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    Jan 2008
    Florida Panhandle

    Exclamation All of us have our pet calibers...but what if TSHTF

    How do you intend to feed your hog if you can't find the right kind of ammo?

    I intend on having the 3 most common caliber pistols 9mm, 40 S&W, 45ACP so that if one supply temporarily dries up, I will still hopefully be able to provide some sort of defense.

    The same with shotguns, 12 ga and 20 ga.

    Rifle is just the same. A military caliber and a .22

    I have a decent enough stock pile but prepare for the worst and pray for the best.

    It is better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

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    All my auto's are at this time 9mm. I would like to add a couple 45's. Between my wife and I we have one 44 mag revolver one 357 and a 38. Of course the 357 can use 38 also. My long guns are 5.56/223, one action bolt 308 and a 12 gauge shotgun. I would like to also add something in 7.62x39.
    By faith Noah,being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,prepared an ark to the saving of his house;by the which he condemned the world,and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith Heb.11:7

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    wolfhunter Guest
    Pistols are .45, 9mm & .22
    FAL is 7.62NATO (.308)
    12 Ga pump
    .22 carbine
    My bolt action is 7mm RemMag, but I got it before I was thinking of SHTF situations

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    Dec 2007
    I think I'm going to stick to 9mm and .45 ACP as my main handgun calibers. Might as well keep it simple. There's also no chance of mixing the two up in adverse conditions.

    If you did happen to find some .357 or .40 and didn't have a gun to go with it, it's not a total waste. Ammo would be liquid capital that could be traded just like money. You could probably swap someone some .40 for .45 on a 1:1 ratio.
    Silent Running, by Mike and the Mechanics

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    .45's and 22's for me, Also got a good pile of 30-06 for the rifle.
    I pick up all my brass when I shoot now, been looking around for some reloading equipment to get started on that....I'm having a hard time even finding re-loading gear!!!....

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    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    somewhere in north texas


    i am stocking up on.22LR, 9MM Makarov, .38 special{ i got a question about that...** and 7.62x 39. and i got a pretty good stash since i started buying during the clinton era and i always buy a box or 2 when i can. now for the question. is .38 S&W the same as .38 SPL and if not, can i fire the S&W thru my Mode 10 Smith?

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    Have a decent stock of 45 and 5.56. need to up my 40sw and 30-06. On a side note anyone know about taking a 30-06 winchester and adding a sleeve to make it shoot .308? Guy at work says they make one. Have any of you heard of this?

  9. 12 ga and a couple of 40 S&W. load my own

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    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    I am fortunate that I was able to source about 100 rds of .380ACP hollow points for my Bersa. Makes it easier to deal with the recent shortage of .380ACP.

    My bolt action is 7.62x52 rimmed. While uncommon in new rounds, there's lots of cheap ex-military coming out of eastern Europe.

    Otherwise, I have .22LR and .45ACP. Makes it easy to source.
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    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    I think the only thing to do about insuring that you always have ammo for a gun that you have is to have guns in every common caliber. Having a 9mm automatic and having just salvaged an entire crate of .45ACP is like Alannis said, "It's like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife."

    Keep handguns around in .45ACP, .40 S&W, 9mm, and .25ACP. Keep revolvers around in .44MAG, .357MAG (.38), and .22LR. Keep rifles around in .308, 7.62x39, 5.56 (.223), and .22LR. And of course, a 12 ga. just because. You would have to happen across a bonanza of .380 ammo to find yourself SOL for ammo.

    Although, if you had moon clips for your .357, I think .380ACP would actually feed nicely. Hmmm. Though, I wouldn't try feeding it through a .38 S&W, even though they fit.

    Just stay away from the "experiemental" calibers like .357SIG, .455 Webley, and you'll do fine.

    As for the person who was confused over .38 S&W vs. .38 Special (SPL), they're both cartridges of comparable dimension, but the SPL falls in between S&W and .357 Magnum in case length. You can feed SPL ammo through your .357, but I wouldn't suggest .38 S&W through your .357 with any regularity, since it's 4/1000 of an inch larger, it will result in accellerated barrel wear.
    When they "Nudge. Shove. Shoot.",
    Don't retreat. Just reload.

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