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.223 32 17.68%
7.62x39 23 12.71%
.308 88 48.62%
Other less popular caliber 38 20.99%
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Old June 29, 2009, 09:31 AM   #26
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My 30-06 is my best and most versatile round for hunting game; complimented with a .35 REM for a brush gun. However, if we are talking about an "urban" rifle, I think the weeknesses of the 5.56 are also some of its strengths.

The 5.56 does not have the sheer penetrating power of the .308, or even the 7.62 x 39. But in an urban environment, for defensive purposes, that means a lesser likelyhood of a round penetrating through a primary target and seriously injuring another. Also seems less likely that a round (heaven forbid a stray round) will penetrate walls of neighboring structures ending in the unintentional injury of others.
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Old June 29, 2009, 09:32 AM   #27
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I like 308. But 30-06 would be an awfully good all purpose round.
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Old June 29, 2009, 09:38 AM   #28
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30-06

Since the original poster did not specify purpose, I'll do as others have done and assume it's for survival.

I'd go with my 30-06 (45-70 is choice #2) for exactly the same reasons Tikirocker outlined in a real survival situation. Getting lost/stranded in the Alaska bush is a very real possibility for me so I don't waste my time fantasizing about zombie hordes and acronyms.

That being said, if I do get stranded/lost that means I'm stuck with what I've got... Could be a .243 win (winter yote/wolf hunting), 12 gauge (bird hunting and hiking), 500 S&W mag (fishing and hiking) or one of three big game centerfire rifles: 30-06, 45-70, .338 RUM.

Same as Tikirocker said, exposure is the real danger, it's just on the other end of the temperature scale from TIKI's stompin' grounds. Even 45° F can kill you if you get soaking wet. A good knife and some para-cord will go a long ways toward shelter building. Extra matches and a storm proof lighter for fire. Most importantly, a good set of synthetic clothing + rain gear and having your wits about you...

What the Hell is a SHTF/EOTWAWKI anyway?

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Old June 29, 2009, 09:48 AM   #29
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Wyobo,

SHTF = something hitting the fan ...

TEOTWAWKI = The end of the world as we know it ...

By the way, I'd love to hunt in your part of the world - opposite extremes certainly but something I have always wanted to do.

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Old June 29, 2009, 12:12 PM   #30
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By the way, I'd love to hunt in your part of the world -
Likewise. Nice looking Buff in the earlier picture, are those aggressive? I've heard that there is an Aussie Buff that is similar to hunting Cape Buffalo, true?

I've only been to Australia once (W.A. - Perth/Military) but would love to go back and get out hunting.

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Old June 29, 2009, 12:49 PM   #31
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I selected 308 as it is a do everything round. I think the perfect survival gun, is an M1A1 (M-14). Of course this is in addition to a 22. I don't have M1A1 or a 308. I have quite a few guns and don't see buying anymore. If I didn't I'd be saving my $ for an M1A1.

I actually have an AR in 5.56 but I also have designated hunting rifles and Milsurps in bigger calibers.
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Old June 29, 2009, 02:54 PM   #32
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I think the perfect survival gun, is an M1A1 (M-14).
I dont know, sure, the M14 would make a good combat rifle but I would NEVER use a semi-auto rifle as a rifle which needs to serve me well for years with little or no cleaning and lubrication/maintenance. ( I am NOT talking about jams)

For a survival gun I would choose the simpliest yet still effective gun I can get, and thats a bolt action rifle in a decent caliber with good iron sights; that means sights I am used to. Not many parts which can break and extremely rugged design. I would use a K98K in either .308 or 8x57.- Maybe a M44 Mosin Nagant. A bayonet could be handy. Both of them worked well in Stalingrad, could it get more SHTF than that?
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Old June 29, 2009, 03:05 PM   #33
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entirely depends on location and whether select fire is an option. Urban or suburban with selectfire I would choose x39. Rural or no select fire I might have to go 308. Pobably x39 if I absolutely had to choose one to work for both.
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Old June 29, 2009, 03:20 PM   #34
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Rifles are carried far more than they are shot. For a survival/rural/mountain/desert/jungle situation, I would most definitly take my Ruger M77 Mk II "Frontier" model in .308 with scout scope mounted over the barrel. I could carry that all day and it gives me .308 in a package about the size of an M1 Carbine.
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Old June 29, 2009, 03:46 PM   #35
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When in the states, I live in rural Florida. We have hogs & snakes, no bears or Chupacabra to worry about. .308 would be overkill & I dont like .223 for much of anything. I would grab the AK and my mag vest and be on my way.

Survival gun: .22/.410 Scout plenty of .22LR and an assortment of .410 slugs & shot
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Old June 29, 2009, 05:14 PM   #36
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Since I reload, I have found that the 300WM is the most versitile for me. I can load it in 110 gr for the little varmits, 130 gr for antelope and coyote. 150 gr for deer, 180 gr for elk, and 220 gr for bear.
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Old June 29, 2009, 05:32 PM   #37
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Voted for .308, but I'd be as comfortable, maybe even a shade more with .30-06. The split between the two chamberings in my safe is almost even and it comes down to choices between individual designs.
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Old June 29, 2009, 06:03 PM   #38
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My choice would be .30-06 in a Mauser based sporter, blue/walnut. With either a Lyman or Williams reciever sight. I'm proficient with the setup to the extent that I feel confident that I could "survive" just about any feasable real life situation with it. Were it more readily accessable I would have picked the 9.3x57 in the same setup.
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Old June 29, 2009, 06:17 PM   #39
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Voted for 308. There is really nothing it can't do.

