for combat and poaching NOW, and after shtf, their lw, concealment, ability to last a long time, not make you flinch-miss, not have flash at night, be used by one hand, be fixable-replaceable(along with their ammo) be cleanable in the field, even at night, in bad weather, be rustproof, have luminous sights, see thru scope mount, etc,makes this rifle the perfect choice for the survivalist. I consider it ideal for nearly all of the shooting that's done NOW, actually. How many hunt really big game,hmm? A cached Nagaint, $50, could handle that if, NEED be, ya know. Big game season is just a very small part of the year, and once you take one elk or moose, or bear, that's it for the year. Taking one deer is it for the year, in many parts of the country. For small game, the .22 unit serves just fiine and it and the 223 are perfect for matches, varmints, and plinking.