Mosin Nagant. buy two: one 91/30 for hunting, one M44 for HD use. They're so cheap with $400 you can buy 2 guns and a case of ammo. But cheap doesn't mean crap. Mosins are accurate, rugged, reliable rifles. the 91/30 is like $60, powerful enough to take most kinds of game, accurate enough for target shooting up to 800 meters. The M44 is around $100, its just a shorter M91/30. instead of a 4.5 foot long gun, its a 3.5 foot. has a folding bayonet to keep that intruder at least 4 feet away from you, same caliber of the 91/30. The caliber is 7.62x54r, basically a 120 year old version of the modern .308 Winchester. Its about $70 per case of 440 rounds.
or if your state allows semiautomatic rifles for hunting, an SKS. its another soviet rifle, in 7.62x39mm, same caliber of the AK47, but none of the AK47's "assault rifle" looks. Some do have a folding bayonet, might keep that home intruder at least 4 feet away while you call the cops. 7.62x39mm is a just a bit under .30-30 Winchester in power, enough for deer. the SKS is a semiautomatic rifle with a fixed 10 rd magazine. Ammo is inexpensive, its pretty simple and easy to clean, accurate to about 300 meters, and doesn't recoil much. about $250 to $350.
i have my mosin nagant m91.30 has #3 home defense rifle. 3rd gun behind the AK47, and 20 gauge shotgun. Its abit long, but when I need my mosin, how long the gun is shouldn't be an issue, because when I need it I'll be in a shoot out in or around my house and I need to shoot thru a cinderblock wall or a couple cars.
· 9 years ago