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Old April 18, 2013, 04:25 PM   #26
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Has Having Guns of Different Calibers Made it Any Easier.......

Well I started out trying to stick to a couple of calibers but over time has not worked. I now have about 15. I can usually find ammo for some of them. I'd have to say though I've always bought more than I have time to shoot
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Old April 18, 2013, 04:30 PM   #27
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Old April 18, 2013, 07:13 PM   #28
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Today's observation at the outdoor range I go to was the regular shooters appear to have almost stopped shooting 9mm. There was no brass on the ground, and no empty boxes in the trash, either. If they are able to get ammo, they are apparently not shooting it because they are unsure when they can replace it. One guy showed up with two boxes of .380 that he found in a high end shop that would not attract Walmart shoppers. He could not find nines, so he was glad to be able to shoot his .380 CZ.
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Old April 18, 2013, 07:55 PM   #29
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At my range the traffic is way down. Mostly the reloaders are still shooting but they also cut back because nobody wants to run out and no one knows when things will get back to normal.
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Old April 18, 2013, 09:38 PM   #30
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Has Having Guns of Different Calibers Made it Any Easier to get ammo and be at the shooting range?
Yep.

I have my Lee turret reloader set up for .380 acp, .38 spl, .357 magnum, .40 S&W, 9mm, .44 Magnum, .30 Carbine, .45 ACP, and soon even .38 S&W. I even have alot of 9x18 Hornday Makrov slugs, brass, and dies!

Yes I have slugs, powder, and primers for all of these and I do find .44 magnum and .38 S&W in stores when everything else is gone! I even see a fair amount of .38 Super to!

I used to compete alot in IPSC and IDPA and thus I have buckets of brass and alot of slugs to.

Even with this shortage I shoot at least 100 rounds a week practice.

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Old April 20, 2013, 12:30 PM   #31
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no problems here as i bought a lot of powder and primers a while back.
I load and cast for all my handguns
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Old April 22, 2013, 07:22 AM   #32
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Not at all, from .22 lr to .44 Magnum, the shelves have been bare for the most part. My big problem has been and will continue to be primers. I was lucky enough to get 5000 Lg Pistol caps at a gun show for $36 per thousand, but Small Pistol was going for $70 per brick. After I finished venting on the leach trying to sell them for that, he informed me that he'd get his price by the end of the day...and he was right.

On another part of the panic, I just ordered bullet lube from a long time supplier on the net. They said they'd been swamped as well and that orders were being filled as fast as possible. I'd have thought most guys weren't into casting with all the equipment and expertise that goes along with it, but again, I was wrong.

Let's all try to remember this when the elections come around again...and it''s not just who's in the big house in DC, it's local as well. Best Regards, Rod
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Old April 22, 2013, 09:14 PM   #33
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With everything hard to find in these times. The one type of ammo that's everyone is over looking and is all over the stores here is 12 g or any other shootgun sizes. You can't go wrong when you have a double barrel shootgun in hands for those zombies
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Old April 22, 2013, 09:55 PM   #34
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Plenty of 12 gauge ammo here. It's the only thing in stock.
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Old April 22, 2013, 10:10 PM   #35
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I've long considered a 357 SIG as it seems it is always on the shelf. In 2008 Wal-Mart had a single lonely box on the shelf for a solid month while all else was bare.

As others said, it makes more sense just to buy some ammo and put it away. After 2008 I started keeping a minimum 5,000 rounds of 22lr on hand. When things are tight I can stretch that over a year pretty easily.
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Old April 22, 2013, 10:16 PM   #36
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All of my guns are one of 4 rounds. 45-70 Govt, 357 magnum, 22lr or 12ga.

I have a good stock of each saved up but have been shooting mostly 12ga because thats what I can find.

p.s. I reload all of those (other than 22lr )
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Old April 22, 2013, 10:25 PM   #37
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Fortunately, I have ample supplies of .455 Webley and .30 Mauser, to tide me over until the .45 ACP and 9mm Luger come back in stock. I have some stashed away, but it's stashed away and not for shortage easement.
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Old April 22, 2013, 11:32 PM   #38
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Having multiple guns in different caliber is definitely an advantage in during this shortage. If I can't shoot 9mm, 22lr, or 5.56, I shoot my Mosin 7.62 or my 12ga Mossberg.
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Old April 23, 2013, 07:27 AM   #39
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It has made it easier for me.

