||05-13-2012 03:31 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.