Building the Ultimate Survival Rifle | ON Three

Most of the time when you think of a survival rifle or a survival firearm, you’re going to think of a couple of calibers–a 12 gauge shotgun or a 22 long rifle.

Jason starts the episode by sharing how he built his H&R single shot 12 gauge to become more impervious to elements. A firearm that’s great for hunting and he guarantees will get you small game (especially with squirrels and other “arboreal” type creatures).

Shorter barrel — By hacking the barrel off and putting in a new bead sight on it, he shortened it significantly. it now has a 22-inch barrel as opposed to the 28 it originally had.
Sling — He also placed a one-inch piece of webbing to act as a sling.
Added aftermarket synthetic stock

But there is a flaw to the shotgun when it comes to survival use. That’s a two and three-quarter-inch 12 gauge round case vs. a 22 long rifle. The size, the bulk, and the weight are all tremendously different. You can carry more 22 long rifles than you can with a 12 gauge.

A 22 can take care of just about anything–from large game like deer to smaller ones like squirrels.

Also when it comes to survival firearms, having a manual transmission is preferred. A lever, bolt, and break-action, single-shot, or whatever it is you can force even when it gets dirty.

While Ruger 10 22s are great, they jam up a little bit and become more like a single-shot when they get dirty. In a real survival scenario, your guns will not be as well maintained as you hope they would be. So having a manual transmission is a great backup option.

Tune in to learn more about survival rifle builds as Jason takes his focus on his Henry Lever Action.

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  1. 22 is my choice – 22 has distance- available bullets to store- little quieter that shot gun- selective shooting- light to carry .


  3. ,22 any day. kills em small or medium. less noise. Cheaper ammo. more carrying capacity, greater range. The list goes on and on. If you're serious about hunting mainly small game, take a hard look at a pellet rifle that shoots in excess of 1000 feet per second. Mondo cheap ammo, very low noise, and upkeep.

  4. I've got a survival fishing card in my wallet. Get a throwaway Walmart gift card at the gas pumps, where people just leave them lying around. cut a wide notch in each end. wrap 40 or 50 feet of spider wire inside the notches. put a wrap of duct tape around the card, then, before you finish with a half wrap put 5 or 10 small fishing hooks under the half wrap flap. Goes in your wallet or you can incorporate it into your sling on your rifle.

  5. .22cal -but in high-powered air rifle form. Understand I'm talking about the specific variety that can fire a "slug", which is more or less the equivalent of a standard .22 bullet, rather than a classic pellet design. There's less weight to carry for both the gun and ammunition and the better quality versions available, have near or as much striking power as their firearm counterparts. There are videos of people killing hogs with these things.

    -Yes, that may be hard to believe, but that's the level of which they have progressed, making them a excellent alternative for many reasons:

    Once your supply of commercially manufactured ammunition runs out, there's very little cause for alarm. The projectiles are easily made on your own, from scavenged lead, and a mold you could make yourself, if you had to. There's no powder, so moisture and long-term ammo viability are of no concern and with no shell casings, there is a considerable amount of space saved, per round. Not needing powder to operate, means there's no need to source/stockpile any components or understanding of making it. The guns are also naturally far quieter, to nearly silent, especially when properly "moderated" (silenced). Since airguns are unregulated in regards to firearm laws, in the US, this is easy to do, without any legal complications/concerns. This means you also run less risk of scaring off game or giving away a hidden position. When it comes what I would take with me, in a bug-out situation, it's definitely gonna be my airgun.

  6. To make your shotgun was a 20g as opposed to a 12g and you wanted to make it more adaptable could you not also make use of 3 chamber adapters from Short Lane that fit inside one another allowing you to 12g, 20g, .410 and .22lr from the same firearm?

  7. My only question would be that you really aren't giving up any capabilities with a 20 gauge over the 12 .. then you have both a lighter gun and the ammo is smaller and lighter … With that said, I would always choose the shotgun as an only weapon !!!

  8. With the choice between the two the .22 would be the choice I think. The capacity to make longer shots and carrying a much larger amount of ammo gives forgiveness for repeat shots and missed shots. If I have 100 rounds to 10(just a guess of weight difference) would have more confidence.

  9. I like the concept, I’m not sure about the execution. I don’t mean to nitpick. You committed to make it, and did it. Good job!
    My suggestion for what you did…
    1. When you get a longer bit for the bullets, seal 7-8 in a straw like the wazoo fishing line.
    2. Put some hooks and sinkers with the fishing line
    3. Add a cheek rest pouch on the stock, more carry room.
    4. Some models have extra room in the forward grip as well, could be another storage space.
    5. Extra blades with your knife
    6. You said water bags already so maybe purification tabs.

  10. For the screw to disassemble rifle. Could you use a knurled head screw or thumb screw? You'd be able to break down rifle without tools.

  11. Why pick a Henry over any other levergat that has the cutting edge 1880s technology know as the kings loading gate?

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