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Topic: Getting the wife a rifle.
Posted By: scarface_usmc
Subject: Getting the wife a rifle.
Date Posted: September/11/2009 at 14:55
Im planning on getting my wife a new rifle im thinking in .204 ruger. I've been looking at the Rem. 700 VS SF II. yall got any better suggestions im all ears. Thanks for any advice im kinda new to the whole woman and a weapon thing.

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Posted By: magshooter1
Date Posted: September/11/2009 at 15:19
What is she gonna be shooting with it?  That will really determine she needs.

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Posted By: hunterwingler
Date Posted: September/11/2009 at 17:41
 Hear 7mm 08 are good for women, my wife likes the 308 but like magshotter1 say what she going to be shooting with it

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Posted By: pyro6999
Date Posted: September/11/2009 at 17:44
if she wants a deer rifle then the 7-08 is perfect, my wife had one and had no trouble shooting it in comfort and confidence.

otherwise a .223 would be really economical.


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Posted By: RONK
Date Posted: September/11/2009 at 17:55
 How big, strong or athletic is she?
Is she somewhat handy and mechanically inclined, or kind of a bit klutzy as so many people of her kind tend to be? (No offense, Ladies, but you know it's true!)
 
 That will help determine the best weght/length and type of platform to get, and the type of hunting or shooting will determine the class of cartridge.
 
More specifics, please!


Posted By: Urimaginaryfrnd
Date Posted: September/11/2009 at 19:34
Getting the Wife a Rifle
 .... My first thought is :  Run
How expensive do you want this project to be.  I'm thinking  22 ,   22 mag , or the more accurate  17hmr  shoot a lot but at low cost, but there is the other argument for say  416 Rigby 458 Lott  - she will shoot once and that will be the end of it.   If you have to go centerfire why not .223 or if for deer  7mm08. Really want her to get into centerfire get something accurate  like a tikka or if you can afford it a Cooper or a Kimber preferably in stainless.


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Posted By: Ed Connelly
Date Posted: September/11/2009 at 20:04
Originally posted by RONK RONK wrote:

 How big, strong or athletic is she?
Is she somewhat handy and mechanically inclined, or kind of a bit klutzy as so many people of her kind tend to be? (No offense, Ladies, but you know it's true!)
 
 That will help determine the best weght/length and type of platform to get, and the type of hunting or shooting will determine the class of cartridge.
 
More specifics, please!
 
No Pics
 
 
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Posted By: billyburl2
Date Posted: September/11/2009 at 20:25
I am thinking a lite-weight .338 win mag. She shoots it once, you get a brand new elk/dangerous game rifle! I went big on purposee cause my wife loves my 7lbs .300wsm ( hehe PYRO, sorry couldn't resist!) 

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Posted By: KY Hick
Date Posted: September/11/2009 at 20:51
Get her something you really want, that way if she dont like it you have something to play with. I did the same thing with a nice target .22, and now its mine. But at the same time she owns my fav over and under! That girl loves her shotguns and snubbies.


Posted By: bugsNbows
Date Posted: September/12/2009 at 09:19
Well, Ive got a Remmy VSF in .204 Ruger and my wife loves to shoot it. However, it's heavy and (offhand) is useless to her. It shoots well though with very little recoil. CZ makes a nice lighter weight rifle available in .204 Ruger that may be a good choice also. You may also consider a Ruger or Kimber depending on what you want to spend. For a level up, Cooper makes a dandy also. Good luck man. Oh, and by the way, involving your wife in shooting is a great thing. I did so many years ago and have NEVER regretted it one bit. Excellent

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Posted By: amk204
Date Posted: September/12/2009 at 19:22
dont rule out savage they are very acc. and dont cost an arm and a leg.

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Posted By: Trays 7940
Date Posted: September/13/2009 at 09:00
.243 and uh, RUN!  Smile
 
My daughter brought down her first deer, 94 yards, this past year with a  Remington .243.  She loves going to the range and shooting with me, now.  We have a blast.  Good Luck!


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Posted By: Kickboxer
Date Posted: September/13/2009 at 10:11
Originally posted by Trays 7940 Trays 7940 wrote:

.243 and uh, RUN!  Smile
 
My daughter brought down her first deer, 94 yards, this past year with a  Remington .243.  She loves going to the range and shooting with me, now.  We have a blast.  Good Luck!
 
My daughters all started out with .243 BAR.  However, mine all "out grew" hunting with me.  They shoot seldom now.  HOLD on tight to those mements, Trays.  Don't let them slip away...


