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  1. weekender21

    weekender21 Well-Known Member

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    My 11 year old shot my wife’s youth model .243 today. She likes shooting rimfire but one shot from the .243 was enough for her. Any other options besides wait until she’s older? She wants to hunt but isn’t ready for a deer rifle.

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    •.223-a little light for deer in my opinion. Am I wrong.
    •crossbow-limited range, another new purchase
    •compound bow-she loves archery but it will be a few years before she can draw the minimum 35 pounds required.

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  2. Maddmatt

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    I like a 223, in fact its been some of my quicker kills. Avoid varmint bullets. Something around 64 grain is perfect in my opinion, but I've used 55 grain soft points to success. You just gotta wait for good shots, and don't try to stretch the range out too far.
     
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    I started my grandson Eli with a .223 at 7 years old? The only deer he ever lost was the first one that he hit on the front leg. After that he killed 7 deer with that gun and all were quick recovery. Use the heaviest bullet you can find in that caliber.
     
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    .223 is what I would say. Lots of 300 Blackout fans for kids too.
     
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    I concur with a 223, and in particular, in an AR with an adjustable stock. If your concerned about safety, load one round. IMO, it’s not just recoil but muzzle blast/sound that intimates new shooters. I would have them do ear plugs underneath muffs. Bullet wise, I’d use heavier slugs. I will say 77g OTMs will really work well.
     
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  6. Drycreek

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    I don’t advise the use of a .22 to hunt deer, but I’ll have to say that I’ve killed many hogs with an AR in .223/5.56 shooting Hornady Superformance 75 grain BTHP bullets. All of them weren’t ear holed either, some were shoulder shot and some double lunged. I seldom had a pass through on the lung shot ones if they were big hogs, but the lungs were shredded. Shot placement is important but is with larger calibers too.
     
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    I put a Sims vibration recoil pad on my 7mag and my daughter and wife fight over who gets to shoot that gun.My daughter shot an Oryx in NM at 374 yards when she was 13 and then went on to do 6 one kills in Africa when she was 18.
     
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    It sounds like your daughter is a good shot !
     
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    Shooting a buddies .223 today.

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    My kid is up to 6 or 7 deer with the 300 blackout. If you have a 5.56 AR you can mail order a cheap upper for 200-250. Not a long range round but has more pop than it should looking at the cartridge.
     
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    I was considering that. I don’t want her shooting past ~75 yards yet anyway.


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    The kid rolled another buck with the little 300 this past weekend. Going to post it over on my property tour page. For short range stuff I really like the round for kids.
     
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    This is a great use case for a suppressor. Get started on the paper work Asap, and you'll be ready for next season. Give you a good excuse to buy a new short barreled rifle too. Bergara and CVA or TC make a 308 and a 6.5 creedmoor with an 18" barrel. Awesome combo.
     
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