How Many Calibers do you shoot?

Over the years, I have accumulated a number of firearms of different calibers. As I get older, I find I don’t have the time to shoot as much as i’d like and have decided to downsize to just 9mm, 22 and .380 (my carry weapons and plinking calibers.)

How many different calibers do you shoot routinely?

How often do you take the opportunity to shoot?

Anybody participate in shooting sports? (IDPA or Cowboy action shooting?)

I actively shoot 45-70 Government, 308 NATO, and 375 H&H Mag.

Handguns 45 LC, 41 Mag. and 357 Sig.

I shoot in several of the NRA high power rifle matches in the summer. I’m at the Sportsman club at least once a week weather permitting.

I own several other calibers that I don’t often shoot.

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I’ve been speding a lot more time at the range with my .22 handguns and long guns.

Hard to beat shooting all afternoon for about 30 bucks in .22LR

Mostly 308, 7.62x39, 243, 45ACP, 12/20/410ga, 22LR, and a few times per year 44Mag.

My recent romance with 243, which I picked up to teach the kids rifle skills, has me searching for a centerfire rifle cartridge which is mil surplus cheap, light on recoil, and long on reach. Nothing on the radar at the moment. Before someone suggests it, 223 simply does not make the grade for me.

Rifles .22LR, .204 Ruger, .220 Swift, .223/556, .260 Rem, 6.5 LRM (.375 Ruger Necked down to 6.5),.308/7.62 NATO, 7MM STW, .300wm, .300RUM, .375 Ruger, 45-70, .458wm.

Handguns. .22LR, .22wm, .357, .40 S&W, .41RM, .44m, .45C, .45 ACP.

.260 Rem or 6.5CM. Nothing wrong with the tried and true 6.5 Swede either. All are great deer rounds.

.380 Auto

Minimum once /month
Maximum once/week

.223 - once a quarter (too expensive)
.380 Auto - daily
.792 Mauser - once a year (way too expensive)

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I started out with a Marlin single shot bolt action 22 at age 10. My father gave it to me as a birthday present. Over the years I must have shot thousands of rounds through that rifle. I still have it and it’s in pristine condition and shoots as good today as it did when new.


I have a Marlin Model 60 (13 shot tube fed)

What a fun little gun to shoot and a tack driver at 50 yards.


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Some men like fireworks!


Pistol: .22 LR, .22 mag, .380 ACP, 9x18 Makarov, 9x19 Luger, .30 carbine, 40 S&W, .38, 357 mag, 41 mag, 44 mag, 45 Colt, 45 ACP

Rifle: .22 LR, .22 mag, 30 carbine, .223, 30-30, 30-06, .308

Shotgun: .410, 20 gauge, 12 gauge

I wonder if there would be any feed issues?

Depends more on the weapon than the ammo. I’ve had no trouble with either of my Glocks…after 100 rounds through each. My M&P40 jammed once so I reverted to what I used before.

I’ve not seen any for revolvers in any caliber…but I would welcome any leads to procurement of .45 Colt.

Yeah, I hear ya. I have a finiky 1911.

These are a bit expensive for target practice, but I wrote it off as “testing the weapons” instead. Thankfully, the M&P40 failed on the third round. :grin:

My old 527 Remington will crank’m out all day (seemimgly) loaded with shorts or Longs.

I also custom laod 2.5" 12g for defensive loads and with the extended tube can get 15 of them in the 870’s or 1187’s.

Get’s awfully front end heavy though.

Just dawned on me we left off shotguns.

28g, 20g, 16 & 12g.

Oddly enough the 28’s and 16’s have become my favorites and are of course the most expensive to shoot!

They are highly prone to double feeds with the slightest bit of limp wristing.

They also seem very finicky when it comes to certain loads and brands of ammo.

Shoot “PRIME” or “Federal White Box” and you probably won’t have that trouble unless you’re relaxing your wrists too much.

6.5 Swede, with readily available Mauser actions… Now there’s a thought! Thanks.

I will have to look up 260Rem, not in my knowledge base.
The Creedmoore seems a little new to have good cheap surplus supplies.