posted on Jul, 27 2012 @ 10:54 PM
This is a tough one for me.Usually I'm a huge fan of the .22 as a survival rifle,but the .223 does have some real advantages. I won't argue that a
.22 can't kill large game,as it clearly can, but can it do so reliably?Not as reliably as the 223,for sure. I guess it depends on where your planning
to survive. I live in northern Canada, with long cold winters. So,for me to eat during the winter,I need to kill something substantial, like moose,
elk or a couple deer. The .223 is definitely not my calibre of choice for these animals, but it its miles ahead of the .22. Thing is, in a survival
situation, I want to make certain of a kill when I get the chance. Anyone who has hunted alot knows it's no sure thing to find game, and if there's
lots of hunting pressure,it'll only be worse. I don't want to risk losing an animal with a .22 when I may not get another chance.
Snaring is quite effective, so I would rely on my handgun and snares for small game,as well as making a slingshot for shooting grouse.Fishing would be
a great help too, if possible.
You can definitely carry more .22 ammo, but .223 is still not too bad, and if your careful with your shooting, you can carry enough to last a long
time.Now if you did happen to get into a situation where self defense was called for, the .223 is the hands down winner again.
I've mentioned this before, but for those of you who are unfamiliar with them, look at Hammonds Game Getter. It is an adaptor that lets you use .22
blanks in your centrefire rifle to fire a lead slug at velocities of 800-1500 fps. I have one for my .270 and for my .444,and they are accurate and
quite powerful. For the .444, I simply load .44cal muzzlelaoder balls into the special case,insert my power choice of .22 blank and fire away. I've
shot gophers with them at 50 yards,and it doesn't tear them up too bad,so small game is definitely do-able.For the .270,it has a swaging die that
allows you to push #4 buckshot or any similar size piece of lead through it to make your slugs. So, you get a full power hunting rifle, plus a pocket
full of blanks/balls leaves you well equipped to hunt small game.