Originally Posted by JonM
small game is far more common that big game. a .22 can take all sorts of small game all day. poor folks in the back woods of america to this day use the .22LR to take rabbits squirrels and all manner of small things to feed the family. i would definatly take a .22 for a survival rifle the weght of of 20 rounds of big game ammo that would blow a rabbit to inedible bits can be replaced with several hundred rounds of .22 ammo.
there is different kinds of survival different meanings for the word. come sht hit the fan time and i gotta pick a round to kep me fed no matter what .22LR would the choice. can always make a bow to take big stuff.
anyway it just depends on where you are and what your trying to survive.
My thoughts exactly.
My survival weapon of choice is a suppressed bolt-action Brno .22lr. It's lethally accurate, reliable, not at all finicky on what I feed it, takes 5- or 10-shot mags and (with subsonic rounds) so quiet you won't spook other game.
I can throw 200+ rounds into my pockets without hampering my movement or weighing me down - for a fraction of the cost of 200 rounds of .308 or 12ga bird shot.
In the sort of survival situation I see as most likely hereabouts (living off the land because of natural disaster or becoming "geographically embarrassed" while tramping) I wouldn't worry about whether I can make a wing shot - I'd take 'em on the water or the ground...
"Sportsmanship" < "dinner" in a survival situation.
The Brno doesn't break down as readily as some of the others mentioned but it's not overly heavy or long.