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Minimum calibers necessary (must-haves)

Discussion in 'General Firearms & Ammo' started by Texas Heat, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. Texas Heat

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    What are the must-have calibers these days to keep you covered without tons of overlap? I have friends that would tell me I need a gun in every caliber "just incase". I have friends that would tell me a 22LR will do every job. I obviously fall in between. My calibers that include multiple ways to project them include 9MM, 22LR, 223/556 and 12G. I still feel like I want 45 sometimes but 9MM is fine. I don't hunt regularly but a 270 seems to do the job for me. I can see 308 replacing 270 though. The 6.5 CM looks like it might stick around a while and that will probably be my rifle choice when/if I make it. What about you guys?
     


  2. ZX9RCAM

    ZX9RCAM Over the Rainbow bridge... TGT Supporter

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  3. Moonpie

    Moonpie TGT Addict Lifetime Member

    Everyone should have:

    1.) .22LR rifle
    2.) 12ga shotgun - multitudes of ammo choices.
    3.) A centerfire rifle
    4.) A centerfire handgun of at least 9mm/38Spec/357 caliber.

    Expanding just a bit:

    5.) .22lr handgun
    6.) see #3 above - two rifles - one a "small" caliber such as .22Hornet/.223 etc and a "large" caliber such as 30-06, 300WinMag, etc.
    IMO, you can pretty much do anything with a .223 and a .30-06.
    7.) A small centerfire pocket pistol for EDC.
     
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  4. Sam7sf

    Sam7sf Well-Known

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    :facepalm: Leaving out 44mag?
     
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  5. robertc1024

    robertc1024 Just the facts Ma'am. TGT Supporter

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    What Moonpie said. Then double or triple it for fun.
     
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  6. Army 1911

    Army 1911 Well-Known

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  7. oldag

    oldag TGT Addict

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    Depends on your personal philosophy.

    Some want a variety of calibers in case it hits the fan and ammo is hard to come by.

    Others want to minimize the number of calibers for which they stockpile ammo.

    And then everything in between.

    Don't forget to keep a goodly number of mags.
     
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  8. Lonesome Dove

    Lonesome Dove Active Member TGT Supporter

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    25-06 and 243
     
  9. Sam7sf

    Sam7sf Well-Known

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    Mags are definitely important. Buy them just cause.

    Most of my guns are in 9mm, 223, 7.62x39, ect. I have a lot of 9mm handguns but the reality is it’s too common not to stock pile 9mm.

    9mm to me is more useful than 22lr. Use it for carry or pest control with a can.
     
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  10. TxStetson

    TxStetson Usually Here TGT Supporter Lifetime Member

    I don’t really have that many calibers. 22LR, 22 Mag, 223/5.56, 6.5 Swede, 308, 380 acp, 9mm, 357 Mag, 40 S&W, 44 Mag, 45 acp, and 45-70.

    Edited to add shotgun: 410, 20, and 12 Guage.
     


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