Originally Posted by 6mmdave
Im lookin for a hunting rifle for the wife she has shot my 6mm and ays it has to much kick. That was with a 150gr bullet or so. But im worried about going with a smaller caliber because she hasn't had much experience shooting. And i dont want her to just wound the deer. Also we are young and broke so i dont have much money to spend.
I would apreciate any advice.
Texas deer are not armor plated or very big for that matter. Not wounding a deer has more to do with the experience of the shooter and shot placement than ammo/caliber. Whatever rifle caliber you buy she needs to practice until she can reliably shoot the deer vitals from all field shooting positions and when she goes hunting she should not take any shots that she is not 100% sure she can make.
If those conditions are met you can safely take deer given the classic broadside shot with a .223 with properly constructed bullets if she is willing to keep the shots to 150 yards or less and take no quartering shots where the bullet would have to travel a substantial part of the body or go through heavy bone to get to the heart/lungs.
.223 ammo is plentiful and cheap so practice should not be an issue, and there are good deer loads from Federal, Hornady and others in the market. Don' know if they have any Dick's Sporting Goods stores in your area but they were clearing out Remington SPS 700 WITH a scope combos for $499 last week.