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  • Ruger 10/22

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  • Marlin model 60

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  • Bolt action 22 rifle

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  • AR-15

    Votes: 141 33.0%
  • Lever action 30-30

    Votes: 43 10.1%
  • AK-47 / SKS

    Votes: 85 19.9%
  • Bolt action rifle in medium or large caliber

    Votes: 38 8.9%
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Some kind of new disease has broke out, society has collapsed and no more trucks are rolling. Over the following weeks the power goes out, the water stops running, people stop driving their cars and trucks, friends, neighbors and strangers come around begging for food.

The food preps are slowly being eaten. But the food is not an issue, because you still have your backup food preps at your Bug Out Location. If your family can reach the remote location safely, you will have food, water, seeds to plant a garden, and getting a rabbit out of the field next to the creek should not be an issue. The problem is getting there.

Its been at least a month since your car or truck has had gas in it. So now you and your family has to walk to the Bug Out Location. Your family has to go through the middle of town, hit a set of railroad tracks, go about 30 miles following the tracks, hit a pipeline, go another few miles following the pipeline, then its just a short trip through the woods. Your family should be able to make the trip in about 3 days.

You grab your Bug Out Bag, go to the gun safe, open it up, and you can only take one firearm, what would it be?

Ruger 10/22: Lightweight semi-automatic rifle, magazine fed, fires 22 long rifle, ammo is light, easy to carry and is effective on small game. The problem is, the 22 long rifle is not effective on deer and hog size game – well, unless the hog is in a cage and you can get a headshot on the animal. Over the years the Ruger 10/22 has proven its reliability over and over again.

Marlin model 60: Lightweight, semi-autmatic rifle, tube fed, fires 22 long rifle, ammo light and easy to carry. Just like in the case of the Ruger 10/22, the Marlin model 60 is probably not going to be very effective on medium sized game.

Bolt action 22 rifle: All the same characteristics as the Marlin model 60 and the Ruger 10/22. But due to the bolt action, this rifle has a slower rate of fire then the other options.

AR-15: Lightweight semi-auto rifle, magazine fed, battle proven the world over. There are a lot of people that use the 223 for deer sized game, but my personal preference is to use at least a 270 on deer.

One of the nice things about the AR-15, just about anyone in the family should be able to shoot it.

Lever action 30-30: The good ole lever action Marlin 336 or Winchester model 94. Those 2 rifles have proven themselves as a slayer of deer over the past 100+ years. Why are lever action rifles so famous? Because they work, their lightweight, and accurate out to about 150 yards. To put it in simple terms, a 30-30 lever action rifle is effective.

The drawbacks to the lever action rifle is their slow to reload, and not as fast to fire as a semi-auto. The plus side is that the 30-30 is very effective on deer sized game.

A 30-30 with a 3-9×40 scope should be effective for just about anything in the southern part of the USA. If you prefer open sights, the 30-30 family of rifles still have iron sights on them.

AK-47: This rifle should not need an introduction. Its famous all over the world and battle proven. The 7.62 diameter bullet makes the AK-47 effective on deer and hog sized game.

Bolt action 308 Winchester: Flat shooting, 308 Winchester ammunition found just about anywhere, effective on everything up to deer and hog sized game.

What would you pick and why

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For me, it's a toss up between the .22 and the 30-30.

I think I'd go with the .30-.30 and a couple different types of ammo though. With low velocity lead rounds I can take small game, with factory jacketed ammo I could take large game and it would double as self defense.

I also like that the lever doesn't scream "look at me".
 

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With the situation as you described, I would go with the AR. I see more of a defensive situation than any.

Once I get to my BOL, I have food, water and a greater selection of weapons and ammo
 

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A bolt 22. As I can carry a ton of ammo and there are less parts to break, maybe a cricket single shot.
 

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I choose the Ruger 10/22. Accurate, reliable and cheaper ammo. Unfortunately it's very under rated. I've seen deer put down with them as well as professional butcher's putting down cows and pigs. All the shots that I witnessed were within relatively close range though. (30 yard average)

I didn't see a shotgun on that list.
 

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I would choose the ak or ar. I see this situation being about defense. The best defense is avoidance so if I find my self in the need to defend it will be because I'm taken by surprise. A high rate of fire would be nice in that situation.





I voted for the ak-47 although the ar or sks would fill the bill.


I like a 30-30 winchester lever action too. I like being able to slip a light buckshot reload into the chamber for small game.
 

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bolt action .308, the only rifle i have ever had, so obviously it is the one i am most proficient with, not to mention .308 can be loaded to take smaller game with less impact on the flesh, if it is like the situation above, i know for sure i can engage multiple targets out to 500M without glass. my preference would be the ruger gun scout or some other type of magazine fed bolt action. the .308 is arguably one of the best cartridges ever invented.
 

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Winchester 1300 with an extended tube, 8+1 capacity. It has a 26 inch vent rib barrel with a Carlson’s rifled choke tube and I'll use Federal F127 SS2 sabot hollow point shells. The slug is still traveling at 1000 fps and packs more than 1000 ft. lbs. of energy at 150 yards. It’s zeroed at 100 yards; it shoots about 8 to 9 inches low at 150 yards. When I get there I can change chokes and loads or even the barrels to hunt anything east of the mississippi or defend myself.

If I have to choose from the list I would decide between my Ruger American in .270 for range or my Ruger 10/22for light weight and rate of fire but I'm more comfortable with the Winchester.
 

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shotgun

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Well I would grab my Ithaca M37. I have slugs, buckshot and small shot for it so we should be covered there. Our flight would be at night so hopefully we would avoid contact with others. Since my family is with me I would hope each of them would be able to carry a gun as well. Since you only said "I" could carry one, what about them? LOL
 

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From your list, SKS. Small game can be had with snares, slings and other things. SKS will do fine defense or hunting ... but in reality I'd likely have a mini-30.
 
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