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Old 12-31-2009, 05:30 PM   #11
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a .22-250 will take anything in Texas except maybe one of those big exotics on can hunt ranches. a 60 grain Partition should do anything, recoil is nil. loud as hell even with a 26" bbl. a 7-08 still has recoil even a .243. I have all these and my girlfriend shoots them with no problem but she is used to shooting, my 6.5 Swede is also low recoil and very efficient. other than that a .223 or .222 would be my 2 cents.

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OK so she is recoil sensitive which is cool many guys are that way too.

Take her measurements NOT THEM measure LOP by bending her arm at the elbow and resting a yard stick in the pocket of the elbow haver her then curl her index finger like she is placing it on the trigger. Most rifles are set for a 14.5" LOP if her LOP is 13" then you need to get her a stock that has a 13" LOP or get another stock and have it cut down and a good high quality recoil pad like a limb saver installed on it So it fits her better.

Get her a nice 22lr and get her shooting good with it. Then mover her up to a 223 or 22-250 recoil in them is about the same. The Savage/ Stevens 200 in 22-250 would make a good Texas deer rifle. Load it with good high quality ammo with high quality bullets.

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You can find modified 6.5x55 military rifles farely cheap if you look. I would never use a .223!! A buddy of mine picked one up at a pawn shop for $75.00 w/ a custom stock and Lyman reciever sight (6.5x55). I have 5 Military and hunters in 6.5x55 + one true Sniper. M41b . You are better off w/ a pistol caliber lever gun. No recoil.

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You can find modified 6.5x55 military rifles farely cheap if you look. I would never use a .223!! A buddy of mine picked one up at a pawn shop for $75.00 w/ a custom stock and Lyman reciever sight (6.5x55). I have 5 Military and hunters in 6.5x55 + one true Sniper. M41b . You are better off w/ a pistol caliber lever gun. No recoil.
Using a .224 caliber centerfire is legal in Texas. Most of the deer you see on TV that are from Texas are Farm deer they are feed grain and other supplement to make they a lot bigger. At Fort hood most deer were weighing at less than 100# dressed. Most would barely break 100# live weight.

6.5x55 has more lots more recoil than a 6mm. Not sure why everyone keeps recommending larger and larger calibers.

I do agree with a lever gun in a pistol caliber would be a good solution as well. A Marling 1894 in 44mag or 44 spec. would be a great solutions.
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It's a shame Hornady don't offer managed recoil loads in 6mm Rem, that would be the way to go. If he reloaded he could load some up like that.

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I am 55 and have hunted South Texas most of my life, believe me they were not farm fed like at Ft. Hood, feeders yes, but if you ever see South Texas it is brush, mesquite, cactus etc. I realize there is a lot of high fence ranches nowadays but when I was a kid, many of my fellow schoolmates hunted with
.222s. I still use a .22-250 and I kill many a large #200 plus hog with it all the time, I like using a mini 14 (.223) or AR and getting a herd of hogs in a crowd and thinning them out. I kill large hogs with a .17hmr with body shots, most dont go far at all. I have shot them with a .270 and had them run a good ways. here any centerfire is legal for deer even a .22 Hornet. the right bullett and placement is all it takes. I know people that use magnums and are scared of the rifle and therefore bad shots, you dont need more than a .308 in Texas anyway and managed recoil ammo will tame it down to a .243 recoil or less.

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What the Bear said.

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Using a .224 caliber centerfire is legal in Texas. Most of the deer you see on TV that are from Texas are Farm deer they are feed grain and other supplement to make they a lot bigger. At Fort hood most deer were weighing at less than 100# dressed. Most would barely break 100# live weight.

6.5x55 has more lots more recoil than a 6mm. Not sure why everyone keeps recommending larger and larger calibers.

I do agree with a lever gun in a pistol caliber would be a good solution as well. A Marling 1894 in 44mag or 44 spec. would be a great solutions.
I find the 6.5x55 very mild recoil wise.
I shoot a .44-40. With a 24" barrel it hits close to the same velosity as a .44 mag. Although the bullet is 35gr less it hits w/ allot of power. The 1892 action is smooth!
For a bolt gun a great choice would be .257 Roberts, don't know why I did not think of it before. Great little cartridge. Very versitile.
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Get her a 257 roberts, I own this rifle in a ruger m77, and the recoil is less than a 243, i shoot 117 grain bullets and they cleanly take down elk and mosse. they are phenomonal on deer.

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My wife has her own 25-06 for deer hunting. Even though I have rifles in several calibers, my favorite is my 6.5x55 for deer. Usually 140gr in mine, and 120gr in hers.

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