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I'll bite.

7.62x39
9mm
40S&W
22lr

Would love the 303 Also but cost and availability.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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

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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)
 

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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.
 

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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



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7.62x39mm
22lr
223
9mm
40
12ga
 

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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
 

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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
 

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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.
 

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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
 

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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.
 

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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
 
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