I haven't read this thread... too long for my attention span.
I'm sure this thread has already run it's course and the only information left is bickering but I would like to jump right in and say that if the SH scare showed us anything, it's that 30-06, 30-30, 22lr, 223, 5.45x39, 7.62x39, 308/7.62x51 9mm, 40S&W, 38spec/357mag and 45ACP will not be available in a time of extreme crisis. some calibers that remained attainable, though markedly more expensive that I noticed were:
and 44 MAG/spec
6.5 is about as multipurpose and flat shooting as it gets. it is a little light for larger game like elk but far from anemic. 303 brit and 54R are great at mimicking the ballistics of 308, at least to the lower end of the spectrum. 45/70 is a great casting/reloading round due to it's great versatility, allowing everything from bird shot to 420gr slugs. 44 mag is also quite versatile though it is only suited to medium game and smaller but a rifle/handgun combo in 44 mag would offer a great deal as far as personal protection and food collection purposes goes.
all guns lost in a tragic smelting accident.
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