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Backcountry Hunting Podcast

Mar 11, 2022

Survival guns! What could be more fun to talk about. This episode focuses on hardware, situations, and skills. It's not a prophecy. Outdoor people all have a little Boy Scout in them (motto: Be Prepared). We like to be ready for anything, and that's what this discussion is all about. 

First, let's throw out that one word that suggests extreme survival: Apocalypse. All the really gnarly stuff. Super volcano. Solar flare. Gigantic earthquakes. Nuclear war. Foreign invasion. Runaway asteroid. Truly deadly disease. 

Whatever your favorite fear is, it ain't a bad idea to prepare for it so you can sleep well at night.  

Characteristics of a good survival/hunting gun: 

  • Reliable and easy to fix
  • Well suited for locally available game
  • Versatile for a broad spectrum of uses
  • Capable of making challenging shots

Is just one gun enough? 

Popular survival-gun types and models: 

  • Ruger 10/22
  • Pump-action shotgun
  • Bolt-action rifle chambered in either: 
    • .30-06
    • 6.5 Creedmoor
    • (Here's why)
  • Lever-action rifle in .30-30
  • Combination gun such as Savage's O/U shotgun/rifle

NEXT WEEK's TOPIC: Survival Guns, Part 2: For Fighting




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