Five Calibers Preppers Should Consider

Five Calibers Preppers Should Consider

The topic of stockpiling calibers and ammunition can seem like beating a dead horse.  Preppers and survivalist talk about this topic until we are blue in the face,  Then again, people get into prepping everyday.  What may seem like an old and worn out topic to us is new information to others.

One of the first calibers usually discussed is the 22 long rifle.  There is no doubt the 22 long rifle is an excellent choice for preppers.  It is a good choice for hunting small game and dealing with pests such as raccoons and opossums.

Then there are the 223 Remington / 5.56mm and the 7.62X39.  Those calibers have been talked about for decades.  There is no denying they are an excellent choice for preppers.

In my opinion, there is too much focus on military style weapons and calibers.  What in the world did our grandparents do before the AR-15 or AK-47?  We seem to have forgotten about calibers that have served sportsmen for decades.

30-30 Winchester

The lever action rifle is slow to shoot, slow to load and has a trajectory of a football. Nonetheless, the 30-30 Winchester has probably killed more deer than any other modern hunting caliber.

Regardless of what new calibers are developed, the 30-30 Winchester is not outdated.

243 Winchester

The 243 Winchester has a reputation of being a “shoot it twice” caliber.  Shoot the deer once, then shoot it again when you find it.

Take the Remington Model 750 Woodsmaster chambered in 243 Winchester for example. Buy a few extra magazines, and the rifle offers a low recoil solution for people who do not like the larger calibers.

In all honestly, the 243 Winchester does not get the respect it deserves.

270 Winchester

The 270 is capable of taking everything but the largest North American game animals.  It is flat shooting, offered in a wide range of rifles, popular with sportsman, yet preppers overlook it.

When it comes to harvesting deer, the 270 Winchester is a deer slayer.

30-06 Springfield

Introduced in 1906, the 30-06 has proven itself on the battlefield and in the woods.  With over 100 years on the market, there are a wide range of rifles to choose from.

Couple of my issues with the 30-06, it does a lot of damage to the deer, which wastes meat, and recoil can be excessive for taking deer and hogs.

When it comes to taking deer and pigs, is there a need for anything larger than the 30-06 Springfield?  Probably not.

7mm-08 Remington

This is a caliber that does not get enough attention.  You get a 308 case, and a 7mm bullet.

It is effective in taking deer, but is often overlooked by the prepping community.

Many Other Calibers

There are so many calibers that are often overlooked – 257 Roberts, 6mm Remington, 280 Remington… to name a few – it would be impossible to cover them all.

Tucked away in closets, Pawn Shops, and gun stores all over America are rifles that would be well suited to put meat on the table in the event of a collapse.  One of the problems, preppers and survivalist spend too much time focused on military calibers.

Take the old deer rifle out of the closet and show it some love.

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June 30, 2017 at 03:01PM


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