The .223 and .308 dilemma
So I am interested in picking up a low cost bolt action rifle with decent range capabilities. But it has to be practical and SHTF ready.
I am looking at a Remington 770 for the .308 rifle
I was thinking a savage Axis for the .223
Here is my dilemma, I own a S&W M&P15 which uses 5.56 so I am thinking, like preppers agree, keep the ammo consistent across firearms. .223/5.56 is a fairly common round and will carry well in a SHTF event.
But I am reading about the range and stopping power of a .223 is not what a .308 can do. I do not anticipate sniping targets 500 yards out, but I am a prepper and we know what anticipation means.
So now I am really liking .308 which performs well in all benchmarks, but then my ammo is inconsistent, and now I have to stock up on additional .308 ammo which is more expensive. Plus additional load.
So since opinions differ without some clarification I will put in the following caveats.
It has to be practical and reasonably priced.
It is being bought specifically with SHTF in mind.
The above means possible "live" targets so keep that in mind. (we will use zombies on record)
Ammo availability is something I am interested in, so I would like to hear about that as well.
Thank You, I will keep you posted on the decision.
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