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First time deer hunting this season with a rifle in a few years and was using my model 700 in a .308 and now my little sister wants to go. What caliber would be best for her? I need something with low recoil that still has knock down power. She's not that big so I was thinking a .243. Would that be good or should I look for a .270?

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First time deer hunting this season with a rifle in a few years and was using my model 700 in a .308 and now my little sister wants to go. What caliber would be best for her? I need something with low recoil that still has knock down power. She's not that big so I was thinking a .243. Would that be good or should I look for a .270?
243 or the fast flat shootin 25/06 low recoil an killin deer for a long time keep her on the short shots untill she is able to handle the long stuff
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I didn't even think about the 25/06

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243 is an excellent caliber and very capable of taking down deer. the 25-06 is another excellent choice for deer. both are recoil friendly for the smaller framed person and good enough for grown-ups too. Marlin X7 series and Savage Axis series of rifles are good ones for a beginning hunter, accurate, decent price and well made.
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Marlin X7 series and Savage Axis series of rifles are good ones for a beginning hunter, accurate, decent price and well made.
Yeah I loved my savage before I had to sell it. I'm gonna see the models my work place carries
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I have been taking deer with my SKS for about 15 years infact I took a nice six point harvest buck 1 shot it went 40 yrds.
It hitts like a 30/30 recoil like a 22 and cheep to shoot.
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Yeah, I like the SKS, use one myself,

but might you not possibly have a

5.56 or .223 laying around?

If you're willing to drop to .243, it's not that

far a jump to the more common AR round.(and ARs are fairly accurate,too)

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first time deer hunting this season with a rifle in a few years and was using my model 700 in a .308 and now my little sister wants to go. What caliber would be best for her? I need something with low recoil that still has knock down power. She's not that big so i was thinking a .243. Would that be good or should i look for a .270?

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Yeah, I like the SKS, use one myself,

but might you not possibly have a

5.56 or .223 laying around?

If you're willing to drop to .243, it's not that

far a jump to the more common AR round.(and ARs are fairly accurate,too)
Yeah I have my AR as well in the 5.56
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First time deer hunting this season with a rifle in a few years and was using my model 700 in a .308 and now my little sister wants to go. What caliber would be best for her? I need something with low recoil that still has knock down power. She's not that big so I was thinking a .243. Would that be good or should I look for a .270?
More important than the caliber is a rifle with a proper fit. Handing her an ill fitting rifle will multiply the effect of the recoil and will be harder to shoot well. I dont know her size other than "little sister". Take a look at the Weatherby Vanguard if she is indeed small of stature. It is available with both a youth stock and adult stock. My wife is small and requires at least an inch less pull length. I have been after Savage to come out with some decent smaller stocks for the ladies as their youth stock leaves a lot to be desired. I usually have to custom stock her guns. The adjustable stocks on the AR is a life saver but dont take that as a recommendation for an AR.
243, 250-3000, 257 Roberts, 25-06, 6.5x55, 7mm 08 and a whole bunch more are all good rounds for deer. Shot placement is still the key.
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