situations. And the ammo is reasonably priced, readily available and can be stored for long periods of time. Plus, there will STILL be tons of ammo available for trade purposes when "the balloon goes up."
Actually, there are many excellent suggestions in this thread. I like the idea of a carbine ( lever action or otherwise ) that can handle the same .357 or
.44 ammo as your handgun. Again, the 5.56 "black rifles" are excellent choices for survival situations.
About the only thing I would add is to be sure you lay in as much water and food as you can, then get all the ammo you can afford. Don't overlook the humble .22 Long Rifle. It can be a good hunting round, is easily quieted in a long barrelled rifle and 200,000 rounds can be stored in a lot less space than any other round that I know of.
Oh, and an extra for your medical kit: Feminine napkins and tampons. The super napkins can hold a LOT of blood and make good quick battle dressings at a VERY reasonable price. Tampons are good for wound packing, hold quite a bit of blood and have a string for easier removal.