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Old 02-20-2014, 02:09 AM   #1
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So my girlfriend started shooting when me and her got together. She has come along way in four years, she has gotten pretty good with the .22 lr of mine thatshe uses, its a Henry Lever action with an older 3-9x40 bushnell. How ever its time for her to move to a bigger gun, she wants to start hunting with me i let her use any of my guns she want and handles them really well (even my 30-06, recoil doesnt bother her!). the only dilemma i have is i shoot right handed and shoots left handed. She is really into cowboy action guns, I was going to get her a 30/30 Henry, but she saw a Rossi(tarus) circuit judge in 45 lc/ .410. Its a pretty neat gun and i have read some good stuff about it. But i am still unsure about it, mainly in the caliber. I have no experience shooting 45 LC. How is the round aganst whitetail sized game? Is there anything else you think i should know about the round or gun? Probably gunna buy it for her with part of my tax refund.

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Old 02-20-2014, 03:03 AM   #2
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If she is going to deer hunt then it's no longer about what she wants. It's about killing a deer as humanly as possible. The circuit judge is probably not the gun for that? I have no doubt that a skilled hunter could make it work but she isn't a skilled hunter. She needs something that is going to give her every advantage possible and the greatest chance of making a clean and effective kill. I'm not sure where you are hunting or what kind of conditions but I would recommend a good 30-30 assuming shots aren't that far (less than 100 yards). If she needs to shoot a little further then a good bolt action in 7mm-08 or .243.

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If she is going to hunt deer I agree with the above post. Get a 7-08 with a low power scope.
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223, 243, or 308... good deer hunting starter calibers. Some locations use only shot guns if your in one of those use a 12G slug....
P.S. I been using a Remington 243 semi auto with scope recently and took two bucks. In the last two years. 243 works IMO. But shot placement is a bonus.

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Get her the Circuit Judge contraption for fun.

And also get her a decent south-paw bolt gun in a good deer caliber. I bet you shouldn't have to spend more than about $4-500 for the deer gun.
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i have to agree with TLuker. yes at reasonable distances in the hands of a skilled hunter, with proper ammo the 45 colt will kill a deer. but she's new, so IMO that pretty much rules out using it for deer hunting. hunting is about being ethical and responsible. a more ethical and responsible choice would be the 30-30 lever action or a bolt action in 7mm-08, or 308, or 243, or a 25-06. all of these are very decent as far as recoil and proven in putting deer down if the hunter does his part.

but don't rule the other out as it would still be a fun gun sto shoot and use for SD purposes.
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If your gal likes to go deer hunting than you should buy a Browning BAR Mark II Lightweight Stalker for her instead of Rossi Circuit Judge .410 Gauge/.45 Long Colt Rifle. As the former is well known for its accuracy and reliability.
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The Rossi Circuit Judge is NOT a deer rifle, like the other guys here I have to agree, get her a good bolt action rifle for deer hunting !................

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One thing no one has addressed yet is average distance you have to target in your hunting area. I have effectively hunted deer in medium brush with a Winchester 94 in .30-30 when the shots rarely exceeded 150 yards and averaged 80-100. Rossi makes a .45-70 lever action that would be the caliber she likes and would not be cruel to the animal. If your average range is closer to 150-200 yards, I would agree to the scoped rifle in whatever action with which she is most comfortable.

My only other caveat is to let her be involved in the choice and purchase. A rifle you pick for her will never be as loved as one she chooses for herself. Just like purses and shoes, women like their weapons to reflect their personal style and flair. You'll save money buying it only once if she picks it out!
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For me a mod.94 in 30-30 is best any thing larger and theres alot less meat left. A good recoil pad will help her cope with the considerable kick.
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