopefully not....
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I have always consolidated caliber. Just one caliber at a time. That is right. One caliber in the RCBS single stage press at a time.
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If you are going to reload, .45 is much easier than 9mm. Reality is, however, that if you really want to stockpile ammo you need to think about carrying it, and you can carry a whole lot more 9mm with you for a given weight than .45.

I do follow the "opposite path" of having a wide range of calibers such that I can usually find something to shoot and usually at a pretty good price. Of late, where 9mm was just about unobtainable, I've had no trouble finding 7.62x25mm are not unreasonable prices. I knew that those Tokarevs and a CZ52 would come in handy someday.
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.40
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.22lr

An advantage of buying pistols in .40 is flexibility. Many (glock, springfield, Sig, amongst others) can accept aftermarket replacement barrels in different calibers such as 9mm and .357.

Unfortunately, it doesn't work the other way around. 9mm pistol will not take a .40 barrel, etc.
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Consolidating to one caliber definitely has its merits particularly if you are a reloader. You only have to stock one type of brass, primer, powder, and bullets, and one setup for the dedicated handgun reloading machine. That is if you only shoot handguns for one purpose such a self defense. If you also want to participate in other handgun activities such as hunting with a handgun it gets a little more complicated. I sold/traded most of my handguns a few years back and purchased .45 caliber 1911 type guns. Mainly I did it due to the fact that I grew to prefer the single action pistols. Worked great, saved time and money for a few years, until I got a good deal on a 9mm AR upper, then back to reloading two types of handgun ammo. Someday I would like to get a 44 mag for the fun of it, then it will be back to reloading three types of handgun ammo. It's a good concept for saving time, and money if you can stick to it. Good luck

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in the process of doin this now.
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I went with .45 acp for pistols (1911, S&W 325 Thunder Ranch and looking for an FN .45 Tactical). That helps a bit with room in the safe. Still have 4 calibers for rifles though....
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Consolidating to one caliber is like telling my wife she only needs one pair of black shoes and one pair of brown shoes.
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I consolidated a while back,

22 LR
9mm
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And I'm happy.
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i had already started consolidating before i even started purchasing firearms. i'm a bit of a minimalist, not really a hoarder, and want to make use of what i own. i hate the thought of having several firearms that simply sit in my safe and never get touched, get lost in the shuffle, and are completely forgotten about (the amount of firearms that hickok45 owns, comes to mind).

having said that, i had began purchasing and only plan to purchase 9mm and .45 handguns, 12ga, and probably a .22 rifle down the road.

for all the 9mm and .45 that i have and plan to own, i want to be able to shoot them all at least once a month or every other month and have the flexibility of it being a range gun, HD gun, and a carry gun (maybe even a duty gun when i get into an agency).

currently, i only have the Glock 30 and a subcompact XD9. for the future, my plans are for a Glock 19, Glock 21, and a CZ75 (hopefully in a compact as well), and i can't think of much else i'd really want. when i get into an agency, i'll probably check to make sure i can carry a firearm/caliber of my choice (since i've noticed that many agencies prefer something like a Glock 23 as standard issue) that way i can keep my stable to 9mm and .45 without having to introduce a new caliber.
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nope - just expanded, got my first 45
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Esy, I'm the same way. I hate the thought of having a gun not getting shot often so my collection has generally been streamlined. Still giving it some thought.
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I have a Mosin M91/30 and I probably will sell it soon.
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Esy, I'm the same way. I hate the thought of having a gun not getting shot often so my collection has generally been streamlined. Still giving it some thought.
i think it's a money saver as well. not trying to sway you one way or another, but think about it, you could save however many hundred dollars you would spend on another pistol or rifle and use that money for something else. whether it be more ammo for your current firearms, range trips, advanced shooting courses, etc., etc.
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This is 1st degree gun heresy.
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I have only .40 and .22 handguns. I'm not a huge .40 nut, I just have access to a lot of it at a discounted rate, and I like the idea of protecting myself in an off duty incident by being able to say it's the same weapon make/model as I train with for work.
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For those backwoods rambles in the Denali, I find my .44 S&W Mag pretty comforting.

I sure do like the concealability of a Kahr for late night carry.

I train with .22s constantly.

I shoot .45 and 9mm in competition.

Very intrigued with the 22 TCM. Must get one.

Now, which caliber were we talking about?

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I've wanted a nice 1911 for quite awhile but I am leaning towards just buying another 9mm instead for simplicity.
Get a 1911 in 9mm, I got a SA like that.
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I was moving towards consolidation on fewer calibers and sold several guns in service of that project; but when all the recent craziness started, I've stopped selling anything, both because it's tough to buy replacement guns, and because suddenly it's nice to be able to shoot whatever I can buy, versus needing to buy only the one or two calibers I can shoot.

Over the next few years, I'll probably sell off my less-used calibers and continue consolidation, especially once I can get a reloading setup in place.
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The Surgeon General recommends one or more firearms for each of the basic ammo food groups:
I've always focused on 9mm for my pistol caliber and I keep a PCC chambered in same.
I have a .22 pistol and a .22 PCC as well.
Then there's the .223/5.56 mid-length and a bolt in .308.
I don't think I could narrow it down further than that. But it's a pretty limited collection of cartridges.
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With luck, I'll sell my last two .45 Colt firearms today. That leaves me with...

.22LR
.38 Spl
.357 Magnum
.45 ACP
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7.62X39
7.62X51
20 gauge
12 gauge

Plus:
.25 ACP (in the form of a pistol I'll never fire but isn't worth selling)
.32-20 (another pistol I never fire, same as above)
.357 Sig (conversion for a Glock, haven't fired any rounds through it for years)
.410 (a shotgun I never fire but isn't worth selling)

And realistically, this is probably as far as I'll ever consolidate
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