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What is YOUR favorite handgun cartridge?

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So, what is your favorite handgun cartridge of all time, for any use? If you were forced to pick just one, what would it be?
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Just one?

It is a tough one but I'd have to say 22LR. Cheap, accurate, and commonly found. It doesn't do much for hunting anything bigger than about 12 pounds and isn't the best choice for self defense but it is something that is not intimidating to the shooter and one can shoot it alot/often with little cost.

In centerfires I would pick the .357 S&W magmun. It is a little light for big game in my opinion but if used in a large N-frame gun rather than the mid-size K-frame types, one can get the max out of the cartridge. One could also fire the much cheaper 38 Specials for practice or even small game and either would work for defensive purposes. It is the cheapest "all purpose" cartridge out there in terms of ammo and gun cost.
.45 acp or .45 lc... auto/revolver :D
I've only fired two different catridges before, but out of the two I'd have to go with... the 130 grain full metal jacket .38 Special cartridge.
Well looking back over the the years I'v fired most all
popular calibers from 22 short to 44 mag. My favorite would
have to be which ever one I happen to be carrying at the time .Noise wise the loudest was the 222 in a 10 inch
Contender barrel.
If I had to pick one it would have to be the 357 magnum. I
know it will kill a deer because I did it.
That 130 gr .38 Spl mentioned above is the cartridge my .357 would choose.
I'd have to go along with the .22 lr for the reasons that shooter listed.
///olde 8) pharte///
i refuse to answer this question, because just one gun is scary scenario! :shock: don't make me choose.
I love the .357 magnum! It's just fun to illuminate the range every time I shoot. :wink:
Whichever one I'm shooting at the time. :D
My favorite is the .44 mag/Special.
It covers everything from self-defense to big game.
Like a lot of you, I have handguns in calibers from .22 through .45 and a number of Thompson barrels in rifle calibers, but my favorite would have to be the .22lr. That's the one I am most often walking around with.
.455 Webley.

The two are opposites in every way imaginable that you can think of.

Honorable mention to 9x19mm, which has provided me with no end of amusement.

Second mention to 7.62x25mm. After shooting through a brick of .22, nothing like a magazine through a CZ52 to make sure everyone's still awake.
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