Inexpensive Survival Rifle for Vehicle

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  • cssmith56

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    OK so this is a few questions in one but considering the rifles I'm looking at are rimfires (.22LR) of one sort or another I figure this is the best forum. Also, I just got (more seriously) into firearms this past year as I did not grow up around them so forgive my ignorance on some areas :)

    Objective: an inexpensive (<$250) rifle to keep permanently in my SUV for use in a survival/emergency/SHTF situation where I am unable to get home and access the firearms in my safe. I expect I would have my conceal carry pistol on me at any given time so this rifle need not be for self defense necessarily... more for small/medium game hunting. I would also need to keep a small cache of ammo in the vehicle to go with it.

    First off: is this even possible to do without damaging/ruining the rifle or ammunition? What would I need to do to ensure heat/humidity do not render them useless? How would I store the rifle/ammo?

    Second: any thoughts/experience with the Rossi matched pairs... the ones that come with both a .22 and shotgun barrel (either .410 or 20ga)?

    Thanks!
     

    Younggun

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    Just about any mainstream rim fire would fit the bill.

    Maybe a marlin or Remington in stainless to help with any rust problems. Should be a little cheaper than a 10/22.

    Might consider mag fed so you could keep a couple loaded mags ready to go.

    I didn't look at your location, but if you're no on the coast rusting probably won't be a big problem. Just pull it out every now and then and wipe it down with an oiled cloth.
     

    Dawico

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    The Rossi will rust.

    I have a Rossi Trifecta and my kids have all but destroyed every piece of plastic on it. I don't think it could handle being thrown behind a seat and left to bounce around.

    Get a stainless Ruger 10/22 and some Ruger mags for it. Good to go without any special treatment.
     

    jrbfishn

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    The rossi matched pars are nice guns for the money, and accurate enough. I think it is Henry that still makes one that the action ammo and barrel fit in the stock with a water tight cap and it floats. I used to have pistol version in the 80s. Very accurate pistol.

    And it is 22lr
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    Dawico

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    The rossi matched pars are nice guns for the money, and accurate enough. I think it is Henry that still makes one that the action ammo and barrel fit in the stock with a water tight cap and it floats. I used to have pistol version in the 80s. Very accurate pistol.

    And it is 22lr
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    Survival rifle but I don't think it is a Henry anymore. But it is still made by somebody.
     

    bones_708

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    Wilderness or urban survival? For a wilderness gun I think I would take a look at the chiappa m6. It's their version of the old springfield M-6 air crew survival gun. One of the things I like about the Chiappa is that it comes in 22 and 20 instead of the 410 in the springfield. Chiappa also has a 12 gauge version that comes with inserts allowing you to use something like 10 different calibers out of the gun. Urban is a whole different deal and I might look at a pistol carbine if there is a good one that matches your carry pistol mags. Now you may also just want a truck gun and not specifically a "survival" rifle. In that case my thoughts go to a 22 lever for reliability and the ability to feed and shoot any ammo. I know that with my 22 autos they can be picky some times and if the ammo isn't fresh enough it can cause some issues and with a lever action you just cycle the action and go to the next round. Either way ammo is a non issue. While their are many storage options jeven a ziplock bag with some desiccant or even just rice will do just fine for years in the most humid environments. Just rotate the ammo every once in a while just in case and I wouldn't worry.
     

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