@silviodante Thanks for the tips. I'd say the ammo is more readily available and less expensive too, right?
Also, effective range for me personally is a moot point because I can't picture myself in a situation where I'd need to hit a 500 yard target. I'm not in the military having open field combat. If, God forbid, I ever had to use it in a defense situation, it would be an urban setting. In a survival setting, it would be a wooded area. No need for 500 yard shots that I can think of.
Cool story on defending your wife. People don't understand that guns are good. They're actually great at preventing violence if placed in the right hands. Gun control shouldn't be about getting guns out of civilian hands. It should be about educating civilians on their rights, proper safety, and self defense laws. Gun control should put guns in the hands of responsible citizens.