SIX MONTHS ESCAPE/PREP 9
( Six Months To Escaping The Rat Race And Preparing For The Apocalypse Cash On The Barrelhead )
Guns And Ammo
Most folks would argue with me over the better survival arsenal, but this one is both cheap and the best bang for your buck. If time permits later, you can upgrade and get more fancy boy toys but for now you want the best rifle for your limited funds and the most ammo you can with the same. Do NOT even think about rimfire. Not because it is a puny round, but because the rounds are now in short supply and WAY too expensive for what they accomplish. In some areas you could get by with just a shotgun, and that is certainly the easiest to find and cheapest ammo and cheapest long gun. The goal here is to buy the most affordable adequate long gun and the cheapest ammunition. There are only three choices at this time for cheap ammo. Shotgun in 12 gauge, .223 in imported steel cases and 7.62x39 in imported steel cases. I don’t include 7.62x54R because of the limited guns that fire it. I do not recommend the Mosin-Nagant due to its lack of gas bleed safety. I used to discourage steel cases, a reloading charge of powder and primer being the same cost or less. Now, brass case ammo being as expensive as it is with no relief in sight, and no end of the reloading powder shortage, steel cases are once again pretty desirable. The caveat being that if you want them you had better not wait too long. Both expensive dear oil makes transport costs prohibitive and our current idiotic game of chicken with the Russians over them influencing a country on their border ( how would we feel if the Russians told us how to treat Mexico? ) might close all imports.
If you choose 223, you can then pay more for your domestic ammo if the imports end, plus have a round that will be both bartered and available on the battlefield. The 762x39 is ten cents a round cheaper ( 25 cents instead of 35 ), but has no other advantage. And folks, I hate to tell you that Yuppie Scum living isn’t going to last forever, but sooner or later you need to give up on the fantasy that a semi-automatic weapon makes you invincible in combat. It costs two to three times what a bolt action rifle does, and you can’t afford the amount of ammunition those need. For now, get a bolt action rifle in 223 or the commie carbine round. They cost a mere $300, so you can buy two. A his and hers, since they are manageable rounds for the ladies. And $400 rounds will buy 1200-1600 rounds. Not perfect by any means. But for a “collapse ready arsenal” it beats money in the bank waiting for an elusive future purchase of a “better” gun. I’d go ahead and buy another grand in ammo, since this steel case bargain might end forever without notice, but that is up to you and your budget.
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"how would we feel if the Russians told us how to treat Mexico?"ReplyDelete
Thanks for throwing that in. I'd wanted to write a long, probably pretentious Guest Article to you arguing that:
- the MH shootdown only benefits the Ukrainians...and so I suspect them of doing it
- that Putin is acting with restraint
- that US foreign poicy is a shambles, and
- that the US is acting like a belligerent drunk in a bar.
Keep up the good work! You're hard to argue with - you've thought this stuff through. Perhaps more references to Hollywood films? Then I can quibble with you!
I don't know how much I've thought it through as opposed to developing some common sense decades later.Delete
Good call on the shotgun - rifle chamber choices. If your budget is REALLY low, check out the Rossi combination shotgun - rifle combos, a pair of them gives you TWO rifles or TWO shotguns for the same cost as a single firearm. And if its pure foraging, even the .410 when shot at sitting game is effective for bringing in meat without spending a lot of shot.ReplyDelete
You NEED a handgun - period. Long arms get put down or are in the way. Handguns are holstered or tucked away and carried everywhere, put on in the morning when dressing and put away when going to bed. In my opinion - indespensible. .357 / .38 special probably the most versatile round going.
I don't disagree on the handgun- it is just put on the back burner as a secondary purchase when you are poor. You must get the long gun first, in case that is all you have time for. If your area is dense subtropical, perhaps not. But for most of us.Delete
I'd add one addition to the recommendation of a low cost bolt-action rifle- try to get one with some type of iron sites. Scopes are for deer hunting and the like. For self-defense, I'd want iron sites every time.ReplyDelete
Good idea. Hopefully not too hard to get with a cheap modern bolt.Delete
And addition to what you say on the mosin nagants, is that they really arent "cheap" anymore still cheaper than most bolt actions. I dont understand why the gas bleed thing is an issue. Could you enlighten me?ReplyDelete
(May or may not have more than 1 mosin n stuff)
The Enfield and Mauser both have gas bleed safeties. It can't be unimportant, right? And Russian quality is NOT world renown. So if a case or primer is going to blow, it would be with their ammo.Delete