I feel my basic arsenal is OK with a 12 gauge shotgun, AK, .22, and 9mm pistol. My question is what are some suggestions for some backup guns. Specifically budget friendly ones that might make good guns to store in a cache or something if guns are lost, stolen, etc. I guess probably an all purpose rifle and maybe pistol too. Keeping same caliber would be good but not required.
Some I've thought or heard of are the mosen nagant, hi point brands (model unknown) used is probably best due to budget and such.
Nice battery. Looks a hell of a lot like mine. Now, buy duplicates. I am a man of meager means myself. Meaning I can't buy new stuff until I get something that works. Shop for value, not specifically price. A $125 Locrin in .25 ACP is a cheap gun. But not a good value. My Mosin Nagant 91/30 however, will put Barnaul 175gr Match into a IPSC silhouette at 450 yards or a good day. I made sure to check them out at the store and got one with a nearly pristine bore. Bolt is clunky, trigger is mediocre, but it hits what I point at. It was the best $120 I ever spent on a rifle.
My defensive handgun is a used Glock. Yeah, I could have gotten a used Taurus automatic or revolver or even a Hi Point cheaper. And it probably would have sufficed. Most of the time. For most things. My ass, and those of my friends and family, was worth the extra money though.
If you want a good, cheap, general purpose rifle, you need to assess your area, your likely needs (more defensive, hunting, strictly "survival") and go from there.
I live in one of the few places in my area you can see more than 300 yards on all sides. So a full power bolt action makes sense, for hunting and longer ranged problems. My Mosin serves the role ably for now, but there are other options on the horizon. If I were going with inexpensive, even a $300 Stevens 200 with a decent scope would run maybe $450 total, and with the right caliber/load would extend my dangerous range a few hundred yards out. It's cheap enough not to pamper, and has all the advantages of the Savage action (i.e. Cheap, accurate, easy to tinker with). Now, I'd PREFER and would LOOK TO INVEST IN a PTR91 myself, but there is a certain balance between getting good gear and spending more time saving than having.
Anywhere outside of my property, and something with reduced range, recoil and price of ammo would be a better investment. An uncle of mine kept a loded Winchester Model 94 behind the seat of his truck for most of his life. Never ran into a problem it wouldn't have solved. Lever actions in both rifle and pistol calibers make fairly good general usage weapons, for both hunting and defense, and often for much less expense than a semi-auto or premium bolt action.
The term "General Purpose" rifle leaves a lot unexamined. Where do you live? What problems would you possibly face? Someone living in Alaskan bear country will have a different "General Purpose Rifle" than I do in the wetlands of North Carolina. A semi-auto .308 could do it all serviceably, but there are plenty of places that would be illegal. More if the AWB passes.