Re: Do you prefer a hunting rifle with a detachable mag?
A detachable magazine with a reliable release makes any weapon more versatile. For hunting, 4-5 rounds is fine. For use as a defensive weapon, 10-20 is a better number. Individual magazines are expensive and below 10 rounds they have a funky form factor, that in my opinion does not promote good handling. 10 rounds + typically has sufficient length to allow a good grip on them for insertion, removal, and in a Katrina style emergency situation with looters, etc 10+ rounds is going to intimidate most bad guys other than those high on crack. If you only have 3 rounds in the mag, you are either going to end up single loading or be sufficiently distracted that someone may get you.
While we may be able to own several weapons, the problem with life is that we don't get warnings regarding when the sh1t is going to happen, so the result is that you tend to have what is with you, and that is about it. That was the reason why I chose the 7.62x39 ar15 as my general purpose rifle. It has a short carry case and there are meanwhile 26" take down cases that carry the rifle with scope, 4x 30 round magazines, 2x 5 round magazines for hunting as well as several boxes of ammo. It takes up very little room behind the seat of the truck and I will generally have it virtually all the time, provided I can get to my truck.
Our long range weapons are less portable, but with a little planning, they can be pressed into service as defensive weapons if circumstances dictate. I would say that the continued presence of precisely such tools, knowledge and experience is strategically important to the US given the powerful position taken by countries like China and their massive populations with general willingness to follow instructions. Countries like Australia, where firearms ownership has been so restricted and where interest and thus participation in shooting sport is declining, would fall to a Chinese ground force in a matter of days. One has to wonder what exactly the UN has in mind with their stupid disarmament campaign, which is likely to put the world back into a vulnerable state, ripe for a new dictator, just like what we had prior to the existence of the UN ?