Originally Posted by bkt
The kind of survival situation would determine what firearm is most appropriate. Are you defending your stockpile of food from others? Or are you depending on your firearm to get you food? A shotgun might be a good choice for both scenarios, but it still depends on the specific situation.
I was figuring in both factors, self-defense and hunting. Since SHTF situations are highly unpredictable, I think it's wise to have a weapon that covers both bases.
Since the OP specified survival RIFLES in the thread title, I named a weapon that fires rifle rounds, as well as the added benefit of shotgun shells.
Defender, do you have a 24F? The Savage site says the .223 twist is 1 in 14, which is pretty long for a Remington .223. Any idea how accurate it is? It looks like a pretty interesting design.
To be honest, I've never owned one. However, I have fired a few of them over the years. Also, I've worked the gun show circuit in a two state area since the 1980's, and talked to a number of dealers and owners of the weapon.
I have yet to hear anybody condemn it. Virtually everybody I've talked to gives it a thumbs up. From everything I've gathered, it's a quality weapon for a reasonable price. I believe the MSRP is somewhere around 650, which means you could pick it up for a good bit less at a gun shop or show.
As far as accuracy, it's plenty good enough to hunt various varmints with, which is what it was basically designed for. It's not going to replace anybody's sniper rifle, but it wasn't meant to be a sniper rifle. It serves the purpose it was designed for quite well.