What is the most reliable .22 rifle or pistol for survival?

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  1. Dan22

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    I was wondering which .22 would stand the "Test of Time" in a survival situation.

    Back in the early fifties the spare parts bin for the old Ruger .22 automatic was a cigar box full of parts on a secratary's desk.

    A Ruger Single-Six would be another one to consider.

    Assuming you did have a cleaning kit and some oil, what .22 do you feel could go the distance?

    A Marlin 39A lever comes to mind, as does a Winchester model-62.
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    a bolt gun of some type would be my vote.
    less parts to malfunction.
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    The Marlin 39A would be a good choice as well as the Browning Buckmark pistol. I have never shot the Browning Buckmark rifle but if it would do the job then the Buckmark rifle-pistol combo would keep your spare parts inventory down. Someone gijve us feedback on the Browning .22 Buckmark rifle.
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    It would be a ruger single six in my mind but I suppose a rifle would be better. Probubly and marlin bolt gun of some kind.
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    Grab a break open single shot. Not much that can go wrong with them.
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    A Marlin tubular fed 22 bolt action rifle would allow for more shots and I haven't had any problems with my Marlin 22 magums.
    If I had to choose a pistol it would be the Ruger single six I suppose.
    A.H
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    my marlin 981T bolt action tube fed 22lr for accuracy shootin at food
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    Ruger single action in stainless

    Ruger single action in stainless for handgun.
    Do not go with a Ruger .22 auto but do consider
    a high quality pump action such as a Remington.
    This is for survival and you will need an accurate .22 rifle to gather food.
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    +1 with a Ruger SIngle six in the holster.with some shot shells.
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    Several years ago i was offered a beretta 22lr semiauto pistol (looked like a mini 98, arnies gun) with a 2" barrel and a 7" barrel. The 2" made it smaller than my wallet and the 7" was within rabbit at 50m. If its a pistol you want, the beretta was dirt cheap but i didnt need a pistol at the time, but nearly did just for the survival use.
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    Well for you and me its not an option,its a range firearm or its illegal.

    for a survival rifle in 22lr i would take my model 60 winchester.Its very simple to use and keep running.
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    Very true,
    Thats more or less why i didnt buy it. But one day someone will test Article 9 of the human rights charter and we might be able to carry for protection, from beasties at least!!
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    If you live up north and can prove you are in a high risk job or enviroment it is possible to get a permit to carry a pistol.
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    They let me have a semi 12g, good fun, but a bit scarey running thru the bush after the first shot and it cocked again.
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    Not much difference to me,a loaded double barrel is still cocked and locked for one more shot after you fire one barrel.
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    I've been thinking about this thread and if it was for a long time situation I would want a gun that was fool-proof.

    A tube feeder might have a problem if you dropped it and bent the tube.

    A clip type could be a problem if you accidently dropped the clip where you couldn't find it again.

    An extractor could fail and many other problems could arise in a bolt-action, lever, pump or automatic.

    This leaves me with a single shot such as a Remington rolling-block, Stevens "Crack-Shot" or any other similar rifle that you could use a pocket knife to extract shell casings.

    Even a broken firing pin could be a major problem if you have no way to cobble-up a repair.

    I'm looking for the most foolproof .22 ever made.

    I need to eat!
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    no such thing as foolproof, anything can break at any time for any reason. if i had to pick one out of my safe and head to the woods and live, i'd take my model 1890 winchester pump. 92 yrsold and the only part that ever had to be replaced was the hammer spring- pretty darned reliable.
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