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10/22 for SHTF or WROL in my subdivision.... Really?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by katana8869, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. katana8869

    katana8869 NativeFloridian

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    So here I am in Florida with hurricane season just around the corner and I am trying to decide on a rifle to give me a little better range than my Mossberg and Benelli shotguns. I'm not wanting to spend 1k on an AR and though I am considering either an AK or a SKS, I have serious concerns about overpenetration here in the subdivision that we live in.

    So I have been reading and researching and one rifle keeps coming up over and over.... the Ruger 10/22. I know that a .22lr is a great pot-filler during hard times, but I'm not sure that I can go there for self defense. However a 10/22 with a good scope, 25 round mags and the ability to put alot of lead in the air with no recoil and fast follow up's does have a certain appeal....

    So what does everybody think? Is a 10/22 a good subdivision SHTF weapon?
     
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2012
  2. Reb 56

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    Nope a 10/22 is great for small game not so much for bad guys, SKS or AK makes more sense.
     


  3. ksmedman

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    It's a tool. If it's the only tool you have, you have to make do.
    That said, you have some better choices for SHTF in the $200ish price range, if that is the concern. The SKS is a good one, or a milsurp like an Enfield, Mosin style Carbine, Mauser, etc...
    I have a sporterized Enfield that I picked up for $80, best dollar for dollar firearm purchase I ever made. An Ishapore would be even better, as they are in 308.

    You can get a decent AR for much less than 1K. Probably under $700 if you shop around. Lot's of AK's in the same range though, so you have some choices.
     
  4. TactiCool

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    A decent 9mm AR will do everything that you described, and be less than 1K.
     
  5. AK_Stick

    AK_Stick AAAMAD

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    A 22 isn't a good defensive weapon.


    It might get the job done sometimes. But I would never purposely select it if I had the ability to choose a better tool for the job.
     
  6. G30Mike

    G30Mike Say When!

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    You described mine....
    When my son is old enough it will be his. If SHTF, his little butt will be posted up on the roof taking headshots while I draw fire with my M4. :D
    [​IMG]
     
  7. AK_Stick

    AK_Stick AAAMAD

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    Sounds like a really good way to get your kid deadified.
     
  8. WoodenPlank

    WoodenPlank Who?

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    Glad I wasn't the only one that thought so...
     
  9. G30Mike

    G30Mike Say When!

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    Nah, not if I'm providing cover fire on ground level. Might be a good way to get myself deadified though. Unless we're shooting at Zombies of course. :D
     
  10. How much cover is there on your roof? Your son would be an open target. :whistling:
     
  11. AK_Stick

    AK_Stick AAAMAD

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    :upeyes:


    Well the upside is you probably won't live long enough to realize you killed your kid I suppose.
     
  12. Boats

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    Get some rifle or ghost ring sights on your shotguns and practice hitting things with 12ga. slugs. Just how much range do you need?

    Within an afternoon's practice, 100 yds should become easy and 250 yards totally doable. Even if you miss, no one is going to hang around watching 1oz lead splatterings walk in on them.
     
  13. G30Mike

    G30Mike Say When!

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    Really was just posting the whole situation in jest, didn't realize some would take it so seriously. My apologies fellas.....I really wouldn't put my son in a situation like that.
     
  14. WoodenPlank

    WoodenPlank Who?

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    You'd be surprised how many posts like that have been made on GT that were 100% serious... :wow:
     
  15. NeverMore1701

    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

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    I have a pretty spiffy little 10/22, but if I have even the slightest suspicion that I'll be in a firefight, it won't be tagging along.
     
  16. G30Mike

    G30Mike Say When!

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    Point well taken. :thumbsup:
     
  17. SGT HATRED

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    Op you might look into a ruger pc9 9mm carbine and you can get 30 round mags.
     
  18. svtpwnz

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    A 12ga shotgun should take care of anything inside your home for sure. I know you don't want an AR due to over penetration, however, shot placement is key and an AR is extremely effective for CQB situations. I certainly would not trust my life with a 22lr in a SHTF situation when there is a much better tool for the job. Also, if your home is being over run by bad guys, staying alive trumps over penetration worries.
     
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2012
  19. gasboffer

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    A .22 in the guts is worth more than a smile or a prayer!
     
  20. mac66

    mac66 Huge Member Millennium Member

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    I can pretty much guarantee that a 10/22 won't stop a hurricane. :whistling: