I am quite proficient with my handguns and those are my primary defensive options. I want to make it clear that I didn't buy either of these rifles as "combat" or "SHTF" guns, and they are primarily for recreation. I am obviously not expecting to be running around fighting bandits or zombies, or I'd have myself an AR isntead . I am just looking for your opinions on the old "if I had to grab just one as I head out the door at TEOTWAWKI" question, since this is what I've got on hand (and I don't intend to change that any time soon). So, here are the options: 1) The Marlin 795. Just a basic semi-auto, 10rd mag-fed .22lr rifle. I only have one magazine for it. 2) A .308 Single Shot. It is an H&R Bull-barrel model with the barrel shortened to 16.25", so it's OAL is about 27". Both include slings, optics, and bipods, and both are capable of 2" groups at 100 yards, and head-shots at 200 yards (after I figure out hold-over with the .22, heh). BIG SIDE NOTE: I handload all my ammo, and can load anything from a 150gr @ 2500fps (not loaded to the max for the sake of noise with the short barrel), down to a 110gr@1000fps. So, this .308 setup is perfectly capable of everything from rabits to elk to 2-legged threats. It would be a very rare and unique situation in which I'd reach for either rifle over my defensive handgun(s) for any immediate threats to my life. However, the option is always there. If, say, I'm defending a fixed location, I'm thinking I'd rather have the ability to fire one devastating round at a target outside the window before transitioning back to my pistol or ducking back to reload, than the ability to pop off a few .22s at a time that have a much lower chance of quickly stopping the threat. Not to mention, if the threat is halfway behind cover (shooting out of a window, for example), that window frame isn't going to stop a .308 like it would a .22. Of course, there are the obvious practical advantages to the .22 rifle. The rapid-fire option means (most importantly to me) that I could give the weapon to even modestly-trained shooters, and they'd have 10 chances to at least make a hit or even just keep an attacker's head down a little longer. That is, they could guard a back door or help put fire on a single threat, and their skill in manipulation . Next, the small ammo means it is almost a 10:1 ratio of .22 vs .308, as far as carrying-capacity. And that, coupled with the ammo availability, is a plus; if I had to bug out and only brought 10 or 20 of those lower-recoil .308 cartridges, that's pretty much all I'd ever get. However, how big are the .22's advantages over the power of a .308? I'm leaning toward the .308 as my "go to" rifle, especially given that even in "normal" hunting or outdoors situations, with my handloads, it is capable of taking a far wider variety of game and at far longer distances than a .22. And then, from an antipersonell perspective, I think it nicely complements a high-capacity handgun, at least better than a .22 rifle does. Not to mention, the single-shot is pretty much guaranteed to go bang when I drop the hammer, whereas the .22 is not nearly that reliable. What do you guys think?