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Old October 13th, 2010, 07:16 PM   #1
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Best "survival" only .22 for SHTF?

I'm looking at a Ruger 10/22 made of SS with a winter camo stock. Or maybe the standard steel 10/22 fully coated with digital camo. Both are available on Gunbroker. What do you guys think?

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Old October 14th, 2010, 05:52 AM   #2
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I'm looking at a Ruger 10/22 made of SS with a winter camo stock. Or maybe the standard steel 10/22 fully coated with digital camo. Both are available on Gunbroker. What do you guys think?
Consider the Marlin Papoose...

http://www.marlinfirearms.com/Firear...ding/70PSS.asp

Also Stainless...
Breaks Down...
Padded Case Floats...
10 Rd 'Clips' Available...
I bought extra barrel, had it threaded...still fits in same case with rest, and red-dot sight...

Just another Option...

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Old October 14th, 2010, 08:18 AM   #3
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Looks interesting, accurate enough for small game I imagine. Have you shot it much? I have an older, mint-in-the-box Charter Arms take-down .22, the old style that completely stores in the buttstock, but I never considered it very tough or very accurate.

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Old October 14th, 2010, 11:15 AM   #4
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I think that for just plain bull for strong, accurate and long lasting a 10-22 is hard to beat. I'll admit it's not my favorite 22 rifle but for a gun that'll do the job practically forever it can't be beat. I'd put a good scope on it and go!

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Old October 14th, 2010, 11:34 AM   #5
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I, myself like the bolt action .22's, like a Marlin. Marlin now has a tubular magazine bolt rifle that holds 25 shorts. For me, the .22 short is the perfect small game round. Very quiet, and very effective for short range use.

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Old October 14th, 2010, 11:53 AM   #6
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I'm a lefty so generally prefer semi-autos or levers.

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Old October 14th, 2010, 11:58 AM   #7
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for a strong dependable rifle, choose a bolt action. me personally, if i grab a 22 for SHTF/survival , it will me my 1890 winchester. 95yrs old and still running strong, and very accurate.

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davidg- do you know the model number of that Marlin?

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Old October 14th, 2010, 12:10 PM   #9
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davidg- do you know the model number of that Marlin?
http://www.marlinfirearms.com/Firear...on22/981TS.asp

model 981TS

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Old October 14th, 2010, 12:29 PM   #10
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That looks perfect. Evidently brand new model, not even one on Gunbroker yet! Guess I could survive with a lefty bolt like that.

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Old October 14th, 2010, 12:33 PM   #11
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Looks interesting, accurate enough for small game I imagine. Have you shot it much? I have an older, mint-in-the-box Charter Arms take-down .22, the old style that completely stores in the buttstock, but I never considered it very tough or very accurate.
I have shot it a lot...with no problems.
If Accuracy was THE Issue...Heck, Buy a $1,000+ Anschutz!
(Bless You! )

http://www.ssaa.org.au/officialrevie...n-rimfire.html

You wrote both "survival" and "SHTF"...That's Somewhat Contradictory...but if the S hits TF...a good .22 Rifle could put a lot of meat on the table, or tree stump, as it were...
I think that the only good survival gun is the one you actually have WITH you!

So...The More Compact, the Better...The More Likely You Will Stow it Where You Need It!
With the Papoose, It can go under a seat, be tied onto an ATV,etc...
It can be more Inconspicuous than a Full-Length Gun.
If You Don't Worry About it Continuing to Float...You Can Stuff a Laser Sight, Extra Mags, 10 Boxes of Ammo, and a PB&J Sandwich in the Case if you want...


So...Different Strokes...
Decide What is the MOST likely scenario you will really, really want/need it for...
NO Gun is All-Purpose. Period.

Good Luck in Your 'Quest'!

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If the SHTF, you've then got to survive! I really appreciate everyone's advice.

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Remington 512 tube feeder. The ORIGINAL Hi-cap 22. Tough, accurate, long barrel makes it quiet. No mags to loose


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Old October 15th, 2010, 07:47 PM   #14
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That's a beauty you've got there. I'll bet it's fun to shoot and super accurate.

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Old October 15th, 2010, 09:44 PM   #15
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As open sights go, it's "minute of pop can" to about 60m consistantly. It's amazing how certain rifles , that don't lend themselves to 1/2 in groups at 50 yards can kill squirrels and bunnies all day long.

The 512 can be found all day long for $150-$250 and believe it or not i've never needed to use the spare parts I easily found for it at Numrich.

This one will shoot 1/2 inch at 100 yards on the best of days with match ammo:


but the 512 will bust a running bunny quicker than Oprah on a baked ham.

My interpretation of a survival rifle is not necessarily short and collapsable, but one that will make a box of cartridges go a long way, and kill when you need it to. I have recently aquired a 512 that has a terrible muzzle from the previous 60 years of cleaning. The bore is nice, the throat clean, but the muzz is a smoothbore for 3/8s of an inch. I'm considering making a 18 incher out of it to see how they perform.

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