I am looking for a sporting rifle in a popular caliber, a "SAPR" or "Battle-rifle" or the like (for all you Nutnfancy fans)
My thinking is buying something in either .223, 7.62x39 or .308.
Of course trying not to blow the bank.
Here are my thoughts...
7.62x39 - Low Accuracy, Medium-Power, Low $/ per round Cost, Low Applicable Rifle Cost, Low Ammo Availability in shtf.
.223 - Medium Accuracy, Low-Power, Medium $/ per round Cost, Medium Applicable Rifle Cost, High Ammo Availability in shtf.
.308 - High Accuracy, High-Power, Medium $/ per round Cost, High Applicable Rifle Cost, Medium Ammo Availability in shtf.
The only other caveats that i have for this choice is that if i go .308 or .223 I'm going to have to wait upwards of 3 months to get started because there is just still so much dust in the air over how to legally build an AR platform rifle. The 7.62x39 means i can go pick up a Saiga tomorrow and be fine since they are NY legal right now. The Ruger Mini14 option is just way too small of a value... $800 for half the accuracy of the AR platform is not something I'm willing to do. Also note that the Saiga is made in all (3) of these calibers, .223, .308 and 7.62x39.