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)
Either a Ruger 10/22 or a S&W 15-22. I cant think of another semiauto rimfire I would even consider for your stated purposes.
The Marlin Model 60 and Browning SA-22 are both fine semiautos and would be great for hunting and target practice but I would not chose a tubular mag gun for SD. Likewise the Marlin Papoose and Henry AR-7 are nifty little survival/emergency kit guns with detachable mags but neither would be my choice unless their breakdown capacity were a serious need.
There may be other semiauto choices available but I don't know enough about any of them to trust then in a SHTF scenario.
All that said, be aware that a .22 semiauto rifle is a distant fourth choice for SD, behind a centerfire rifle, a centerfire handgun or a semiauto/pump shotgun.