After a long, drawn out, decision making process, I've finally made up my decision for my battle/SHTF rifle. Things I though about were range, reliability, feel, and reputation. I did not consider weight, nor ammo price, because I plan to stay in my castle (home), and I can afford to buy around 2500 rounds of any caliber I considered, which should be a good start, as it's not going to be my primary defense, that is the shotgun's role. After all this thinking, and looking, and hearing every self proclaimed expert tell me this and that and yes and no, I've decided on a Springfield M1A, a plain, wood stock model. I feel that .308 is superior for power and distance over 5.56/.223, 20rd mags are plenty, when I am in cover (home), and I've talked to guys that have really used different guns, in battle, for days in a row, with their lives depending upon the weapon. I plan to buy 20 mags, 1500-2500rds, a good sling, and a good, 3-9 scope. I don't plan to snipe people, just defend my area from threats. Let's hear your thoughts!