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View Poll Results: If you could have only one caliber, what would it be and why?

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  • .45-70

    19 2.97%
  • .357 / 38 SP

    121 18.94%
  • 44 Mag / 44 SP

    61 9.55%
  • 41 Mag

    10 1.56%
  • 45 Colt / .410 Shotgun / 454 Casull

    34 5.32%
  • 45 ACP / 460 Rowland

    14 2.19%
  • 22lr / 22 Short / 22 long

    25 3.91%
  • .223 / 5.56x45

    12 1.88%
  • .308 Win / 7.62x51

    54 8.45%
  • 7.63 x 39

    4 0.63%
  • 300 AAC/Whisper

    6 0.94%
  • 9mm Luger

    17 2.66%
  • 10mm / 40SW

    2 0.31%
  • 22 Hornet

    1 0.16%
  • 20 Gauge

    8 1.25%
  • 12 Gauge

    62 9.70%
  • 6.5x55 Swede

    12 1.88%
  • 7mm-08

    3 0.47%
  • 30-06

    96 15.02%
  • 30-30

    23 3.60%
  • 22 Mag

    3 0.47%
  • Other

    52 8.14%
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Thread: If you could have only one caliber, what would it be?

  1. #221
    Boolit Man 458mag's Avatar
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    Jan 2010
    Haughton Louisiana
    30-06. I can find loads of brass, boolits or bullets, and loading data for either out the wazzoo. I currently own eight 30s in one persuasion or another.
    Most folks see a firearm as rifle, pistol, shotgun, ect.... I see a canvas.

  2. #222
    Boolit Bub Catpop's Avatar
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    Apr 2014
    coastal NC
    That is one of the hardest questions I have ever been ask and I frankly don’t have an answer in my poor old brain!
    There are so many I love to reload and shoot like 30 WCF, 38 WCF, 44 WCF, 32-40, 38-55, 270 Win, 35 Rem, 30-40, 300 HH, 300 Win mag, 357 mag, 44 mag, etc.
    And of course all the militarys 45 acp, 30 carbine, 30-06, 7mm Mauser, 8mm Mauser, 45-70, etc. and of course the 22 WRF, 22 LR, 22 mag
    And of course the 410, 28, 20, 16, 12, and 10 gauges.
    Gee I don’t think I could give up any of them.
    Last edited by Catpop; 05-19-2018 at 12:32 AM.

  3. #223
    Boolit Master am44mag's Avatar
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    Jun 2017
    NE Texas
    44 Magnum/Special

    It's an extremely versatile round capable of firing super light 123gr round ball loads, or super heavy 310gr wrist breakers. Certain loads are well suited for self defense, and it can also be used for hunting most game in North America. It can be had in revolvers, semi auto pistols, single shot, lever action, bolt action, and semi auto rifles, and is a ton of fun to shoot. It's also probably one of the best cast bullet calibers as well in my opinion.

  4. #224
    Boolit Master engineer401's Avatar
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    Dec 2011
    Yakima, WA
    38/357. I've already made the decision to go with the 38/357. It's easy to load. It shoots well.

  5. #225
    Boolit Master
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    Jul 2010
    Adirondacks ny
    I'm kinda torn between 375 h&h and .45-70. I know they're both capable of killing the same animals but a really good bolt action 375 just tickles me in all the ways my woman can't lol.
    I'm bigger than you, I'm higher on the food chain! Get in my belly!

  6. #226
    Ruger w/45 colt and acp cylinders.Besides boolits I can load shot cartridges as well.

  7. #227
    Boolit Man oldpapps's Avatar
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    Nov 2011
    Middle America, Missouri was moved to east of I-435
    I don't have an answer to this quandary. There are just too many variables to deal with. What is good 'in the big city' (45 ACP) isn't 'in the swamps of Florida' (bolt gun in 223) or 'the wide opens of the Dakotas' (bolt gun in 270 Win). Then we have a complete change of scenarios; weekend hunt with friends or post SHTF or for protection from bear or keeping deer out of the garden or looking to eat a rabbit. You see my quandary in all of this. The needs and terrain all come together to dictate differing weapon/s. So, I will just have to hold my views and selection.

  8. #228
    Boolit Master

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    Mar 2012
    Back in the woods a piece, just outside Auburn, AL.
    I see the trusty ought-6 is holding a good second place, and I don't even have one.
    KE4GWE - - - - - - Colt 1860, it just feels right.

  9. #229
    Boolit Bub White Oak's Avatar
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    Jul 2016
    If someone told me I could only keep one rifle and one handgun, I would keep my .280 Remington and my .44 mag Redhawk.
    I have owned my .280 Rem since the 1980’s it was made in 1979 (barrel marked 7mm Express)
    It is hands down the most accurate rifle I have ever worked with. It will shoot 120’s thru 175’s with extreme accuracy. I have killed more game with it than I can remember and if I ever get the opportunity to hunt elk I would have no fear of using it.
    I like the 44 because I can load it mild to hot and it is very versatile.
    .358 Win, 7mm Express, Marlin 336ER 356win

  10. #230
    Boolit Bub
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    Jan 2011
    Queensburry NY
    I would have a 30-06 easy to find ammo and a big range of bullet weights to chose from. kill anything from varmints to bear.

  11. #231
    Boolit Master
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    Mar 2008
    Quote Originally Posted by rking22 View Post
    22LR, If I can have only one chambering, I can't live without the 22LR. This game is no fun, plain depressing
    Could live with a 22LR, 357Mag, and 20 ga without much pain , but not just one! Presently load for over 25 centerfires and all 5 shotguns, no NOT just 1, can't do it!!!

    WHAT he said!

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check