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Old 07-25-2009, 07:33 PM
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I've got a 12 gauge and a 9mm pistol for personal protection. But if SHTF, they will probably be left behind due to weight restrictions. So I'm thinking of buying a 22 rifle and pistol so I only have to carry 1 type of ammo. 1000 rounds of 22LR weighs less than 50 rounds of 12 Ga. shells and I could eat a rabbit/squirrel every day for three years. What do you think good idea or bad idea?
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weight restrictions? start lifting weights today.
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Why both a rifle and a pistol?
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if the shtf AND YOUR TRAVERSING TERRIAN ON FOOT. 22 rifle and shotgun go in backpack/ on back. 22 pistol and 9mm pistol on belt. easy cheesey. your welcome!
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Have you ever walked around a super walmart with 200 rounds of birdshot trying to find your wife? It kinda sucks after 15 minutes.
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I was thinking it would be easier to pack just 1 type of ammo.
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I was thinking it would be easier to pack just 1 type of ammo.
I understand that, but why a 22 pistol at all? Would not the 22 rifle serve all your needs?
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Old 07-26-2009, 01:26 AM
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Get the Ruger 10/22 Charger pistol. since I've gotten mine I love it. It is one of my favorites. The accuracy is amazing. I shoot 3-4 inch groups at 100 yards and I'm not a great shot. It is heavy and bulky for a pistol but much smaller and lighter than a rifle. It is easily packable. You have the 10/22 rugged reliability. The receiver is the same as the rifles. High capasity. Cheep and cheep to shoot. I cant say enough positive about this pistol. It even comes with a Bi-pod! Just add optics and shoot.
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A Ruger 22/45 would be great for a bob. If going on foot I would take either the rifle or shotgun(if I take a long gun) and a 357mag or 45 on my hip. The 22 pistol would go in the bob with the snubbie revolver. The major advantage of 22's is ammo weight
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Pack an AR-7, marlin papoose, or the like. Carry a 9 mm handgun and a 9 mm carbine (i'm shooting for a Glock 19 and kel tec sub 2000 cut down to take G19 mags). Use the 9 mm ammo for short term survival/relocation when you need to be sure that you can take out a target with the minimum amount of time/shots. The 22 is for small game and surprising two legged varmints later in the game.
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Whatever you do don't leave the 9mm behind. You'll need a good handgun for sure. If at all possible bring the shotgun as well. I would tuck the 22 pistol away in your pack for hunting.
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You got some dangerous game in Florida, gators not to mention 2 legged critters. Have something with some pop. The bare minimum a 22lr rifle and 9mm handgun. Can't hold your weight? Store a bit of extra stuff in your favorite forest/swamp or two.

I'm carrying a 30 cal centerfire w/ 150-200 rounds and thats it. The misses is carrying a 22lr rifle w/ a brick. Buy a rat trap or two or a commerical foot trap, have some rope and brass wire around, keep a good SAS or military survial book. You'll have plenty of squirrel. A good couple of fish hooks and line would probably come up with more meat.
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Ruger 10/22, and a Ruger Charger.

Interchangeable Magazines, same round. ~$500 for both.
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Have you ever walked around a super walmart with 200 rounds of birdshot trying to find your wife? It kinda sucks after 15 minutes.
LOL try 200 turkey loads!
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Save the money from either the rifle or the pistol, and then buy more ammo for the shotgun!
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I've got a 12 gauge and a 9mm pistol for personal protection. But if SHTF, they will probably be left behind due to weight restrictions. So I'm thinking of buying a 22 rifle and pistol so I only have to carry 1 type of ammo. 1000 rounds of 22LR weighs less than 50 rounds of 12 Ga. shells and I could eat a rabbit/squirrel every day for three years. What do you think good idea or bad idea?
Sounds like more hunting than defending so the Thompson Center Contender with 10" .22 barrel, 10" 44 Magnum barrel, and 14" 30-30 barrel is my choice. Barrels change out in under a minute. The .22 is Match accurate for hunting, the 44 Magnum can take from 180gr to 300gr+, and the handloaded 30-30 with real 150gr+ spire point hunting bullets will do 1 MOA at 100 yds off a rest. Nice multi-game animal hunting package. Packs small. Handy even with my Versa-pod or off shooting sticks. You can still buy the older Contenders for a reasonable price unlike the new ones. Carry a small handloader, some dies, a good powder, powder measure, primers. Yep, talked myself into it!
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i would make the pistol a bit stronger than a .22. let say you make it out,and your liveing in the woods what are you going to do when a BIG bear come sniffing around your camp?you dont need ALOT of ammo just some for serious situations.

im not sure if that 9mm would be enough to kill a black bear.you may need something a bit bigger.
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im not sure if that 9mm would be enough to kill a black bear.you may need something a bit bigger.
Your odds of being killed, or even mauled by a black bear are practically zero unless you do something really stupid, like messing with a cub or smearing your whole body in honey.

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weight restrictions? start lifting weights today.
I work out regularly, but am not a big guy. For long hikes, I am comfortable with no more than around 30 lbs. I humped monster rucks in the Army, and it sucked, badly. That much weight on your back can cause serious problems.
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Your odds of being killed, or even mauled by a black bear are practically zero unless you do something really stupid, like messing with a cub or smearing your whole body in honey.

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or the bear has just woke up from hibernation or is starveing. you dont have to mess with the cub they will attack if the cub is near or you end up between them and the cub
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