Both in the links I posted are simi auto. The idea behind the survival rifle isn't so much as a self defense or battle rifle. The idea is compact, lightweight and easy to carry. If you are going to carry a full size rifle then almost any will do. The problem is everything else you would have to carry as well. Check out a movie called the Road.gunsmoker said:If the main purpose of a "survival rifle" is to kill small game that you can eat to survive, I'd want it to be pretty accurate and have a repeating capability. I'd like to be able to shoot a few times quickly to bag the game.
And for self-defense considerations, I'd like it have at least a few rounds of rapid -fire available.
And for both self-defense and hunting applications, I'd prefer it to be chambered in .22 magnum instead of .22LR. If I had to go up against a wolf, rabid feral dog, or human, the magnum will be better.
I'm thinking a Rossi pump-action .22 magnum, in stainless steel, would be my choice for a survival rifle. It would hold about 10 rounds of .22 WMR in the tubular magazine and it could be shot very quickly with some practice.
If signaling for help, the extra loud "BANG" of the magnum would be welcome.
P.S. And if snakes are an issue, the first round could be a shotshell. It should tear up a snake good at a couple yards' distance.
6lbs + ammogunsmoker said:I just think it's silly to assume that in a "survival" scenario out in the woods that you'll only be hunting small game and birds, and nothing bigger is on the menu, and nothing bigger or badder will want to add you to its menu.
But centerfire ammo is big and bulky and heavy. That's why .22 magnum is a good compromise between a squirrel gun and a real round you can count on for anything.
P.S. The Taurus pump-action .22s break down into two sections, the longest one with the barrel will be about 20" long. The gun is really slim and easy to carry, and weighs only 6 lbs.