First off - Welcome to the forum. Glad to see that you have made yourself at home.My first boss,in a real job,had a "combination" gun,22 mag over 20Ga.I can't remember who made it,but I've always wanted one myself.It seems pretty versatile.
Yes I agree perfect one gun!I don't want to start a huge debate - but,
If I could own only 1 firearm, it would be a 22 mag.
I have a Savage 93G in 22 mag. and it has it's benefits. However, I would prefer the same cartridge in a lever gun. A Marlin or a Henry.
If I lived where there were larger, more dangerous animals (like Alaska or in the Rockies), I might have to rethink my position. But for where I live, it would do it all if needed.
I don't shoot mine very often for all of the same reasons. But every time I drag it out I love it. I wish there was a reliable way to reload rim fire.The 22 mag I had in a Henry was a safe queeen also I shot less than two boxes through it in the ten years I had it I traded it off to get a Rossi Ranch Hand in 45 Colt. I just felt 22 mag was too pricey to target shoot or plink with and not enough use for varmints where I live in WI. I cast my own bullets so I can load and shoot center fires cheaper than could buying 22 mag.It is a great cartridge for those that do not reload and want a little more than the LR can deliver. But I also felt some 22 LR now is encroaching on the lower end of 22 mag so I felt I did not need it anymore I have two Marlin 80 DL rifles.
You read my mind. I wish I had paid attention to those who told me that before I bought the mag. However I really do like 22mag, so it will be staying put. I am considering a Hornet now. But my enthusiasm for shooting has been set back by this panic. I'm in a holding pattern until I can get reloading supplies again. This damn Boston thing will do nothing to help settle the dust. I've been spending gun money on my hot rod instead.Sounds like you need a 22 Hornet.