Letter Re: Which Rifle and Caliber is the Best for TEOTWAWKI?

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Dear Jim,
For once and for all, which rifle and caliber is the best for the end of days? Let the discussion begin.
Sincerely, - 2Knives

JWR Replies:  I'll open the discussion with these oh-so subjective suggestions (YMMV):

  • United States (Except California): L1A1 or FN/FAL in 7.62mm NATO
  • California: FN-49 .308 Argentine Variant (in 7.62mm NATO with 20 round detachable magazines)--most other effective semi-autos rifles are banned
  • Central America (except Mexico)/South America/Anywhere in Africa/Oceania: FN/FAL in 7.62mm NATO
  • Philippines: M14E2, in 7.62mm NATO, selective fire. Why selective fire? Just because you can.
  • Canada: M1 Garand in .30-06.  (Thankfully exempted from their draconian "assault weapon" confiscation law.)
  • Australia:  SMLE bolt action in .303 or an Ishapore 1A bolt action in 7.62mm NATO (Sadly, virtually all semi-autos are banned in Oz.) 
  • France, Mexico, or other countries with "military caliber" restrictions:  M1A chambered in .243 Winchester. (Yes, they can be special ordered or re-barreled that way.) If semi-autos are outlawed, then get a Steyr Scout bolt action in .243
  • Sweden, Norway, Iceland, or Greenland: HK G3 or HK91 in 7.62mm NATO
  • Finland: Valmet M76, 7.62mm NATO
  • Switzerland: PE-57 in 7.5mm Swiss
  • Former Soviet Bloc Countries or elsewhere in Asia where guns are allowed:  Dragunov in 7.62 x 54R
  • Germany, Austria, and the Low Countries: Steyr Scout bolt action in .308 or perhaps .243
  • England: High power air rifle in the largest caliber obtainable, or perhaps a crossbow and/or a flare gun.  (If those haven't been banned yet.) Hint: Time to emigrate to a free country!

I'd appreciate hearing opposing views (or legal clarifications), from folks in any of the countries cited. 

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