We currently live in the city here in CA. Come Spring or Summer, we will be living in the country in Oregon.
My thinking is: here in town, a powerful round because of urban cover and concealment. In the countryside, a powerful round because of cover, concealment and
distance. To me that means 7.62X51.
My Springfield M1A Scout covers both situations. I have a 16" Mini 14 for a lightweight rifle/truck gun. I prefer to make fewer, but considerably larger holes.
I will be fifty nine this month and I'm definitely old school. The M14 was still in wide usage and the M16 was just coming in when I served. I like and trust my M1A.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.