Re: Rifle Calibre for Woman?
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.