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#6599055 - 12/22/16 07:36 PM Rifle for daughter??
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Looking for a deer rifle for 11 year old daughter in 243. Not looking to spend too much. I'm looking at savage axis, ruger American, and the tikka (I have a tikka and absolutely love it, but is the most $ of the three). Anyone have first hand experience shooting these? Pros/cons?
On a side not she shot her first doe with a 22-250 this season. She handled the minimal recoil well. How does felt recoil of 22-250 compare to 243 generally speaking. Thanks

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#6599061 - 12/22/16 07:41 PM Re: Rifle for daughter?? [Re: Nick1]
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#6599070 - 12/22/16 07:49 PM Re: Rifle for daughter?? [Re: Nick1]
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go for the ruger american predator in 6.5 creed, not much more recoil over the 243 and you could even put a muzzle break on it as the barrel is already threaded. much better performance over the 243
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#6599089 - 12/22/16 08:04 PM Re: Rifle for daughter?? [Re: Nick1]
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I e had both cqlibers and while there is a difference shooting them side by side, I'd say they're close enough that I bet she can handle the 243 if the 22-250 was not a big deal. But then again I'm 6'0" 210lbs man so I have no idea what it's like to be an 11yo girl.

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#6599125 - 12/22/16 08:30 PM Re: Rifle for daughter?? [Re: Nick1]
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I have the Ruger American in .243 and it's been a great gun. My daughters and son in laws use the gun, but I break it out a few times a year. Paired with 100 grain Hornady American Whitetail ammo. Plenty accurate, soft recoil and action is pretty smooth.

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#6599137 - 12/22/16 08:42 PM Re: Rifle for daughter?? [Re: vanguard]
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Originally Posted By: vanguard
go for the ruger american predator in 6.5 creed, not much more recoil over the 243 and you could even put a muzzle break on it as the barrel is already threaded. much better performance over the 243


can we get one thread without someone pimping the Creedmoor? soap
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#6599160 - 12/22/16 08:57 PM Re: Rifle for daughter?? [Re: Nick1]
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The Weatherby S2's are nice and will probably land pricewise between the Savage and the Tikka. I would also pick up some of the Remington Managed Recoil ammo (Academy carries it). My 10 year old son has been shooting those for the past two years and you can definitely feel the difference between those and the plain old 100gr Corelocts.
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#6599166 - 12/22/16 09:03 PM Re: Rifle for daughter?? [Re: Nick1]
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I would have her handle two or three of the suggested rifles and let her pick the one she likes best, assuming it fits her well. There's no rush; let her have fun making the choice.
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#6599178 - 12/22/16 09:11 PM Re: Rifle for daughter?? [Re: scottfromdallas]
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Originally Posted By: scottfromdallas
Originally Posted By: vanguard
go for the ruger american predator in 6.5 creed, not much more recoil over the 243 and you could even put a muzzle break on it as the barrel is already threaded. much better performance over the 243


can we get one thread without someone pimping the Creedmoor? soap


Yea really that's all you hear these days taz....... says the guy rifle who is on his third 6.5 CM and has the 6mm and 22 cal versions bolt


Edited by DStroud (12/22/16 09:15 PM)

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#6599214 - 12/22/16 09:31 PM Re: Rifle for daughter?? [Re: Nick1]
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I would recommend a Tikka T3, great shooting and accurate rifles. I would think that a 243 Win would be a great choice, especially with some lighter weight bullets like an 80 grain barnes TTS for less recoil. Eurooptic.com has them in the T3 Hunter version (wood stock/blued barrel) for $498. Not too bad in regard to price, but may be more than you want to spend for a first rifle.


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#6599427 - 12/23/16 06:04 AM Re: Rifle for daughter?? [Re: Nick1]
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Tikka no doubt out of those 3. They're clearancing out the T3 lite models right now for around $450. Can't go wrong at that price.

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#6599429 - 12/23/16 06:06 AM Re: Rifle for daughter?? [Re: Nick1]
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#6599565 - 12/23/16 08:11 AM Re: Rifle for daughter?? [Re: Nick1]
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I've been pondering the same thing with my daughter. I'm leaning wood stock 243 and a Tikka Hunter or Browning Xbolt. I think a child's first gun should be wood. Every scratch and ding has a story.
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#6599568 - 12/23/16 08:14 AM Re: Rifle for daughter?? [Re: Nick1]
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If it's hers and hers only, look at the Savage Lady guns,
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#6599591 - 12/23/16 08:31 AM Re: Rifle for daughter?? [Re: Nick1]
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My 11yo daughter last year was shooting a CVA .243 compact single shot with 100gr handloads. No complaints about recoil. I would suggest taking her to Cabelas, Gander Mountain,etc and letting her hold different ones. I've learned that what I think they'll like usually ain't what they really like.

Edit. Look up the hows and why's Savage put into the Lady Hunter - I think it was a Guns and Ammo or American Rifleman article a few years ago. Kind of an eye opener about how women are built different and why they need different built guns.



Edited by chalet (12/23/16 08:34 AM)
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