If You Could Only Have One Survival Caliber..

Discussion in 'General Rifle' started by Hunterboy, Feb 19, 2012.

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Your Preferred Survival Caliber

  1. 22lr or 22 hornet

    35.9%
  2. 223

    18.8%
  3. 30 carbine

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. 308

    26.6%
  5. 30-06

    7.8%
  6. 300 Win magnum

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. 45-70

    1.6%
  8. 35

    1.6%
  9. 30-30

    3.1%
  10. 357/38

    1.6%
  11. 44 mag/44 special

    6.3%
  12. 243

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  13. 270

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  14. 22-250

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  15. 7mm mag

    3.1%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Hunterboy

    Hunterboy G&G Newbie

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    What would that caliber be? Mine would be 44 magnum. You can put it in a rifle and/or pistol. In a survival situation it could gather meat, defend your camp/home and can be shot by anybody in the family. I think 22lr is a good survival rifle. The reason I wouldnt choose it is because I can make good bows out of different woods, use a slingshot effectively and can build traps/snares, throw knives, tomahawks, chisels, long nails and other stuff. With those I can (done it before..) kill small game silently. The other down side to a 22lr is it is not a preferred SD caliber. If its an "end of the world" situation and you have to defend your camp/home its good to have a caliber that can take someone down without an absolute precision shot. The 44 magnum can cover basically all types of survival situations. So, whats your survival caliber and why? God bless.
  2. cooker300

    cooker300 G&G Enthusiast

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    i went with the 35

    even know id pick a 45colt in a nice little lever action
  3. Dragunov

    Dragunov G&G Enthusiast

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    5.56 nato.
  4. srt 10 jimbo

    srt 10 jimbo G&G Enthusiast Forum Contributor

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    Have to go with 22lr just cause of ease to get ammo or hord alot of rounds.pluse being in south florida..not to many animals I cant take out..Florida Lobster, Stone Crab etc....maybe I can trade 5o rounds of ammo for some sauce.
  5. clayton pope

    clayton pope G&G Newbie

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    i like the 44mag but if push comes to shove the 357 mag is more available with 38 specials for lighter game hand loaded up or down the 357 mag can handle north american game and 2 legged varmits
  6. GUNZABLAZIN

    GUNZABLAZIN G&G Enthusiast

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    I voted .223, I have an AR-15, and a Lone Eagle pistol, you can get a barrel in .223 for the Thompson Contender, which I also have!! Its a all around caliber, a man killer and a small game getter. Load it with heavy bullets and use it for larger game, as in whitetails if you have to!!
  7. 10/22fan38

    10/22fan38 G&G Newbie

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    A tough choice between 22lr and 223. I went with 223 because it's more versatile and I've stockpiled a lot of reloading components. I'm also tempted by 44mag because I can cast bullets for it. Should have also listed 7.62X39 and 7.62x54R.
  8. caopai

    caopai G&G Newbie

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    5.45x39mm

    I have a lot of it stock piled.
  9. Hunterboy

    Hunterboy G&G Newbie

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    Yeah. I would have listed more calibers but you can only list up to 15. I also have a 223, that would be my 2nd choice.
  10. hemingway89

    hemingway89 G&G Enthusiast

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    its tough between the 22lr/hornet and the 223. 22lr is plentiful but its not as versatile as the .223. plus you dont get as much damage from a 22lr
  11. sandblaster87

    sandblaster87 G&G Newbie

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    i went with the .357/.38 i like that round & well be picking up a 357 LA rifle soon to go along with my pistols
  12. lunchbox99

    lunchbox99 G&G Enthusiast

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    Went with the .223. But I'm almost thinkn shotgun
  13. Ten Man

    Ten Man G&G Newbie

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    I agree with the .44 Magnum as the "Survival" caliber I prefer.

    It is an excellent hunting round, an effective self defense round, and can be shot from revolvers, rifles, carbines, and semi-auto pistols.

    It can be loaded full power for big game, and downloaded for other purposes.

    The guns are robust, and will last a LONG time.

    I have many .44 Magnum guns, and several are included in my "Survival boxes."
  14. stinkybriches

    stinkybriches G&G Newbie

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    had to choose .308. with the right rifle you can go from clearing a room to really reaching out and touching someone.
  15. graytown

    graytown G&G Newbie

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    Didnt see 7.62x54 or 338 lapua so I picked 223
  16. bobvonb

    bobvonb G&G Enthusiast

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    I see the results and think they are reasonable for the question asked. However, I think the consensus I've read over time here better answers the question, "If you had one gun for all around survival..." the answer has been either the 22 lr or 12 gauge shotgun, with the edge going to the 12 gauge. Survival isn't just killing zombies, you have to take that turkey, pigeon, deer, and that rabbit for food too. But, good poll anyway!

    afterthought: that double barrel 12 gauge with the 45-70 insert that the 'teddy bear hunt' youTube video shows is an interesting concept, especially if you could add a 22 lr insert and maybe a 308 (or pick you favorite) insert too to switch out.
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2012
  17. grizcty

    grizcty God, Guns, Glory Forum Contributor

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    Everyone knows the answer, I always preach.
    I love the .44 mag rifle/pistol combo, for most parts of this country.

    But everyone has to look into, THEIR own situation.
    Where your located, what your hunting, & what can hunt you!
    Here in Alaska, we have big predators & little squirrels!
  18. shop tom

    shop tom G&G Enthusiast Forum Contributor

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    12 gauge shotgun.

    tom
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  20. deadzero

    deadzero G&G Enthusiast Forum Contributor

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    22 LR

    223 makes squirrels mist and rabbits explode
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