I live in the woods. The nearest house is 4 miles away. I'm more likely to need to kill a cat or bear than I am someone performing a house invasion.Do NOT use a rifle for home defense unless it is an absolute last resort. You run a large risk of over penetration which could lead to innocent casualties.
Well generally speaking most people have neighbors, or busy streets, close enough to warrant reserve when using rifles for home defense. We aren't all as lucky as youI live in the woods. The nearest house is 4 miles away. I'm more likely to need to kill a cat or bear than I am someone performing a house invasion.
I don't have any other people for miles around either, but the shotgun is a MUCH better choice for me. Use the shotgun (scatter) approach as opposed to the rifle (one point of impact) approach....unless you're going to pick off the intruder before he gets to your house......? I didn't think so.I's cool, you guys can be jealous.
+1.Whatever you are best trained with.
For me, it's the AR15.
A short barrel AR loaded with suitable ammo (TAP is good one that is available to folks outside of LE) is tough to beat. My other sugestion would be an AR or other type of carbine (like the Ruger PC series) in a handgun caliber. I have an RRA AR pistol in 9mm that puts 32 rounds of 9mm in your hands and if you become competent with it it is VERY effective well beyong normal SD range. Loaded with TAP ammo it is a formidable HD weapon that will not make your ears explode when fired indoors without hearing protection (anyone that has let an AR or shotgun rip inside a room knows what I'm talking about). As a matter of fact I will be putting a can on that one and paying the ATF boys to make it a Short Barrel Rifle (SBR) dedicated HD gun.What would be the best home defense rifle to get?