When it comes to choosing the right survival weapon you may want to consider picking a rifle by the caliber of ammunition that uses for firing.
Ultimately there are a number of things to consider especially when you are looking for ammunition in a survival situation.
Here are some of the top considerations when you are looking for the best caliber weapons for a survival & hunting situation combined.
Weight: reasonably you will only be able to carry around 15 to 20% of your body weight over an extended period of time.
This means that you’re not going to want to be carrying around an extremely heavy weapon, a lot of ammunition, water as well as any other possessions.
Heavier caliber ammo will only weigh you down and the weapon that’s needed to fire heavy caliber ammo can weigh even more.
Ultimately you need to balance the size of the ammo so that you can get a powerful weapon with a light construction and light ammunition.
Size: a large weapon will be harder to conceal and in a survival situation you need to be pretty much invisible.
It’s going to be very difficult the stalk prey for hunting with a huge weapon or while you are carrying a ton of ammunition.
This means that picking a lower caliper ammo weapon will help you to remain more silent and close to invisible for staying out of sight.
Consider your needs: if you’re planning on holding up and you have real shelter where you can secure your belongings you can consider going with a larger caliper is capable of taking down big game.
If you live in an area where there’s lots of big animals like Moose, bears and elk you may want to consider a larger caliber weapon so that you can hunt these animals and keep lots of food.
If you are in an area with lots of small game and you want to caliber that will simply act as a deterrent, smaller caliber ammunition like a .223 or on the larger end a .270 will be just fine for taking down medium-sized animals and potentially even larger animals like deer or small bears.
If you’re in an environment where there’s only small game to hunt you should be fine to use small caliber ammunition like a .22.
Consider your needs for defense: you may want to consider getting a gun specifically for defense.
Although many recommend an all-around gun for hunting and defense, having a secondary pistol such as a .357 Magnum on you can give you great accuracy beyond 100 yards with some amazing stopping power for deterring thieves and for preventing bad situations in survival.
A gun that can break down easily: keeping weapons on the outside of your gear can be trouble and will make you an easy target for looters.
You will definitely need some type of rifle that can be easily broken down and concealed for transport.
Smaller caliber rifles are perfect for this because they have only a few pieces and you can carry lots of ammunition hidden in a bug out bag.
Check out the video below for some great tips on how you can pick the right survival caliber. While we don’t think the Zombie Apocalypse is coming anytime soon, this video gives you some great basics about survival calibers.