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Don't overlook drinkable water. I bought a completely portable purification system that will do 400 gallons of surface water for around $100. It's called the Aqua Pail.
I have a friend who considers himself a prepper. He's been buying gold and dehydrated food over the last couple of years. He is not a gun owner and has no desire nor need for one. He's tried to get me to buy gold and I told him I was investing in precious metals, I've been buying brass and lead for years. He asked me what I planned on doing with brass and lead when the SHTF. I told him I would be using it to take his food and gold . He knows I was kidding but I could tell by the look in his eye he was re-evaluating the lack of need for a firearm.
My actual plan is to shelter in place if possible, if not, plan B is to bugout to my brothers place. It's rural and our two families can survive together better than on our own. Plan C is our hunting cabin.
As far as weaponry goes, everyone has their CCW handguns which are all 9mm and 380. I have 1k rounds of each caliber and every gun has 3 or more mags. My AR is .223 with a Leupold 2 X 7 compact scope and I am just beginning to develop loads and inventory for it. I have 6 mags for it. My heavier caliber rifle is 308 bolt action with 3 X 9 Nikon and I have 200 rounds for it.
Leave room for your Bible, if this comes we'll all need Divine Providence to get through it.
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"Ammo and really good friends are hard to find in a gunfight so I bring them with me." E. J. Owens
Best survival guns? Any one that you are compentent with. I'd rather face a bunch of armchair preppers with fancy looking guns and umpteen gizmos attached than one dude comfortably sporting a well-worn pistole on his hip with a confident look on his face.
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I think if you're talking popular calibers in Mo. you have to include the 270. A favorite caliber of deer hunters. When I used to deer hunt in Mo every year (I lived there for 20 years) I saw quite a few more 270's in the woods than 30-30's.
I'm not going to become a survival prepper, I couldn't survive long without my meds anyway. I do have ammo, food, water and gas. Living on the south Texas coast, I am a hurricane prepper.
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Not bugging out anywhere. My ranch has all the protein, water, medical and necessities right here. Local ranchers have a well coordinated communications network we use mainly for thief's, illegals and emergency. We are the 911 out here.
It would take a well coordinated attack from a professional force to move us. No worries about roaming "gangs"...they would not stand a chance in hell.
With that said....my main concern in a scenario described.....is getting my family back to the ranch. My girls are married and live hundreds of miles away. My son in laws and I have discussed and their plans are all about getting here.
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