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Old December 4th, 2019, 08:50 AM   #1
 
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Your More Obscure Calibers

Calibers are a funny thing. There are so many choices today, and there are even more that are now obsolete. Sure, there are popular choices such as the .30-06, but lets face it, it just works, its available everywhere, isnt flashy, and lets face it, some would consider boring. Nothing against the great .30-06, dont misunderstand me. I have more than one and have used it with great success and have never been disappointed, and I have even used it in competition.

That said, I do have an appreciation for some less popular cartridges. While they are not obsolete by any stretch of the imagination, they certainly are not popular as evidence by the lack of availability of factory ammo at my LGS's. I really enjoy the .44-40. Its a cartridge that has gone by the wayside. It got a resurgence in popularity for a while with the SASS guys, especially those who have an eye toward authenticity, but its popularity has been falling once again. For me, I really enjoy the caliber. Its a lot of fun in both revolver and lever. For me, it has a fun amount of recoil and is just enjoyable for me. The other is a cartridge ahead of its time, the .350 Remington Mag. Of all my less than popular cartridges, this is probably the closest to obsolete. If you need further proof, do a search on Gunbroker. There are always some very nice rifles for sale, but ammo and brass is very scarce. Leftover factory ammo is currently going for about $75 a box. BUT despite that, I really enjoy the caliber and the rifle that I have it chambered in, a nice, light, short handy rifle with a low power scope. Its accurate, hard hitting, and easy to carry.

Now, I know they are not the most obscure out there, but what are some of the obscure cartridges that you all enjoy shooting or have a love for beyond all reason?



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The 7-30 Waters.
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These kind of threads often yield a lot of results that begin with .17, .35, and 7mm.
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As a shooter I have always avoided obscure calibers. I prefer easy availability and low ammo prices. Owning military surplus rifles has given me an appreciation for .303 British, 7.62x54R, and the 7.92x57 (8mm Mauser). While I truly love my .30-06 rifles (both bolt action and M1 Garand), our allies and enemies alike had some great chamberings for their battle rifles .
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.33 Winchester for Model 1886 lever action. Swell round for hunting deer.
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Among others, had always had interest in 350 rem mag and whelan, almost had a rifle builder friend build either in mauser. Ended up with .358 win and wouldn't mind another in BLR or mauser.

The older medium to large bore calibers always interested me too (going back to 19th & early 20th century) and am challenged lately with time to work with what I have more,
375hh & 416 rigby. Of course 4570 is tops for me to hunt with still but these are not necessarily obscure.

Like several older efficient short actions that are less than 30 cal. from 40s/50s or so, that are obscure. More so than recent popular WSMs etc, tho great cartridges themselves. Not enough time, really need my own personal range close by, Lol.
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44 Special is my "rarest" caliber I shoot/reload for.

I try to stick with more common calibers like 9mm, 38 SPL, 380 ACP, 22 LR, 44 Mag/SPL.
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As a shooter I have always avoided obscure calibers. I prefer easy availability and low ammo prices.
I'm pretty much in this same category. I can certainly appreciate some of the more obscure calibers, but I just can't afford them. Until (or unless) my budget changes for the better, I'm content with the more common calibers that I can use in both pistols, revolvers, and rifles.
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Although not obscure, for me, the out of the ordinary cartridge in my stable is the 32 Win Special. Bought a single lot of items from an elderly friend, and the Win 94 in 32 WS was included.

It's a really good shooter with open sights. I impress myself with it, actually.


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I always enjoyed the 32-20, though some other rare ones are the 35 Winchester, or my 6x47. for handguns the 38-40 or 22tcm are unique.
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Dang, I forgot about that one. That’s a neat little round.
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Own a 250/3000, a 257 Bob and a 9x18 Makarov. They aren't terribly obscure just not common.
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I have Winchester 1892 in caliber 25-20. And a Roth-Steyer 8mm pistol. I have ammo for both but have never shot the 8mm pistol. The 25-20 was my Grandfather's. It is a sweet shooter, but ammo is hard to find and expensive.
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