I mulled this one over for years. I went back and forth between a lot of different rifles. I decided to create a list of things I required in a pure survival rifle. I wanted something light, compact & capable of taking small game to survive on. Well after much thought and going back and forth I decided the best rifle for me is the Ruger 10/22 TD (take down). It fits all the above criteria extremely well. The only area it falls short is as a defensive rifle. But I am never with out a handgun. And if you get a suppressed 10/22 TD it will give you a huge advantage of being able to take small game with out attracting all sorts of attention.