Reading a previous thread got me to seriously thinking about gun choices for prepping. I’m set for bugging in, but bugging out is an entirely different matter. Having a vehicle allows for a few gun choices, but being on foot doesn’t. Despite having a variety of guns, I’m not sure that I have one that would be a really good choice if I only had one. There really isn’t a need to have one gun that is a “jack of all trades but master of none” when you have a variety of guns. Now I’m wondering what would be the best gun if I only had one. I know that topic has been covered in another thread and the majority seemed to lean toward a .22LR, .22 mag, or a .223. I was leaning in that direction as well because each could be used for small game even though a .223 is pushing it for small game. I assumed that my primary goal would be to acquire small game for food, but then I got to thinking about it. Since I’ve never been on foot in a SHTF situation I really have no idea what my primary need would be from a gun? My primary need could be anything such as self-defense from zombies or using the gun as a club if it malfunctioned. I also realized that there are other ways to get small game such as snares and traps. Trapping would probably be better anyway because traps are always on the job, they are quiet, and they don’t waste ammo. So, if you could only have one long gun, small game is not a concern, and you want the most versatile firearm possible what would it be? I really don’t have any idea what would be the best firearm in that situation?