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CHLChris 04-04-2010 01:41 AM

Survival/Defense...if only one rifle?
Here's what I want: .22LR hunting rifle for small game, a larger .30-06 hunting rifle for deer, a .223 AR-15 for home defense, a 7.62mm for country defense.

But, I really only want one rifle for now. I want to be ready for SHTF. I want something that could bag small game without exploding them in half, but big enough to give a good chance of bagging larger game. I also want something with a magazine so I could use if for defense against zombies or tyrannical governments (not a single shot bolt-action). It also needs to use ammo that is a little less expensive, easier to obtain, and easy to reload if I learn how.

I know, I really should have different tools for each need, but what should I buy right now? Please!!

Rumpelhardt 04-04-2010 02:27 AM

I have been giving this some thought and my conclusion is that a bolt action rifle with a barrel in the 20 inch range chambered in a heavy pistol round would be about right. This would point to a Ruger 77-44 though I don't know much about that particular rifle.

dunerunner 04-04-2010 02:34 AM

SHTF, Small Game, Deer..... Get the .223 like this:

DPMS Panther Bull Twenty 223, 20 Inch, A3 Upper, Bull Barrel, Fluted barrel, Vented handguard

spittinfire 04-04-2010 02:46 AM

I have to go with dunerunner on this rifle for everything, 223.

CHLChris 04-04-2010 04:24 AM

Yep .223 might be it
I've been doing more reading on this since putting up the thread.

How about the Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Rifle in .223 and get a high-capacity magazine? You get the small size of .22 for smaller game, but the high speed/energy of the .223.

dunerunner 04-04-2010 04:32 AM

Spend a little more IMHO, and get the DPMS or equivilant AR.

james_black 04-04-2010 05:25 AM

Got to agree with my fellow patriots...go with an ar15 platform.
1. Great for self defense, shtf, goverment dethronement, etc. 223
2. You can purchase a 22lr conversion and shot it from the same gun by changing bolt and mag.
3. If u want long distance u can buy an 50 cal upper for it.
4. You can even buy a 410 upper for it this days.
All using the same platform.
Just buy the upper and ammo of choice.

1 rifle=multiple options. :)

kansas45 04-04-2010 06:03 AM

I'll have to go along with the .223 for the reasons stated above.

Rumpelhardt 04-04-2010 11:53 AM

Ok a few qualifying questions.
#1 Are we in shtf survival mode or shtf rid the country of bad guys mode?
#2 What is the reason for being limited to just one weapon.
#3 Urban or wilderness?
The answers to these questions would influence the choice a lot I would think.

CHLChris 04-04-2010 03:47 PM

Only one weapon because I want to be ready right now! I can get more weapons in the near to far future, but I want one TODAY that can do everything (sort of), just in case the SHTF this week.

Always be ready.

I am in a city, but near the wilderness.

I want to be ready for societal collapse AND "You don't get to take my country over!" sorta thing.

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