how much ammo do you think you can take with you, Do you have a bug out truck? How much are you taking with you? Where would you Bug out location? Water, Food, Fuel, Shelter mmmmmmm Gun ok A 10/22 and you can take 1000 rounds with ease, also you and have 2 Rifles and one hand gun.
for the price of one ar.
You did not state why you wanted a Rifle. Shot Guns are cheap. slugs will reach out to 100 yards with ease. Always Do as you like but will you be able to get where you want to go is on the top of the list and my quick list is what you will need,,, a few more things, pots, pans, forks spoons and if you look in your kitchen that is what you need. Tents, sleeping bags and so so much more. Rifle ok hand gun I say yes.. a S & W Stainless Steel Revolver in .357/38 and the 10/22. So your in charge but you only have so much space.
Hell water will take up so much space.
I’m just finishing up some work on a stainless & black composite mini-14. I mounted a bolt-on rail under the barrel for a LED light (not the prettiest arrangement, but very functional), I drilled and tapped four #8-32 holes in the underside of the front stock and mounted a 5.5” rail there for a 9” bipod, another rail over the receiver with a red-dot scope and added a Specter SOP 3-point sling and a piston/bolt buffer. There’s no way a mini 14 is a tactical rifle, but here in CT you have to improvise. The rifle shoots under 2 MOA consistently and eats any ammo I’ve fed it so far. I've considered mounting a barrel stabilizer, but I doubt the $180 will make it a tack-driver. If I want tight groups at 300 yards, I'll use my Win M70.
My mini14 was the 16” stainless/black synthetic with muzzle brake. I had a scout rail with red dot and was working on a light mount. I wanted to love the mini, but I just couldn’t. It was ridiculously hard and expensive to modify, and the reliability was not good enough to trust my life with. I got the “other” AR and added flip-up irons, Vortex red dot, surefire light, and 2-point sling. It is better than the mini in every possible way. If for any reason in the future I cannot bring the AR out in public, I will opt for the M1a scout.