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post #1 of 54 (permalink) Old 12-15-2018, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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What .243 for my daughter?

I am looking into purchasing a rifle in .243. caliber for my daughter. She is years away from hunting but Iíd like have it for when itís needed. Iím looking for something moderately priced in synthetic and bolt action. I have no experience with the caliber.
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post #2 of 54 (permalink) Old 12-15-2018, 12:09 PM
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Goggle: Ruger American .243 Win. Bolt-Action Rifle see what you think.
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Tanners Gun shop in Jamison PA has the best prices on Ruger Americans around. I just picked up a .270 for $269. They also have .243s for that price. Don't know how long that special will last.
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I understand your intentions here, but IMO you would be better off waiting untill she is of age to use the firearm and take her and let her handle and shoulder different rifles and see which ones fit her best and which one she likes. Rifle fit goes a long way with felt recoil, accuracy, etc. If she doesnt like a rifle for whatever reason, as a novice shooter, she WILL have a hard time shooting it accurately and being comfortable doing so. Might find she prefers a lever action rifle vs bolt etc etc.

Also dont limit your search to just a 243, especially if she may hunt anything bigger than deer like black bear etc. There are several chamberings on the light recoil side that may be more versatile big game rounds. The 7-08 is the big one that comes to mind.

Im sure others have different thoughts and experiences and im not trying to start a caliber war, but I tend to agree with gun writer Col Craig Boddington who views the 243 on the light side for big deer and up therefore is better as more of an experienced shooter/hunters cartridge then a new shooters one......That its fine for the more experienced hunter who can overcome any excitement etc, wait for the ideal shot,and place an accurate shot into vitals avoiding big bones etc. Others may feel different.

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Get a youth model whichever brand you buy.I bought the Savage Axis for my son in youth and I also luv to use it.I know other adults that buy youth versions for themselves as well.
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I will add to my above post since several posters have PMd me trying to justify a different opinion or argue. AS STATED IN ABOVE POST I AM NOT TRYING TO START A CALIBER WAR!!!! My statements regarding the 243 perhaps not being the ideal caliber for a new hunter are simply my OPINION(that happens to be shared by a REAL gunwriter with far more hunting experience than myself). This opinion is however not some random thought. It is based on the approximately 60-70 deer i have killed with firearms in 27 years of hunting. These deer have been killed under a variety of conditions using a large variety of rifles as small as a 22-250 up to a 375 Ruger....yes including several with a 243. I have also been around well over 100 deer killed by others using various firearms. I agree 100% that with the right bullet and shot placement nearly ANY centerfire cartridge will cleanly kill a deer, just some are better suited for particular circumstances. Take it for what it is, My somewhat educated opinion!
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Wait until she is old enough and take her shopping. She might not like whatever you buy, be it for weight, size, looks, etc... If she doesn't like the gun, she'll be less apt to shoot it.
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Savage lady hunter. Browning x bolt. Tikka. Would be my choices.
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