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liftedtrucks4me 05-13-2012 01:35 AM

rifle for wife
I am looking to get my wife a good rifle, we both hunt and like to range shoot. I use an AR15 and remington 30.06. I love my AR and do not want to give that up and she said she don't like how the 30.06 feels. What would be a good rifle for her that are both ideal for hunting and range. We are both Army so she knows her way around firearms.

kytowboater 05-13-2012 01:37 AM

Bar in .280 remmington, if you can find it.

cottontop 05-13-2012 02:00 AM

I got a rifle for my wife. Man that was a good trade.

jjfuller1 05-13-2012 02:03 AM

being as your used to the platform. why not an AR chambered in either 6.8 special, or .308. both great hunting rounds and still gives you the reduced recoil

liftedtrucks4me 05-13-2012 02:05 AM

i'm trying to stick to a budget, i wouldn't mind building one of those ARs though, be a fun project

Kdub 05-13-2012 02:13 AM

.243 bolt gun. Light recoil but still enough for deer.

Shoobee 05-13-2012 02:17 AM


Originally Posted by Kdub (Post 798871)
.243 bolt gun. Light recoil but still enough for deer.

This is the historical classic answer, however if you wife does not like the 1903 Springfield designs of the modern bolt rifles, you may want to get some kind of semi-automatic in 308 or a smaller calibre instead.

liftedtrucks4me 05-13-2012 02:30 AM

i like the 1903 springfield, if i got that id want it for myself, the only weapon she has fired is the m16 so all this would be new to her

Triumphman 05-13-2012 02:31 AM

If you're letting your Wife shoot your 30-06 in 165gr and above and it has a synthetic stock. Well, there's your problem. You need to keep the ammo at 150gr and get her a good rifle with walnut or laminate stock. Yes, it's a little heavier and more expensive, but that wood absorbs the shock much better. I have a 30-06 Mossberg ATR100 with synthetic stock and it gets brutal with ammo over 165gr. Also mine shoots 150gr best(clover leaf 4 shot group) anyway, which is good for my shoulder, and it kills deer quite well. If you would like something a little easier on shoulder while target or hunting, might I suggest a nice 243Win in Walnut stock in a "Youth" model, as it's a little smaller for those smaller/lighter framed shooters. I have a Weatherby Vanguard, but in full size with synthetic stock with Weaver V16 scope and it's a great little shooter. Now if your Wife would like something with a little more punch, then a 270 caliber is a very good place to start. It's basically a 30-06 that's necked down to take a smaller/lighter bullet of around 90 to 145gr. Great caliber and much milder recoil also over 30-06. You need to remember that where ever your stationed, and you use your rifles for hunts, some states/County's require calibers over a 24gr bullet size which puts it at minimum 243 size. So a 220 Swift, 222, or 223 caliber would be illegal, but they're good calibers. Couple calibers, I didn't mention due to cost of ammo, because they're a priority cartridge for that maker, like 240 Weatherby and 257 Weatherby. If you stay with popular, cartridged rifles, you won't be dissappointed in ammo costs/availability over a speciality cartridge. Look to Marlin, Savage, Mossberg, Weatherby for some lower cost, but good shooting rifles. Also don't rule out the trusty ole 30-30 lever action rifles. They haven't been around for over 130yrs for nothing, and they are quite manageable in recoil. I have a Marlin myself due to being able to mount scope on it easier over Winchester.

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