Best Doomsday Prepper Rifles For Hunting, Defense, & Long Term Survival




Best Rifles For Hunting, Defense & Survival

Tavor XB95 Semiautomatic Tactical Rifle



For hunting and combat at a distance, a rifle is the best choice for a firearm, hands down due to better accuracy and power at long range.  There are many different really good choices in rifles that are suited for an end of the world SHTF scenario.  Keep reading to see pictures, watch videos, and learn more about all of these outstanding and unique rifles that are perfect for Doomsday. 

Why you might need one or more rifles on hand for Doomsday

If society were to collapse due to an EMP, economic collapse, virus pandemic, food shortages, super volcano, or some other cause, the world and your neighborhood are going to turn chaotic and very dangerous within a very short time as the unprepared quickly run out of food and water.  Preppers are aware of this and understand the need to defend their family, homes, land and resources, and also the need to be able to hunt to survive.  The best hunting and self defense firearm at long range is the rifle and there are many great choices that will appeal to a prepper and gun enthusiast that are suited for long term survival.  Having a variety of different rifles on hand for hunting and self defense is not a bad idea as long as you properly secure, store, and train with all of your firearms.

Some of the rifles below can be found new at outdoor retail stores such as Bass Pro Shops & Cabela's.  Others might be found used or new in gun shows, at brick & mortar or online gun shops.  

Our Top Picks for the Best Rifles for Doomsday Preppers when SHTF 

The following are our top picks for rifles that preppers may want to have and train with before a possible Doomsday scenario and long term survival situation might occur.

1. Kel-Tec SUB-2000 Carbine Rifle (.9mm Luger or 40 cal. S&W)

Kel-Tec Sub-2000 Gen 2 9mm
Kel-Tec Sub-2000 Gen 2 9mm
  • Kel-Tec SUB-2000 Rifles have the following significant advantages for long term survival and prepping:
    • By rotating the barrel upwards and back, the SUB-2000 rifle can instantly be reduced to a size of 16.25 x 7 inches for ease of storage.  It will stow away easily in a backpack.
    • The SUB-2000 is a semi-automatic rifle chambered for the 9mm Luger or the .40 cal. S&W cartridge. 
    • Different versions of the SUB-2000 rifle will accept most double column handgun magazines (see list below).  
      • The 9mm SUB-2000 can be configured in the following magazine types: GLK17, GLK19, S&W59, BERETTA92,  SIG226.
      • The .40 SUB-2000 can be configured in the following magazine types: GLK22, GLK23, BERETTA96, S&W4006, SIG226.
      • SUB-2000 will be configured in the Smith and Wesson M&P in the near future.  
    • The polymer of the weapon is made of an impact modified glass reinforced Zytel.  
    • Two integrated Picatinny rails come standard on the SUB-2000 forend for mounting compatible accessories.  
    • The forend also includes five mounting slots per side, configured for various M-LOK accessories. 
    • The stock can be adjusted to three different positions for shooter's comfort.  Each position adds approximately 5/8 of an inch to the overall length of the weapon, with a total extension of 1.25 inches in the further rearward position.  
    • The stock includes a single point sling loop attachment, a slot for adding a nylon sling loop (1.25" wide is ideal), and a Picatinny rail on the bottom for adding small accessories. 
    • The SUB-2000 features a push-bolt safety located behind the trigger on the grip assembly.  The bolt can be locked in the rear position by cycling the bolt to the rear and rotating the operating handle up into the cutout on the receiver.  
    • The rear sight is of aperture type and the AR style front sight can be adjusted for windage and elevation. 
    • The thread protector on the SUB-2000 is removable, if the shooter desires to replace the thread protector with a compatible accessory for the 1/2"-28 threads (9mm model) or 9/16"-24 threads (.40 cal S&W).  
    • The SUB-2000 can easily be disassembled for cleaning or inspection without tools.
    • MSRP - $500.00
    • Where to find: Check GunsAmericalocal gun stores, gun shows, and other online sites.
Kel-Tec Sub-2000 Gen 2 Folded

Kel-Tec Sub-2000 Gen 2 Folded View

  • The following YouTube video reviews the Kel-Tec Sub-2000 Gen 2 Carbine Rifle.

