We posted on our Facebook page:
Any recommendations for Lori?
Some comments we received:
Comment #1: I wouldn’t use a deer rifle on small game. Leaves too big of a hole or blows half a squirrel away, depending on the gun.. Anyway, my rabbit/squirrel rifle is just a little .22 that my granddad left me. It probably wouldn’t take down a deer unless I nailed it right in the eye or something.
Comment #2: For the combination of the three uses a 12ga shotgun would be ideal, use slugs for deer and shot-shell for small game and birds and also buckshot for home defense. You can get a nice one for $500 or less.
Comment #3: Remington 870 12 gauge. You can adjust your shot size for the small game, use slugs for deer, and buckshot for home defense. It is truly the most BANG for the buck.
Comment #4: The only gun that you can hunt all three types of game that you describe is a shotgun. That is, if it’s lawful for you to hunt deer in your state with a shotgun/slug. If not, you’ll need more than one gun to cover the spectrum. Shotguns are very versatile due to the different types of loads, from a slug that will drop most anything on the planet to no. 6′s for pheasant, and no.8′s that you can use for small game like squirrel or rabbit.
Comment #5: There is no such thing as and all round gun. You will need a shotgun for birds and can be used on small game. 20 gauge would do fine. .22 rifle for small game. for deer it will depend on what part of the country you will hunt. Good flat shooting multi purpose rifle would be .270 Winchester. Can take down anything from antelope to elk. Also .270 doesnt have the kick of calibers in the same class such as 30.06, or .308. Those would also work for you. If you are looking at Moose size game it would be wise to jump up to a 30.06 or larger. If dangerous game is on the menu choose medium or large bore calibers starting at .338 win mag.