My dad has some rifles that will bequeath to us one day. This has sort of paralyzed my buying initiative, but am hopefully going to pull the trigger (figuratively) here after the holidays. Here is what my dad has:
Civil War musket
Remington 22 bolt action
I'd like something I can use for hunting varmints, but would also serve to keep the theoretical zombies away from a fair distance out should the apocalypse really happen . I'd rather the caliber be something in the more cost effective range ($1 or less/ round. Would like some umphf to it, but don't want the recoil of, say, a 12 gauge.
Am thinking about a 223 or 270. Would it be unrealistic to find one for around $400 (used is ok in my book)?
I'm going to throw out the most popular American rifle; the AR-15. These are versatile, light, very customizable, easy and very fun to shoot, accurate, and simple to take down for cleaning or work. The 5.56mm is a decent cartridge and makes an excellent varmint caliber. And you can shoot .223 in an AR even though it is chambered for the 5.56 round. The standard capacity magazine holds thirty rounds, unless you life in a semi-communist state, and they are inexpensive to buy. So much going for this rifle, it really should be on every enthusiast's list.
Good idea, but AR15s are just a tad over $900, so a bit outside my price range unless I build it myself...
That is an option too, but I'd like something that's ready to shoot!
A number of them can be had for well under $900. One that is really a sweet little rifle is the Smith and Wesson M&P 15 Sport Carbine. I have one and can attest to the fact that it is one heck of a fine shooting and handling AR. And I also have an Armalite M15A2 Carbine so the comparison is easy to be made. My M&P 15 Sport has become my favorite AR.
If you look around now there are plenty of package deals at many of the big box guys that will get you a deceent rifle with a scope in the 400 dollar range. Many Savage.....savage makes a pretty decent rifle nowadays, or remingtons or ect. AR are a great platform but 400 will be a tough nut to crack. If zombie extermination is in your radar the AR is a ggood platform.
You can get a .243 or a .270 or a few other for the 400 mark. Personally i use a .243 for shooting yotes and the such. It kills 'em real good!!!!!