I'm pretty close to that combo, with a couple of different reasons. I went with an AK47 since they're cheaper and more reliable (I actually ditched an AR for my AK). And I carry a Glock 23 (.40 cal), but I fully understand the convenience of the ammo. Good combo, though.My LMT AR15 Monolithic Rail Platform. I can go from a 10.5" with a suppressor to an 18" or anything in between with the turn of two bolts. I can even change to 6.8 with the change of the barrel and bolt, although I don't, not yet at least. One rifle with multiple options by carrying 2 extra barrels.
Glock 17 - Simple to use, few moving parts, easy to clean. High Capacity magazines and 9mm round. If it comes down to it, of all the handgun ammo in the world 9mm is probably the most easy to find. If comes to scrounging, bartering and even beg, borrow and stealing your best bet will be finding 9mm.
I forgot to mention that my AK is a .223 (WASR3) and I have 10, 20 and 30 round mags for it. I would also want a Remmington 700P (tactical) heavy barrel with a decent bipod and scope for a nice 308 package. Long range, assault and sidearm combo complete.Personally, I think a Ruger 10/22 is pretty hard to beat for a gun that will put the most meat on the table. If thing really do go bad, the big game populations will plummet in a matter of months. Deer and elk can only have one baby a year, so getting the herd back up in numbers is unlikely. Rabbits, squirrels, and geese (on the ground) are all easy prey with a .22 and reproduce much more rapidly. Add to that a box of 500 rounds for a .22 costs less than 20 rounds for a .308 and you're really on to something.
After that, I'd look at something that can really reach out there and touch someone at a distance. .308 or 30-06 would be my choice of calibers, as they're both commonly available and capable of taking down large game in excess of 300 yards (out to 600 yards for the highly experienced and somewhat lucky). A bolt action will get you more stealth, reliability, lower cost, and more accuracy. A semi-auto will give you a weapon that could serve two purposes, long range hunting/sniping and also serve as a volume of fire assault rifle without giving up too much accuracy. My preferences go toward the FN-FAL, M1A, and M1 Garand.
A handgun would only come after I had both a .22 and a .308. If you don't have a great deal of experience nor a lot of time to learn, then a revolver seems like a good choice. A 6" barrel .357 gives you the option of running three chambers with .357+P rounds for taking out big game out to 50 yards (with a great deal of practice and luck) and three rounds of .38 squib rounds that you could use on small game like rabbits. No semi-auto gives you options like that. There's lots of options. I'm a big fan of the Rugers, but you really can't go wrong and the pawn shops usually have plenty of options.
I don't disagree with the AK-47 approach from a practical standpoint of a cheap reliable weapon with a readily available cartridge. My only qualm is that I'm not sure you can legally hunt with a 7.62x39 round, where you can with a .308 if you have a five round capacity or less (even a 20 round magazine can be made legal if you put a stopper inside the magazine to limit capacity). While that may not be a concern of yours now, if things gradually get worse economically and you are having a hard time feeding your family, wouldn't it be a nice option to go hunting without breaking the law?
On this note, I was just at a gunshow today and saw several .303 Enfields going for $120-180 that were in great shape for being almost a century old now. The Military Channel had a show on these guns and rated them as the #3 best military gun of all time. The sights were amazing and adjusted out to 1,000 yards. Sure, it's an unusual cartridge in the states, but it's still readily available and reasonably cheap for .30 caliber ammunition.If there was little chance of contact with unknown risk persons (rural), a bolt- or lever-action would have to get the nod. Simple, robust, accurate. .308, 7.62x54R or 8mm would be my preferences--for ammo availability in bulk at a price cheaper than most other calibers. I really like Mauser-style actions. Few commercial products offer robust iron sights. Milsurp rifles offer the best bang for the buck. Mitchell's sells new Mausers and a Tanker Mauser.
It is indeed a good rifle design. A buddy and his girlfriend love them, but he complains there's not much quality surplus ammo available.On this note, I was just at a gunshow today and saw several .303 Enfields going for $120-180 that were in great shape for being almost a century old now. The Military Channel had a show on these guns and rated them as the #3 best military gun of all time. The sights were amazing and adjusted out to 1,000 yards. Sure, it's an unusual cartridge in the states, but it's still readily available and reasonably cheap for .30 caliber ammunition.
Keep a few spare extractors for the Savage. They are bronze or something similar, and they wear easily. I went through two in my 16FSS before I sold it.my two would have to be a savage mod 10 fp .308 with a tasco super sniper straight 16 power scope with mil dots...