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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