Deer rifle

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by ShagNasty1001, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. ShagNasty1001

    ShagNasty1001 New Member

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    First time deer hunting this season with a rifle in a few years and was using my model 700 in a .308 and now my little sister wants to go. What caliber would be best for her? I need something with low recoil that still has knock down power. She's not that big so I was thinking a .243. Would that be good or should I look for a .270?
     
  2. Muliemaster

    Muliemaster New Member

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    243 or the fast flat shootin 25/06 low recoil an killin deer for a long time keep her on the short shots untill she is able to handle the long stuff
     

  3. ShagNasty1001

    ShagNasty1001 New Member

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    I didn't even think about the 25/06
     
  4. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    243 is an excellent caliber and very capable of taking down deer. the 25-06 is another excellent choice for deer. both are recoil friendly for the smaller framed person and good enough for grown-ups too. Marlin X7 series and Savage Axis series of rifles are good ones for a beginning hunter, accurate, decent price and well made.
     
  5. ShagNasty1001

    ShagNasty1001 New Member

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    Yeah I loved my savage before I had to sell it. I'm gonna see the models my work place carries
     
  6. Fisherking

    Fisherking New Member

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    I have been taking deer with my SKS for about 15 years infact I took a nice six point harvest buck 1 shot it went 40 yrds.
    It hitts like a 30/30 recoil like a 22 and cheep to shoot.
    My 2 cents
    F.K.
     
  7. therewolf

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    Yeah, I like the SKS, use one myself,

    but might you not possibly have a

    5.56 or .223 laying around?

    If you're willing to drop to .243, it's not that

    far a jump to the more common AR round.(and ARs are fairly accurate,too)
     
  8. 303tom

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    .308.........
     
  9. ShagNasty1001

    ShagNasty1001 New Member

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    Yeah I have my AR as well in the 5.56
     
  10. JTJ

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    More important than the caliber is a rifle with a proper fit. Handing her an ill fitting rifle will multiply the effect of the recoil and will be harder to shoot well. I dont know her size other than "little sister". Take a look at the Weatherby Vanguard if she is indeed small of stature. It is available with both a youth stock and adult stock. My wife is small and requires at least an inch less pull length. I have been after Savage to come out with some decent smaller stocks for the ladies as their youth stock leaves a lot to be desired. I usually have to custom stock her guns. The adjustable stocks on the AR is a life saver but dont take that as a recommendation for an AR.
    243, 250-3000, 257 Roberts, 25-06, 6.5x55, 7mm 08 and a whole bunch more are all good rounds for deer. Shot placement is still the key.
     
  11. Sonic82

    Sonic82 New Member

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    If you're not shooting a great distance, I get her a Marlin lever 30.30 or even .357.
     
  12. ShagNasty1001

    ShagNasty1001 New Member

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    Yeah I'm going to have her hold my Remington to see how big it is on her
     
  13. purehavoc

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    I just bought a savage Axis in .223 . We cant use a rifle here in IL for anything but coyote and thats going to be its main job this winter . It comes in a variety of calibers ..223, 22.250, .243, .270, 30.06 and a few more I cant remember . Dont waste your money on the scope combo its really not a great deal buy the gun for $269 and put better scope on it , I bought the combo because I couldnt wait another 2 weeks for a camo one and they had the combo on its way .
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  14. TLuker

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    Get her a .243. It's a great deer round period that also happens to be recoil friendly.
     
  15. tomingreeneco

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    Good point! My wife is small in stature and a youth model will often be a better fit. Make sure to take her with you when you purchase the gun.
     
  16. ShagNasty1001

    ShagNasty1001 New Member

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    I'm taking her next week to look at a few and hold them up
     
  17. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    shag, check out the marlin's, as they make the X7 series in a youth model also. i think the youth models are in 308, 243 and 7mm-08. any of these would be excellent deer caliber rifles. good luck.
     
  18. dks7895

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    You mentioned she is a small person...with that said, I would look at the Marlin X7Y (youth model) in 243. The youth model's stock has a 1.5" shorter length of pull. The 243 is a whitetail killer and easy on recoil. Lots of factory ammo choices too.
     
  19. TacticalPrecision

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    I'd recommend an AR-15 chambered in the 6.8 round, It's plenty big enough with enough power to drop a deer and it's on the ar-15 platform so it'll be relatively lightweight and easy to use, plus you can have an adjustable stock on it so you can adjust it down for her.

    I know this is a pricey option for going hunting, but It is an idea, I shoot a .308 Savage rifle and then have a 6.8 myself and It's accurate out to 800 easily, and 1000 if you know what you're doing so it's accuracy isn't an issue and it's not terrible on the recoil.
     
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  20. SCPossum

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    You did not say how old she was, soooo.....

    My 12 year old daughter shoots the 25.06 loaded with Partitions. Nosler BT's did not cut the mustard.
    My 10 year old daughter shoots the .243 loaded with BT's. They work in this caliber/load/velocity for some reason
    My 7 year old son was shooting the .250 savage with partitions but recently "graduated" to his sister's .243.
    My 7 year old daughter is shooting the .250 savage now.

    They are all what I would call normal size children. The two older daughters I hold to 200yds or under. Last year it was 100yds or under until I found out they see much better than I do. The youngest two I hold to 50-75yds or under. 100yds seems to be a little far for them, but they have shot less than the older two did at their age. I will echo the post above about the rifle fitting the shooter. Mine are shooting Encores because I could buy the stocks and cut them off to fit. The oldest is shooting a factory length stock and the other two rifles are reduced down accordingly (I think the smallest is an 11" pull, but don't hold me to that). The good thing is that there is always an aftermarket for youth stocks when they grow into the factory length stocks. .243 and 25.06 are excellent rounds for kids (and me) with plenty of knockdown power for normal size southern deer. Shot placement is key and I take them to the range to practice whenever possible. Hope that helps.

    Last thing - If she is big enough to shoot a .270, then of course go with the .270. I think my 12 year old probably could go to it next year.