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I often think one of the most valuable shtf guns I have is my 10/22.

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    I often think one of the most valuable shtf guns I have is my 10/22.

    But I just can't see walking off if comes to it, with only it and a sidearm. If I'm not alone and I certainly plan not to be, than someone else can carry it and ammo for it, but I've learned over the years life doesn't often go as planned. Bugging in or bugging out in vehicle where I can have multiple firearms on hand it's not a worry, but if I had to bugout on foot alone I've always felt it's just too dangerous with our society to rely on a .22lr as your only long gun on hand. People are the greastest danger in this world and have been for sometime. They'll be lots of hungry, thieving, murderous people out there looking at what you've got, wanting it since they don't have it themselves when shtf. I plan around carry my M1A and sidearm for bugging out but even with other tools, trapping,and scavenging, I'll certainly miss the 10/22. And I know I can't carry both and a .22lr sidearm conversion isn't the same precision and range for taking game. If one was to have a .22lr rifle and sidearm, they certainly could carry alot more ammo to feed it than another, larger caliber rifle though.




    Do you feel a .22lr long gun is enough protection for bugging out on foot with a sidearm if it comes to it when shtf?



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    I certainly feel like it would be a great firearm to have for hunting and whatnot. I also like having the option to carry a TON of spare ammo. .22LR is a great round at closer ranges, but I'm not really so sure about a "weapon," though. Center mass would be the fastest target to acquire, but a little slower to bring down a motivated attacker. Especially depending on the clothes/armor they wear. It could take several shots to bring some one down. Seems to me like if you had to engage someone, you would have to be VERY hidden at a close to mid range, so that multiple shots could be placed strategically before you receive return fire. Though I suppose with a little extra training, one could be far more deadly with a .22LR than a man with a .50AE
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    If you were going to depend on it as a defensive weapon, I'd think in terms of a red dot sight and head shots.
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    The 22 rim fire is a great fire arm adept at a number of survivalist task, but I think relying on it to put another hostile human down and do so decisively is asking a bit too much from it. Yes it can kill but it wont likely incapacitate a individual whos capable of shooting back fast enough to save your bacon on a consistent basis. Now I will grant you....a shot to the brain bucket is likely to stop any hostile intent pretty damng quick, but I dont think someone is going to hold still that long if I am shooting at them inorder for me to take a head shot. I mean think about the number of folks that trash the 5.56 and AR for being too punney and weak and now compare it to the 22 long rifle.

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    It's not that the round can't do damage, but a defensive weapon needs to be able to stop someone or something well before they do you harm. Headshots in the heat of the moment when someone/thing is coming at you and you've got to put them down hard, take aim and make an accurate enough shot, is not as likely as hitting center mass. And .22lr on center mass leaves a lot to be desired. The .22lr has a good reputation as a assassination round, but that's where a person can time and put the shot where it needs to go. A sidearm is only to be used to fight your way back to your long gun in my training and mindset and I just can't see with how dangerous the world is, only having my 10/22 and sidearm.
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    If I had children around I'd have a 10/22 for each of 8 or 9 and above I guess. I don't so I only have 2 of them. My grand parents all seemed to have their own 22's though so I have inherited a small group and I seriously like the tub fed semi automatics and no need for magazines - not too mention you can't score a 10/22 magazine for less than $15 and the 25 round magazines are impossible for me to get - they don't unassemble well for CA. I've also obtained, in the last few years, a dedicated upper for my AR that I like very much - hence making another commitment over the 10/22 that makes sense for practice and training. I have so many 22's its silly. Between the hand guns, 1911 kit, AR kit and the long guns there must be more than a dozen. The good part - I can still afford to shoot them.

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    I think a 10/22 is a great SHTF gun. So is a 30/30 or a shotgun. They all have major drawbacks though.

