Word. The best rifle is the one that does the job assigned to it with the least compromises. Given the variability in expectations (be tactical and military! be shiny and pretty! be accurate! be easy to carry! be easy to shoot from the bench! be cheap! be expensive! be reliable! be light! be heavy! shoot a powerful round! shoot a not-so-powerful round! shoot slowly! shoot quickly! shoot once! shoot lots of times without reloading!), its silly to think that any one rifle can equally satisfy all needs.