Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Getting in on the Fun - Chamberings I keep on hand

As are most of us, including Unc; I'm a total piker compared to Tam (who keeps 51 different chamberings in stock... or tries to) but I keep a fair number of different chamberings on hand:
  • 10mm
  • .454 casull
  • .45 colt
  • .45ACP
  • .357 Magnum 
  • .357 SIG
  • .40 S&W
  • .38 Special
  • 9x19mm
  • .380ACP
  • .22LR (obviously, both handgun and rifle)
Long gun:
  • .300 winmag
  • .30-’06  
  • .303 Brit
  • 7.62x54R
  • 7.62×51 NATO
  • 7.62×39
  • 5.56×45  
  • 12ga 
  • 20ga 
So that's 20. That's also simplified greatly from where I was a few years ago.

I've pretty much pared down rifles to .22 caliber and .30 caliber (I used to have several 6mm and 7mm chamberings, as well as .45-70), or pistol caliber carbines. Pistols I'm basically down to 9, 10, and 11 mm chamberings plus .22.

I primarily did this to simplify my ammo stocks, and especially to simplify my reloading. Most of my chamberings can share bullets and powders, at least where their weight ranges overlap.

.303 and both 7.62 russian chamberings are notable exceptions in my lineup, in that they are all .30 caliber chamberings, but they take oddball sized bullets. At the moment I don't reload for any of them, or for shotshell.

I do at least have dies for all my centerfire metallic chamberings (including the ones I don't reload for); but I don't have a shotshell loader.

Of course, the really sad part, is there are several chamberings there I no longer have guns for... least for now.