    I think if I were to recommend just one to someone it would probably be a shotgun though. Can hunt with it, big or small game. Very effective at close distance. Only downsides are low capacity and short range. As far as capacity goes, if you're encountering a mob, even w an AR you're in trouble. Better off to take your shots and take off. This scenario where people stand and fight is a fantasy. You can only roll the dice so many times. Your enemy doesn't have to be well prepared or well equipped. They just have to be lucky...once. The other downside with a shotgun is range. But even this is exaggerated, you can do 100 yards+ with a shotgun and some practice. At some point the distance makes the enemy nor a threat, that distance will vary w situation.

    With a 10/22, you could dump a 25 round mag and take off I suppose. Taking 2-3 shots with a shotgun would be a lot quicker. Keep them Nikes tied tight!

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    Quote Originally Posted by breakingcontact View Post
    I think a 10/22 is a great SHTF gun. So is a 30/30 or a shotgun. They all have major drawbacks though.

    I think if I were to recommend just one to someone it would probably be a shotgun though. Can hunt with it, big or small game. Very effective at close distance. Only downsides are low capacity and short range. As far as capacity goes, if you're encountering a mob, even w an AR you're in trouble. Better off to take your shots and take off. This scenario where people stand and fight is a fantasy. You can only roll the dice so many times. Your enemy doesn't have to be well prepared or well equipped. They just have to be lucky...once. The other downside with a shotgun is range. But even this is exaggerated, you can do 100 yards+ with a shotgun and some practice. At some point the distance makes the enemy nor a threat, that distance will vary w situation.

    With a 10/22, you could dump a 25 round mag and take off I suppose. Taking 2-3 shots with a shotgun would be a lot quicker. Keep them Nikes tied tight!
    Any .22 rimfire is a great survival weapon, hunting, protecting the crops and chickens, and a GREAT cartridge to train on. Trigger pull, flinching, reloading, breaking point, moving targets, it is a great cartridge but a piss poor human V human weapon.

    I agree with almost everything you said "breakingcontact" until you put 30-30 into the mix. GAWD I hate that gun! Haha the most underpowered, slow shooting, chance to fail, iron sighted, contraption invented.

    Yes I know it had its hay day, but let us move into the 21st century and get past "grandpa's" ol gun and pick something better.

    Your shotgun suggestion was dead on! Even for zombie killing have you ever seen a 00buck round at 100 yards? It covers about a 6 square foot radius with 8x .38 caliber rounds and will make the hoards duck if nothing else. Slugs will knock back a 200lb human at 100 yards and hit them 8 of 10 times. I always suggest this as a FIRST weapon ever purchased for newbies and I carry a Glock .45 and a 870 Remington in my get home bag.
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    now the 30/30 is that close to having the sks 7.62x39? because the ammo avail is endless and super duper cheap i find mine to be super consitant and accurate. as for the 10/22 i love that gun as a start piece, and i think itd be very effective for most basic situations, and great if you have nothing else.
    i just bought my 4th 10/22 for 99 bux ( i bought it for training new gun people), included a true glo still in the package! yay! i love my gun club! I have 2 with true glos one with tasco scope and one with iron sights. i love the 10/22. my plan is to arm others who may not be armed in my evac group should i need impromptu grouping to leave. i love that a handfull of ammo goes a very long way with my 10/22s

    i must admit i would have a hard time choosing my sks, my ar or the 10/22.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shotlady View Post
    now the 30/30 is that close to having the sks 7.62x39? because the ammo avail is endless and super duper cheap i find mine to be super consitant and accurate. as for the 10/22 i love that gun as a start piece, and i think itd be very effective for most basic situations, and great if you have nothing else.
    i just bought my 4th 10/22 for 99 bux ( i bought it for training new gun people), included a true glo still in the package! yay! i love my gun club! I have 2 with true glos one with tasco scope and one with iron sights. i love the 10/22. my plan is to arm others who may not be armed in my evac group should i need impromptu grouping to leave. i love that a handfull of ammo goes a very long way with my 10/22s

    i must admit i would have a hard time choosing my sks, my ar or the 10/22.
    Haha point taken but my SKS/AK can shoot 20 and 30 round clips in the time the 30-30 moron is jacking his 6th round and thinking "OMG I need to reload"

    Good point about the 10-22, I actually do not own one opting for the bolt actions remingtons and CZ's.
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