If the stuff really hits the fan.
I love surplus rifles for alot of reasons. Cost, effectiveness, but mostly reliability. Don't get me wrong, I have Savage that is just great, she's never given me any problems. But if the stuff really hits the fan, I will take the roughest surplus rifle over a brand new sporter in a heartbeat. I think this because if you need to sustain a rate of fire, I just don't think that a hunting rifle is gonna be made for it, I might be wrong, but I believe that a rifle that is tried and proven on the battlefield, like a k-98, SMLE, '03, or a Mosin, is the way to go, unless you can get your hands on an M14 or FAL or a Kalishnicov(spell check please), these are the kind of rifles I would want in this kind of scenario. Just my thoughts.