You’ve decided that you’re not going anywhere. It doesn’t matter how far down the rabbit hole the world falls, you’re situated in a reasonable location, you have your food stores and a measure of land to grow a garden, enough surrounding land to hunt for game, and let’s face it…at some point there’s not going to be anywhere else to go.
Considering all the choices in firearms out there, which weapons would be the better option for meeting any of your hunting or self-defense needs? There is no one-weapon-fits-all-scenarios available, so after doing a little bit of thinking, these are the four I’ve narrowed it down to.
The .22 long rifle
The .22 cartridge is the most common and the most economical cartridge around. The .22 short is the oldest cartridge still being manufactured today, and was first used in a Smith & Wesson pocket pistol introduced in 1857. The .22 long rife cartridge was introduced by Peters in 1887 and is the most popular and useful of all the .22 rimfire cartridges.
A .22 rifle has minimal blast and recoil. This rifle is not expensive to purchase and the ammunition is affordable by anyone—forty .22 copper-plated hollow points by Federal is less than $2 a box.
And that’s the more expensive stuff. You can purchase a box of Winchesters containing 333 hollow point rounds for target practicing for $13 online.
A .22 rifle is an excellent choice for small-game hunting. This would include rabbits, squirrels and coons. It’s the perfect “varmit” gun for taking care of possums or any feral cat or dog. The .22 comes in a variety of rifle types—bolt action, pump action, lever action, and semi-auto. Most every gun manufacturer makes some type of .22 rifle