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Posted By: magshooter1
Date Posted: September/14/2009 at 08:12
Was out to the camp on Sat.  Daughter ran >100 rds. thru MY A-Bolt .22 L.R. and never even let me shoot it once.  I had to settle for plinking with my Buckmark.  Oh well,  at least she got some good practive before deer season.  It was FUN!

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Posted By: SD Dog
Date Posted: September/14/2009 at 14:08
Like asked before, all depends on what the objective is.  One of our clients, who is 5' 6" and maybe 105 lb & rather beautiful as well, thinks the .25-06 is the perfect girl gun.  She was 8 month pregnant with their last child deer hunting.  Had to get the tag filled before the kid was born. 

If it is for plinking/paper but you want a center fire, the .204 ruger is hard to beat.  Low recoil and flat trajectory.  Besides, you can use it as a back up varmint rifle! 

The .22 LR is hard to beat.  Took mine out the other weekend and fell in love all over again!!  Not too loud, almost no recoil and cheap to feed.


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Posted By: dowby77
Date Posted: September/14/2009 at 18:44
need to know what the rifles intended purposes is


Posted By: BillyWayne
Date Posted: September/15/2009 at 08:26
I would say get something YOU would like.  This is your chance to get yourself a new toy with the excuse of it is for the wife.  I have a nice 243 Remy that is supposed to be for my daughter and/or wife.  The only person who uses it is me.  I am just saying.........now is your chance.

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Posted By: Trays 7940
Date Posted: September/15/2009 at 08:30
Originally posted by SD Dog SD Dog wrote:

Like asked before, all depends on what the objective is.  One of our clients, who is 5' 6" and maybe 105 lb & rather beautiful as well, thinks the .25-06 is the perfect girl gun.  She was 8 month pregnant with their last child deer hunting.  Had to get the tag filled before the kid was born. 

If it is for plinking/paper but you want a center fire, the .204 ruger is hard to beat.  Low recoil and flat trajectory.  Besides, you can use it as a back up varmint rifle! 

The .22 LR is hard to beat.  Took mine out the other weekend and fell in love all over again!!  Not too loud, almost no recoil and cheap to feed.
Roll on Floor Laughing   I so hope my daughter will be like that.... Wow!


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Posted By: Trays 7940
Date Posted: September/15/2009 at 08:32
Originally posted by Kickboxer Kickboxer wrote:

Originally posted by Trays 7940 Trays 7940 wrote:

.243 and uh, RUN!  Smile
 
My daughter brought down her first deer, 94 yards, this past year with a  Remington .243.  She loves going to the range and shooting with me, now.  We have a blast.  Good Luck!
 
My daughters all started out with .243 BAR.  However, mine all "out grew" hunting with me.  They shoot seldom now.  HOLD on tight to those mements, Trays.  Don't let them slip away...
She started college this year... Oh their slippin'....Bandito

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Posted By: Acenturian
Date Posted: September/16/2009 at 17:08
Not to beat a dead horse but what is she going to use it for?  If it is just to go out and go plinking with you (spending quality time) I'd go with a basic rimfire, cheap easy to shoot light weight ect....I love my little 17. HMR
 
A 204 will fit the same bill as above but cost a bit more to shoot.  It's fine for shooting little fury things and will give you better distance then a 17 HMR but it still cant be used or hunting larger game.   In that class I still like the .223 just easier to find ammo for.
 
I started out on a .243 still have it great little gun and even with the POS scope it still shoots clover leafs at 100 yards .....if fact that is the reason it still has the junk scope I am too scared to take it off cause it shoots so well LOL   BUT I'd give a knod to the 7mm 08..I think it is more practicle hunting cartridge and recoil is only slightly more then the .243.  One of my friends kids started out on that rifle and actually you never really "out grow" it since it's a good all around deer cartridge.
 
Also don't rule out the ol tryed and true .30/30 its light weight easy to shoulder easy on the shoulder and for starting out nothing wrong with open sights for a bit.
 


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Posted By: scarface_usmc
Date Posted: October/14/2009 at 18:58
Sorry bout getting back to you guys so late. Been out in the field. ehhh!! But anyways i wanna get her something she can shoot all day and shoot at the same distance ill be shooting with my .308. She is petite but strong, she shoots her bow woth the best of em. She aint the deer hunting type but she loves shootin pest and such things.

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"keep your booger hook off the bang switch!"


Posted By: magshooter1
Date Posted: October/15/2009 at 08:21
I'd go .260, 6.5x55, 7x57, 7mm/08, .257 Bob, or .25/06.  All light recoil cals, with plenty of reach and readily available.  Has she tried your .308?  She could probably handle the recoil.