Keltec Sub 2000 Gen 2 Rifle Review


2. Ruger Mini-14 Tactical 300 AAC Blackout



Ruger Mini-14 Tactical 300 AAC Blackout

Ruger Mini-14 Tactical 300 AAC Blackout
  • Ruger Mini-14 Tactical 300 AAC Blackout Rifles have the following significant advantages for long term survival and prepping:
    • 300 AAC Blackout rifles are the perfect upgrade from an AR-15 or AK-47 rifle.  They have better overall performance and power, low recoil, and can be suppressed (requires tax stamp) in a sub-sonic velocity to be very quiet compared to a normally very loud round from an AR-15 .223 or 5.56 NATO or AK-47 7.62× 39mm round.  Take a look at the 2nd video below to better understand why the 300 AAC Blackout is the future of the AR-15 and combat.  
    • Whether you're in the backcountry, on the farm or need personal protection, Ruger MINI-14 and MINI-Thirty rifles continue to be the firearm of choice for ranchers and homeowners alike. Shorter barrels make them excellent in any situation where maneuverability is important. Integral scope mounts are machined directly to the receiver to provide a stable mounting surface. Side ejection clears the top-mounted scope. Recoil buffer protects the scope from damage or shifting as the semiautomatic action cycles. Integral sling swivel studs.
    • Simple, rugged, Garand-style action
    • Breech-bolt locking system
    • Fixed-piston gas system
    • Self-cleaning moving gas cylinder
    • Chambered in the popular .300 AAC Blackout. Synthetic stock and blued barrel create a sleek stealthy look. Front blade and adjustable rear sights. Includes 20-round magazine.
    • Where to find: Cabela's carries the Ruger Mini-14 Tactical 300 AAC Blackout Rifle.  Check GunsAmericalocal gun stores, gun shows, and other online sites.
  • TECHNICAL SPECS
    • Caliber - .300 AAC Blackout
    • Capacity - 20 rounds
    • Barrel Length - 18.13 inches
    • Barrel Twist Rate 1:7
    • Length 36.25 inches
    • Weight - 6.75 lbs
    • MSRP - $899.99
  • The following YouTube video reviews the Ruger Mini-14 Tactical 300 AAC Blackout Rifle.

Shooting the Ruger Mini-14 Tactical 300 AAC Blackout - Gunblast.com


  • The following YouTube video explains 300 AAC Blackout rounds and compare them to the 5.56 and 7.62x39 rounds, while explaining all of the advantages of this really versatile cartridge.  See a 300 Blackout shoot suppressed and see just how quiet a 300 Blackout rifle can be.

300 AAC Blackout : What's the Big Deal?


3. Savage Arms 11/111 Trophy Hunter XP Bolt-Action Rifle with Nikon BDC 3-9x40 Scope Package


Savage 111 Trophy Rifle-Scope Package
Savage Arms 11/111 Trophy Hunter XP Bolt-Action Rifle with Nikon BDC 3-9x40 Scope

  • Every hunter, prepper, and long term survivalist needs a quality big game hunting rifle and a nice scope.  These hunting rifles and scopes can typically break the bank, but the Savage Arms Model 11, and Savage Arms Model 111 are a great value for a highly accurate big game rifle.  Many hunters will argue each other into the ground about which caliber is best.  The bolt-action rifle is the most reliable straightest shooting big game rifle tested over time for the most serious hunters.  We recommend that you stick with the most common big game calibers like the .270, 7mm Remington Magnum, .30-06, .308, and .300 Winchester Magnum plus the short magnum versions of these same calibers.  These calibers are proven and provide ease of finding ammunition and maximize versatility in hunting large game.  We personally prefer the .270 Winchester for its versatility and flat trajectory for hunting whitetail deer, but there will be an argument by plenty of skilled hunters for any of the calibers.  See the chart below for the different large game calibers and what the size animal they are typically used for.
  • Instead of breaking the bank, the Savage Arms 11/111 Trophy Hunter XP Bolt-Action Rifle Nikon BDC 3-9x40 Scope is a highly accurate big game rifle that is a great choice at a budget price.  If you want to spend more money you can, and you can get a more expensive better rifle with more features.  However, this rifle is an exceptional value and you get a highly accurate, high quality, reliable & durable rifle that will put food on the table.
  • The Savage 11/111 Trophy Hunter XP Bolt-Action Rifle comes ready to take into the field with a factory mounted riflescope and exceptional out-of-the-box accuracy. The Trophy Hunter features Savage's AccuTrigger that is easily adjustable by the user to get a light, crisp release with no creep; while a lever mounted within the trigger body blocks the sear unless the trigger is intentionally pressed in the center, virtually minimizing the risk of accidental discharge. The basic bolt design assures that the locking lugs fully contact the receiver, holding the headspace to a minimum every time the bolt is locked. The tight headspace and a free floated barrel contribute to the excellent accuracy Savage rifles are known for. The Trophy Hunter XP combo comes with a Nikon 3–9 x 40mm scope with a BDC (Bullet Drop Compensation) reticle that gives hold-over points for precision long range shooting. The synthetic stock, barrel, and receiver are finished in matte black that won't spook game, and sling swivel studs and a soft rubber butt pad are standard. A 3-position receiver tang safety is easy to reach with the shooter's thumb, and allows the rifle to be loaded and unloaded in the safe position. A detachable magazine provides quick and safe reloading and unloading of the rifle. The Savage 11/111 Trophy Hunter XP combo is a highly functional, yet practical bolt-action rifle that will serve years of rugged use.
    • Exceptional out-of-the-box accuracy
    • Soft rubber butt pad and durable synthetic stock design reduce recoil
    • Fully adjustable and safe AccuTrigger (this trigger pull adjustment technology helps make the gun highly accurate and customized to your preference and you'll know exactly when the rifle will fire)
    • Free-floated matte finished barrel
    • Factory mounted Nikon riflescope
    • 3-position receiver tang safety
    • Drilled and tapped receiver
    • Detachable magazine
    • Available in the following calibers:
      • .30-06
      • .270
      • .223
      • .243
      • .22-250
      • .25-06
      • 7mm Remington Magnum
      • 7mm-08 Remington
    • MSRP - $569.99
    • Where to find: Cabela's carries the Savage Arms 11/111 Trophy Hunter XP Bolt-Action Rifle with Nikon BDC 3-9x40 Scope.  Check GunsAmerica, local gun stores, gun shows, and other online sites.
    • Read the overwhelming positive feedback about this rifle at Cabela's at the link above.

