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Old February 17, 2018, 01:09 PM   #26
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Old February 17, 2018, 05:07 PM   #27
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How did you come to love your favorite caliber? Why is it your favorite?

This question is asked because we all have a story to tell. I'm curious as to how folks gained exposure to their favorite caliber. Was it the military? Or a family member long gone?

My favorite is the .357 magnum. My uncle Levi was a deputy in Louisiana and one time, in the early to mid 70's, he came to visit my dad. He asked me to grab something from his suitcase and there it was...a beautiful snub nose revolver in .357 magnum. During his visit he emptied it and let me hold it. That began a love affair that I carry to this day. The reason why it's remains my favorite is its stopping power and versatility in ammo selection.

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Old February 19, 2018, 04:41 PM   #28
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Old February 19, 2018, 07:54 PM   #29
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I cannot pick one, but my tale is one of growth... and how I have come to love many.

My formative years were spent reading Jeff Cooper in the late 80's so naturally... I was a card carrying 9mm HATER! Fast forward 30 years and I now own more handguns in 9mm than in any other single chambering. I obviously love it and as a hobbyist handloader, I love that not only are my own loads fantastic in my pistols, but 9mm brass grows on trees and I never have to worry about losing brass that my guns have strewn to hell & back.

.38 Special has always held a special place for me but what is noteworthy is just -HOW- much more I have latched on to this old standby in just the last five years -- let me explain!

My first ever metallic cartridge handloads were .38 Special and I figured I'd always love the round... for 25 years I did and then I got a Coonan Classic and overnight, I had a whole new platform for the round. Shortly after that, I found a lightly used but awe-inspiring custom PPC revolver built on a 1956 S&W K-38. And with that, I had another new place to shoot this old favorite. As if those two additions to my ".38 Special arsenal" weren't enough... at the ripe old age of fortysomething... my world changed forever as I bought my first S&W Model 52. I hate to use an overused line but if you aren't hands-on familiar with a S&W 52 then you may seriously have no real idea of what these pistols are like. In any case, WOW, .38 Special again and again! This past summer I added a Ruger 77/357 for steel plate fun... typically running .357 but had to laugh at finding another way to burn through .38 Special!

Anyway, that's a tale of two favorites and I have more favorites also.
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Old February 20, 2018, 02:04 PM   #30
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It ain't the cartridge. It's the pistol or revolver.
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Old February 20, 2018, 03:14 PM   #31
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I separate favorite cartridge by purpose, for CC definitely .380acp, for everything else handgun .45acp.45Colt

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Old February 25, 2018, 03:15 AM   #32
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I visited Col. Cooper, on his ranch, a few years ago, my Son was 18, and the same height as Jeff, 6'2"?

Fine Gentleman. He put his arm around my Sons shoulder, just prior to us leaving. "Your Dad is a fine fellow, except for his penchant for that pipsqueak cartridge, the 9mm" I was carrying a Glock 17 at the time.

One thing we did agree on, always shoot twice, the double tap.
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Old February 25, 2018, 09:23 AM   #33
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Old February 25, 2018, 10:17 AM   #34
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I don't have one favorite cartridge but I have favorite gun/cartridge combinations. I love the .45 acp and my favorite launcher is my Remington Rand. I tend to like guns that are big-for-caliber since I have large hands and they're easier to get a grip on.

My stepfather was the only family member I had who was really into handguns and his Ruger Single-six was the gun I got to shoot most. I bought its twin as soon as I was old enough and it's a gun I'll never part with.
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Old February 25, 2018, 09:12 PM   #35
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I've really become fond of the 38spl. Probably because I like revolvers. 1911 and the 45acp would be my 2nd. Only because I like 1911s'.
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Old February 25, 2018, 09:44 PM   #36
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When I was a youngster I read a lot by Elmer Keith. I had a Colt New Service in .45 Colt, and soon it had been reborn as a .44 Special. By the time I got my custom .44 Special built, the .44 Magnum had been introduced. I made do with the .44 Special until I could get my first .44 Magnum, a Ruger Super Blackhawk.

I had handloaded the .44 Special for a number of years, so I was never intimidated by the .44 Magnum. With the .44 Magnum I began to make shots at distances never before tried with the .44 Special. Its long range power and accuracy sold me on the Magnum and I became enthralled with them. While I still have a great deal of respect for both the .44 Special and .45 Colt, the .44 Magnum Super Blackhawk holds a special place in my heart.

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Old March 14, 2018, 01:56 AM   #37
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9mm Luger because it is easy on my hands. Larger calibers hurt too much now. A Glock 17 is great for using the 9x19.
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No. 1 is .22. I learned to shoot with my grandpa’s H&R .22 Special. These were acquired for the Pennsylvania State Troopers as they were cheaper to practice with than .38s. That’s what I was told fifty years ago, anyhow. We always shot .22 shorts in that gun. My dad let the gun go in his divorce.

Many years later, I found another one and bought it. Now I know why we only shot .22 short... the cylinder doesn’t have a lock up! It just spins close to the barrel and don’t let it spin backwards from it’s advancing direction and it’ll be fine. Sort of.

Then I started shooting in a pistol league. My pistol smith recommended a baikal IZH and that was a great big tack driver. He also made me a custom from a Norinco copy of a TT Olympia. That would be the very last pistol I would ever part with.

