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Thread: A Rough Estimate of which Calibre is the Most Popular?

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    A Rough Estimate of which Calibre is the Most Popular?

    As a very rough estimate of which are the most popular calibres in the UK I have just ranked the number of guns of each calibre for sale on gun trader today. I have only listed calibers that have 5 or more guns for sale: I just thought that I would share it?

    (1) .243 Win = 468 (2) .223 Rem = 249 (3) .308 Win = 211 (4) .22-250 = 185 (5) .222 Rem = 81 (6) .270 Win = 77 (7) 6.5x55 = 57 (8) .25-06 Rem = 38 (9) .303 British = 34 (10) .30-06 Spring =34 (11) 7.62 Nato = 29 (12) .357 Mag = 21 (13) .204 Ruger = 20 (14) 7x57 = 16 (15) .375 H&H = 13 (16) 7.62x54 = 12 (17) .260 Rem = 11 (18) .338 Lap Mag = 9 (19) .300 Win Mag = 8 (20) .22 Hornet = 7 (21) .30/30 Win = 6 (22) 7mm Rem Mag = 5 .....(1) .22 LR = 873 (2) 17 HMR = 372 (3) .22 WMR = 41

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    Cherudge,

    Surely you mean the LEAST popular? After all, that's why they're for sale

    Stan

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    And I thought my Saturday night was going pretty boringly lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by purdeydog View Post
    And I thought my Saturday night was going pretty boringly lol
    +1 on that purdeydog.

    cherudge I think that you may need a better research method? I would have thought that the most popular calibre by a country mile would have been .22lr followed by say .308/7.62 Both of those calibres are going to outnumber .243 by quite a margin.

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    Bloody ell che, i would have thought that after bagging all that wheat today you would have been out with that new rifle,
    atb j.

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    The Rimmies are at the bottom.....(1) .22 LR = 873 for sale, which is by far the most.

    I did say very rough estimate. I just thought it would be interesting to look at. Took me 10 minutes cutting an pasting the data into excel.

    Purdey Dog - you are correct I have a 10 month old baby and have no life. As Bandit has pointed out I was bagging wheat all day for the pheasants and then playing with excel...

    Che

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    Trouble with this scheme is that it doesn't always work because of terminology. 308 and 7.62 Nato etc should surely be joined up? As perhaps 7 x 57 and 275 Rigby, 6.6 x 55 and 6.5 swedish etc.

    David.

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    I don't know if they still do it but years ago Guns & Ammo magazine used to publish a list of the most popular rifle calibres in the U.S. for the previous year. They based their figures on the sale of reloading dies. If memory serves me right .30-06 usually came out top with probably .270 coming second on many occasions but that has probably changed in recent years.

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    Eight-by: 100% correct. I read the same article and the 30-06 was the most popular. Having worked in large gun shops, I can tell you that in the US it is entirely a regional thing. Vermont deer hunters would probably never go for a 300 Win Mag, but in New Mexico or Wyoming, it would be very popular. It used to frustrate some people when they would bring in, say, a .243 hunting rifle to our New Mexico gun shop as a trade-in and find that we couldn't give them as much for it as we would if it was a 30-06. We just couldn't sell 243s unless they had some collector's value. Were we in Vermont or Pennsylvania where the deer are smaller and the woodlands thick, it would have been a different story.~Muir

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