Large Game Caliber Bullets

  • The following YouTube video reviews the Savage Arms 11 Trophy Hunter XP Bolt-Action Rifle with Nikon BDC 3-9x40 Scope

Unloaded Gun Reviews: Savage 11 Trophy Hunter Rifle Package



4. Hi-Point SemiAutomatic Carbine Rifle (.380, 9mm, .40 S&W, or 45 ACP)


Hi-Point SemiAutomatic Carbine Rifle Woodland Camo
Hi-Point Model 4095TS (.40) Woodland Camo

  • Hi-Point Rifles have the following significant advantages for long term survival and prepping:
    • Very affordable.  They cost about 1/3rd as much as other semi-automatic rifles like a typical AR-15.  That means you can buy three times as many to arm your survival network.  These rifles give new meaning to self defense on a budget!
    • They shoot pistol rounds.  You do not have to purchase different ammunition rounds as you can share the same rounds with your pistols.  Less ammo to stockpile means more savings.
    • This gun is accurate, fun, affordable, well built and has a lifetime transferable warranty. Don't let the low price scare you off, it's worth much more.  Read the customer feedback's at the Cabela's link below.
    • It has a recoil butt stock, but it doesn't really even kick at all, so it's perfect for smaller shooters and women.
    • Lightweight all-weather black polymer skeletonized stock. Also available in 3 different Camo colors (Woodland Camo, Desert Digital Camo, and Pink Camo)
    • Fully adjustable Ghost-ring rear peep and post front sights.
    • Weaver-style accessory rails.
    • Quick thumb safety.
    • Includes one 10-round magazine (.380, .40 or 9mm) or a 9-round magazine (.45), and a trigger lock.
      • There is also a 20-round magazine now available for the 995TS (9mm) model and other magazine manufacturers (such as ProMag & others) have higher round magazines available for the other calibers.
    • Hi-Point firearms are 100% American-made from top to bottom.
    • MSRP - $300.00 to $500.00
    • Where to find: Cabela's carries the Hi-Point SemiAutomatic Carbine Rifle.  Check GunsAmericalocal gun stores, gun shows, and other online sites.
    • Learn more about these carbines at the manufacturer Hi-Point web site.
    • You can buy them equipped in different combinations of optional Forward Grips, Flashlights, Lasers, and 4X Scopes
Hi-Point SemiAutomatic Carbine Rifle
Hi-Point Model 4595TS (.45) Black




995TSFGFLLAZ 9MM Forward Grip Flashlight Laser
Hi-Point Model 995TS FGFL-LAZ (9mm) Black with Forward Grip, Flashlight, and Laser


3895TSPRO Hi-Point SemiAutomatic Carbine Rifle
Hi-Point Model 3895TSPRO (.380) Black

  • The following YouTube video reviews the Hi-Point .380 Carbine and why these carbines are a very good option with many good reasons why you might want one or more of these.

Hi-Point .380 Carbine


  • The following YouTube video reviews the Hi-Point 45 Pistol and Carbine Rifle.