The other choices have merit to them. The 22 is a good choice for survival, unless, the unfortunate large meat eating critter stumbles upon you and decides that it wants drumsticks for dinner...
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Old June 29, 2009, 06:18 PM   #40
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I looked at the poll as more of a personal defense rifle vs a hunting rifle. With that said I went with the 223, given I can shoot it the fastest with the most accuracy given the guns I own.

Now had it been a hunting thread I would go with a 270 weatherby mag. Hell of a punch and very manageable recoil IMHO. I can kill every critter in NA with this round, I myself have taken antelope to buffalo. Plus it shoots flatter and packs more of a punch than a 06. But I am very biased. I would also give a vote to the 300WM

30-06 @ 300 yds shooting 150gr Barnes X
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Old June 29, 2009, 06:19 PM   #41
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Great! The weekly "what rifle" poll...
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Old June 29, 2009, 06:23 PM   #42
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22 lr is the ultimate survival cartridge.
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Old June 29, 2009, 06:56 PM   #43
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But I still dont know why.
It does not offer much range at all, it makes a mess in barrels, its not known to be very effective as self defence cartridge, you cannot hunt large game with it, it does not have much penetration at all, its pure lead projectile has lots of problems with bone and so on.

Just because its the most popular cartirdge does not mean its the best for survival.

Why is it so great? Just because its cheap and it does not weigh much?

If I have to defend myself in a whatever-scenario I want to be as far as possible away from the threat to make a clean well aimed shot from 200-300yds. So no danger for me. But If I have a .22 I have to get too close to the target and maybe I need multible shots. Very bad idea.
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Old June 29, 2009, 07:08 PM   #44
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What?

I think the statement
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Old June 29, 2009, 07:15 PM   #45
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I have to go with Jack's .270
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Old June 29, 2009, 07:48 PM   #46
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But I still dont know why.
It does not offer much range at all, it makes a mess in barrels, its not known to be very effective as self defence cartridge, you cannot hunt large game with it, it does not have much penetration at all, its pure lead projectile has lots of problems with bone and so on.

Just because its the most popular cartirdge does not mean its the best for survival.

Why is it so great? Just because its cheap and it does not weigh much?

If I have to defend myself in a whatever-scenario I want to be as far as possible away from the threat to make a clean well aimed shot from 200-300yds. So no danger for me. But If I have a .22 I have to get too close to the target and maybe I need multible shots. Very bad idea.
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Old June 29, 2009, 08:23 PM   #47
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5.56/.223 all the way

I'm going to stay within the perameters of the question (unlike 70% of the other folks in here) and vote .223. As stated earlier, I want a round which is in heavy production and can be salvaged if needed. You .308 fans might say that the militay also uses .308. To which i point out that they don't manufacture nearly as much, and typically only for snipers or special forces.

Of course, the .308 is better for extremely long range, and has more power... but with my Rock River AR 15 and a decent scope, the .223's lack of power is made up with supreme accuracy and shot placement.

This has yet to be stated, hunting small game is ideal for food because if oyu take down a moose and have less than 10 people to feed, the meat will rot. The .308 will literally destroy any small game you shoot. However, if the hide or bones of big game is needed, the kill can easily be accomplished with a .223 placed right behind the shoulder or in the head. As many veterans will testify, shot placement is faaar more important than power.

Also pertinent is the ammount of ammo you carry, it's weight, and the gun's weight. Any rifle in .308 will typically be heavier than one in .223, and one can carry far more .223 ammo than .308 without compromising thier stamina by carrying tons of .308 in a survival situation.
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Old June 29, 2009, 08:55 PM   #48
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It depends on what I'm doing. But of the choices listed I'd select the .308. This choice is mostly because it's a very versatile round that can put food on my plate and defend my life if needed.

.223 would be a contender in my book but I don't think it's up to the task of reliably dropping deer, elk, cows, and other such animals that make good food.
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Old June 29, 2009, 09:07 PM   #49
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taylorce1, ironic that you are the first person who brought "SHTF/EOTWAWKI" into the thread, yet at the same time complain that's what the thread is about!



It doesn't need to be "SHTF/EOTWAWKI", why did you assume that?

It could be as simple as only wanting one rifle that would be satisfactory for most any need well into the future - something that could be handed down through the family. Or maybe even as simple as only wanting to spend the time and money to buy one rifle.



So far, I've been impressed with the thread and poll.

Why is it the old members that make assumptions and try to start the arguing?

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Old June 29, 2009, 09:14 PM   #50
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I'd start out with my M1, figuring on picking up some modern hardware along the way. But truth be told, I wouldn't be comfortable with just the M1. I'd want my 12 gauge slung to my web gear and it would also be nice to have the Vig around if it was urban.
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