I have a Single-shot .308 rifle with a 16.4" barrel. I bought the rifle to get into long-range shooting, but after only a couple hundred rounds I found my interest in longer-range precision shooting dropping pretty quickly. So, I took off the Bipod and threw an old Red-Dot on there to turn it into a compact backpacking or "stalking"-type rifle. But, I kindof realized that between the short barrel, the relatively fast powder I'm using (H335), and the minimum loads I've been sticking with, I am ballistically just a small notch above .30-30 performance--I am estimating a 150gr bullet @ 2450fps at around 40k PSI. Granted, I am using spitzer bullets rather than round-nose, but terminally there shouldn't be much of a difference, especially within expected practical ranges. So, after realizing I basically had a really loud .30-30 that just used more powder, I began to compare it back to .44mag. I can get almost the same energy and arguably better terminal performance with a .44mag rifle compared to the above specs, at least within the 100-150yd max ranges I see for myself. But, the .44 gives much easier reloading (and I already have all the stuff to load .44mag), and it is easier to make lighter loads for moderate use. Plus the same types of loads (hog hunting loads, to small game loads) are all a bit cheaper. Here is a vid of my GF shooting it just to show how loud it is even with the starting-level loads. I could load it with Unique and get the same bullet at about 1900-2000fps with about the report of a .40 handgun, but that really doesn't get me much in the way of terminal effectiveness. [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUJ3yMMKbmg]Chopped H&R Survivor .308 - YouTube[/ame] So, for a general-purpose rifle, should I go back to the .44mag? The most likely practical use is probably Hog sometime soon, then maybe deer, and finally Zombies. I am expecting shots inside 100 yards, with 150 being pretty much the max I'd ever need to shoot beyond just fun at the range.