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What caliber would be a good deer rifle for a woman, but I want my girlfriend to have bigger than a .243.  She can shoot my .25-06 no problem but i am left handed and she is right.  Just looking for some suggestions for those of you with wives that hunt or the women out there that hunt.  Everyone has always led me down the right road on this forum so I'm sure I'll get some good advice.  Thanks in advance.

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.260 Rem is my vote!
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Originally posted by Tip69 Tip69 wrote:

.260 Rem is my vote!

 

I'll second this vote!

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Sneaky,

 

 

 I have a Remington .270 that works great for me. If you or someone you know has one

let her try it out to see if she likes it....  

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7mm-08 is a great one also.

 

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Originally posted by Blackbird Blackbird wrote:

Originally posted by Tip69 Tip69 wrote:

.260 Rem is my vote!

 

I'll second this vote!


I'll triple it, though the 7-08 is a sweetie.
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woman should not own rifle.  i never saw woman who can shoot.  too much cleaning and cooking needs her to do.
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Ammo for a 260 is hard to find  at the local "mart"... I gave  a 7mm/08 to my  youngest son for a deer rifle ( Winchester  70  Compact ) and it works well. Ammo for it is relatively easy to come by .  How about the good ole' 30-30 ..with Hornady's new Lever Evolution ammo, you can extend the range out to a honest 200 yd.s + , and lever actions can be inexpensive and are just plain fun.

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7mm08 - kicks like a baby. has almost the same ballistics as a .308.

 

PLENTY of knockdown power - i actually have one, and it's my favorite deer rifle for longer shots.

 

good luck.

 

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Any of the .308 family would be good.  It also depends on what type of hunting she is going to be doing.  If it is hunting in a stand then the weight really has no bearing, but if it is for a mountain rifle, that is another story.  Also the game she is hunting for will dictate what caliber she will need.  The truth is that that a well trained woman should handle most calibers up to big magnums that men can handle.  There is an article in a recent G&A about reloading the 460Wby. and while I have not read the whole article, there is a picture and caption of a woman ready to shoot and a caption regarding how she can handle the recoil.
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Originally posted by Tip69 Tip69 wrote:

.260 Rem is my vote!

 

i absoultly agree! in a rem model 7 would be perfect

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Originally posted by martin3175 martin3175 wrote:

Ammo for a 260 is hard to find  at the local "mart"... I gave  a 7mm/08 to my  youngest son for a deer rifle ( Winchester  70  Compact ) and it works well. Ammo for it is relatively easy to come by .  How about the good ole' 30-30 ..with Hornady's new Lever Evolution ammo, you can extend the range out to a honest 200 yd.s + , and lever actions can be inexpensive and are just plain fun.

 

you would be surprised actually the .260 is quite popular and i cant honestly say i have never been to any bait shop gas station type place that hasnt had a box of .260's on hand, and even if it maybe the case where he lives just bring an extra box of shells with you hunting and that solves the problem. i would take the .260 over the 7-08 because of the bc and sd factors that favor the 6.5 mm

 

now for the .270 notion, if you want to get rid of her buy the biggest gun you can find, but i wouldnt recommend getting a .270 for her first time especially in a smaller framed rifle cause of the recoil.

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 Whatever you decide on, consider having a gunsmith (or cabinetmaker) cut the stock down in length if necessary, to get it to fit her perfectly. Install a good recoil pad. Scope it with something that has plenty of eye relief, a wide field of view and correct mounting height. Since she is right-handed, make sure she has right-eye dominance as well. If not, she will have to address that issue. Practice dry-firing, then start shooting light or reduced loads and work up gradually. If you don't handload, start her on a .22 or a light varmint caliber for at least a couple hundred rounds, over the course of a few weeks. Soon she will probably be able to shoot virtually any medium class rifle and many magnums without any problems. NEVER let her shoot without eye and ear protection.
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Get her the Ruger Frontier in the 7mm/08 or the 260 Rem!.......................The perfect rifle and calibers for the ladies!
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Pyro doesn't like 270's and recommends a 260 ??huh ? oh well....But,  more 7mm/08 rifles available, even if your local "mart" has 260 ammo. The stock comment by Ronk is a good one. You could try a Wby Vanguard youth. --Guaranteed accuracy and 2 different stocks delivered with gun- one youth and one traditional length of pull.
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There is a big jump in sectional density and ballistic coefficient from the 6mm (243 and others) to the 6.5mm (260, 6.5 Swede and others).  This perhaps makes the 6.5 the smallest (and least recoiling) caliber appropriate for big game.  A lot of 243 Winchesters take game but a pretty good argument could be made it's more suited for varmints.  The same could be said for the 25-06.

