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#6120224 - 01/05/16 02:03 PM 243 Winchester or 260 Remington for young girl's deer rifle.
Bexar Offline
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Registered: 03/09/11
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About 10 years old but at that age things change pretty fast as far as growing up.

I like the .260; however, I am slightly concerned about her being able to readily find factory ammo. She lives in northern Arkansas.

Thanks...Bexar

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#6120241 - 01/05/16 02:11 PM Re: 243 Winchester or 260 Remington for young girl's deer rifle. [Re: Bexar]
BOBO the Clown Offline
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Registered: 04/19/07
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Loc: Metroplex
260 is pretty easy to find ammo. Especially with the Internet

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#6120270 - 01/05/16 02:24 PM Re: 243 Winchester or 260 Remington for young girl's deer rifle. [Re: Bexar]
ThreePeppers Offline
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Registered: 11/06/06
Posts: 465
Loc: Fort Worth/Kent County
7mm-08 and start her out with either Remington Managed Recoil or Hornady Custom Lite ammo.

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#6120287 - 01/05/16 02:32 PM Re: 243 Winchester or 260 Remington for young girl's deer rifle. [Re: Bexar]
QuitShootinYoungBucks Offline
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Registered: 11/01/12
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Loc: Lubbock, TX
Lots of places to get ammo these days; depending on where in northern Arkansas there might even be a Cabelas not too far away. .243 would have a wider bullet-weight selection in factory ammo, but a .260 offers heavier weights if she wanted to go after larger deer or game larger than deer. Nothing wrong with either one and about the same recoil.
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#6120424 - 01/05/16 03:34 PM Re: 243 Winchester or 260 Remington for young girl's deer rifle. [Re: Bexar]
Bexar Offline
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Registered: 03/09/11
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Speaking of managed recoil...does anyone have any experience with .308 managed recoil?

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#6120435 - 01/05/16 03:38 PM Re: 243 Winchester or 260 Remington for young girl's deer rifle. [Re: Bexar]
Creekrunner Offline
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I'd go .243.
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#6120631 - 01/05/16 05:08 PM Re: 243 Winchester or 260 Remington for young girl's deer rifle. [Re: Bexar]
bigjoe8565 Offline
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Registered: 06/30/08
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.243 is tough to beat. Ammo availability, cheap ammo, wide range of ammo and easy on recoil.

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#6120642 - 01/05/16 05:16 PM Re: 243 Winchester or 260 Remington for young girl's deer rifle. [Re: Bexar]
syncerus Offline
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Registered: 12/01/08
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I was very negative about the .243 for years ... until I was forced to use one. With modern ammo, they're pretty darn good.
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#6120649 - 01/05/16 05:22 PM Re: 243 Winchester or 260 Remington for young girl's deer rifle. [Re: Bexar]
scalebuster Offline
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Registered: 11/25/10
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Flip a coin

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#6120713 - 01/05/16 05:48 PM Re: 243 Winchester or 260 Remington for young girl's deer rifle. [Re: Bexar]
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I don't think you can go wrong either way or with 7-08 thrown in the mix. One of my girls now has my old Remington BDL .243 and one has a Tikka T3 in 7-08. If I had 3 girls the third one would probably have a .260. smile

I slightly favor the 7-08 simply because it can shoot a tad heavier bullet.
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#6120917 - 01/05/16 07:21 PM Re: 243 Winchester or 260 Remington for young girl's deer rifle. [Re: Bexar]
FiremanJG Offline
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Both good chamberings. I like the .260 Rem better due to heavier bullets. Probably more readily available ammo for the .243, though. The .260 Rem is a handloader's cartridge. If you want to get her a 6.5mm, but are not a handloader, get her a 6.5 Creedmoor. Exact same bullet leaving the muzzle at exactly the same speed, but Hornady makes plenty of excellent ammo for it.
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#6121012 - 01/05/16 08:08 PM Re: 243 Winchester or 260 Remington for young girl's deer rifle. [Re: FiremanJG]
el_cazador713 Offline
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Both good chamberings. I like the .260 Rem better due to heavier bullets. Probably more readily available ammo for the .243, though. The .260 Rem is a handloader's cartridge. If you want to get her a 6.5mm, but are not a handloader, get her a 6.5 Creedmoor. Exact same bullet leaving the muzzle at exactly the same speed, but Hornady makes plenty of excellent ammo for it.


This!!

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#6121168 - 01/05/16 09:19 PM Re: 243 Winchester or 260 Remington for young girl's deer rifle. [Re: Bexar]
30378 Offline


Registered: 02/14/09
Posts: 2850
Loc: Deer Park, Tx.
Either will work well and last her a lifetime
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#6121218 - 01/05/16 09:51 PM Re: 243 Winchester or 260 Remington for young girl's deer rifle. [Re: Bexar]
JJH Offline
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Registered: 10/03/06
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Get a 243 and be scrupulous about using only bullets designed for deer.

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#6123056 - 01/06/16 08:41 PM Re: 243 Winchester or 260 Remington for young girl's deer rifle. [Re: JJH]
BIGDOG1956 Offline
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Registered: 10/26/09
Posts: 334
Originally Posted By: JJH
Get a 243 and be scrupulous about using only bullets designed for deer.


A 243 is my choice too.
It is easy to find ammo any place.

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