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Old October 2, 2019, 07:21 PM   #51
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I don't have very many handguns but caliber has always been the first and most important factor whenever I made a purchase. Nevertheless, my handgun calibers range from .22 RF through .44 Magnum (revolver.)
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Old October 2, 2019, 10:17 PM   #52
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I won't buy a gun with a caliber different from ones I already own. Trying to minimize my inventory of ammo.
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Old October 2, 2019, 10:58 PM   #53
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I've tried to minimize but the collection just keeps on growing----.22--9mm--.38 and/or .357---.40--.357Sig--10mm--.45.

And don't have one at the moment but wouldn't be against having another .44.
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Old October 3, 2019, 02:46 AM   #54
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I won't buy a gun with a caliber different from ones I already own. Trying to minimize my inventory of ammo.
Well you don't buy another completely whole gun, you buy just the parts to make a gun you already own more versatile.
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Old October 4, 2019, 06:22 PM   #55
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For me, 9mm and 45acp are the two I am limiting myself to for while, at least in handgun calibers. Planning my next purchases around the 45 for a glock 30 (and VERY hopefully) a Ruger PC45 to pair with it and my SR45. I'm going to be doing a fair amount of moving around for the next few years so keeping things limited just makes sense for me.
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Old October 4, 2019, 07:44 PM   #56
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because the 7.62x39 would be a new caliber to handload and I don't want to add another new one.
Too bad, you'll never know how good they can be with SST's and 1680.
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Old October 7, 2019, 11:06 AM   #57
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Mostly I buy guns I'm interested in and want to try out for the fun of it or that play a specific role. Caliber is a part of that sometimes.

Once you have the basics covered it's mostly for the fun of it.

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Old October 7, 2019, 11:21 AM   #58
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Nevertheless, my handgun calibers range from .22 RF through .44 Magnum (revolver.)
Mine ranges from 22 rimfire through 45 Colt but I see this as an issue of how many stops in between?

Like most I have my pet calibers I enjoy shooting and I load for all of them sans of course 22 rimfire. Caliber is pretty much a part of my decision making process. Just as an example I have never, in well over 50 years, owned or loaded a 41 Magnum. I just never bought one and today at almost 70 I just do not see myself moving to a new to me caliber. That does not change the fact I regret never getting into the 41 Magnum. I passed on a few sweet ones over the years. So yes, I tend to buy calibers I already have and shoot as well as load for.

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Old October 7, 2019, 01:25 PM   #59
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Nevertheless, my handgun calibers range from .22 RF through .44 Magnum (revolver.)
Mine ranges from 22 rimfire through 45 Colt but I see this as an issue of how many stops in between?

Like most I have my pet calibers I enjoy shooting and I load for all of them sans of course 22 rimfire. Caliber is pretty much a part of my decision making process. Just as an example I have never, in well over 50 years, owned or loaded a 41 Magnum. I just never bought one and today at almost 70 I just do not see myself moving to a new to me caliber. That does not change the fact I regret never getting into the 41 Magnum. I passed on a few sweet ones over the years. So yes, I tend to buy calibers I already have and shoot as well as load for.

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41 mag is pretty nice, actually.
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Old October 7, 2019, 04:31 PM   #60
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41 mag is pretty nice, actually.

Yeah, that is the one cartridge I regret never having getting acquainted with. Handled some mighty fine revolvers in 41 Mag but just never added the cartridge. Who knows, maybe I will do it before I am dead.

Anyway, I do let a cartridge determine what I buy. I also changed my wording from caliber to cartridge since if I say caliber it can take in several cartridges.

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Old October 7, 2019, 09:48 PM   #61
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I now only buy the calibers i shoot..357M, .44M, 9mm, 22LR, 380 ACP in pistols.
Some calibers are just not practical to buy.
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Old October 7, 2019, 10:25 PM   #62
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Caliber is a very significant choice. Either I choose based on a caliber I already load, or I buy a gun in a new caliber because I'm interested in starting to load it.
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Old October 8, 2019, 12:59 AM   #63
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Caliber doesn't impact my buying decisions all that much. I have defensive handguns in 9mm, .40S&W, .45ACP, .380, .38spl, .357mag, and .45LC. I used to have a .32ACP and .41mag. I trust all the service calibers to do the job if needed (to the degree that a handgun will do the job). That said, the majority of my guns for serious social work are 9mm, and if it wasn't for the 1911 I might not have any .45ACP (I have a SIG P250 Compact in .45, but I think I'd rather have it in .40 or 9mm and have greater capacity and I don't don't know how much longer I'll keep it- if it wasn't discontinued and had a better resale value I would have parted with it years ago, though there isn't anything wrong with it). For fun guns, I love 1911s, I have a CZ 75B, I want a Beretta 92, I have a .40S&W SIG P229 (the size puts it in the mostly range/fun gun category, though it is just barely carryable), and I have my eye on a Beretta 84 or 85, a new .22 handgun (maybe a Ruger MkIII, but also, possibly a revolver), a S&W 629, and a 10mm (either a EAA Witness or a 1911 type).
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Old October 8, 2019, 05:17 AM   #64
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At this point, I don't need or want new calibers. There are a few I'd like to try out, but I won't buy a new gun to do it.
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Old October 9, 2019, 12:33 PM   #65
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not going to buy any firearm if I have no need, or do not want the round it fires......

so it has a large effect.
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