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Posted By: 3_tens
Date Posted: October/15/2009 at 08:54
If you get her the .204 you might get embarrassed because they are shooters.

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Posted By: SD Dog
Date Posted: October/15/2009 at 10:05
.204 would be fine.  not the ballistic twin of the .308 but it will get her a long ways out there.

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If nobody ever said anything unless he knew what he was talking about, a ghastly hush would descend upon the earth. AP Herbert

Stupidity & ignorance have been the foundation for many certainties.


Posted By: trigger29
Date Posted: October/15/2009 at 17:32
I'd say 22-250, or maybe .243. She could shoot it all day, have a little more punch than the .204 with a little better wind bucking ability at the ranges a .308 can be shot, and ammo doesn't break the bank. It seems anymore it's as cheap to shoot my 22-250 as it is a .223

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Posted By: scarface_usmc
Date Posted: October/16/2009 at 13:35
Yeah she shot my .308 and likes it, but she wont be able to shoot it all day. Will the .204 break my bank? I've always wanted one and figured id get more use than she would plus it would be a good gun for her. but if it is gunna cost too much im having second thoughts. now im thinking the .223 will be bettter.

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Posted By: SD Dog
Date Posted: October/16/2009 at 13:40
Friend got a Savage 12FV for $499 at Cabelas last week.  Deals can be had if you look around for them.  If you reload the .204 hardly cost you anything to reload, but bought ammo ain't bad either.

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If nobody ever said anything unless he knew what he was talking about, a ghastly hush would descend upon the earth. AP Herbert

Stupidity & ignorance have been the foundation for many certainties.


Posted By: biggreen747
Date Posted: October/16/2009 at 20:02
LOL...Excellent  I tried that.. I have a Kimber Montana in 338WM. She shot it... Now she wants to kill a Bison with it... Go Figure...

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Posted By: biggreen747
Date Posted: October/16/2009 at 20:06
Originally posted by billyburl2 billyburl2 wrote:

I am thinking a lite-weight .338 win mag. She shoots it once, you get a brand new elk/dangerous game rifle! I went big on purposee cause my wife loves my 7lbs .300wsm ( hehe PYRO, sorry couldn't resist!) 


Shoulda quoted this with the above post


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Posted By: Ick
Date Posted: October/18/2009 at 15:44
"I got my wife a rifle"
 
.....were the last words he said to me before they found his body.....


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Posted By: 338LAPUASLAP
Date Posted: October/18/2009 at 17:42
.243 win and twice on Sundays... CZ or Steyr both can be picked up for $500.00 she will love it and you can shoot it all day...Flat shootin no adjustments to make and you can go as light as 60grs all the way to 100+grs... CZ makes a light maple (Curly slight Bird's Eye specs)... Gloss Black with a SST trigger for her to hit without fidgeting... Ummh nothing sexier than a woman hitting her target everytime, it makes for a good night...

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Posted By: 338LAPUASLAP
Date Posted: October/18/2009 at 17:46

And Yes, It can take a Deer they undoubtedly have the punch Mule Deer aren't even an issue...Bi-Pedal Primates too...



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Posted By: scarface_usmc
Date Posted: October/30/2009 at 16:20
Thanks for all the advice fellows!!! Sorry bout taking so long to reply again got stuck in 29 palms for the last 10 days.

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Posted By: cruft
Date Posted: November/17/2009 at 18:02
CZ 550 FS (full stock) in 6.5x55.  you can look it up.


Posted By: John Barsness
Date Posted: November/17/2009 at 19:27
Read this whole thread and, from the lack of your response on exactly what she is going to shoot with the rifle, I must assume that you really want a .204 to play with, and are buying it under the guise of a gift.
 
Be careful with this strategy. When my wife started showing a real interest in hunting and shooting, not too long after we got married 26 years ago, we bought a .270 for her own rifle. A year or two later I made the mistake of borrowing it (without asking her permission) to do a little scope testing. I was then informed to keep my stinkin' hands of HER rifle.
 
Today we have his and her sides of the gun safe. She will give me permission to tough her rifles and shotguns now and then, and even borrow one for a specific purpose, but they are HERS.


Posted By: pyro6999
Date Posted: November/17/2009 at 19:32
im not a fan of 6mm's for first timers to use on deer, i find them to be marginal on body shots. i dont have any issues with them in the hands of a capable marksman though. head or spine shots with the .243 is as good as gold. i prefer to start deer calibers in the .257 diameter and bullets that are at least 110gr if not 115gr in weight. the .257 roberts is an excellent starter rifle and im sure that Mr. Barsness would agree with me. i just hear to many horror storied about well placed body shot deer that are never found after being shot.

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343 we will never forget

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