Purpose:: This article is not to discuss the positive or negative points of the 300 Blackout, but rather should survivalist add another caliber to their collection. This is a blog of a survivalist, as such we are going to discuss topics related to prepping / survivalism and from a survivalist point of view.
History: The 300 Blackout was designed to be comparable to the 7.62X39, but to work in the AR platform. Think of a 30-30 short from an AR.
Availability: While the 300 Blackout is available in the AR platform and certain high grade bolt action platforms, it has not made the migration to the lesser expensive bolt action rifles.
When this article was published there are only a handful of bolt action rifles on the market chambered for 300 Blackout. As of early 2012 Savage has cancelled its plans for a 300 Blackout rifle. A Google search for Ruger 300 Blackout did not turn up any company related information.
From a survivalist point of view, why would I want to stockpile yet “another” caliber that is chambered in a limited number of rifles?
223 Remington – Holy Mother of GOD, every major gun manufacturer in the world makes something in the 223.
7.62X39 – Slightly less then the Holy Mother of GOD 223 Remington, the 7.62×39 is chambered in a wide range of rifles.
308 Winchester – Holy Mother of GODs big sister, everybody and their brother and sister makes something in 308 Winchester.
Lets say that you wanted to stockpile firearms chambered in 308, we can pick from – PTR91, M1A, FN/FAL, Remington 750 Woodsmaster, and tons of bolt action rifles.
Lets say you wanted to stockpile firearms in 300 BLK, we can pick from – AR15, couple of expensive bolt action rifles.
I dont know about you, but cost is a factor with me.
Not only should we consider availability of firearms, but also the availability of ammunition.
300 Blackout will take decades to reach the availability of 223, 7.62X39 and 308 Winchester (the big 3). Unless several nations adopt the 300 BLK as their primary military round, use the 300 BLK for several decades, and then something happens so that the nations are to dump the ammunition on the world market, the 300 BLK may never reach the availability of the big 3.
If you want to buy cheap and stack deep, 300 BLK may never be an option.
It took the breakup of the USSR for shiploads of SKSs, AK47s and 7.62X39 to be dumped on the U.S. market. Anyone remember the late 1980s and early 1990s when an SKS cost $75? I thought I overpaid when I bought my Chinese SKS for $90.
Effectiveness: What can the 300 BLK do that the 30-30, 7.62X39 and 308 can not do?
One reason why the 30-30 is so popular, because it’s effective on deer sized game. The 30-30 has probably killed more deer in North America then any other caliber.
One reason why the 308 is popular, is because it’s flat shooting, accurate and effective on deer sized game.
Why fix something that is not broken? If its not broke, dont fix it.
Rule of two: Have at least two firearms per caliber, and at least 1,000 rounds per rifle. Not saying that you have to have two of the same type of rifle, but rather two rifles that shoot the same caliber. Its nice to have at least two of the same types of rifles, such as 2 ARs, or 2 Mini-14s, or 2 Mini-30s, or 2 bolt action rifles,,,, and so on.
What two rifles can you buy chambered for the 300 Blackout? Unless you want to spend a small fortune, its going to be 2 AR platform rifles.
Most survivalist already have the AR platform chambered in 223, or an AK47 in 7.62X39. What motive is there to start over? Why have 2 or 3 ARs chambered in 223/5.56mm with thousands of rounds of ammo, and then start over in 300 Blackout?
In Review: If you are new to prepping and are looking at buying an AR platform rifle, I see no reason not to consider a 300 Blackout.
If you are old timer that has been prepping for 20, 30,,, or more years, and have thousands of dollars invested in the 223/5.56mm AR platform, I see no reason to switch.
I already stockpile 22 long rifle, 223, 280, 7.62X39, 30-30 and 308. And just because some company wants to introduce yet “another” caliber I am supposed to drop everything I am doing and buy yet “another” rifle? Give me a freaking break already. Why wasn’t the 300 blackout developed in the 1950s as a replacement for the 30-06 and the 308 Winchester? Why wait 50 years to introduce a cartridge that should have been introduced half a century ago?
Did some developer for the military drop the ball in the late 1950s and early 1960s?
The 308 Winchester was developed in 1952. Why didn’t some developer in 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955,,, say “if we shorten the 308 just a little bit, it would be great for a military rifle”? Maybe some developer did make such a suggestion, and the idea was kicked out?
Why didn’t someone in the civilian market suggest something like the 300 Blackout in 1952, 1953, 1954,,,? Where was Remington, Winchester and Federal in cartridge development in the early – mid 1950s?