Caliber Popularity

I’ve been working on the 13th Edition of Cartridges of the World; adding some cartridges, making some corrections and adding some new material. The current 12th Edition contains dimensions for about 940 cartridges in calibers ranging from .12 to .51.

Just out of curiosity, of the following calibers, which do you think is the most popular. Or, to put it another way, which of the following calibers do you think have the most cartridge listings in the 12 Edition. For example; there are 30 cartridges listed that use a .257 caliber bullet.


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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2 Responses to Caliber Popularity

  1. Jim Dodd says:

    I based my entry (.30 cal) on the Current American Sporting Cartridges…too lazy to cull the rest of COTW for new and different listings. 😉

  2. gunwriter says:

    Jim, you’re right and this was probably pretty obvious. 57 – .308, 38 – .224, 30 – .243, 33 – 6.5 and 51 7mm (.284).

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