One firearm I would like to discuss is the Rossi “Wizard.” I believe that we have mentioned it a little but, I would like to delve a little deeper into it. Although it would not serve as a first line defense gun, I think that there is a place for this type of weapon in a survivalist’s collection.
The Wizard is a single shot rifle. That means that you have to reload it one shot at a time after you shoot it. T By no means is this a rapid fire gun. But, if you are hunting or target shooting, this gun should do just fine.
The thing that I like best about this gun is that it comes in 3 rim-fire calibers (.22LR, .22 Magnum and .17 HMR). These are all good little cartridges which a survivalist could use.
It also comes in 6 shotgun gauges (.410, 28, 2X12 gauge and 2X20 gauge).
And it comes in 2 muzzle loading calibers (.45 and .50).
Best of all, it comes in 9 rifle calibers (.223, 22-250, .243, .270, .308, 30-06, 7.62X39, 35 Whelan [35-06] and 45-70).
It is also available in 3 handgun calibers (.38 Special--.357 Magnum, 44 Magnum, and .454 Casull).
The great thing about this rifle is that you can buy just the barrels in whichever calibers you desire. A person could buy one or two rifles in his favorite calibers and later purchase barrels in other calibers. And, unlike H&R/NEF, you do not have to send the gun in to have the barrels fitted. You can order the barrels locally or via mail and when they arrive, it takes a minute to change them. Currently there may be a problem. I did an on line search for extra barrels and they seem to be in short supply at this time. Midway is back-ordered on most of them.
I have heard that the 6 most popular rifle calibers in America are: .223, .243, 270, 30-30, 308and the 30-06. And, the wizard is available in 5 of them, all but the 30-30. I would like to own 2 or 3 of these guns and about 6 or 7 other calibers. I want the most popular calibers. You can almost always find ammo for them somewhere.
Another thing that I like about this gun is that all barrels come with iron sights. I will admit that my tired old eyes can use the aid of a scope, but, the irons are good to have in case that the scope breaks. Irons are good for backup.
I already have 3 H&R/NEF single shot rifles. I could send one of them back to the factory and have it fitted for the other 3 calibers that I lack. Then I would possess guns in the 6 most popular rifle calibers sold in America today.
As I said earlier, I believe that a single shot rifle would suffice for most of your needs as a survivalist. Only in a shootout with others would repeaters be more desirable.