posted on Aug, 3 2009 @ 07:16 PM
To me, a survival rifle should be reliable, accurate, versatile, efficient, effective, and accurate.
A .22 is better than nothing, but not versatile or effective.
There is a reason the military changed to the .308. It's about the most EFFICIENT round in existence. For the size of the cartridge, it packs a
wallop, is an effective, proven man-stopper, with many loads available it's versatile, and the .308 is accurate beyond most shooters abilities.
PLUS, with the military using the .308, it's going to be one hell of a lot easier to find .308 than it will be to find .264.
That's why whatever I grabbed, would fire a .308.
The weapon. Bolt actions are most accurate, but slow to fire and almost impossible to make quick follow-up shots. Semi-automatics are sometimes
particular on what you feed them, more prone to failure when dirty, you tend to use far too much ammo, and just more crap to break.
Another poster mentioned the Remington 870 pump action shotgun as this is a proven action as reliable as the summer days are long.
But you asked for a rifle.
There is an option - especially for a survival weapon. It's cheap, it's reliable, it's accurate, it's versatile, it's efficient, it's
effective, and it's accurate. You can make quick follow-up shots, and when you hit something or someone - it's not like it doesn't get noticed.
Look at the Remington 7600 synthetic. It's a rifle based on the absolutely reliable 870 Remington action. It will last through you, your son, and
likely, your grandson and his son.
Won't jam, works when dirty, and there are some aftermarket parts to "juice it up," and you can get spare magazines.
Certainly not a romantic weapon. Not a weapon of beauty nor does it have nostalgic lines that just appeal to our sense of aesthetics.
This is a serious, all business too, using the most efficient round known to man.