SHTF Calibers...

Discussion in 'Survival Zone' started by rimfirehunter, Nov 17, 2007.

  1. rimfirehunter

    rimfirehunter Well-Known Member

    What are your SHTF calibers?

    Here's mine..

    7.62x39
    9mm
    .380
    .22Mag
     
  2. Thayldt21

    Thayldt21 Senior Member

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    I'll bite.

    7.62x39
    9mm
    40S&W
    22lr

    Would love the 303 Also but cost and availability.
     

  3. PrimalSeal

    PrimalSeal Well-Known Member

    7.62x39
    7.62X54R
    30-30
    7mm mag
    .22 LR
    9mm
    .45ACP
    .50 AE
    12 guage
    9X18mm

    One or all of those. It basically depends on how much time I have to prep. If it's a bug out situation, it all depends on how much time I have to load up my vehicle and get the hell outta dodge. If it's a bug in situation, then I got it covered.
     
  4. andrew241

    andrew241 Member

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    right now its...

    7.62x39
    9mm
    45 acp
    22 lr
    20g
    and a little bit of 30-30s just cause.

    the same setup for bug in or out, everything is portable ;) although heavy lol, but thats what the vehicle is for.
     
  5. 69burbon

    69burbon Well-Known Member

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    9mm
    22
    7.62X54R
    .410
    12 Gauge

    Blackpowder
    50 cal
    44 cal (rifle and pistol calibers)
    ***with bullet molds for all***
     
  6. Ari

    Ari Guest

    There was a unit in Alaska in WWII called Castner's Cutthroats. They were true SF units. They knew how to live off the land they knew how to hunt game and men... Take a look at their story and what their weapons they chose to carry in a deep survival situation. They were all back woodsmen and hunters before the army took them on.

    http://www.answers.com/topic/castner-s-cutthroats
     
  7. elguapo

    elguapo Guest

    I remember those guys when researching the First Special Service Force...forerunner to modern day SF and Canadian Airborne.
     
  8. patriot2980

    patriot2980 Well-Known Member

    here goes:

    7.62x39mm (for my MBR:main battle rifle)
    9mm (for my side arm and back-up rifle, the 995)
    7.62x54R ( for my Mosin, good bolt action for larger game for food and longer range shooting)
    22LR (for small game hunting)
    12 Gauge (for hunting and removing a threat at close range)
    380ACP (for my back-up sidearm)
     
  9. 357fan

    357fan Active Member

    Well, it really depends on the situation for me.

    If I'm heading out to the wilderness to live off the land, I'd want a 22 rifle as a game-getter and my 357 for defense.

    If we're talking Katrina-style SHTF, I'd want something concealable that I wouldn't mind losing to the tin-star authorities...say 38spl snubby.

    If we're looking at total social collapse, with roving gangs of looters and general bad behavior, I'd want an AK in 762x39 and either a good 9mm or 1911 in 45 ACP on my hip. An AR in 223 wouldn't be a bad choice here either, just not my style.
     
  10. Loopster

    Loopster Well-Known Member

    All right! I love threads like this.

    7.62x54R
    .45auto
    9x19
    .22 Long Rifle.
     
  11. SharpsShtr

    SharpsShtr Member

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    .30-06 : Main defense weapon
    .45 ACP: Backup defensive weapon
    12 Gauge: Just because
    .22 LR or an air rifle: Quiet small game getter



    Matt
     
  12. elguapo

    elguapo Guest

    AK ammo
    .45acp ammo
    9mm ammo
    .223 ammo
    .22 ammo
     
  13. 7.62x39mm
    22lr
    223
    9mm
    40
    12ga
     
  14. 8andsand

    8andsand Well-Known Member

    right now they are

    7.62x39
    9mm
    38 special
    .22
    12G

    Would like to add something in .308 for when you need to reach out and touch somebody. And possibly something in .223
     
  15. Well, for Bug-In, I've got lead in different flavors:

    12 GA
    16 GA
    20 GA
    .410

    .30-30
    7.62X54R

    9mm
    .22LR

    For Bugout it'd be:

    12GA, 9mm, & .22LR

    Just not much use IMO for lugging around the Mosin. The 12 can bring down game at need and ammo's easier to scrounge. With 9mm and .22 I can feed the Beretta 92F, the HK P2000, the Kel-Tec Sub2K, the 995, the Henry .22 L/A, the .22 revolver, the Walther P22, and the 10/22. 8 guns (4 handgun/rifle pairs) to equip 4 people and only two calibers to worry about, easily available for scrounging.

    -'bridge
     
  16. Idotusa

    Idotusa Well-Known Member

    7.62x39, 7.62x25 and 12 Ga.
    I have
    8 that shoot 7.62x39
    2 that shoot 7.62x25
    3 that shoot 12 Ga.

    I also have firearms that shoot the flowing calibers.
    .22 short
    .22 LR
    .223
    5.45x39
    .25
    7.62x25
    7.62x39
    7.62x54
    9x18
    9x19
    20 Ga
    12 Ga
    So this give a few to choose from.
     
  17. SHOOTER Z

    SHOOTER Z Well-Known Member

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    12 Ga
    22lr
    22 mag
    9mm
    40 S&W
    38
     
  18. vallen

    vallen Well-Known Member

    Depending on the situation...

    remember, you have to be simple, fast and efficient. probably 2-3 calibers max. that's even pushing it.

    in my array of scenarios, i have:

    9mm
    .22LR
    .223
     
  19. Right now my personal stock calibers are
    7.62x39
    .308
    .40
    .357/.38
    .22


    Now lets change the idea a tad. In a SHTF scenario what do you think you can get your hands on when things are drying up and you're out/low?
    .308
    7.62x39
    9mm
    .45
    .22
    .223 < depends

    ^ There are other lesser ones, but those are the main ones. Why? They're common, and they're widely used in may firearms from many countries of orgin. If ammo is restricted to the public they are common enough to be scrounged from various sources.
     
  20. rimfirehunter

    rimfirehunter Well-Known Member

    lbreevesii,

    In my neck of the woods the most common calibers for scrounging would be .22lr, 30-30, 30-06, .270, .38 Special, .357Mag, 9mm, .40S&W and .45ACP, the .308 is out there but not as popular as the others.

    I have a number of sporting calibers as well, but if I had to grab and go and not knowing when I would be able to return to home base the SHTF calibers I listed in my orginal post is what we would take.

    rimfirehunter