The Best Gun Calibers for Survival

BulletsWhen 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.

Why Shotguns are a Great for Deer Hunting

When it comes to picking a rifle for deer hunting one of the top weapons that are extremely popular for hunters are shotguns.

The reason that shotguns are so popular is because they are legal in many modern firearms seasons throughout states where different rifles may be outlawed.

Although a shotgun has a much smaller range than a traditional rifle they are far and above much more legal across the United States for hunting purposes.

The nice part about using shotguns on deer hunting trips is that they are light weight and also extremely efficient.

While a rifle needs to be set up, include the scope and requires a long-range blind or advantage for spotting purposes, a shotgun is more effective for short range hunting and very easy to operate.

Generally they have pretty good accuracy around 150 yards or more and you can also set them up in a variety of different ways to improve the accuracy and get a little more accurate range out of the typical shotgun set up.

The biggest drawbacks to bringing a shotgun instead of a rifle during a hunting season is that deer are generally very skittish and easy to scare.

There is also a lot of competition during shotgun seasons which make hunting grounds extremely crowded. Shotgun seasons also increase the risk of accidents because many hunters are looking for movement at short range.

If you have access to private hunting grounds or you know a time at which your local hunting grounds might be a little more empty, you can take advantage of this versatile hunting weapon with low chance for an accident and low competition.

Ultimately one of the greatest aspects of the shotgun is that it’s extremely versatile. You can purchase one gun and be set for waterfowl season, deer hunting season, turkey hunting, upland birds and small game all with the same weapon.

When it comes to selecting the right shotgun for deer hunting you need to consider some of the following aspects for your purchase:

Projectile setup:

Of course you need to consider the ammunition that you will be using. Slugs offer a single large projectile that shoots at a longer range. Buckshot is really only good for 30 to 40 yards max and it shoots numerous projectiles ensuring a better chance for a hit.


The most common barrel for deer hunting is a rifle barrel which has spiraled grooves to spin slugs. Smooth bore shooting is possible but requires specific slugs and you limit your range.


12gauge shotguns are preferred because it’s easier to get a clean shot for deer hunting. 20 gauge shotguns are perfect for people with smaller stature and for their light weight design.


You can choose between pump action and semi automatic action and bolt action. Pump action are about the most accurate and affordably priced. You can pop off two quick shots if needed and they are simple and reliable.


You need to decide the length of the shell that you would like to work. 3 ½ inch shells offer the best flexibility and offer the greatest versatility.


You can get a scoped sight if you plan on shooting deer at greater than 50 yards. Or you can get regular open sites if you plan on shooting only at close range with buckshot.

See the video below for more great reasons why the shotgun can be a great deer hunting companion.