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Pick One Rifle or Shotgun For Surviving SHTF

Pick One Rifle or Shotgun For Surviving SHTF
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Some kind of new disease has broke out, society has collapsed and no more trucks are rolling.  Over the following weeks the power goes out, the water stops running, people stop driving their cars and trucks, friends, neighbors and strangers come around begging for food.

The food preps are slowly being eaten.  But the food is not an issue, because you still have your backup food preps at your Bug Out Location.  If your family can reach the remote location safely, you will have food, water, seeds to plant a garden, and getting a rabbit out of the field next to the creek should not be an issue.  The problem is getting there.

Its been at least a month since your car or truck has had gas in it.  So now you and your family has to walk to the Bug Out Location.  Your family has to go through the middle of town, hit a set of railroad tracks, go about 30 miles following the tracks, hit a pipeline, go another few miles following the pipeline, then its just a short trip through the woods.  Your family should be able to make the trip in about 3 days.

You grab your Bug Out Bag, go to the gun safe, open it up, and you can only take one firearm, what would it be?

Ruger 10/22

Lightweight semi-automatic rifle, magazine fed, fires 22 long rifle, ammo is light, easy to carry and is effective on small game.  The problem is, the 22 long rifle is not effective on deer and hog size game – well, unless the hog is in a cage and you can get a headshot on the animal.  Over the years the Ruger 10/22 has proven its reliability over and over again.

Marlin model 60:  Lightweight, semi-autmatic rifle, tube fed, fires 22 long rifle, ammo light and easy to carry.  Just like in the case of the Ruger 10/22, the Marlin model 60 is probably not going to be very effective on medium sized game.

Ruger 10/22 and Marlin model 60 side by side

Ruger 10/22 and Marlin


Bolt action 22 rifle:  All the same characteristics as the Marlin model 60 and the Ruger 10/22.  But due to the bolt action, this rifle has a slower rate of fire then the other options.

AR-15:  Lightweight semi-auto rifle, magazine fed, battle proven the world over.  There are a lot of people that use the 223 for deer sized game, but my personal preference is to use at least a 270 on deer.

One of the nice things about the AR-15, just about anyone in the family should be able to shoot it.

Lever Action 30-30

The good ole lever action Marlin 336 or Winchester model 94.  Those 2 rifles have proven themselves as a slayer of deer over the past 100+ years.  Why are lever action rifles so famous?  Because they work, their lightweight, and accurate out to about 150 yards.  To put it in simple terms, a 30-30 lever action rifle is effective.

white tail deer and atv

Whitetail deer taken with Marlin 336 30-30

The drawbacks to the lever action rifle is their slow to reload, and not as fast to fire as a semi-auto.  The plus side is that the 30-30 is very effective on deer sized game.

A 30-30 with a 3-9×40 scope should be effective for just about anything in the southern part of the USA.  If you prefer open sights, the 30-30 family of rifles still have iron sights on them.

AK-47:  This rifle should not need an introduction.  Its famous all over the world and battle proven.  The 7.62 diameter bullet makes the AK-47 effective on deer and hog sized game.

Bolt action 308 Winchester – Flat shooting, 308 Winchester ammunition found just about anywhere, effective on everything up to deer and hog sized game.

What would you pick and why

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Kevin Felts was born and raised in southeast Texas, graduated from Bridge City high school Bridge City Texas, and attended Lamar College in Port Arthur Texas. Hobbies include fishing, hiking, hunting, blogging, sharing his politically incorrect opinion, video blogging on youtube, survivalism and spending time with his family. In his free time you may find Kevin working around the farm, building something, or tending to the livestock
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