Is .22 Ammo Still the Best Survival Ammunition?
Even with recent advances in ammunition technology for other calibers, the answer remains a resounding “yes.” Let me make my case for .22 Long Rifle as the best survival ammunition in terms of rifle cartridges.
What does .22 ammo have that would make someone even consider it as a survival choice, let
alone the best all-around?
Why .22 Ammo Remains on Top
I was able to find a chart on the Internet that compared the weights of various pistol and rifle (both rimfire and centerfire) cartridges in bulk. I did a bit of checking on my own using a postal scale, and found it took 143 rounds of .22 ammunition to equal 16 ounces.
Digging a bit deeper, I learned that one pound equals:
- 10 rounds of 12-gauge shells
- 21 rounds of 30-30 cartridges
- 23 rounds of .243 cartridges
- 17 rounds of .30-06 cartridges
My point? Though very much concerned with pinpoint accuracy, I am also a believer in the mantra: Peace (or Continued Existence) through Superior Firepower.
That said, I would opt for 143 effective, though admittedly circumstantially limited, cartridges over 17 or 21 or 23 bigger, more powerful rounds.
The bottom line is that using .22 ammo offers the option to carry an absolutely ridiculous number of rounds easily; the others, not so much.
Availability of .22 Ammo
Even in the most out-of-the-way country grocery store, there’s almost a 100 percent chance it’s going to have a box — or several boxes — of some sort of .22 ammunition lying around. The ammo shortage may still be in effect, but odds are still decent enough with .22 ammo.
Effectiveness of .22 Ammo
Inside 100 yards, you should be able to hit what you are shooting at easily with a .22 Long Rifle.
If it’s a meal you’re in need of, there’s really no cause to look further than .22 ammo. Whether it’s squirrel or cottontail rabbit or sitting duck, .22 ammo works with precision shot placement.
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Editor’s Note: This piece was excerpted from the Fall 2013 issue of Living Ready magazine, available on print and digital newsstands across the United States.