Well I would say it depends on what you plan on hunting. I have a few different rifles which I would use at different times. My main hunting rifle for deer is my .270 bolt action. I also have a 7mm Remington Mag bolt action which I also use for Deer and would use for Elk and similar size game. I do own a few 30-06s which are a very popular hunting rifle. I would not recommend a hunting rifle for home defense. In my opinion, a shotgun or handgun would be best for that job. I have a 12g Mossberg 500 special purpose which is my primary home defense weapon. I have it loaded with buck shot. I feel a rifle is more for hunting scenarios and not home defense. I honestly could not see myself raising one of my hunting rifles in a home defense situation unless absolutely necessary (i.e. it was all I had or if it’s all I had ammo for). Is there a reason you are not using the shotgun you own for home defense? I am only curious. I hope this helps! Have a good day!Any recomendations on buying a good hunting/self defense rifle? I have a shotgun, 22 rifle and several handguns. Any information would be gladly appreciated.
Far fetched? No not at all. It will happen. The only question is when.Thanks for the info, the reason I ask, (this may sound far-fetched?) but just in case the SHTF, I want something that I can bring food to the table as well as protect my family from someone wanting to take everything that I worked for away. I was leaning toward a 30-30 lever action, again, thanks for your suggestions, they are appreciated.
If you are wanting a lever, you might look at one in 357mag or 44mag for more capacity. It would still be good for deer out to 100yds. Maybe 200 if you are good.Thanks for the info, the reason I ask, (this may sound far-fetched?) but just in case the SHTF, I want something that I can bring food to the table as well as protect my family from someone wanting to take everything that I worked for away. I was leaning toward a 30-30 lever action, again, thanks for your suggestions, they are appreciated.
This is just like the story I read about buying hammers. A guy was hired by a contractor to work building house, and was told to go to a hardware store with a voucher and buy tools. He told the clerk he had gotten a job as a carpenter and needed a good hammer. The clerk brought a whole box of hammers and dumped the on the counter and told the new man to take his pick. The newbie insisted he just needed a good hammer to be a carpenter. The clerk told him you can go from a tack hammer, used to drive tacks and finishing nails, through finish hammers, framing hammers, and even sledge hammers, then explained no one hammer will do all jobs well. In the same vein, no one rifle will do all jobs equally well. What do you intend to hunt? You can hunt rabbits and squirrels with a .22, but a .22 won't hardly touch a deer or elk, and if you get caught trying to take a large animal with a .22 I think the game warden has something to say about that. Now, i saw what I would consider a good defense gun, which would also be capable of takiinga wide variety of game. It would be considered a carbine, I guess, because it is just a shade over three feet lontg, which would make it a great home defense gun. It fires the .40 S&W round, which is good for home defense, and capable of taking most small game I believe it runs just under $300, so it is easy on the wallet. Pick a hammer, or hammers, to do the jobs you need to do, Not many can do a whole lot, but a few can do more than one job.