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I'm new to this sort of thing. I can definitely see things going downhill in this country lately, so I've decide to be become prepared. I have to be honest, I don't like the label "prepper". It seems like other people look at you weird when you say that. Probably due to the extreme TV shows that have been on recently. I like the term "self-reliant". I have recently started making a collection of survival gear for my family. Weather it be some catastrophic natural occurrence, civil unrest, etc, I want to be able to last a few weeks. I live only 15 miles from NYC and work 1/2 mile from NYC (right on the other side of the Hudson river). As we all know, prime area for terror attacks. My goal for becoming self-reliant is to last a few days to get out of the area. I have family in a VERY rural area in the middle of Pennsylvania (about 3 hour ride). My plan would be to head that way. I do have quite a few things to last probably 2 weeks if things got really bad. My main problems are: NJ is not a gun-friendly state. I do own firearms, but we're only allowed to have 15 round mags. I have a Mossberg 590 pump, S&W AR-15 in 5.56, Beretta 5 shot 12 ga semi-auto, Ruger 10/22, Sig Sauer Mosquito .22, and a Springfield Armory 4" 9mm. I'm looking for one more good "survival" gun with some more "punch". Chambered in .308 or 7.62. Something with iron sights. Not sure if I should go semi-auto or something like a bolt-action scout rifle. Any suggestions? This would be my last gun purchase for a while (running out of room). Which brings me to my next issue: I have a relatively small house. Any ideas on how to maximize storage space with the most amount of gear, food, water? I was thinking of getting some outdoor storage benches that I could lock. I'm running out of room in my basement (I also have a finished basement that we use for kid's play area). Thanks for any tips/info for this newbie!
 

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Greetings, from Alabama.

Regarding your next rifle purchase, AK rifles are very reliable and there is plenty of that ammunition to be found. It'll drop a deer or a "zombie" with the iron sights. I like mine, anyway. The only addition to it that was necessary was Lok-Tite to the stock mounting bolts.
 

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in ca we can only have 10 round mags. i have plenty of loaded mags. work with what you have.
now storing things at home if you dont bug in... thinking about moving all that stuff with you... if you have a place in mind to go to, it would be wisest to store things there for your arrival. what if you have to hoof it? you need to walk for a week and you cant take much on back...
be wise when it comes to wieght, make sure what you carry you can get the most use out of. thats the tricky part!
 

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Welcome JWall378. Are you by chance from Summit?
 

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Welcome from Florida.
15 round magazines are not a handicap. Heck, in Vietnam our M-16's had 20 rounders and they worked just fine.
 
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