Originally Posted by Proagie
What would be your top 5 choices for a SHTF .22 semi-auto rifle, that would be adequate for self-defense and hunting purposes? (best to least best)
A 10-22 or a marlin/Glenfield 60. ..That's it.
I have 10-22's set up a few different ways (from 16" to 22" bbl. I love the accuracy and they've proven themselves dependable. Even though I do like a Ruger more I've yet to see a Marlin that couldn't shoot well. I'm rebuilding one now that was treated pretty bad. I look forward to seeing what she'll do when she's brought back to glory. It's an old style Glenfield 60.
I don't care much for tactical 22's. I've shot several and they do well. It's just I feel like I should be drive by-ing squirrels or something. I do have one that looks lie a AK (armscor) I got in a trade a while back. I guess it's my commie 22...heh
Anyway, There are plenty good 22 rifles out there. Most are pretty good rifles. It's really hard to go wring with a Ruger, Marlin. Those SW 15-22's are real good shooters if a more tactical look and feel is your cup of tea. I've seen a few of the Mossbergs but have not shot one...yet.
At the end of the day a 22 (or few) is a must have for any collection no matter the size. As to the killing power of a 22...One just has to look at how many people have been rendered dead by one over the years. Sure there's stories about this or that but a whole lot of people got just as dead with a 22. Maybe not the most ideal dependent on the situation but there is no denying the history.