Hi-Point 45 Pistol and Carbine review


5. IWI Tavor XB95 Semiautomatic Tactical Rifle

Tavor XB95 Semiautomatic Tactical Rifle
IWI Tavor XB95 Semiautomatic Tactical Rifles
  • Due to the dynamic changes in the modern battlefield, the threats of global terrorism and the demands of ever-changing combat situations, there was a need for a new versatile, innovative and technologically advanced weapon.  The TAVOR assault rifle was especially created to answer these varied demands, thus distinguishing itself as the ultimate weapon of the 21st century.
    • Thanks to a decade of collaboration with Israel Defense Forces and research and development teams, IWI Tavor XB95 Semiautomatic Tactical Rifles feature the ultimate bullpup configuration.
    • Work well in open-field or close-quarters engagements
    • Short-rifle convenience with long-rifle accuracy
    • Updated model includes several new features. 
      • Fire control pack with a 5- to 6-lb. trigger pull. 
      • Repositioning of the ambidextrous mag release to an AR15 location. 
      • Forearm with Picatinny rails at 3, 6 and 9 o'clock positions with removable rail covers. 
      • Relocation of charging handle. 
      • Modular Tavor-style pistol grip. 
      • Smaller low-profile bolt-release button. 
    • Also maintains several features from previous models. 
      • Ergonomic construction for ease of use. 
      • Long-stroke gas piston is clean-cycling for reliable operation. 
      • Cold-hammer-forged CrMoV chrome-lined steel barrel to prevent corrosion. 
      • Ambidextrous configuration and operation is friendly for any shooting enthusiast. 
      • Field stripping to service the sub-assembly is easy. 
      • All metal parts are treated for corrosion resistance. 
      • Integrated rubber recoil pad.
    • Available in all Matte Black or Flat Dark Earth as pictured below.
    • MSRP - $1999.99
    • We know this rifle is expensive, but see the video below and fall in love with this rifle.
    • Where to find: Cabela's carries the IWI Tavor XB95 Semiautomatic Tactical Rifle.  Check GunsAmerica, local gun stores, gun shows, and other online sites.
    • The following YouTube video reviews the IWI Tavor X95 Semiautomatic Tactical Rifle and compares it to the older Tavor version.

The new IWI X95 Rifle!



6. Ruger 10/22 I-TAC .22 LR Semiautomatic Rimfire Rifle


Ruger 10/22 I-TAC .22 LR Semiautomatic Rimfire Rifle

Ruger 10/22 I-TAC .22 LR Semiautomatic Rimfire Rifle
  • Ruger 10/22 I-TAC .22 LR Semiautomatic Rimfire Rifles have the following significant advantages for long term survival and prepping:
    • Ruger’s 10/22 .22-cal. Semiautomatic Rimfire Rifles are legendary. With proven performance, they’re ideally suited for target shooting, plinking, small-game hunting and action-shooting events. With their reliability, durability and accuracy, any 10/22 model is a must have in any gun enthusiast's or prepper's firearm collection. 
    • Detachable rotary magazine is renowned for its reliability. 
    • Hammer-forged, alloy-steel barrel is durable for long-lasting use. 
    • Polymer trigger housing and aluminum receiver. 
    • Push-button manual safety. 
    • The 10/22 I-TAC has all of the reliable features that come standard with the 10/22 series and then some. 
      • Folding, six-position ATI stock can be positioned how you want it, no matter the situation, and it folds for easy transport. 
      • Threaded barrel with flash supressor. 
      • Comes with one 25-round BX-25 rotary magazine.
    • MSRP - $399.99
    • Where to find: Cabela's carries the Ruger 10/22 I-TAC .22 LR Semiautomatic Rimfire Rifle
    • Watch the videos below and you'll see why you may want to get this rifle.
  • The following YouTube video shows why everyone should own a Ruger 10/22 and some upgrades that are worth the investment.

Ruger 10/22 Why Everyone Should Own One


  • The following YouTube video reviews the Ruger 10/22 I-TAC Tactical Model.

RUGER 10/22 TALO SPECIAL EDITION

  • The Ruger 10/22 is an exceptional choice and is available in many different versions that would be appealing to preppers and gun enthusiasts.  Check out this article by SurvivingPrepper.com to learn more about the Ruger 10/22 Takedown Lite and how it compares to other 10/22s.


7. Convert Your Existing AR-15 to 300 AAC Blackout!

  • There are two options to convert your existing AR-15 to 300 AAC Blackout!
    • You can convert any standard 5.56 AR-15 to .300 AAC Blackout by merely changing only the barrel.  You have to have a few specialized tools, but this is the less expensive option. 
    • The following YouTube video goes over the process of changing a .223/5.56 AR-15 to 300 AAC Blackout by simply changing the barrel. This video will instruct you on the tools needed to accomplish this task as well as a step-by-step process to change your barrel.

