The "caliber gap"

The "caliber gap"

This is a discussion on The "caliber gap" within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I might be missing something but - thinking of our handgun cal' options we go from .22, to .25, to .32 (approx 8mm) and then ...

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    The "caliber gap"

    I might be missing something but - thinking of our handgun cal' options we go from .22, to .25, to .32 (approx 8mm) and then we jump to 9mm (which includes 9x17 and 9x18) an up. Oh and we have the FN which is sorta .22 plus some! And perhaps include too the 7.62 as per 7.62x25.

    But - I do wonder if there is any place for the intermediate cals - like 6mm, 6.5mm and 7mm. I load .243 (6mm) with 105 grain heavy bullets and knowing the velocity we can obtain from the smaller cals - wonder if there is any percentage in their use as handgun cals.

    Ain't gonna happen of course but .......... idle thought, that's all!

    Big and heavy tends to reign supreme for many but - the smaller HV rounds could have a place? Maybe too many penetrations issues?

    I could imagine a frag' characteristics 6.5mm doing quite well!
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    I'm sure they have their place. I have an uncle who handloads and plays with those calibers in all those old war rifles and thats cool. Putting them into handguns ? Thats got to be a rarity...
    I'll stick to handguns in the "normal" calibers we are familiar with.
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    probley not i cant for see much more development in handgun caliber's coming nor the use for them

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    It was also a chore when teaching my girlfriend to shoot. She got going with the .22 but the next caliber up we had was a 9mm. The recoil was a bit much for her at first. It would have been nice to have something in between to work her up with.

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    I'd be intersted in something like that, besides a TC Contender. An automatic loaded with say, 15, 55 grain .243s would ve a pretty fearsome weapon! be a pretty big grip though! it would be nice if there was a little somethign different, my Walther .22 with Velocitors won't poke through 2 layers of steel, or most 2x4s, but my Ruger 10/22 with it's obviously higher velocity will go through 3 layers of steel, and knocks the snot out of the same 2x4s. I would think a higher velocity round in a short barrel would have less recoil accuracy effects possibly as well? food for thought anyway. Crexrun
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    I don't think much more improvement can be done until metallurgy improves.

    If I read correctly, the CIA seeded some 7.62x39 rounds loaded with C4 in NVA held territory, turning the enemies' rifles into bombs.

    Can you imagine a HE charged 9mm or .45acp? If the gun held together we'd have one heck of a power factor there. But, alas, we don't have the technology yet.

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    What about the FN FIVEnSEVEN....5.7mm pistol?

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    Don't forget we now have the option of .17HMR and .17Mach II...

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    I don't know what the ballistics are for 32 mag
    but I would think that it would be in between .22 and 9mm.
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    7.62x25 Tokarez- the "body-armor scalpel". The Box-O-Truth lists testing with it.....worth looking at, if you haven't.

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    The 5.7 seems way too small a cal, despite velocity figures and the .17, well that's just for vaporizing small critters!

    True the .32 NAA has some potential and is perhaps one of the ''gap fillers'' to consider. If I had the time and means I would certainly enjoy doing some wildcat experiments - 'just because'!

    Agreed tho - we hardly need more cals than we have on hand - I am just idly speculating on possible results.

    The 7.62x25 Tokarev is perhaps the most potent 30 cal - almost seems a shame there are not more guns (modern) chambered to take it.
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    I wasn't aware that there was anything between .22 and .45.

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    I can't see the need except for a .17 so a hunter could have the same ammo in both rifle and hand gun

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    Quote Originally Posted by P95Carry View Post

    The 7.62x25 Tokarev is perhaps the most potent 30 cal - almost seems a shame there are not more guns (modern) chambered to take it.
    I agree. 7.62x25 Tokarev in an easily concealable package would be nice.

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