Still following this thread with interest. However my interest is somewhat different. My idea is first, a range toy, second, bushcraft/foraging, third, social work. It is important for me that magazines interchange between the carbine and pistol. So I would pretty much be looking at the Ruger LC carbine and 57 pistol. And it would effectively replace my Ruger PC Carbine and American pistols. Plus I already have a bolt action rifle for the Armscor 22TCM, I have been sourcing a 1911 22 TCM pistol, but none of my normal sources can get me one. I am on the list at my favorite LGS. It surprised me how many people want one, I am number 4!
I still worry about reloading. As a range toy I go through a lot of 9mm. It’s an easy task to sit in front of my Pro 4000 and turn out 300-400 rounds an evening. And I would have no worries running the 22TCM through the Pro 4000, although it’s a single stage proposition for me now as I don’t really shoot that much of it now. But I have loaded enough that I am comfortable with it. I would simply back of the charge a bit. Today I load it to the ragged edge, everything is weighed. Honestly I doubt I would go through as much ammo, considering the rifle would be a bolt action. Even with the 18 round mag installed!
The 5.7 would be a different story. With a handful of 20 round magazines ammunition could go away quickly. And with the horror stories I hear about reloading the cartridge, no, it just a’int going into a progressive.
I am thinking the PC Carbine and American Pistols are probably the most practical for me. The Armscor boltie and 1911 would max out the cool factor, especially for a 1911 fan, while the 57 pistol and LC Carbine would bring me into the 21’st century.