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The Kill Dozer
January 15, 2012, 10:30 PM
I don't know if there has been a thread similar to this or not, but I'm curious as to what everyone's favorite round is to shoot. And by shoot I mean without knocking you on your butt and enjoying the boom. :D Here are some of mine:
17. hmr
and of course the 12 gauge:rolleyes:

January 15, 2012, 10:33 PM
.22lr...hands down my absolute favorite.

January 15, 2012, 10:35 PM
the faster they knock ya 2 the ground can be the most fun!!! but on my budget .22lr haha

January 15, 2012, 10:40 PM
In terms of "giggles per oz.", the .22lr wins. We go through pounds of it.

January 15, 2012, 10:42 PM

January 15, 2012, 10:53 PM
17 hmr.
223.Little more range.:rolleyes:
25-06 Coyote fun.:D
300WM for fun over yonder;)

January 15, 2012, 10:54 PM
12 ga by far fun to shoot skeet or put some slugs through it blowing up watermelons

Deja vu
January 16, 2012, 12:55 AM
Id say 12 ga

after that Id go 22LR and 357 magnum.

I think a 50 BMG would be fun too but I dont own one.

January 16, 2012, 12:59 AM
I get a kick out of .22 magnum

get a little bit more recoil, noise, power... I wish there was a .32 rimfire (still)

But for the price i would rather shoot .22 LR

January 16, 2012, 01:04 AM
I have fun with all of them, but the 22lr is buttloads of fun.

January 16, 2012, 01:45 AM
For me the ones that are fun ( because they are what I have shot the most ) are 9mm, 38sp and .357. I love the bang of the .357. And maybe I am a glutton for punishment but I also like the little bit of the bite I get from the recoil of .357.

January 16, 2012, 01:48 AM
Cheapest to shoot , and you don't have to load for it.

Loading has become a bit of a chore, and its a nice break to just bang away for pennies a shot, and not worry about the brass.

January 16, 2012, 03:07 AM

January 16, 2012, 07:32 AM

January 16, 2012, 07:46 AM
Bang for the buck goes to 22lr, but I enjoy shooting cowboy loads from cowboy guns so my list of fun calibers would be.
38 spec/357 mag
44 spec/44 mag
45 Colt

January 16, 2012, 08:44 AM
The most "fun"

The cheapest 22lr

January 16, 2012, 08:50 AM
I can have a ton of fun with a .22lr. And I can have fun all day every day with it AND afford it.

Semi auto fun? Penetration tests with a .357Sig... WHEW!

Revolver fun? Hard to beat anything that ends in Magnum; unless of course it ends in "Colt".

Rifle fun, .223 or 7.62x54r.

And anything black powder is a Blast:D, including black powder itself.


January 16, 2012, 12:29 PM
The funnest caliber is a 450 Marlin, me shooting 300 gr with trail boss, my buddy then trying his hand (unbeknown of the difference) at 405 gr with full load.

Brian Pfleuger
January 16, 2012, 01:13 PM
Cheapest by far is 22LR but it tops my "most boring thing ever invented" list. I really can't understand the fun in it. I've shot plenty of 22s. Rifles, handguns, bolt-action, semi-auto, even pump action. 22LR is spelled "b-o-r-i-n-g" in my world.

I find handguns to generally be more fun than rifles but it somewhat depends on what I'm doing. "Blasting away" with handguns is loads of fun. As long as the BOOM! is big-ish it doesn't much matter what cartridge. 9mm, 357sig, 10mm, 45acp... Revolvers in 357, 38, 44mag or spl,....don't matter, they're all fun. Performance wise, I prefer 10mm but if I'm blowing up jugs (or frogs:eek:) any of them will do.

Rifles, I like long(ish) distances and small targets/groups. I don't like recoil so I top out at 7mm-08. 204 Ruger and 22-250 are tons of fun.

January 16, 2012, 01:41 PM
.300 Weatherby Magnum--the world stops turning for just a fraction of a second every time I squeeze off a round.:D


January 16, 2012, 03:45 PM
Fun needs;

Some drama at the Target,

Loud bang,

Muzzel flash,

Kick up some dust.

All of this and low recoil results in .223

However, 12 gauge can come in second as the most fun.

