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4 Cartridges We Can't Live Without

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by Quigley_Sharps, Feb 8, 2011.

  1. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    ..and why.

    .22 rimfire: Versatile, cheap, practical.

    .22-250: Versatile, low recoil, accurate, extended range.

    308 or 30-06: Versatile, low recoil, accurate, extended range. Takes over where the .22-250 drops off as a varmint cartridge and covers big game adequately to 400 lbs.

    .338 RUM or 375 H&H : Versatile, will take anything with ease on the planet :)

    Good ones that didn't make the list:

    .257 Roberts
    7X57 Mauser
    .338 Winchester
    .358 Winchester
    .35 Whelen
    .350 Rem Mag
  2. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    .22 (obvious win)
    .223/5.56mm (primo tactical)

    The few others I feel are equally important to me, yet somehow I could live without:
    7mm Rem Mag (it's what makes dinner, baby)
    .410 (I love the lightweight punch)
    12 gauge (to clear an alley)
    9x18 Makarov

    Of course, there are more...but I am tired. I love the .308 also, but now I am rambling.
  3. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Quigs, I think you've nailed it for the west and mountains. Around here, ranges are a lot shorter, so -
    5.56 or 223, my ARs will handle both. Light, handy (and if you keep them lubed) reliable
    45 Auto - defensive snort
    22 - a no brainer.
    12 ga - all around utility

    Like Brokor, there are some I could live without, but would hate to leave behind -
    and I'd hate to do without 30-06, but in this nekka da woods, it's more gun than needed.
  4. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    .22LR for sure
    .44 Mag for Lever Gun and Pistol
    .308 to Reach out and Touch something
    12 Ga. For ANY Mammals, 2 or 4 Legged in North America

    Those are my four Cartridges.... and ALL the biggies, are reloadable with ease...
    I like your list as well QS, it just isn't my list.... as with all lists, YMMV...
  5. hank2222

    hank2222 Monkey++

    here is my personal list of cartridges that i can not live without ..

    177.cal pellet caliber for the air rifle for pratice as need and pest control as it need
    22.long rifle caliber for pratice rifle and pistol kits
    223 rifle caliber for self defense rifle
    308 caliber for hunting and long range needs
    38.special-caliber for back up handgun
    45.acp for main SHTF handgun
  6. Mountainman

    Mountainman Großes Mitglied Site Supporter+++

    177 pellet rifle (varmints and small game) Does not count as a cartridge
    22 (close range hunting)
    308 (large game hunting)
    12 gauge (small and big game hunting)
    45 (personal protection)
  7. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

  8. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    LOL, I agree with Brokor. It is why I didn't post in response to the thread. Been there done that. Been asked several ways. Old hash! Come on QS.
  9. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    Oh hell, why not. I think Quigs has it pretty well covered for rifles and for his area of operation. In his area a pistol in my way of thinking is a sidearm, and not a primary weapon of defense or offense. For many there it could be for everyday or not, like a knife. My only disagreement with his choices would be the 22-250. While 4100fps is awesome, unless things have changed drastically since my youth, it still eats barrels. Throat wash is what its called, and after a certain number of rounds accuracy is gone and a new barrel is in order. 5.56x45 was only a gleam in the eye of certain military designers, but .223 remington was killing chucks at 300 yards and beyond at 3300fps and you could shoot the same gun forever with no throat wash. jmho. so for me it would be .22rf, .223rem, .308win, .375h&h. By the way, my birthday is in July, and I don't yet have the .375h&h
    In the swamps of the south, the eastern woods and mountains, and the cities, things are a little different. Different calibers and weapons may better serve. Shotguns and Pistols will have more significance. In the cities Pistols and ccw rule. Shotguns and Rifles would have the local Gestapo on you in minutes or seconds. I think I am done now.... I need my morning coffee!
  10. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    .50 BMG
    40mm M-433 High Explosive Dual Purpose
    7.62x51 (linked)
    20mm Llhati
  11. jasonl6

    jasonl6 Monkey+

    I personally like a .243 cartridge. Low recoil, extended range

    also agree with

  12. TnAndy

    TnAndy Senior Member Founding Member


    Because they will handle the full range of any situation you're likely to run into, from self defense to hunting, and ANY decent country store has them on the shelf.

    Then 9mm or 45 for personal carry, depending on your own POV.

    Then 223, 38/357, .17 pellet, 762x39.

    22.250 ( and yeah, I have one ) would barely make my top 10.

    I guess this is what Ford found out when they quit painting them ALL black, huh ? :D
  13. Falcon15

    Falcon15 Falco Peregrinus

    .22 - Same as everyone else, light easy to use, very versatile
    .9mm Pistol and carbine fodder. JHP rounds have excellent ballistic performance at close ranges.
    .308 - Varmints of all stripes to medium game.
    12 gauge 00 buck and slug. 00 for most applications (its like shooting a 9mm MG on Auto...7-9 9mm projectiles going downrange in an effective spread...), and slug for BIG nasties, after all a 12 gauge slug is a 18mm CANNON round. Hell the blunt force trauma alone is enough to make a big meanie back off.
  14. Gray Wolf

    Gray Wolf Monkey+++

    Either you have ESP or you've been reading my mail!
    Nailed it perfectly!
  15. Disciple

    Disciple Monkey+

    My cant live withouts:

    .40 s&w my side-arm cartridge.
    .38+p My backup side arm cartridge.
    12 Gauge, self -defence, Birds, and Bears.
    .308 win for hunting big game and self-defence.
    50 bmg for long range defence
    7 mm remington mag for long distance hunting
  16. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Hm. Seems like there are monkeys with no ability to stop with the four that the OP was asking about ----
    Gotta admit I didn't either, he asked for cartridges, not shotshells. Geez, wee iz all dummies. (Who said monkeys are smart?)
  17. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    Not true on two points. QS even listed 6 rifle cartridges 22rf, 22-250, 30-06, 308, 375H&H and .338 RUM. Although the last 4 were listed as either or pairs.
    I on the other hand, listed only 22rf, 223rem, 308win, 375H&H.
  18. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Do you feel guilty for some reason :oops:?
  19. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    I will quote You again "Geez, wee iz all dummies"
    I was just stating my exception to the dummy part.
  20. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Heh. Well, now, I'm not so sure you don't qualify anyway. He named 6 (as you said) and you acknowledged the "OR", and then ignored it by claiming he named 6. I don't get it, "or" is not "and" any place I've been recently. Oh, well --- ;)
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