Rifles are a more powerful self-defence option for your home.
Rifles offer more ammunition capacity, customization and better accuracy. However, it requires two hands to operate one. So if space and size are a priority for your self-defence needs, then a rifle might not be the best fit. Rifles are also great for mid to long-range hunting as well.
With that said, there’s nothing like the versatility of an all-around rifle. Your first .22 calibre rifle can be a great introduction to target practice and hunting. And if you want to improve accuracy, be sure to throw on a long-range scope.