Which calibers are most common for pistol/rifle/shotgun?

Which calibers are most common for pistol/rifle/shotgun?

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    Which calibers are most common for pistol/rifle/shotgun?

    Which ammo calibers are considered "most common"? Or in other words, when the SHTF, if ammo becomes scarce...which will be easiest to find around?

    I know that the 9mm is one of the most commonly used pistol calibers, but what about rifle calibers and/or even shotgun ammo?


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    Handguns

    9mm
    .45ACP
    .38/.357


    Rifles

    .223
    7.62x39MM
    .30-06


    Shotguns

    12 gauge
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    Bumper nails it again.

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    I might add .308 to the rifle mix.

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    Handgun
    9mm
    45 acp
    38/357

    Rifle
    30/06
    308
    223


    Shotgun
    12 20 gauge

    lot more 20's out there than most people would think

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    Hand Gun:
    1) 9MM
    2) .45 ACP
    3) .38/.357

    Rifle:
    1) 30-06
    2) .223
    3) 7.62 x 39 / .308 winchester mag

    Shot gun:
    1) 12 Ga.
    2) 20 Ga.
    3) and believe it or not .410 Ga.( i know people who still use them to hunt and shoot trap with)

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    What are your takes on the 44Mag for the pistol category??

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    Yes i supposed 44 mag would be fairy easy to find and even the 40 by now

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    I forgot about the 40. I try to make my pistol and rifle purchases based on calibers I already own so that when I go to buy ammo, I am not buying 30 different calibers.

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    i mean if you really want to strech it some the 300 win mag and 7mm mag are very popular and how could we forget the 30/30

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    handgun: 9, 40, 45 (i know for a fact that those 3 are the most popular)

    Guessing for rifle: 223, 7.62x39, 308

    Shotgun: 12, 20

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    I agree with what everyone is posting but if I was to narrow it down to one of each i\'d opt:

    handgun
    9mm (with .357/.38 being second)

    Rifle
    .308

    Shotgun
    12 ga.

    I would also mention that for a true SHTF case the .22 LR would be one of my picks with both the rifle and handgun being available.

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    Originally posted by Bumper
    Handguns

    9mm
    .45ACP
    .38/.357


    Rifles

    .223
    7.62x39MM
    .30-06


    Shotguns

    12 gauge
    I disagree, back in the days of cowboys they usually had a rifle that was chambered to the same caliber of the pistol they carried. I just bought a Colt SAA revolver chambered in .45 Colt about three months ago. I also bought a Winchester lever action rifle also chambered in .45 Colt. Back in the early days of the wild west it was a absolute necessity, for me it is a convenience being able to load ammo for the revolver and the rifle with the same dies. If you are planning for a SHTF scenario then it might be a good idea to do what they did in the olden days and find a rifle chambered in a common hand gun caliber. If you want the ideal solution you can buy a .45 cal Thompson style sub machine gun that can be legally purchased as a semi auto only carbine for about $1,000. Then you can match it up with a nice 1911 in .45ACP. That would help to simplify things if that is what you are trying to do.


    I am assuming that it would be a good strategy if you were stockpiling ammo to have one caliber. But on second thought if you ever have to go into a scrounge mode having two different common calibers could be an advantage. I personally have enough loaded ammo and components to make ammo that scrounging wonít be a necessity.

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    Originally posted by APachon
    I try to make my pistol and rifle purchases based on calibers I already own so that when I go to buy ammo, I am not buying 30 different calibers.
    Iím trying to do the same thing. I try not to buy weapons in calibers I donít already have, and over time I have eliminated a few from my collection.

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    Originally posted by JT
    Originally posted by APachon
    I try to make my pistol and rifle purchases based on calibers I already own so that when I go to buy ammo, I am not buying 30 different calibers.
    Iím trying to do the same thing. I try not to buy weapons in calibers I donít already have, and over time I have eliminated a few from my collection.
    If you do reloading it helps cut the cost of dies. I have a Dillon 650 set up with a seperate tool head with seperate powder measure all set up save time and work on changeovers.

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