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Old 11-06-2013, 04:59 PM   #1
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Default Marlin 795 as a SHTF gun....???

Hi all,....I have my Ruger Mini 14, with some modifications, a Mossberg 12 ga and an old Nat'l Ordnance Springfield 30.06 as my SHTF guns.
Recently I have been looking at 22 rifles.....Being a LOW INCOME person, having worked for 45 + years and EARNED my Social Security ( I hate when they call it Entitlement,...its the money I paid in )...I know most people swear by the Ruger 10/22 but at $250 +...thats a lot of money for me. I have been looking at the Marlin 795. I am wondering if any one can give me some suggestions....1) best place to buy it for discount...2) what you really need for it in the way of accessories for a shtf gun...3) I want to get a parts kit like I have for my other guns....is it easy to work on?.....I was always liking the AR-7 survival rifle.( now made by Henry Rifles as Armalite is gone...I think).....I could KILL my self for not buying them in the 1970s when they came out, for just over $100...( or less). What keeps me from getting a used one is reports that it is tough to work on....change parts, etc...
I plan on placing spare parts and ammo in the stock of the Marlin like I did for my other long guns. I carry 120 rounds of .223 in a butt carrier I made up for my Ruger. The secret is to have one spare clip and the rest of the ammo in stripper clips. I use butt carriers for the other guns, too plus have inletted the stock to carry cleaning euipment,.. etc....
Parts suggestions and repair recommendations...as well as sources...greatly appreciated for my purchase of the Marlin 795....a Ruger would be nice,....just too much money...thanks....Please rsvp to barbuto@optonline.net

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Buy used from an individual for the lowest price. Be flexible and you will find a great deal on a great rifle. Don't add on to a survival rifle. Keep it simple. The less you do, the less you do wrong. My favorite is the Springfield M6 Scout .410/.22 over/under break action single shot. It is not incredibly accurate but it is reliable.

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For reliability under nasty conditions I would go with a bolt or break action. Minimal chamber fouling and less problems in general. They will also handle a variety of ammo much better than a semi. You can use anything from BB caps to super high velocity like Velocitors. Tube fed will handle them mixed.

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If you think you need a semi auto that is easy to work on, the Ruger is probably the way to go. Even on a budget the secret would be to not be in a hurry to buy, and shop used. While you shop, save money. The longer you shop the bigger the budget, and the better chance of finding a deal that was in the original budget. I bought my "superstock" 10/22 at a pawn shop used for $155. In hardly used condition. I did work on nothing but the stock parts. I did add a aftermarket scope base, and a Bushnell scope eventually. Don't really nead anything more complex than that, other than a sling for SHTF.

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The difference in price between a cheaper gun and the 10/22 can't be that much. A carbine or standard model runs between $190 and $220 new. Stashing a few bucks here and canceling a couple trips out to eat and voila, there you go.

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No offense, I have a 10/22 as well (and love it), but I think the only use for that caliber in a 'SHTF' scenario would be if the 'S' stood for 'Squirrels'........

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I would be more interested in a 22 wmr for SHTF. Inuit indians like a 22 wmr. They can carry 500 rounds in a cigar box. Inuit's down Alaskan game 75% of the time with the first shot. An Inuit's day to day life is real close to SHTF for us. They are only 500 miles from the closest store.

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I would be more interested in a 22 wmr for SHTF. Inuit indians like a 22 wmr. They can carry 500 rounds in a cigar box. Inuit's down Alaskan game 75% of the time with the first shot. An Inuit's day to day life is real close to SHTF for us. They are only 500 miles from the closest store.
+1 on the 22 mag! Much more power and range. The ruger American rimfire in 22 mag is ~$260 new bolt action with the great ruger rotary magazine. Add a 4x scope and your done. Many poachers put deer on the table with 22 mag. Would be my choice!
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No offense, I have a 10/22 as well (and love it), but I think the only use for that caliber in a 'SHTF' scenario would be if the 'S' stood for 'Squirrels'........
Actually that would be a possible role for a .22 in a SHTF situation, putting small game on the table. Squirrels, rabbits etc. would be good food because they are small enough to prepare and completely consume, without having to worry about preserving or storing. Deer sized animals would go to waste unless they were used by a group, or meat was smoked or dried.
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I was reading up on Inuit hunting techniques. Many Inuit's hunt for pelts. They shoot a polar bear with a 22 mag so they don't damage the hide. The bear dies in 15 minutes. They can easily track the bear in the snow. You are talking about people who have been selling fur since they first made contact with Europeans. An Inuit killed a second generation grizzly polar bear cross recently. Apparently the hybrid bears are not sterile. The bear was confirmed as second generation by Alaskan state biologists.

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