Still, though, I'm starting to feel sympathy for the other view, the one that says most new cartridges are just introduced to sell guns, and that they rarely do anything all that much better than more established chamberings. For all my ownership of oddballs, I could probably get my handgun work done with naught but:
- .22LR, first loaded in 1887.
- 9x19mm, which dates to 1902.
- .45ACP, from 1905.
- .38 Special and .357 Magnum; 1899 and 1935, respectively.
- .44 Special and .44 Magnum, dating to 1907 and 1955.
I'll tell you what, I may own a lot of different calibers, but for the last several years, I've only really shot a handful; the ones on the above list, plus .32 S&W Long/H&R Magnum and .32ACP comprise the vast bulk of the handgun ammo I've burned up lately. Maybe I'm just getting boring...