January 16, 2012, 04:22 PM
The funnest caliber is a 450 Marlin, me shooting 300 gr with trail boss, my buddy then trying his hand (unbeknown of the difference) at 405 gr with full load.
You, Sir, are a baaaaad man!

January 16, 2012, 06:42 PM
.22lr in a dead tie with .22 Hornet

Irish B
January 16, 2012, 07:00 PM
My sniper mosin

January 17, 2012, 04:09 AM
Cheapest by far is 22LR but it tops my "most boring thing ever invented" list. I really can't understand the fun in it. I've shot plenty of 22s. Rifles, handguns, bolt-action, semi-auto, even pump action. 22LR is spelled "b-o-r-i-n-g" in my world.

Peetza, next time you get a chance, try some new ammunition and targets. Eggs or potatoes, being hit by nasty hollow points are fun combination (surprisingly, the potatoes are better than the eggs).

However, I do agree. I have been shooting more and more .22 LR, in the last 2 years, but it still bores me. It has its place (squirrels, rabbits, training, etc), but it doesn't excite me.

Cartridges that do elevate the fun factor:
Rifle - My 6mm Wildcat (It's mine. What else can I say? ;))
Handgun - .327 Federal
Rimfire - .22 WMR (It's got the poop to make things fun; but no recoil, and a mild report.)

January 17, 2012, 11:45 AM
+1 to the .22LR w/ potatoes! I figured this out in college when I had a bag of potatoes that had started to go bad and I wanted to go shooting. I grabbed the potatoes, some pop cans, and various other targets. I couldn't believe how well the little federal bulk pack hollowpoints popped those potatoes. It's loads of fun for pennies on the dollar.

It's also, in my opinion, one of the single best ways to introduce new shooters to the sport. It's cheap (especially when potatoes are in season as you can get a few pounds for $1 around here), the targets are reactive, there is no need to clean them up (unless you want to) and there is no loud noise or recoil to intimidate the newbies.
.22LR can get boring, but if you don't shoot it too often it's fun to "come back" to it.

Otherwise, I'd say 7.62x39 is my fun plinking round. If I had a .223 it would probably be a dead heat between the two.

January 17, 2012, 11:54 AM
This should be a poll.

January 17, 2012, 12:40 PM
Most fun in a revolver: .32 S&W Long

Seriously. It's almost like firing a "polite" cartridge. Just enough power to get there and make a hole without the loud bang or recoil of larger calibers. It knocks over tin cans and can pot small game at reasonable distances too.

Second place: .45 ACP/.45 Auto Rim
In a large frame revolver, the .45 ACP has little recoil and excellent accuracy. This makes it fun to shoot all day.

Most fun in a Pistol: .380 ACP
The challenge is that the .380 is usually put into 3"-3.5" barreled guns which makes it more difficult shoot accurately at 15 yards and beyond. And you'll need that accuracy with the .380's nearly marginal energy. The mild recoil and moderate bang make it fun to shoot for extended periods.

Most fun in a Rifle: .45-70 Government
Have someone take a long shot - 400m or more and look at the barrel elevation. It's almost shoulder fired mortar it seems. Downrange, that big heavy slug lands like an anvil with satisfying results.

Jack O'Conner
January 18, 2012, 07:18 AM
I shoot 22 MAG at 100 yards for target practise. But wind gusts can affect accurasy.



January 18, 2012, 10:13 AM
That's a tough question,I enjoy shooting all of my guns?

January 18, 2012, 10:47 AM
My fun rifles are all my varmint rifles. I don't shoot the .22lr much but when I take out the Marlin M60 and shoot running prairie dogs at 50 yards it makes me giggle. .22 WMR is another fun one that I used to shoot on a regular basis but now that ammunition (30 grain TNT Federal) has been around $15 for 50 I've stuck to my center fire rifles reloading gives me more bang for my buck. .204 Ruger, .223 Rem and 6X47 Rem are my favorites, with the 6X47 being my favorite out of the three.

Nothing I've ever shot in volume makes me smile like exploding varmints. I just wish the plauge hadn't hit the prairie dog towns where I used to shoot. Right now if I can find a town big enough to get more than 10 shots off before they all dissappear I'm doing good.

