Now this will be debated when people read it but through trial and error I have my own opinion and having owned dam near every survival rifle made this is a hands down choice for me.
Ruger 10/22 Takedown – $300
It’s light weight, collapsible and fits into any decent size backpack and the ammo in 100 round boxes is light weight and capable of bring down a deer in some instances.
The 10/22 system is perfect for small game hunting. The ammo is small and light enough that you can carry a lot of it, and Rugers are known for their reliability making this a great choice for a personal protection / utility weapon.