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Hi everybody. I'm Max and from Missouri where gun culture is alive and strong!

I'm working on finishing my arsenal soon as I start work on some food gathering and alternative energy sources (or a gennie.) but first I need advice on my favorite topic: guns!

So far I have:

Glock 23:

This is my EDC and primary sidearm, I'd say. It's in .40 S&W but I have a barrel kit so it can fire 9mm as well. I have it loaded with Remington Golden Saber or Hornady Critical Defense rounds and I have 4 13-round magazines. I'd say I have between 850-950 rounds of .40 stored for it, mostly a split between the two ammo types above with 100 rounds of good ol' FMJ. I've put somewhere near 2200 rounds through this thing and have never had a jam. I love this pistol! My 9mm stockpile is 250 or so rounds, mostly Speer Gold Dot.

Ruger GP-100:

Six-shot .357 Magnum, 3" barrel and blued steel. I've put around 500 rounds through it (it's new) and it's my primary defensive handgun if for some reason I don't have my Glock. (I live alone in a house with very thick walls, so over-penetration isn't as big of a problem for me.) Hornady Critical Defense rounds and a bit of FMJ, maybe 500 rounds total. This thing will knock somebody down, I imagine. I've also got 3 speed loaders.

Primary rifle:

Mossberg AR-15. I have a holographic sight with backup "flip-down" iron sights, a better trigger job and five 30-round magazines. The free-floating barrel makes this gun incredibly accurate. I've probably shot 1000 rounds with it with few issues and I would say I have between 1950-2050 rounds for it in my garage. (Packed up and ready to GTFO.)

Shotgun:

Mossberg 500, black, 3" barrel, adjustable stock, pistol grip, pump-action with an 8 round capacity and a 19" barrel. I have it loaded with Hornady TAP 12 gauge, first #4 then four 00 buck and three slugs. I honestly have shot this gun in a financially irresponsible manner, maybe 1100 shells. I think I have around 250 spare shells of various types.

So what do you all think? What should I add or change? Should I stockpile more ammo of one or more types? Are these guns practical and effect for a SHTF scenario in which I'd have to defend my home? (I have the resources and location for fortify it pretty heavily and I live next to a fair-sized forest, so it's sort of isolated.)

Thanks!
 

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My belief is you only could add 3 things in my opine:

1) a bolt 300 WM with glass on the low end can be $700-1000 but you could spend a lot more. This would help you at a much greater distance and with stopping power which both can be important.

2) a 22 LR package including a pistol and rifle. I believe in the 10-22 but you might prefer a tube fed to avoid the magazines. For a hand gun you could go revolver to avoid magazines but if you prefer not I recommend a Rock Island Armory 1911 45 with a 22 conv kit from Kimber. With mags and ammo that can run $1k but you add a caliber.
 

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Nice set up so far. I agree with Ripon though. You should add a 22lr. Great for training and small game hunting. I have a 10/22 TD and an SR22 along with a variety of others but these are my BO guns. I'm looking to add a Ruger Single Six that has two cylinders. One for 22lr and one for 22wmr. My TD is convenient, but I also think my Henry 22 Lever would outlast anything semi-auto. Others may disagree but in long term SHTF, a tube fed lever or bolt may be your best bet. Once I get my Single Six, I'll have two rigs. One with the Ruger TD and SR22, the other with my Henry Lever and the revolver.
 

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I forgot to add, if you don't want what Ripon suggested, you can get a Mosin Nagant for around $200 and plenty of ammo. My local Dunhams has several Mosins in stock all the time. Price is $199. They are a proven rifle and can take a lot of abuse. They kick hard but are fun to shoot.
 

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Add me to the "you need a .22" camp. While yer at it, also add me to the, "you should also have a long range/hunting rifle" group.

As much as you seem to shoot, some spare parts might be worth having too. Springs, firing pins, and whatever else might break on you would be good to keep on hand.
 

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Your arsenal is useless. To save any further embarrassment, I'll let you store it my safe. :D

Seriously, I really dig the fact that you have a wheel gun. I used to have a GP 100, great gun. As everyone else said, go get a .22; I have a Marlin 795, after owning a half dozen 10-22's, and I like it better. And they can be had on the cheap. I paid $150 out the door, with illuminated scope for mine, used but in like new condition.

Also agree with Trainershawn; A Mosin is a very viable way to go, way less expensive, ammo just about everywhere you look and tough as nails. I cut my barrel down to 16.5", re-crowned it using nothing more than a hacksaw, a file, a drill bit to start the crown, a brass screw, some emery cloth and steel wool to finish it. Super easy. Trimmed the stock, though eventually I may go with with synthetic, but I like the "Smash Factor" of that heavy wooden stock (but not the weight). Painted everything with a textured paint, knocked off the rear sight, mounted a Scout Scope (Long Eye Relief), a flashlight and finished off by fitting an AK47 Bayonet I had laying around. It took about 5 minutes to fit. If I had cut the barrel at 17", probably would have went right on. Then I epoxied it in place. I have 1000 rounds on hand and purchased 880 rounds during the middle of the recent "hype" for $235 shipped. 2 sealed tins, the can opener and the heavy factory wooden crate they originally came in. The ammo is still out there, but there are guys trying to get over $500 for 440, with guys selling it for the mid $200's for 880. You do the math. Cheaper Than Sleaze is one of high dollar ones.

It shoots a ragged hole at 25 yards, and with surplus ammo, shoots roughly a 2" group at 100, about an inch with good stuff. I can hit the steel plate at 200 yards at our range with surplus. And the fireball with the surplus ammo is not only impressive, but will keep you warm. And it's loud. I mean really loud. Shakes dust off the rafters and the range officers wont stand under the cover when I shoot it. So personally, save your money on the safe queen and use it to buy something you won't be afraid to get dirty!

