Bugging Out: What Calibur Rifle?
Just received a great question about bugging out from one of our friends on Survival Blog’s Facebook page: which caliber rifle is best for bugging out?
Here’s the deal – I’ll be carrying my AR15 – but I have a conversion kit that will convert it to a .22 by just changing the bolt.
I can literally change my AR15 from a .223 to a .22 in 3 seconds which makes it the most versatile rifle I own. I can hunt small game with the .22 and use the .223 for big game (and personal defense!) without carrying two rifles.
On another note, I refuse to put any sort of optics on my rifle (carry handle sites only) because I would worry that in a grid down or bug out situation, if my optic broke, it would render the firearm useless if the scope was damaged. Imagine how hard it would be to find a replacement.
I encourage any survivalist to comment below on what rifle they will include in their bugging out, but here are some factors I would keep in mind.
Best Bug Out Caliber Tip #1: Choose a weapon you are proficient with.
The last thing you want to do in a SHTF situation is learn to use your rifle. Make sure you are very proficient with your rifle and that you know it well. You should also stock up on parts that are common for your rifle – just in case. Parts will be hard to come by during TEOTWAWKI.
Best Bug Out Caliber Tip #2: Choose a Caliber you can hunt with.
Whether it be a long or short bug out situation, you’ll need some way to gather grub. Hunting for big game with a .308, 30/30, or 30/06 is standard – even a 12 or 20 guage shotgun will do. A .223 has a smaller round than most hunters would prefer, but where it lacks with hunting, it gains with personal protection.
Do you know of any good .308 or larger caliber auto or semi auto rifles? Let me know of makes and models in the comments below.
Best Bug Out Caliber Tip #3: Think about who you will be bugging out with.
Will you be bugging out with a friend, spouse, or your entire family? Think of the advantages of bugging out wing others – the more people in your bug out party, the more opportunity you have to bring different calibers and more ammunition.
My wife will be carrying my Kimber .308 sniper rifle (with a great scope) and I’ll have my .223 AR15 (and my .22 conversion kit.)
What Caliber rifle will you be taking and why? Leave a comment below with your thoughts.