Re: Lightweight deer gun
I've hunted with many calibers, from a .375 H&H to a 25/06 and .243. The .243 will do the job to 300 yards. !00 gr. bullet same weight as 25/06 but a little less velocity. If she likes a lever rifle, try to find a Savage model 99c with the box magazine in .243 Win. Used but not much more than several new bolt actions, and good for several lifetimes. Depending on condition in my area from $400 to $600. No need to cycle cartridges through the action when unloading with the box magazine. Open the action, remove the magazine, and it's an empty rifle.