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Rifle Calibre for Woman?

My wife is a little hottie who has become addicted to hunting...yes, I am a lucky man.

What would be the BEST first rifle/scope for her? She doesn't like shooting my 30.06 because it kicks too much. We'll probably end up shooting out west at some point too (elk?).

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25-06,257 roberts,7mm-08,260rem
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7mm08 and you can soft reload it for the first year.
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Re: Rifle Calibre for Woman?

THANKS! PA-Joe...I think my buddy said the same thing....I've never shot a 7mm08 - but I think one of the more important things (in addition to the kick) is the feel of the gun. She's a small(ish) woman so she likes a tapered stock and thin feel to the gun. We just picked up a Savage Edge at Dick's last night and she loved the feel of it. Great value too...but my main concern for her will be the shot - she needs to be comfortable enough to shoot 100x at the range so she won't flinch when she shoots in the field! Again, thx for the tip!
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thanks 20gauge1!
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.243 and .308 are hard to beat for women hunters.
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So which caliber did you go with?
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I put together an Encore for my girl friend. It has a 22 inch barrel, and I had it camoed for her-she thinks it looks cool. I struggled with the proper cartridge for a long time. I kept going back and forth between the 44 magnum, 45 Colt, and believe it or not the 30 Carbine. I settled for the 30 carbine. I load the Sierra 130 grain single shot handgun bullet. The bullet is fantastic on deer. And she is deadly with this rig. Lightweight, yet minimal recoil.

Alot of people just drop down in caliber for less recoil. However I think it is better to stay with at least a 30 caliber, just shoot a bullet designed for lower velocities, and then lower the velocity for considerably less recoil.

I am also working her up a cast bullet load for a 30-30 Contender barrel that I have. She also likes the Contender. And she really likes the fact that she is hunting with a single shot rifle. She only hunts in the woods, but is fully capable of making any shot that could arise.

Think bigger and slower. Not smaller and faster. IMO bigger and slower is better.

I truly believe that the biggest problem women and kids have with high powered rifles is muzzle blast. I believe they are every bit-if not more afraid of the muzzle blast than they are of recoil. And lower caliber rifles that are fast do not help reduce muzzle blast and flash at all. In some cases they are even worse. The 30 carbine is a nice quiet little cartridge. Tom.
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Re: Rifle Calibre for Woman?

Maybe elk you say , 7mm-08 or 308
Be nice to know what she is able to shoot by borrowing some different calibers.
Be nice also if she does some shooting other than just for the hunt/sight in.
Often recoil is a matter of perception.
Not always , but for newbies it can be.
Take that out of the equation if not done already.
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270 wsm might be okay

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