Although I have been able to get ammo in more common calibers. It's hit or miss, and the quantities are limited but I have been able to locate 9mm, .38 Special, and .45 ACP here and there.

Back to the original topic: I went to Cabellas and their shelves are always stripped bare other than obscure calibers such as .38 S&W and 7.62x25. It just so happens that I own handguns chambered for those cartridges which I hadn't shot for years. So, I bought a few boxes of each and the next time I went to the range those are what I took. Same thing with .30 Carbine. They had that, so I bought it and took out my Ruger Blackhawk in .30 Carbine. Shotgun shells are plentiful around here. I don't get much enjoyment out of shotguns but the ammo is there if you do.
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Old April 23, 2013, 08:37 PM   #40
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Yes, it has.

I had been sticking with .40 S&W and .45 ACP for the last few years. Just before the panic I added a 9mm. Hmm.

For the first couple of months I was shooting my .40s almost exclusively. I had plenty of ammo and I could still find ammo on the shelves. About mid-Feb the .40 down here dried up completely.

So I switched to my .45 and 9mm. I have been able to shoot both consistently while also being able to replace anything I shoot from the shelves. In fact I have increased my .45 stock, and built up a 9mm reserve from basically nothing. For some reason .40 is scarce down here even now. When it comes back the .40s will go back into the rotation.

So yes, having different calibers has allowed me to stay in my comfort zone.
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Old April 23, 2013, 08:49 PM   #41
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Having numerious C&R milsurps in calibers that were cheap, and plentiful a few years ago has allowed me a lot of shooting time. I still have several K rounds of 7.62X25 for my TT-33's and CZ52.
Stockpiling commercial ammo has helped, but those stocks are getting low.
I really need to get my reloading bench set up again though. Been out of reloading for a few years, but saving a lot of brass for when I get back to It.
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Old April 24, 2013, 01:33 AM   #42
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I don't reload (yet- it's on my list of things to get into), but I do own a variety of calibers, and continue to branch off into different areas. Right now, I have .22 short, .32 ACP, .32 Long, 9x19 Mak, 9x19 Luger, and .357 Mag. Between them all, I can generally find something to shoot when I go to the range. It helps that I have a few hundred rounds of 9mm left, since that seems to be what I go through fastest. I am glad of the variety I have, since it gives me different guns for different situations.
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Old April 25, 2013, 10:10 PM   #43
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It's been good to have a 41 mag in the arsenal. There was a fair amount of ammo for it on the shelves at Sportman's Warehouse, at least in our area. jben
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Old April 26, 2013, 06:41 PM   #44
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I recently got a .357 SIG, and that is the most plentiful ammo near me. Glad I did.
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Old April 26, 2013, 08:10 PM   #45
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Another option to having guns of different calibers is having one gun that shoots multiple calibers. This Phillips and Rogers Medusa chambers and shoots over 20 different caliber rounds (rimmed and rimless) with bullet diameters in the .355 to .358 range. In my experience, it is as accurate and dependable shooting 9mm (9x18 thru 9x21) as it is shooting the various .38s.

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Old April 27, 2013, 11:53 PM   #46
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We are in new country here, and while I think it's great to have large quantities of a few common calibers stored up, it also helps to have a gun capable of shooting whatever ammo is available and sometimes that's the odd stuff that left on the shelves.

I mean what is more common then .22 or 9mm and they are the hardest ones to find right now. It's strange but 40 cal is also popular and more available, locally.
38's and 357's are here and there, same with 45 and 44 caliber stuff.

I was sort of for stream linning, but not anymore. It might come down to finding an odd box of shells and hoping you had something to make them go bang.

And being a reloader, I am looking more at my revolvers, lately, because it's easier to save the spent hulls when I am out and about in the grass on the farm, as I will often loose 50% or more of my brass when shooting an auto.
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