Coyote hunting is a close second, when you see the yotes running in to your call it gets the heart a pumping. Then when you shoot them and they go all stiff and fall over it is a great feeling. I just wish I had more time to call the coyotes than I do.

January 18, 2012, 11:02 AM
Some of the most fun I've had with a gun and my daughter was sitting on the tailgate of the truck taking turns shooting grasshoppers with the Daisy Red Ryder! We were there all afternoon and shot a milk carton of BBs!

I currently enjoy shooting and reloading for my Remington 700 .204 Ruger. The idea of shooting dimes at 100yds with homemade ammo which sends a 32 grain piece of lead down range at 4000 fps is quite fun!

January 18, 2012, 11:39 AM
For me it's the .22 LR followed closely by the .22 K-Hornet. Probably because I have accurate rifles in both calibers, both are low recoil and cheap to shoot. I also find reduced cast bullet loads a gas to shoot from all my .30 to .44 caliber rifles.


January 18, 2012, 12:08 PM
Right now it has to be 44 Special. Only because it's the caliber of my latest revolver. It's a lot of fun loading different power levels from plinking ammo to hunting ammo. I'm sure in few months the novelty will wear off and move on to something else.

January 18, 2012, 10:51 PM
I practice a lot with 17HMR, but the 223 Rem 700 is really more fun to me. Also 22 mag from my SA revolver, just a small frame cowboy gun but really accurate and surprisingly potent with the right bullet. I dispatch trapped hogs with it and properly placed 22 mag is "lights out"

January 18, 2012, 11:17 PM
Rifle-30-30. Pistol-black powder and 357

January 18, 2012, 11:27 PM


44-90 Sharps Bottle Neck

416 Rigby (trailboss loads)

January 18, 2012, 11:53 PM
Depends on what kind of fun I wanna have
plinking cans in the woods, .22 rifle or pistol
shooting stuff out there a ways, my 30-06 is pretty fun
shooting stuff close and fast, .40 or .45 is fun
Big BOOM from a handgun, .44 mag is fun for a few.
I don't think I can pick which one is the most fun. They're all fun!

January 19, 2012, 12:13 AM
I just can't pick a favorite. They are all fun, and sometimes my mood will dictate what is "most fun." But it varies.

January 19, 2012, 12:34 AM
My two standout favorites are the .22 Magnum and the 9mm. But I do like the sound of that .223. :D

January 28, 2012, 07:35 PM
I think in a rifle it would be 7.62x39. I love shooting aks and sks for hunting or just out at the range. My favorite handgun caliber to shoot is probably 9mm or 38 special. shotguns, well i only own 12 gauges so thats my favorite.

January 28, 2012, 09:16 PM
without a doubt my new favorite is .303 brit but I don't know if that's the round or the rifle. it's got that perfect recoil where I don't feel like I'm shooting a toy but light enough that I don't have to worry about a flinch.

January 28, 2012, 09:27 PM
Is that,
25-20 WCF or SS?
I use as a favorite my Winchester 1890 in .22WCF
This little rifle has a fondle factor of 10 for all!
The kids get a box of 50 when we have it out but the .22LR is the main plinker for this family.

January 29, 2012, 08:08 AM
Well I like shooting ALL of them, but its hard to beat an M44 / M38 Mosin Nagant Carbine, its cheap to shoot, LOUD as hell, and a huge muzzle flash :D

Pistol, .22lr (lot louder than a rifle) and Black Powder

January 29, 2012, 07:59 PM
I am with killdozer, Cliff

January 29, 2012, 10:55 PM
22lr using my single six revolver.

January 30, 2012, 11:26 PM
.22 Hornet
.32 S&W Long

January 30, 2012, 11:50 PM
.54 Caliber
Nothing like loading up the old T/C Scout with a 465 grain miniball over 150 grains of black powder to wake up the sleepers at the range.

Ya'think a .45-70 in a carbine is fun to shoot just try a .54-150. :)


January 30, 2012, 11:59 PM

January 31, 2012, 12:41 AM
.22 eargesplitten loudenboomer

Oh, you meant funnest not funniest

Nth'd on the .22lr. my 9mm airgun's a close second.