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Last Post 16 Jan 2009 05:49 PM by Teach Deer. 9 Replies.
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04 Jun 2008 06:06 AM  
I was wanting to take my 12 year old daughter on her first deer youth hunt. I was wondering what kind of gun to get her, that wouldn't kick hard but still get the job done.
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04 Jun 2008 10:15 AM  
6mm,243,257 Roberts,260,7mm-08
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04 Jun 2008 03:04 PM  
Hi, I like the Rem. 243. I started my son out with it and he had great success and he wasn't scared to fire it .
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04 Jun 2008 11:25 PM  
I would have to say the 243 would be a very good choice.Recoil is light and it's extremly accurate.My son started on a 243 with 95 grn SST from Hornady.
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05 Jun 2008 07:19 PM  
dads friend used a 243 wssm for his daughter, it kicked for her but she got her 1st deer with it
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06 Jun 2008 07:15 AM  
i would say .243, i have a rem. mod. 788 carbine i bought new in 1980. both my sons killed their first deer with it. they don't make it any more but the mod. 7 is almost just like it. my boss's daughter used it several times. she loved using my rifle. she would come running up to me saying, you going to let me use your gun again..
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07 Jun 2008 05:36 PM  
I used at winchester model 94 lever action when I started huntn the 170 gr dont kick that bad
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04 Sep 2008 01:43 AM  
How about a marlin336 in a 30-30. Put a "limbsaver"recoil pad on it (They work trust me). Remington makes a reduced recoil round(125grain) for the 30-30. Once she gets a little older and she can handle more "kick", lose the pad(or not) and switch to standard ammo. Then she will have a rifle that will last well into adulthood. Who knows maybe even get passed down to her son or daughter some day.
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04 Sep 2008 09:16 PM  
I would say a .30-30 or a .243.  I would suggest the .30-30 gun more because with that she can use it the rest of her life.  Plus its killed more deer than any other gun!
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16 Jan 2009 05:49 PM  
If you are going to buy her a rifle with the hopes of her using it for the rest of her life possibly on animals larger than whitetails, then avoid the .243 and the .30-30.

Take her shopping. Let her handle several rifles for fit and feel. I really like the Ruger M77 Compact in a bolt action (get one with a detachable box magazine or hinged floorplate). They are easy to load and unload without running all of the rounds through the chamber (e.g. nearly all .30-30s).

With the introduction of the Managed Recoil ammo, nearly all calibers are options. The MR .270 loads for example offer a 115 grain core-lokt bullet, .277 caliber, with more energy than the .30-30 and less recoil than the .243. Same to said of the .308 and .30-06 (though energy and recoil levels are slightly more than the MR .270 loads).

As she gets older and perhaps larger, she could more from the MR loads to full power or even Light Magnum loads for really large game (think elk and caribou) that the .30-30 and .243 are not really appropriate for.
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