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SoCalshooter68
01-09-2011, 11:54 AM
My 14 year old daughter has expressed interest in hunting with me...What Caliber rifle would you guys recommend for her? She's a smaller girl at 5'5" and 115 lbs. so I think my .30-06 is a little much for her. This would be a deer rifle...and might take her out for coyote as well.

sk8804
01-09-2011, 11:56 AM
.243 win

5shot
01-09-2011, 11:58 AM
.243 win

Yep, excellent choice.

sk8804
01-09-2011, 12:03 PM
i myself am buying a .243 and i am 21 years old. Specifically for coyote and and deer. i have seen the carnage that .270 does on a deer and it is simply a meat waster. Not to mention it kicks like a mule. Id rather have lighter kick and a well placed shot.

Trapper
01-09-2011, 12:08 PM
The 243, 260 and 7mm/08 would be my top three calibers for recoil sensitive hunters. Factory ammo for the 260 can be more difficult to find. Most new rifles have soft recoil pads that will make any of these callibers comfortable to shoot. You may also want to pick up a PAST recoil pad for sighting in and shooting from the bench.
If you're in the San Diego area you are welcome to take a few shots with my .243.

SoCalshooter68
01-09-2011, 12:10 PM
Thanks for the quick replies. I was also thinking .243 so that's probably the direction I'll go.

thanks again.

BillCA
01-09-2011, 12:11 PM
The .243 is an excellent choice. Just be sure to take her shopping with you so she can find a rifle that fits her properly. Avoid any "featherweight" rifles and look for something substantial for her shooting comfort unless she's proven not to be recoil shy.

toby
01-09-2011, 12:16 PM
If you looking for an older gun look at the 250 savage or the 257 roberts as well..

ElvenSoul
01-09-2011, 12:28 PM
You might check out NULA they make some nice light weight rifles....of course a ar in 6.8 would work nice...allways the old SKS too.

bambklr
01-09-2011, 12:46 PM
My wife shoots a .243 and my daughter who is 12 shoots a 7mm-08 for deer and pigs
both great rounds and low recoil.I prefer the 7mm-08 because you can use a heavier bullet if needed for bigger game

Thefeeder
01-09-2011, 12:52 PM
Another + for the 243win

Low recoil
Find a box of shells at any store
Has filled my Calif deer tag many a year

DirtyDave
01-09-2011, 1:57 PM
Yep .243, That will be my next rifle too

D-Man
01-09-2011, 1:59 PM
7mm-08 is a great starter round. Easy recoil and available in a wide range of loads.

taperxz
01-09-2011, 5:22 PM
243 The recoil would be even lighter if you happen to get a semi auto. But! Then you have a 14 year old with an automatic rifle. The bolt action helps to keep gun safety and operations a little easier for her. JMO

180ls1
01-09-2011, 6:39 PM
My dads .300 win mag with a muzzle break and nice recoil pad kicks significantly less then my .270. I say but a break on that rifle and one of the limbsaver recoil pads and it will shoot like a dream.

You also could look into a BAR or a Remington 7400 semi auto rifle as that will reduce the recoil.

Hunt
01-09-2011, 7:46 PM
7mm-08 is a great starter round. Easy recoil and available in a wide range of loads.

and ending round all you need for any game inside 400 yards

tankerman
01-09-2011, 7:51 PM
What are you talking about? :confused:
You do know that there are different bullet constructions, right?i myself am buying a .243 and i am 21 years old. Specifically for coyote and and deer. i have seen the carnage that .270 does on a deer and it is simply a meat waster. Not to mention it kicks like a mule. Id rather have lighter kick and a well placed shot.

tankerman
01-09-2011, 7:53 PM
and ending round all you need for any game inside 400 yards
There are dozens of rounds that fit that description.

sk8804
01-09-2011, 8:51 PM
What are you talking about? :confused:
You do know that there are different bullet constructions, right?

Yeah i know there are but i have seen my boss take numerous deer from 100 to 400 yds with almost every leadfree .270 bullet and not one had an exit wound smaller than 6.5 inches in diameter . There was atwere pounds n pounds of meat lost. The internals looked like soup in a 12 inch diameter of wound p

sk8804
01-09-2011, 8:59 PM
dont get me wrong i like the 270 because it shoots flat/far, and i have never seen a deer get away when being shot with one as long as it was fairly close to the shoulder. But if you want every bit of meat possible there are better. Fyi i will also be buying a 270 for larger deer and bear.

Divernhunter
01-09-2011, 9:03 PM
7mm-08 would be a good choice. I would not use a 243 and I own one.

tankerman
01-09-2011, 9:16 PM
7mm-08 would be a good choice. I would not use a 243 and I own one.
Why not? If they're in Blacktail country .243 is more than enough.

burr2of4
01-09-2011, 9:21 PM
i vote 243.

Argonaut
01-09-2011, 10:20 PM
I was confronted with the same problem many years ago. I am from the Northwest and 243 as a general game caliber has always seemed a bit light to me. I chose a Ruger M77 in 250 Savage. The bullets are a bit heavier, a little less velocity but a fair compromise. I really like the 7-08, it is ballistically identical to a 7mm Mauser but can be shot in a short bolt action. It really depends on how and what you hunt. In a medium weight rifle, there is nothing wrong with a 308, it can buck a little in a very light rifle but if the rifle fits the shooter it should not be bad. My wife shoots a light weight 308 as an every day kill gun and has no trouble with my medium weight 338 mag. Recoil is simple physics, an equal and opposite reaction, but felt recoil is dependant on rifle fit and weight. so, look at the energy tables and if you carry the rifle more than shoot it, get a lightweight, if you hunt from vehicles or horses, get a heavier rifle.

180ls1
01-09-2011, 10:27 PM
Like i mentioned earlier get a muzzle break and a recoil pad. The last thing you want her doing is flinching and shooting a deer in the guts with a .243, you know you wont find that deer. Personally i would get a .308.

Hunt
01-09-2011, 10:47 PM
There are dozens of rounds that fit that description.

my sentiments exactly, under 400 yards they are all the same in effectiveness,(can be loaded to equal effectiveness) and very few hunters venture beyond that, so for the most part the entire hunting caliber debate is useless unless seeking to stretch out there.
Then it comes down to weight, recoil and economy for under 400 yards.
imo any of the 308 based cartidges are preferable. You wanna stretch way out there move up to the -06 cartridge personally I see very little need for magnums other than serious DG and serious long range. But then again I am recoil sensitive and enjoy getting max out of very little