.300 Blackout AR-15 Barrel Change

    • lf you don’t want to mess with changing out your barrel, another option is to just change your entire AR-15 upper with a 300 AAC Blackout upper very quickly.  This option is more costly, but less than buying an entire new rifle and gives you the extra advantage of flexibility to quickly convert your existing rifle from .223/5.56 NATO to 300 AAC Blackout and vise versa.  Plus, you may already have a large supply of AR-15 ammo so being able to quickly convert back to a .223 and/or 5.56 NATO would be invaluable.  
    • The following YouTube video shows how easy it is to convert your AR15 to 300 Blackout just by a quick change of the entire upper.

Converting your AR15 to 300 Blackout

  • The 300 AAC Blackout cartridge gives performance very similar to the 7.62×39 (but with significantly less recoil), but in a cartridge that works perfectly with standard AR-15 bolts, magazines and lowers. Many gun enthusiasts likely already have a good supply of standard 5.56 mags.

AR-15 to .300 Blackout Upper Conversion Kits Available Online - Direct Shipped From Cabela's To Your Doorstep:

  • CMMG .300 AAC Flat Top 16" AR-15 Upper

CMMG .300 AAC Flat Top 16" AR-15 Upper

CMMG .300 AAC Flat Top 16" AR-15 Upper

    • Devastating terminal performance
    • Reduced noise
    • Ideal for hunting or home defense
    • Flat-top receiver is optics and BUIS ready
    • Highly maneuverable carbine length
    • Quickly and easily convert your AR-15 lower for shooting the .300 AAC Blackout round. It offers reduced noise levels with sub-sonic ammo and devastating terminal performance for hunting or home defense. This flat-top A3 upper with 1913 Front sight base is optics and flip up sight (MBUS) ready. The 16” barrel provides a 1:7 twist rate for optimum accuracy. Carbine length gas system and handguard is highly maneuverable. It’s compatible with standard AR-15 lowers and magazines. Equipped with A2 style flash hider. Made in USA.
    • Note: This upper will accept both 300 Blackout and 300 Whisper Ammunition.
    • MSRP - $699.99
    • Where to find: Cabela's carries the CMMG .300 AAC Flat Top 16" AR-15 Upper.

  • CMMG MK4LE 300 Blackout Upper

CMMG MK4LE 300 Blackout Upper

CMMG MK4LE 300 Blackout Upper

    • Forged 7075-T6AL M4-type receiver
    • 16.1" medium-weight taper-profile nitride-coated 4140 chrome moly steel barrel
    • 1.7" rate-of-twist multiroll rifling.
    • A2 comp. 5/8x24 threaded muzzle
    • M4 type, two-piece handguard
    • CMMG's MK4 T Upper gives you enhanced modularity for your .300 AAC Blackout (7.62x35mm). 
    • Carbine-located gas port. 
    • Made in USA.
    • MSRP - $649.99
    • Where to find: Cabela's carries the CMMG MK4LE 300 Blackout Upper.

  • CMMG MK4 T .300 Blackout Upper
CMMG MK4 T .300 Blackout Upper
CMMG MK4 T .300 Blackout Upper
    • CMMG's MK4 T Upper gives you enhanced modularity for your .300 AAC Blackout (7.62x35mm). Forged 7075-T6AL M4-type receiver. 16" medium-weight taper-profile nitride-coated 4140 chrome moly steel barrel with 1.7" rate-of-twist rifling. A2 comp. muzzle. 11" RKM KeyMod freefloating handguard.
    • MSRP - $689.99
    • Where to find: Cabela's carries the CMMG MK4 T .300 Blackout Upper


Additional YouTube Videos

The following YouTube videos demonstrates how far a .22LR will kill.

How far will a .22 LR Kill?


The following YouTube videos demonstrates how far a 9mm will kill.  Keep in mind, this video is with a pistol.  A 9mm Carbine rifle will acheive more muzzle velocity than a 9mm pistol.

How Far Will a 9mm Kill?


Recommended accessories

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      • Here's a video to show you how to use a Bore Snake to clean a rifle.
    • Foaming Bore Cleaner
  • Gun Oil


Caution & Warning

Use at your own risk. Please note that the information provided on this web site is for information only. TopSurvivalPreps.com and it's owner have no liability or responsibility for anyone using any items described on this web site including rifles and other firearms. Please take proper care of your firearms, learn how to use them responsibly and train frequently. Understand the gun laws in your state and always properly secure your guns.


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