I love rifles,but I have to agree with the majority here.
I believe the shotgun is much more versatile than a rifle for the simple fact that the shotgun can be used to hunt a much wider and larger selection of game animals without needing different rifle cartridges for different game,for instance you don't want to take a 22lr deer or bear hunting or a 7mm rem mag squirrel or rabbit hunting
But with a shotgun along with the correct load and choke it will cover many more hunting situations than the rifle. jmo
Again I really enjoy my rifles but I was raised on shotguns and bird dogs.