Lightweight deer gun

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  1. joncutt87

    joncutt87 Active Member

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    Looking to get my fiancee a light gun with minimal recoil, what calibers do you guys recomend? I have been leaving towards .243 and.22-250.
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    .243 is the way to go. IMO
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    Seems to be too small of a caliber for deer. Just my opinion. Again we have Michigan beasts here! I'd go with a 270 to start and get a blackhawk knoxx recoil reducing buttstock.
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    Those were the two models that I was looking at. A guy up the road had a ruger m77 I thought might be worth checking out
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    .243 is ideal here, hard to crack a shot past 125 yds
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    Poachers choice is .22LR around here
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    .243 is good for a beginner
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    The .30-06, .30-30, .300sav, and 7.62x39 have more recoil than she likes
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    And her favorite gun, which actually fits her very well is her 1890 winchester
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    243 is best for beginners and for those that are recoil sensitive. If she likes the lever guns or that 1890 style Browning makes a BLR 81 Lightweight in a 243 but the price tag will make you pucker
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    Muzzle Brake!! They work wonders.
    My friends 4 year old son shoots a Rem 700 ultralite mountain rifle in 7mm-08 with a brake on it. It recoils about like a .22mag.
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    Well, she handles the finances so if I pucker then she will have a fit
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    243 & 7mm-08 are great for beginners, but remember no matter how light those calibers are a light weight rifle will increase felt recoil. So maybe a standard rifle like a Rem. 700 or a Savage Axis in 243 or 7mm-06 would be a better choice.
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    243 too small for deer ??

    1x 22WMR ( it just walked out in front of me , i was chasing foxes , but 30 yards POP )

    2x 223 60 yards and 130 (maybe a bit more but not that much )

    1 x .17 Hmr ( never again ... got rid of it )

    3x 5.56 nato all 100-140 yards ( ambush in a narrow pass from above )

    the rest .308 and thats this year ... but as ya can see the listed ones are way under a .243's capabilities

    wish i had a rifle today , on the train to the city today the biggest stag i ever saw here just watching over 3 ladies in a clearing 60 yards from the train line , not a care in the world
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    If ya can hunt with semi, get an AR. Last few years, we have been almost hunting with AR's exclusively mainly because they carry so nice on 4 wheelers & snowmacines with a 2 point sling and with 16 inch barrel very short in length. All my kids started with 556's chasing wolves & caribou. My 6.8 spc is like a 22, recoil and usually I have a 10 round clip. We killed bear, caribou, wolves, lynx, pretty much everything except moose so far with the 6.8s. They are around 800 bucks, never regret getting one.
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    How far will she be shooting? Will the gun do other duty than hunting deer? If she is inside 150 yards, I would recomend a lever gun in the .44 Mag. All the knock down you need, low recoil, and accurate.
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    I deal with a lot of hunters who can not shoot paper, much less an animal when the adrenaline dump hits them. I like to ponder what the rifle they are equipped with will accomplish when less than ideal hits are the norm. I do not like the 6mm round for novice hunters. I like to figure in a pretty large forgiveness factor into the equation of round selection.
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    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.
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