Depending on the ranges that you would be hunting I would get a shotgun for all the different loads you can use to hunt different game. Plus for self defense it's just right.
Marlin Model 60
Mossberg Maverick 88-12 GA
Mosin Nagant 91/30
Stag Model 2
Smith And Wesson M&P 15-22
Mossberg ATR 100 "Night Train"-.308
Chinese T53 Mosin Nagant X2
A lot of information to digest. Thanks everyone.