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Remington SPS Tactical in 308 with a nice 3-9X50 scope for long range problems.
 

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Thanks a lot so far!

It sounds like I need to get a .22 LR! I think I can afford to invest in that!

Here's a follow up question:

Lets say my budget is $1250. What is the best setup for my money for a long-range rifle that will be the best bet in a SHTF situation?

PS: not sure who mentioned it, but I already am a hoarder of spare parts...although I need to learn how to use them a bit more efficiently.
 

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I prefer the 300 Winchester Mag for long range. Someone noted a .308 and those are fine too but I like what a 300 WM does to an engine block more than the .308. Honestly I invested in a 338 Lapua but don't recommend it to anyone. I found a used 300 WM hunting rifle and I modified a little for a bipod and put a nice scope on it - I can shoot it for so much less than the Lapua and the stopping power / range is very similar. More than enough for me. There are countless rifles and glass available for less than $1250 in the 300 WM category that will suit you. I'd say that the mainline Savage (not the axis stuff) but the 110/111 series does a fine job at the price. This way you can afford glass, bipod, ammo, and pick up a hand reloading kit for the 300 WM, a few hundred extra bullets, a pound of powder and bunch of primers and you'll be stocked for well under $1250.

While I like 10/22's I've grown fond of the older tub fed guns. They are around for $150/250 pretty easily and do a great job.

Thanks a lot so far!

It sounds like I need to get a .22 LR! I think I can afford to invest in that!

Here's a follow up question:

Lets say my budget is $1250. What is the best setup for my money for a long-range rifle that will be the best bet in a SHTF situation?

PS: not sure who mentioned it, but I already am a hoarder of spare parts...although I need to learn how to use them a bit more efficiently.
 

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First off, nice arsenal. Even if you don't add anything to it you can respond to a wide variety of scenarios.

With your budget you can afford something in the Remington 700 or Savage 10 class with decent optics.

I notice you don't have a real MBR; consider something battle-proven like an M1A, SCAR 17s, or FAL, or stick with a familiar design and consider an AR-10.

It's great having a solid variety of specialist weapons; I like it because it means you can arm others in your party. But don't feel you need to have a bunch of firearms (though there's nothing wrong with wanting them for the fun of it). I myself am going for more general-purpose long arms: 1 shotgun with two barrels for HD and hunting, a semi-automatic carbine in .308 to cover CQB, MBR, and hunting, and a .22 for training and hunting.
 

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I agree - you have a good start on a diverse armory.
You need a bolt action rifle for heavy long range work. I like military cartridges because you can get components and ammo just about anywhere in the world. 308 is hard to beet as is the old 30-06. The difference in trajectory between these two and the magnum is around two inches and under that within reasonable ranges that will be used.

I would suggest a 22rim-fire in a rifle and pistol that can fire any of the common four different rim-fire rounds; bb cap, short, long and long rifle. This eliminates any auto-loaders but will give you a diversity of available ammo that is useful anytime.

That will just about complete your armory but you can always add other guns - like a magnum revolver to add diversity to your collection.
 

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Ha, hopefully I don't need a magnum revolver bigger than my .357. That'd be a tough SOB. But you never know...

I'm going to look at a number of things, probably a .308 and a .300 WM.

And @Paltik:

I thought my AR-15 was a main battle rifle until about a few weeks ago when I really started to get interested in the prepping business. I was thinking of an M1A, just because my grandfather passed on an M1 to my father (who unfortunately had to sell it recently) and it was TOUGH. Made me appreciate the Springfield line of rifles a lot more. At this point, after my long-range and .22 slots are left, I'm probably going to get a tough-ass AK. My girlfriend's dad gave her mom one this past Christmas and WOW is it a fine weapon. It's Romanian and he got it for under $600...I'll have to find out more about that.
 

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What self respecting gun owner doesn't have at least one 22 rim fire in their collection? Why that's just heresy and should be punishable by burning at the stake in public! My Ruger Single Six is by far and away the funnest gun I own and I have a LOT of guns! I lost count of the number of 500 round bricks I have put through that gun a couple of decades ago! Enough said...

I would make a 22 rim fire my next purchase in no uncertain terms!!!
 

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Definitely get a .22 rifle, and a pistol would be good as well. I agree that a scoped bolt rifle would be useful...Savage is an excellent choice for the money, I'd recommend a heavy barreled .308, and don't skimp on the glass.

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Thanks a lot so far!

It sounds like I need to get a .22 LR! I think I can afford to invest in that!

Here's a follow up question:

Lets say my budget is $1250. What is the best setup for my money for a long-range rifle that will be the best bet in a SHTF situation?

PS: not sure who mentioned it, but I already am a hoarder of spare parts...although I need to learn how to use them a bit more efficiently.
HOWA 1500 Hogue Target Master Combo Package (with nice scope included) w/ optional Detachable Box Magazine (10 rds.). I mean, if you had an extra $1250 to spend, why not? You'll still have enough money left over to buy ammo or a reloading set-up to roll your own.

 

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.300 mag is a great round, but you will burn a lot more powder than in a .308 and brass/ammo is not as common as .308. .308 is used by the military most frequently and good past 600 meters. I am a fan of the lowly Marlin model 60 in .22lr, you can find a good used one for $100 and they are very common so parts are easy to find.
 

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I'm also in the "get .22" camp. I would also add a 9 mm pistol. That caliber will be the most common available, other than .22, in a SHTF situation.
 
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