So I'm been assembling my 'Bug out' bag and Its got to the point to where I now need to consider my options for a viable firearm.
When I say SHTF I mean a realistic scenario; Natural disaster, wide spread disease/biological contamination, governmental collapse and etc. In the very worst scenario (no power, limit or no law enforcement, and etc) I will no doubt be heading north, thus essentially living of the land until things get better.
Because of this, I've been considering my options for a firearm that'll suit me. I'm looking for something that is more practical for hunting and survival than defense. The way I figure, any firearm I train with can become a devastating self defense firearm so I'm not too worried about that. I'm not fighting hordes of Zombies here....
I also want something cheap (broke college student) so below $400. I also prefer something light as I would be mostly on foot.
I'm not into the assault rifle craze and have been considering more tradition routes.
I've been really interested in the Marlin 30-30 lever action. But then my dad offered me his old 20ga Mossberg 500 shorty for $100 ( with 18.5 in and 24in barrels and olive full stock) . I'm half tempted to purchase instead of the Marlin 30-30 because of the price tag.
But I'm concerned it will be ineffective for what I need it for (being a short ranged firearm system). So my question is, would you suggest a Mossberg 20ga for SHTF purposes, specially hunting for both large and small game? I've considered both, but thats a lot of weight and bulk to carry around