 

I understand the 260 has gotten very popular with some competitive shooting events because of it's ballistics.  That should sustain if not increase it's use over time.  A quick check shows Remington, Sako, Tikka, Kimber and Ruger chambering it.  Of course the 6.5 Swede has been around over 100 years.  The next step up from the 6.5's would probably be the 7mm-08 but a smaller shooter might detect more recoil in similarly weighted rifles.

 

Ammo for the 6.5's is readily available on-line and at popular country-wide (USA) sporting goods chain stores as well as dedicated gun shops.  Ammo availability shouldn't be a concern unless you're hunting outside the USA.  In that case the universally available 308 might be the best choice but a much heavier rifle/scope combination would be necessary to get felt recoil in the range of the 6.5's.



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Originally posted by martin3175 martin3175 wrote:

Pyro doesn't like 270's and recommends a 260 ??huh ? oh well....But,  more 7mm/08 rifles available, even if your local "mart" has 260 ammo. The stock comment by Ronk is a good one. You could try a Wby Vanguard youth. --Guaranteed accuracy and 2 different stocks delivered with gun- one youth and one traditional length of pull.

 

 

That's a great benefit!  I have to keep that in mind.

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270, 280, 7-08, 25-06, 308 and If she shoots enough and is comfy with a little recoil a good old 30-06 my ex wife still hunts with hers, she aint gonna give it up either.
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She is not a beginning hunter so the suggestions of drive firing and starting out with a .22 are not needed, good advice none the less for inexperienced hunters.  She's 6'1" so we wont need to worry about cutting down any stocks or anything like that.  My first thought was actually the 7mm-08, she's been hunting pheasants she was 10 so her experience is greater than a lot of peoples and she's a dang good shot.  Someday when we get enough money we'll get her a rifle of her own instead of using mine, her dad's or her brothers.  Today is opening deer season here in ND and she has a buck tag and i'm pumped for her to get a big 'un.  We have some pics of some dandy's on there land so it's just a matter of time before we have a bbd (big buck down).  Thanks a lot for all the input.

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Skunk I'm pretty sure she could out shoot you any day of the week and then put a damn fine meal on the table after doing so.


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6'1" -- Wow- she could probably kick skunk's a**.....

 

.Congrats on being lucky enough to have a girlfriend that likes to hunt...

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6' 1" tall?????.... 2" shorter than me!... Hey Sneaky! With her experience how about something more challenging; a 375 RUM or a 460 WBY?      
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As I posted earlier that it was deer opener on Friday, my g/f took her first ever buck with a rifle.  I nice 4X4 that she dropped with one shot at 150 yards from my .25-06.  She used 110 grain nosler accubond bullet that I reloaded with 53 grains of imr 4830.  I think I have found my go to load for deer as this combo has dropped bucks in there tracks in consecutive years.  When I mentioned she has been hunting since 10 that is for upland birds not deer.  So friday night was pretty exciting when she dropped that buck.
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if it her first rifle go with a 260rem or a 7mm-08. if she can handle your 25-06 and she wants something bigger than go with a 270win (mmm cant believe i said that i hate the 270) 280 rem is another and better option. my gf used my 300 wsm with a lighter load 165g interbond at 2800 fps and she is a really small woman which is about the same recoil as the 30-06.

 

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pyro6999 loves the 270 winchester and says he is going to get a series of rifles in that caliber.S

Sorry buddy, had to do it.

 

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My vote for a 260 or 7mm-08 caliber, I use a 7mm-08 and have a pretty good string of bang flops going with it. Either caliber gives you the choice of heavier loads but both will shine with 140's. Recoil with a good recoil pad is as close to non-existant as you'll get for a good big game round. 6.5x55 - 7x57 - 308 are other good choices but if using factory ammo and not reloading stick with the 308 family. Theres more than enough 270 junkies around.....man in tweed was a tireless advocate......thats for sure. If ya like long actions they are good medicine as well, its just hard to find a sweeter deer rig than a fast handling short action in 260 or 7mm-08. I've heard skunky uses a 22 hornet..........

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