Best Rifle And Caliber for Lightweight Beginner?

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  1. Drycreek

    Drycreek Well-Known Member

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    I'm in agreement with this too, I just wish the Encore had a better trigger. I had to have both of mine worked on because they were too heavy. I sent them off to Bulberry Barrels and after that they were good, then found out later that Mike Bellum (sp) sells reduced power trigger springs to go in the Encores.

    The old Contenders had excellent triggers and were available in some deer cartridges and some were even kid sized I think. Nothing wrong with a single shot for a kid, or a grown up for that matter. I have an Encore in .280 Rem as well as a Ruger No. 1 in 25/06. Both of those have accounted for several deer, and the 25/06 has a bunch of coyotes to its credit.
     
  2. buckdeer1

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    Put a sims vibration recoil pad on the gun and they should have any problem.My 13 year old daughter started shooting 7Mag and never had issue.She was drawn for NM Oryx and used Rem 7mag.My other daughter likes the 308 and the new 350 legend is said to have very little recoil
     
  3. Stonewall

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    The 243 is about perfect for medium/deer sized game, but a 7mm-08 would be a little more versatile if she wants to eventually move up to moose , caribou, or elk. 120gr TTSX out of a 7mm-08 is a thing of beauty and the recoil is slight. Google chuckhawks recoil chart for some ideas of what calibers are soft on recoil but can deliver large projectiles at velocity. I would rank a 6.5x55 Swede or 260 above a 243, but below a 7mm-08 in terms of versatility.
     
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    243 and 7mm-08 don't have as big of a chance of being obsolete anytime soon, therfore the ammo is more readily available, and they were both listed in the top 15 us cartridges by sales in 2015. One of my friends forgot his bullets when he went to Missouri on a hunt with a .284 Winchester, which is a great modern deer cartridge but very quickly obsolete, and he couldn't find ammo anywhere in the state. In 2011 the .260 Rem was on life support with remington only chambering it in one rifle, however it's made a bit of a resurgence since then. Buying a rifle that quickly becomes obsolete would not be a good thing.
     
  5. Drycreek

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    I would basically agree with everything here, but my preference would be for the 7-08. You can buy reduced power loads for it also if I'm not mistaken. One thing I would like to add; the 6.8 SPC can be had in rifles other than ARs now and I've killed two axis does and a train load of hogs with mine, (up to 270 lb.), mostly one shot kills. It's also very soft to shoot, especially in an AR 15. I use Federal Fusion 115 grain and a high shoulder shot kills them DRT.
     
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  7. buckdeer1

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    Put a sims vibration recoil pad and they can shoot about anything.My 100lb daughter started shooting 7mag at 13 when she drew and NM Oryx tag and now claims the rifle as hers,my other daughter shoots a 308.I think it matters alot if the gun fits them so they can see through the scope right without being too close
     
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    Tikka offers a compact option that is very good and would highly recommend anything they offer (especially 7-08). The Ruger American is also another great choice that it is at a lower price point.
     
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    I got my 10 year old son a Howa in 6.5 grendel, love this little round so far, very accurate, and very little recoil.[​IMG][​IMG]

    Sent from my SM-G892U using Tapatalk
     
  10. Drycreek

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    From the looks of that target, the deer are in trouble !
     

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