I have a lot of long guns that I use for fun. I don't hunt much anymore but still love to shoot long guns.
Winds...A 22 rifle is some of the most fun you can have with your pants on.
I have several and love them all. They are pretty cheap to get started and cheap to feed. We try all kinds of goofy targets to make things interesting. My father in law and me trimmed limbs off a tree for a summer. Had a branch with a bunch of small limbs hanging down at about 70 yards from where we where shooting from. those little peppermints glued to a piece of cardboard can be loads of fun too. I tried aspirins at 50 yds but I got a headache
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. Thomas Jefferson
Not knocking a .22. Fun and you can shoot all day for cheap. But everyone knows big cartridges make you feel like a boss. I love watching cinder blocks turn to gravel. And to all the coyotes in Indiana... Sorry about my 6.8 special.
Some authority there but the bullets are smaller, don't cost a lot. Powder and primer expense about the same as the .308, though.
As long as I stay away from light bullets going fast, the barrel should last OK. That's no problem as the gun seems to like 70 grain bullets best of all, and doesn't do nearly as well with the 58 grain stuff.
No real kick to speak of from a ten pound gun, just a nudge to let you know that all went well when you touch it off.