What would be your choice for a SHTF battle rifle? For battle rifle, meaning something in the .308 ball-park.
Have been reading a book about life after a wide spread EMP took out power and resulted in the wide-spread decline of society and such. Part of the story is the realization that no only does firearm ownership make a difference, but so does firearm choice. The ownership range from the "I don't believe in guns" types, to guns for hunting and plinking, and to some hard core prepper types and even community militia.
Anyways, one of the main characters has an FAL and he has found that it has served him well in many situations and has proven an excellent rifle for him in many regards. Both in capacity as a semi-auto as well as in caliber, which plays in to effective range. Got me thinking about what I would want to have. Besides my ARs, I currently only own a bolt action .308.
While I would live something like an nice FAL or even an HK G3, I think I would go with an M1A. I've always wanted a Springfield M1A and I think it would be a good choice. Rugged rifle, proven performer, good capacity with mags, accurate with irons, etc. Of course an AR10 would be on the list for me, but I've just always wanted an M1A.