Posted 04 October 2006 - 10:05 AM
Posted 04 October 2006 - 10:25 AM
I would look real hard at a 308win. I've effectively harvested over a dozen deer with that round. The new reduced recoil stuff works. So do Limbsaver recoil pads and muzzle brakes. Be warned though wear hearing protection when hunting with a muzzle brake.
Posted 04 October 2006 - 10:47 AM
After alot of work, I chose a Ruger Mark ll in 25-06 stainless and went and had a top end break put on it. It shoots about like a 223 now. But puts animals down great. A flat shooting rifle with no recoil.
Her antelope didn't take a single step. But that has alot to do with shot placement.
A 243 is a great gun as well. I picked a 243, 25-06 and a 7mm-08 as my top choices for my daughter.
Posted 04 October 2006 - 12:39 PM
Posted 04 October 2006 - 12:59 PM
you get the 243 for her so she can go deer hunting, great gun, but now she wants to go west and take an Elk, Rutro need bigger new gun, (which I have used for an excusse many times to buy a new one works good to) :rofl: :rofl:
Like most have said look at the 25-06. 7mm-08 .270 or 308 and the one cal that I just LOVE the .280rem.
or just get a TC encore and get 3 or 4 barrles for it and let em run.
Posted 04 October 2006 - 04:12 PM
243 is a good caliber but the 7mm-08 is a shorter cartridge, plus it'll give you better options for heavier bullets if you decide to go after bigger game. :D
Posted 04 October 2006 - 07:04 PM
Posted 04 October 2006 - 07:06 PM
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Posted 04 October 2006 - 07:36 PM
The .243 works great for my wife and 13 yo Son. The .280 (save for RL), the .30-06 and the .30-30 are all great very low cost options that have been overlooked here. As Leo said, the recoil technology of today has made my .300 Win Mag shootable for my son. So, think about what you're going to hunt and the conditions. If you're going out west, buy a bit bigger say the .280, .30-06 or even the previously mentioned .308 but don't worry about the recoil. Just put a $29.99 Simm's Butt-Pad on her and go shooting. If you're just gonna shoot Whitetails go with the smaller caliber and add a Simm's Butt-Pad (not selling their stuff but it works great and costs very little).
In the end it's the shooter and their confidence not the weapon that puts the game down. Teach them how to shoot well and they will be able to handle any weapon you give them.
Just my two cents.
Edited by Charles, 04 October 2006 - 07:38 PM.
Posted 04 October 2006 - 08:54 PM
hand load bullets...nozzlers. I've shot many deer, fox and yotes. never had one run off on me. dont' take shots over 100 yards ( oh wait thats my bow ) ok no shots over 150 yards :) with a 243.
but its done fine for me.
then I went to the other end...and got a browning 300 win mag.
ok no shots over 500 yards ith that.
next rifle will be a 270 wsm ( someday ) maybe :)
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Posted 04 October 2006 - 09:16 PM
Posted 05 October 2006 - 08:57 PM
Posted 06 October 2006 - 08:29 AM
Posted 11 October 2006 - 07:41 PM
Eric has used a 243 since he was about 13 yrs old. He too killed a bunch of deer with it.
If you get one you won't be disappointed. Only problem with a 243 is it is not an all around rifle while suitable for antelope and deer sized game it is not an elk stopper.
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Posted 11 October 2006 - 08:08 PM
The 243 with the right load, perferably a 105 grain bullet will drop most anything. My sister took deer, elk moose, and antelope and all were one shot kills so dont discount its ability.
There are some great modern calibers like a 260, 280, 70-08, 25-06 and more but its your prerence.
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