My local gun shop is selling the Howa M-1500 with a Nikko 3.5-10X44 IR AO 'scope mounted on a picatinny rail, for a fairly decent price. The Howa M-1500 gets pretty good reviews. It also comes with a Hogue Overmolded® synthetic stock. I am very loosely thinking of getting a boltie to compliment my AR, so I can leave the AR set up as tactical multi purpose rifle and use the bolt action as more of a med/long-ish range rifle......to test my marksmanship, or lack of it. Truthfully, I just love shooting at stuff far away for fun. This rifle is offered in: .223, .243, .270, .308, .30-06, 7mm or 300Mag. What would be your choice for caliber for a bolt action, scoped rifle for a SHTF situation? My first thought would be .308/7.62X51 since it's a fairly common round. However... with .308 ammo being relatively expensive, it might be more cost effective to keep it the same as my AR, in .223..........but then this does not give me a distance advantage. Of course should the S ever HTF, I may have to hunt with it as well. Food and zombies! Something else to consider is I do not have a shotgun and while I have 5 handguns (9mm, .22, .38Sp, .357 Mag, .44Mag.) I feel I need a better semi- auto secondary weapon than my 9mm Ruger P-85. It's a super reliable handgun that will eat anything I feed it .....I just feel I need something a tickle more powerful..... .45 or .40 S&W. So..... since my AR has both a RDS and a 6.5-20X50 'scope........ would what limited funds I have left to buy additional firearms with, be better spent getting a shotgun first..... and then a more powerful semi-auto sidearm? Rather than a bolt action long gun? Perhaps a shottie would be more useful for home or camp defense than a bolt rifle, overall. Since I already have the AR. Assuming I'd be better off for super accuracy with a bolt action rifle, rather than another AR platform, just rather in .308. There are a lot of choices and I am sure many of you have thought this through better than I have, or can. So I'd love to hear your thoughts. Thanks.