View Full Version : Same Caliber in Guns

Ned Roundtree
February 9, 2000, 11:37 AM
I have my revolvers and rifle in 38/357 to make it easy when carrying ammo. But I have seen other folks with different caliber guns. One cowgirl shoots 38 sp from one revolver, 45lc from another and her original Winchester is in 32-20. Seems like an awful mess with all those calibers. Do you keep your guns the same caliber or do you have a mix of calibers??

Trigger Jerk
February 9, 2000, 02:42 PM
I keep everything the same. 45 Colt. I'm not saying it's the bestest and onliest, it's just what I happen to do.

Shotguns are a different story...I use a 20 gauge Stoeger SxS, a pair of 97's in 12 gauge, an LC Smith and a 1887 Winchester in 10 gauge...just to mix things up a little.

Angel Diamond
February 9, 2000, 02:58 PM
In my reply about cowboy guns I said that it was easier if the pistols & rifle were the same caliber. When I started out I bought 2 Ruger Vaqueros & a Marlin Cowboy all in 45LC. In the begining I was such a bad shot, but all the nice cowboys blamed my misses on my pistols and told me I would do better if I shot .357's. Well, I bought the .357's so now I have 2 different calibers to deal with. At least the size is so different that it's hard to get mixed up and I keep any reloads for my rifle on my gun belt and reloads for my pistols along with my shotgun rounds on my ammo belt. I have discovered that the caliber wasn't the problem with me missing targets, I just didn't have a handle on the sight picture.


Bill Mitchell
February 10, 2000, 08:33 PM
Howdy Ned,

I shoot .45 Colt in my pistols and my rifle. I've got enough to think about without worrying about my ammo. I do use two different loads,and I keep them separated by loading my pistol ammo in nickle cases and loading rifle ammo in regular brass cases.

Bellicose Bill

Ned Roundtree
February 10, 2000, 09:38 PM
Heck Bill, I thought I was the only one with two loads. 125 grain, 38s on my belt for revolvers. 158 grain, 38s in box for rifle.

February 11, 2000, 09:25 AM
From what little I've seen around here about 1/4 to 1/3 of the shooters have separate loadings for pistol and rifle/carbine.

February 13, 2000, 02:23 AM
I don't think using two calibers would be difficult. I will be using .45 Colt in my revolver and 44-40 in my lever gun (Still in the procurment stage, as it were). I doubt these two cartridges could be easily confused. Keeping them in seperate ammo belts will help as well.

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