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Old December 16, 2020, 03:36 PM   #1
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The pistol caliber you keep going back to

I Have owned all22lr, 32,380,9mm, 38sp,357mag,357 max 40 sw 45 acp, 44mag
But the main stay is 357MAG Is my Do it all .
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Old December 16, 2020, 03:51 PM   #2
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25acp and the 32 family, 32S&W, 32S&W Long, 32acp.

Still enjoy most of the others but find I tend to carry 25acp and a 32 family revolver or pistol.
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Old December 16, 2020, 03:53 PM   #3
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9mm runs a close second, but .357/.38 is the jack of all trades for me.
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Old December 16, 2020, 04:03 PM   #4
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Old December 16, 2020, 04:08 PM   #5
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For CCW 9mm followed by 45acp.
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Old December 16, 2020, 04:11 PM   #6
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Old December 16, 2020, 04:15 PM   #7
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While the .357mag is my favorite . . . . . . in a levergun, it's not even close as a favorite in a pistol. That's because the .357mag is primarily a revolver caliber and with their high bore axis and inverted cone shaped grip, a revolver is far more difficult to shoot accurately rapidly than a semi-auto is.

The high bore axis produces more muzzle rise torque and the inverted cone shaped grip make it much harder to resist any muzzle rise. So together, both work to produce dramatically more muzzle rise for the same recoil forces than that of a semi-auto.

My choice for my all around favorite pistol caliber is my custom G20L in 10mm. My hot 165grn 10mm handloads are larger, heavier, and produce a slightly higher velocity in my 6" Glock than my equally hot 158grn .357mag loads do in a 6" 686.

This results in significantly higher muzzle energy at impact. Further, I can easily control the muzzle rise of even my 'nuclear' level 10mm handloads while the wrist snapping recoil of my hot loads in a revolver are extremely difficult to control.

Finally, I can also load 180 or 200grn hardcast 10mm loads for larger, more dangerous game than my hottest .357mag loads can attempt.
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Old December 16, 2020, 04:43 PM   #8
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I like all of the ones I have but 45 Colt is my favourite.
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Old December 16, 2020, 05:09 PM   #9
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With the shortage of small pistol primers, I'm loading and shooting more .45, which used to, not that long ago, constitute 90% of my rounds fired.
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Old December 16, 2020, 06:07 PM   #10
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I Have owned all22lr, 32,380,9mm, 38sp,357mag,357 max 40 sw 45 acp, 44mag
But the main stay is 357MAG Is my Do it all .
A do-it-all cartridge implies only one club in the golf bag. Way too boring to only have one gun.
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Old December 16, 2020, 06:31 PM   #11
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Old December 16, 2020, 10:30 PM   #12
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What do my best Glock, my best 1911, and my really great HK all have in common? .45 ACP!
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Old December 17, 2020, 01:22 AM   #13
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I'd probably settle on a 9mm as my last handgun but it's hard to disagree that a 357 revolver is a "jack of all trades".
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Old December 17, 2020, 01:58 AM   #14
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Ditto.

.357 / .38 S&W Spcl: Win
9mm: Place
.45 ACP and .22 LR tied for: Show
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Old December 17, 2020, 05:14 AM   #15
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9mm is easy to shoot fast, IMO.

45 auto seems like a sure thing for effectiveness.

40 S&W is a nice compromise to me.

380 works well in pocket guns.

Revolvers have their nitch as do the other calibers.


If I were buying an edc today, it would be a 9mm. If a 5” gun, 40 s&w or 45 auto.
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Old December 17, 2020, 06:45 AM   #16
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.44mag with 9mm a very close second.
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Old December 17, 2020, 07:14 AM   #17
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My personal favorite is 44 mag, I’ve shot it more than anything else, next would be 45 acp. I’m currently bought into 357 mag pretty heavy though. In a zombie apocalypse situation I’d be going 357. I have my 360 for deep carry, my 686 for carry and my 1894 in 357 to provide for my family. It does a lot well, but not exceptional at any of it.
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Old December 17, 2020, 09:36 AM   #18
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9mm, moved almost completely to it once my back decided I can't carry a full steel 1911 any longer (don't like .45 in lightweight guns).
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Old December 17, 2020, 10:08 AM   #19
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I started with 38/357 and its still my favorite. But I don't "have to go back to it". I never left.
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Old December 17, 2020, 10:48 AM   #20
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38/357 for me too. It's versatile.
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Old December 17, 2020, 11:14 AM   #21
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Never really gone back to a caliber. Only one I would go back to at this point is 45acp, it was fun.

Calibers I stopped shooting
380, would consider again, but handloaded
38, meh not really
38/357 would consider again, but no real desire to go back
40, nope just did not like it, give me 9 or 45
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Old December 17, 2020, 11:19 AM   #22
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I have quite a few handguns. I only go up to 44/45 caliber. Mostly because the bulk of mine are S&W revolvers. When you think about it , going back, only the 22 comes to mind. It is enjoyable to bust a box of RFs and not think about brass. Don’t get me wrong my favorite CFs are 38sp & 45 Colt. I think about pouring WCs, cleaning brass, sizing and loading vs a session with 22s. Relaxing is all I can say. During a normal week I don’t have to shoot many Grizzlies and bad guys so 22 is all I need.
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Old December 17, 2020, 11:52 AM   #23
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Old December 17, 2020, 06:59 PM   #24
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.40 S&W

It's a cartridge that I never thought that I would like, until I bought one on the cheap for a price that I couldn't pass up, then later I bought a 4006TSW, and now it's looking like my next gun will be an M&P40 Subcompact.

I thought that I would hate the .40 S&W cartridge after hearing so many people complain about it having snappy recoil, but upon shooting .40 S&W myself, the recoil doesn't bother me at all and I feel really confident packing a .40cal pistol.
Some folks say that 9mm can do everything a .40 can do, but I say .40 can do everything a 9mm can do, only with more muzzle energy and a larger diameter bullet.
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Old December 17, 2020, 07:02 PM   #25
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I have two; 40 S&W and 44 Magnum.
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