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#6492249 - 10/12/16 11:25 AM Rifle Caliber for the Wife?
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So my wife tells me she want's to get into hunting with me last week and I need to get her a rifle! I'm stuck between the .223, 22-250, or 243 calibers.... I was raised with a 243 but I'm thinking it may be a little much for her. She's really never shot a rifle larger than a 22 long lol so I don't want to shake her up too bad.
This gun will be mainly for deer and coyotes so I guess my main concern is, how much more or less is the recoil between the 223 and 22-250 compared to the 243, and will they be enough to effectively take a mature whitetail.

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#6492255 - 10/12/16 11:29 AM Re: Rifle Caliber for the Wife? [Re: Bobcat4119]
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223 and 22-250 will kill deer, but I prefer them more in the hands of someone who knows what they are doing and not a novice.

243 has pretty mild recoil. If you buy a 243 in a heavier gun it will be less. Personally I bought a 243 for my wife and she doesn't like it, she likes to shoot my 270 scratch
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#6492256 - 10/12/16 11:29 AM Re: Rifle Caliber for the Wife? [Re: Bobcat4119]
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7mm-08 low recoil and great punch and accuracy.
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#6492260 - 10/12/16 11:30 AM Re: Rifle Caliber for the Wife? [Re: Bobcat4119]
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My 10 year old daughter shoots a 243. My 12 yo daughter shoots a 243. They both will shoot my 308 without any probs.
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#6492264 - 10/12/16 11:32 AM Re: Rifle Caliber for the Wife? [Re: Bobcat4119]
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#6492269 - 10/12/16 11:34 AM Re: Rifle Caliber for the Wife? [Re: Bobcat4119]
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Coyotes and other varmints = .223

Throw in deer and hogs = .243

Caveat, they will all kill your listed target animals with proper shot placement. My 2cents, of your listed choices, I'd go with .243.
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#6492279 - 10/12/16 11:41 AM Re: Rifle Caliber for the Wife? [Re: Bobcat4119]
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25-06 hands down

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#6492284 - 10/12/16 11:44 AM Re: Rifle Caliber for the Wife? [Re: Greg Z]
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Originally Posted By: Greg Z
7mm-08 low recoil and great punch and accuracy.
This is what we did...... up
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#6492289 - 10/12/16 11:49 AM Re: Rifle Caliber for the Wife? [Re: Bobcat4119]
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.243, start with some Hornady Custom Lite ammo if you think she's shy. You could also go .260 or 7mm-08, Remington has Managed Recoil ammo for both.
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#6492290 - 10/12/16 11:50 AM Re: Rifle Caliber for the Wife? [Re: redchevy]
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223 and 22-250 will kill deer, but I prefer them more in the hands of someone who knows what they are doing and not a novice.

243 has pretty mild recoil. If you buy a 243 in a heavier gun it will be less.


AGREED.

When it comes to deer, hogs, etc a 223 or 22/250 is (in my humble opinion) an expert's gun. Yes, there have been thousands of game animals killed with the 223, but it requires exacting shot placement. I personally wouldn't saddle a newcomer with that responsibility. Lots of parents with the best of intentions buy a youngster a .410 gauge shotgun without realizing they just handed the child a gun that should be reserved for expert shooters.

The 243 is very capable and the recoil isn't extreme.

And if you reload, it becomes a non-factor.

I haven't used them but there are factory loads for the 243 that are labeled "low recoil". That might be an option.
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#6492339 - 10/12/16 12:28 PM Re: Rifle Caliber for the Wife? [Re: Bobcat4119]
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Thanks for the input. That's basically what I have decided "243" I took my 1st 4 deer with one when I was 6 years old. I'll be putting a new Leupold VX-3 on it so she will be able to be precise, just wanted an opinion on the recoil factor. I found a little chart just now and it's pretty informative.... Recoil Chart

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#6492406 - 10/12/16 01:13 PM Re: Rifle Caliber for the Wife? [Re: Bobcat4119]
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#6492412 - 10/12/16 01:15 PM Re: Rifle Caliber for the Wife? [Re: Tony270]
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Originally Posted By: Tony270
25.06 (My 16 daughters shoots it just fine!)


You have 16 daughters? eek2

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#6492426 - 10/12/16 01:21 PM Re: Rifle Caliber for the Wife? [Re: Bobcat4119]
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#6492429 - 10/12/16 01:21 PM Re: Rifle Caliber for the Wife? [Re: Tony270]
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25.06 (My 16 daughters shoots it just fine!)

You have 16 daughters? Are you Mormon?
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