You're rewatching your fav movie and both the lights and the TV go off simultaneously, and at the same time too, redundantly. It's a real doomsday! The moment of truth! Your small town Is under attack!! Because you're a prepper you know what to do: Run! Bravely bugger off and flee!
What is the best calibre rifle or pistol to pack with you for self defence, meat, and general comfort?
Maybe the 45/70? Useful in a grizzly attack though it may be, how long will it feed you? 20 or 40 rounds is about all you'll want to include in your daypack. I know. This is my favorite high power calibre and I've carried the thing all over the country. Five rounds in a shirt pocket you will not hide because your pocket will be down there exploring the latitude of your belly button! The 300 to 500 grain bullet, backed by a large amount of 3031 or similar powder, will definitely get the attention of anything I'm likely to meet out there, or on the way out there. And twenty moose will feed me foe a good many years, but still, is this the best we can do? If all I encounter is the odd grouse, I'm going to have a lot of trouble making it through the first month, especially when you consider what that rifle will do to a grouse or a squirrel!
But now, at the opposite extreme, can we consider the .22 ?
I've been casting about for some time now for a 39A to match my other marlins. I found one that was about a hundred years old online and for cheap too, but of course it was sold...
Before tossing the idea completely, consider how much game you could obtain with the careful use of an accurate .22 and 500 or a thousand rounds. If you're a reasonably accurate shot, I'd recommend solids rather than hollowpoints for better penetration on larger animals and go for the quick kill of a headshot on grouse and other small game.
I'm not a self defence obsessed guy myself, but based on a lot of experience with the wooden end of a .22 rifle, I definitely would be extremely uninterested in being shot by a .22. Even just once! I think it's something that's overlooked in self defence; Have you ever broken a bone? An arm, a leg, a finger or forget all that. have you ever just Even stubbed your toe good and hard? How much fight have you got left when slightly injured, TOUGH GUY? SO Maybe you get my point: a kill is n't always necessary to stop an attack. However, there is the fear factor:
When attacked, any man or animal wants the attack to end... and wants it too end badly! And so we often go overboard a bit to "neutralize the threat". we tend to neutralize the threat to the point of the ridiculous. as a friend once put it : both eyes for an eye and for a tooth the whole face!
Bears and even moose have been killed by .22's. I'm not saying I wouldn't prefer looking over the barrel of my 45-70 but I wouldn't feel entirely helpless with NOTHING MORE THAN AN ACCURATE .22 e ither.
And remember: we're talking long term survival here, like for years, DECADES. If you use up half your ammunition killing that blackbear it's going to be a long and hungry winter next year, or the one that follows that...
So Don't leave your highpower behind I f you have the means to bring it but don't forget your NEGLECTED .22 when the shtf.