When I was a kid growing up in the Deep South a lot of hunters only owned a 22lr and maybe a shotgun. They killed small game and hogs and deer.
I remember Dee saying his grandad, I think, fed his family with a single shot 22 rifle and a single shot 12 ga shotgun.
If I could have only one gun it would be my krieghoff 16x16 over 7x57R with the 22lr insert.
Just getting around to this thread.
Grandpa was a sharecropper/farmer, as was dad.
We ate well but didn't have any money.
Like no indoor plumbin of any kind poor.
Grandpa had a Marlin leveraction 22, most likely a 39A, and a single shot shotgun.
If we had been dependent on those two guns to eat, we would have starved.
That's just what he had to hunt with.
Livin off in the land in the lower 48 since the late 1800s is long since gone.
Now, If I could only have one gun, my old 870 Remington 12 guage would most likely be my pick. An AR15 would also be hard to walk past.
I've tried other auto loading rifles but, they lack the capacity, and reliablity.
A single shot for protection is what movies, and nightmares are made of.