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Old December 6, 2012, 10:51 PM   #26
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Small bores, you can shoot them all day without feeling like you were in a saloon brawl afterwards.
And, you still have most of your money.
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Old December 7, 2012, 12:09 AM   #27
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Smaller faster. Much easier to shoot so accuracy goes up a bit.
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Old December 7, 2012, 12:30 AM   #28
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"You like little freight trains?"

yes, if they weigh 500 to 700 plus grains and are traveling from 1,000 to 1,200 fps and are .730 caliber +/-
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Old December 7, 2012, 12:32 AM   #29
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In handguns I like big slow bullets. 250/230gr .45colt/acp at about 850fps.

For hunting if it's legal to hunt with and doesn't make me go ouch, it's fine.

Over all though I have a great fondness for .22lr.
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Old December 7, 2012, 01:55 AM   #30
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For cheap, monthly practice: .22 LR. For SD/HD: I'm partial to the .45 [sometimes ACP, sometimes Colt]. I do on occasion switch to a .357 revolver for those duties, but by and large....well, I'll take a "large".
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Old December 7, 2012, 03:20 AM   #31
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The older I get the more I like smaller calibers and less recoil. Down to a 6.5x55 for deer hunting now. And I have myself looking at lighter weight rifles that I currently have as well.
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Old December 7, 2012, 06:07 AM   #32
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Old December 7, 2012, 10:57 AM   #33
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It seems I have this thing for 255 gr RNFP. 44 Colt, 45 colt, whatever. I even like them in rifle, and I cherish my infamous Taurus pump tomato stake in .45 Colt.
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Old December 7, 2012, 11:10 AM   #34
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I do not own anything I feel is too punishing to shoot all day during practice and proficiency drills...

I am so glad we have had smart folks in the gun industry that have never failed to provide me with a platform and round that is comfortable enough to shoot a bunch yet lethal enough for the task I will use it on...

I settled into .22lr (obviously) for my rimfire...
20 gauge satisfies my shotgun uses...

When I fill my need for a "small" centerfire it will be a .223 or .243...

The last need I will fill is "large" centerfire and it will be a .30-06 on a fairly heavy platform to mitigate what I consider nearly excessive recoil potential (ever shot a .30-06 in a lightweight single shot configuration)

The proliferation of the .40 auto cartridge had me just giddy... A little bigger than the 9mm which I considered just barely big enough and a little smaller than the .45acp which few argue is plenty big but size limits capacity...

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Old December 7, 2012, 11:15 AM   #35
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For CC I carry the largest caliber that I can effectively conceal.
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Old December 7, 2012, 12:05 PM   #36
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I guess i belive in smaller because i think people get this mindset that they need huge guns to take down animals or people when reality is a semi automatic .22 lr can easily take down your average intruder with a few shots to center mass just my 2 cents
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Old December 8, 2012, 07:56 AM   #37
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.17 HMR for groundhogs and rifled slugs for deer. It just depends on the situation. I like them all; have never been an "either/or" guy. If finances and my wife would allow it, I would have many more firearms in various calibers than I possesses now. I love to shoot my S&W M&P 22lr pistol, but would also love to have a .44 magnum in my collection. When it comes to firearms, diversity is a beautiful thing.
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Old December 8, 2012, 08:34 AM   #38
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Years ago, I liked revolvers and lots of recoil... so I gravitated toward S&W revolvers in .357mag and .44mag.

These days, I prefer less recoil and semiautos... so I own .380acp, 9mm, and .45acp pistols.... more comfortable for me to shoot.
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Old December 8, 2012, 02:01 PM   #39
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My two favourites are poles apart:
.22LR and .44Mag!!
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Old December 8, 2012, 02:55 PM   #40
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My two favourites are poles apart:
.22LR and .44Mag!!
And for rifles there is 22LR to .348
And for shotguns there is .410 to 10 gauge

Love them all but 22 still gets shot the most.
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Old December 8, 2012, 03:28 PM   #41
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When ammo prices go up, I love my 9mm.

Since I just got issued a new .45, I have been buying that lately. Ouch, expensive to shoot.
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Old December 12, 2012, 10:09 AM   #42
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For deer I use the .54 because I can't afford to let a wounded deer hop a fence and get onto ground that's off limits. Nothing worse than seeing your prize laying ten feet away an can't go get it.
But for general use, I prefer the less kicking calibers like the .222 Rem.,.223 Rem, or the .30-30 Win.
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