Looking for a field pistol for rabbit hunting, I tried a little S&W air light, but it was not a good experience. Even after being returned to the factory to fix the barrel that was on so croooked the sights didn’t have enough travel to compensate for, it just would not group for me. My Norinco grouped better than my 10-22 from sandbags. really.

Light, small, accurate, quiet... yep. .22 for me.

Next choice? .45. .45 cap, .45 Colt, .454 Casull. Heavy, big, accurate, hand held thunder roaring hand cannons.

I guess I like the extremes.
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Old March 14, 2018, 01:12 PM   #39
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At present, 22LR. Cheap ammo, encourage practice which I sure need. Learned to shoot a hand gun firing a 22, Bullseye.
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Old March 14, 2018, 03:50 PM   #40
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I can never name a favorite anything. I like them all. But...maybe the 38 Special for handgun shooting. Powerful enough to feel like I did something when I pulled the trigger but not punishing. Well, except for a small frame alloy revolver.
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Old March 14, 2018, 04:31 PM   #41
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Difficult question to answer. So I'll answer with the two calibers I reload most. The .38spl tied with the .45acp. I have more than one .38spl revolver and more than one 1911 chambered for the .45acp. I also have one treasured revolver chambered for the .45acp. I reload both by the thousands, mostly target level loads. Lead bullets rule in both. In the .45acp it's the 200 grain swc. The .45acp reloads run around 800 fps to maybe 850 fps. The hollow base wadcutter or the flat base wadcutter at 700 fps to 730 fps.

Both calibers/reloads are very accurate, gentle on the hands and economical. They work splendidly on small game, targets and tin cans.
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Old March 15, 2018, 06:54 AM   #42
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Nothing. Most of my shooting is dry fire.

I don't think I have a favorite defensive armament is spread out from 9mm Parabellum, to .38 Special, to .45 ACP, depending on what time of year and what clothes I'll be wearing.

At one time 6.5 x 55 mm was my hands-down favorite.
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Old March 15, 2018, 11:22 AM   #43
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.41 Magnum

It was the first centerfire pistol I ever shot, and evolved into a 30 year love affair with it and the firearms chambered in it. I probably have more .41's than any other caliber I maintain, including the .22LR. It's a bit challenging... finding components and data to handload, although more components have become available lately, which is nice. It's unusual... it's not a .357 or a .44... and more than once I've been told I must be mistaken, there's no '.41'

Now, if you are talking the pistol itself... I love my big .41 revolvers, but nothing takes the place of a .45 1911.
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Old March 15, 2018, 12:41 PM   #44
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.45 ACP fired from a 5" 1911, 230gr @ 850 fps, give or take.

I just find it satisfying to shoot in a way that nothing else quite is. Thump, thump, thump.
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Old March 15, 2018, 06:50 PM   #45
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38 Special !
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Old March 15, 2018, 10:50 PM   #46
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I've had dozens of handguns over the years, in a multitude of calibers, but I keep coming back to the 9mm. To me, it just feels right. Just enough recoil without having too much, cheap to buy, easy to reload, all around good choice for defense. Yup, 9mm is my #1 favorite. And, .38 special is a close second.
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Old March 16, 2018, 05:12 AM   #47
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For me it's also .41 Mag. As a hand loader it's extremely versatile and can go from mild to wild. I've been shooting it for a little over 30 years in my revolvers and also in my Henry BBS for the last couple years. It takes care of business. But, as I get older and my hands are more beat up I'm really loving the .357 Mag just as much and actually shoot it more due to the lesser recoil and its versatility to shoot .38 Special as well. I also have this in a Henry BBS and love it. Funny thing about the Henry's, every time I let my friends a shoot them they fall in love with them and comment on how easy they are to shoot. It's great fun to show up next to all the AR's and semi auto pistols with Levers and revolvers and see people's reactions to my targets. Don't get me wrong, I shoot AR's and semi auto pistols a lot as well but it's nice to have a change of pace from time to time.
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For me it would be the 9mm, it was the first caliber in any handgun I shot. It was my dad's and I bugged hem to death to shoot that pistol. It was freakishly accurate with Federal 9BP & 9BPLE in my pop's hands but with me at the age of 8 the only thing I remember what it was so cool to be shooting my dad's pistol. From the age of 8 to around 17 my dad and myself shot the snot outta that Browning, I really wish I had that BHP now. Anyway that is what infected me with the 9mm bug.
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I don't really have a favorite as I like them all from 22 LR up to the 500S&W, but I tend to shoot a lot more 22 LR in handguns than the others.
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My favorite now is my mod 16 32 long. Only shoot cast in it and it is a hoot to shoot. Have a 38/44 and it's a really nice gun only drawback is it's heavy. It to only get's cast bullet's. Not really a handgun crazy guy but the one's I do like, I really like. I cannot imagine being in a situation where I was hunting and ran into some bad thing I had to shoot and throwing down a rifle to use a handgun! :-) I also can't imagine shooting a bunny with a CF rifle other than maybe a Hornet with cast bullet's! One of my handgun's would be the choice for that. Of course if I ran into a man eater of some kind I would not throw down my 32 long and pull out my knife! :-)
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