Saturday, August 24, 2013


A couple of years ago, I took an inventory of my firearms and realized that I needed to maintain ammunition in 21 different calibers.

Obviously this logistical headache needed to be addressed. I told myself that I would streamline the armory to simplify my supply needs. I actually did sell a few guns and still have the sellers' remorse over it.

I re-assessed the ammo situation today, and there has been a change since that previous assessment.

I now have ammo needs across 29 different calibers. They are:

.380 ACP
.38 Special
.357 Magnum
.357 Sig
.40 S&W
.41 Magnum
.45 ACP
.44 Magnum
.30 carbine
6.5x52 Carcano
6.5x55 Swede
7.5 French
7x57mm Mauser
7.62x51mm (linked and loose)
7.7 Jap
.300 AAC
.303 British
8x57mm Mauser
.45-70 Government
.50-70 Government

Sigh. But it's not really a bad problem to have, is it?



  1. But aren't you making some of that yourself from other calibers?

  2. Nah, as long as you've got a tractor trailer on call... or a BIG basement!

  3. I believe this places you firmly in Tam's company.

    For one reason & another (mostly the lack of cash until the last few years), I only have three calibers.

  4. 22LR, 45ACP, 40S&W, 357 Magnum, 30-30, 12 ga, and 30-06 here.

    I have quite a ways to go to catch you guys!

  5. I'm impressed! I'll be over in the corner kicking empty 9mm boxes now!

  6. Celebrate diversity! As long as you've got a stash in each, you're prepared for just about anything that comes along. Which begs the question...which caliber for velociraptor?

  7. Let's see. .22LR, .223, .220 Swift (kid at the ammo counter yesterday had never heard of it :-) ), 9x19, .45 ACP, 12 ga., and 20 ga. Looks like I have some catching up to do.

  8. As long as you know which calibers are just 'fun' guns and which are necessary ones then you are ok.

    The Carcanio and French MAS rounds are for fun, as is the Snyder round.

    But the 9mm, .45, 7.52x51, 5.56 are must-have-a-lot-of ammo rounds.

    In between are such as 30/30, 30-06, M1 Carbine, etc...

  9. @ Paul: I'll fight with any of them if I have to. All work reliably and shoot straight or they get traded/sold. Some are a little farther down on the "grab and load" list than others but any of them are adequate to hand to trusted but unarmed friends and neighbors in a crunch or relied on as a last-ditch means of defense.

  10. Very nice list indeed, but - was I mistaken in believing that you also had a Jordan/Keith (.41 Rem Mag) in your inventory?

    And although lacking a .444 Marlin is certainly forgivable, even understandable - it's simply an unconscionable affront to the memory of Jack O'Connor for an otherwise stellar lineup to be missing the venerable .270 Win., don't you think? Perhaps a nice Model 70, 700, or 77 will follow you home 'ere long.

    (The .577-450 MH redeems all though, as for sheer coolness factor alone, its inclusion would turn a list with only a .22, .38, and 12 ga, into an awesome collection.)

  11. The Donald: Damn. Missed one. Thanks. 28.

  12. Oh--and I'll get a .270 one of these days.

  13. Jon: I have 16 gauge there too, courtesy of my late father's shotgun. It's right below 12.

  14. Anonymous6:51 AM

    Sounds like no to bad of a problem to have

  15. I've got my down to 11 now and hope to keep it there. Makes life much more easy.

  16. I've got 14 that are on your list, plus four that aren't - .375H&H, 7.62x25, 9x18, .32ACP. Don't know whether that counts as ahead or behind.

  17. .22LR, 9mm Para, 9mm Mak, .38sp, .45 ACP, 5.56x45, .30-30, 7.62x39, .303 Brit, 7.62x54R, .30 Carbine, 20 ga.

    I also stock .243 Win for when my daughter borrows her grandfather's BLR to hunt deer in the rifle zone, and some .35 Rem because we tried that before settling on the .243.

    I also have a box of .264 Magnum that nobody in the family has a rifle for, if anyone wants them.

    I also have my .50 cal muzzleloader, does that count?

    Geez - that's more than I thought I had.