I've said this in other threads, I just don't trust the 243. I used a loaner one year, accurate yes, but when it came time to put it on an animal it didn't do the job to my satisfaction. Deer ran 300 yards and had to be put down by another hunter. Had I not been hunting private property I wouldn't have filled the freezer. My 308 on the other hand has taken at least 3/4's of the animals I've harvested. The rest being broke between 20ga(1) 243(1) and 45-70(6). Of all those I rank the 243 dead last. If my only option for a rifle was a 243, I'd grab my youth model 20ga and toss the pumpkin balls in. Sorry, but you get one chance to make an impression in deer hunting. And mine was not pleasant.
My 308 is usually one shot. In fact in the last 15 years I have never taken more ammo into the field than will fit in the mag, 4 rounds. I have hit deer from the neck back to the liver. Only two have gone more than 30-40 yards, a liver shot and surprisingly my big buck that got both lungs and the top of the heart. Most drop in their tracks. Maybe I'm just lucky, but my 308 is my meat stick. When I want to have fun or a challenge I take something else.
I have become a bit recoil sensitive over the years. I have a Krag and a 35 rem pump that I think kick worse than the 308. And mine only has a 20" barrel. I wouldn't think 2" would make that much difference. IMHO, if she can handle a 270 that doesn't weigh 10+ pounds she should be fine with the 18" barrel. Yes, there might be more bark. But like was said earlier you never notice the bark when the adrenaline is pumping.
Remember, shoot straight and shoot often.
Good... Bad... I'm the guy with the gun.
Last edited by TRAPJAW; 05-10-2017 at 12:44 PM.