Originally Posted by NitroxAZ
I have been looking around at "survival" .22 rifles. So far I have come across 3 different models and want your opinion on them.
1. Henry Arms U.S. Survival AR-7
2. Springfield Armory M6 (out of production)
3. Marlin Model 70PSS "Papoose"
Any info would be appreciated.
I own a Papoose, which is just a Marlin/Glenfield Model 60 that you can break down. Never had a problem with it or the regular Model 60 that I owned. Keep them clean and you're okay. Also, make sure the feed ramp is well-polished. [NOTE
: Charter Arms
made a version of the AR-7
and one called the Explorer II
. They appear
to have identical parts, but the barrels are NOT
IMHO, the primary cause for FTFs is cheap ammo. Those irregular cast bullets are notorious for snagging on the feed ramp. If you can find FMJ .22LR or copper-washed .22LR, that's a step up.
You didn't indicate how much you had to spend, or how long you expected to be in the field after TSHTF. Both the AR-7 and the M6 were designed for short-term use; just long enough for the Rescue teams to find you and haul you out of the jungle.
The reason I'm not fond of the Rossi pairs is the need to swap out. With the Savage 24 (in your calibers of choice), it's a flick of a switch to change barrels. I don't agree with ditching the shotgun for a .308; it would be hard to hunt bird with either a .22LR or .308! Again, you might be stalking squirrel and have the hammer selector set for the .22LR when you suddenly kick up some quail! A flick of the selector and you have the shotgun ready to go!
You could cut down the 24 to 16" or 18" barrels and replace the stock with a folder to make it more portable. However, you'll lose accuracy by doing so.
There are other multi-barrel guns beside the Savage 24
. There are European "Cape guns
", commonly chambered in 9.3x74R
(other combinations are
available). There are even three-barrel
* Two matching shotgun barrels and a rifle barrel
* Two matching rifle barrels and one shotgun barrel
* Two rifle barrels of different calibers (typically one rimfire and one centerfire) and one shotgun barrel
* Three matching shotgun barrels
* Three matching rifle barrels
Those will run into the thousands
, but I wanted to point out their existence in case you expect something like a months-long or years-long collapse of society.