If you could only own 1 firearm in your whole life what would it be? Think about the different ways you might need to use it throughout your life. A show piece, a self defense weapon, a hunting weapon etc. What if there is some type of economic-societal collapse and you need to survive for months or years on your own or with your family. I am stuck between a 12 gauge shotgun and the Ruger 10-22. I like the shotgun because it can take down bigger game and birds without issue, It is also good for self defense. With the 10-22 you can carry a lot of ammunition and can hunt a lot of small game as well as stationary birds. For self defense it isn't ideal and for big game it isn't either.