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Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Berks County,Pa
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.
Last edited by huntinlandscaper; 12-15-2018 at 01:29 PM.