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Best rifle for the wife

Well it could also be young hunter, girl friend ect. We've all seem those threads. Why is it nobody asks for a few different cartridges for these new shooters to try out? How come every time it ends up being some guy shooting maybe more than he can handle asking for advice on what to get his wife or what ever new shooter? How come they don't get a number af cartridges or better yet maybe ask if anyone around has something that might work that he/she could try out? I would let anyone that wanted to try out a rifle/cartridge I have, try it out.

It really puzzles me that some guy's will just tell their wife or other's what they should be able to handle. There is a guy on another site looking for a rifle for his 5'1" skinny girl friend. She's shot his 300mag and can do it but sounds to me like she's making him happy. So a whole bunch of guys are telling him how to get her into a 300 mag by the addition of recoil pads and brakes so he can be sure it's suitable for her? Wow, what if you guys wife's decided they knew better than you and let you have a rifle but they always picked it out? And they appearently didn't know enough about it themselves to select it so went on some internet site and asked a bunch of people they don't even know what she should consider is good for you?

Clue me in here folks!

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Alot less common sense in the world and alot more armchair experts, is the conclusion I have come to see, to be blunt.

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Just ask any question now days and you'll find all the right answers to what you didn't even ask for.

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I have found that a big problem is that a lot of newer hunters are going to the magnum is better Idea. When my ex-wife decided that she wanted to try hunting I figured that I would let her use my old 30-06 but then I figured that it would be a great excuse to get her a rifle that I had always thought would be a great hunting rifle. So I took her out and bought a nice Ruger 25-06. While I was doing this all the salesman wanted to do was to get her to try a .300 magnum with a muzzle brake on it. I have also found out if you start a new hunter out on a rifle that he can shoot and shoot well he will enjoy the sport a lot more and that doesn't include any of the 300+ magnums that are on the market. I have a friend that when his 12 year old boy wanted to start hunting went out and bought him a 7mm Savage 110. When we took him out to sight it in I took the 25-06 to shoot a few rounds through it. Well, after the first 4 shots that kid had developed a flinch that was pulling the bullets over a foot off of the target. His dad and I finished sighting in the rifle for him. Then I asked him if he wanted to shoot my rifle. At first he didn't want to but then he decided to try it. His first comments to his dad was "hey this rifle doesn't kick at all" The thing that surprised his dad was that he had no problem what so ever shooting that rifle into a quarter size group at a hundred yards.

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He doesn't really like his girlfriend. That's my final answer....

I like the 308 Win based cartridges (260, 7mm-08, 308, 243) for getting someone into a big game gun without magnum recoil.

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I've offered the chance to use any of my weapons to hundreds of people for just that purpose, only a few have ever taken me up on it , mostly kids. seems like grownups are not open to such ideas.
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Some of the posts are legit and the person is looking for a rifle for his wife, but it is my opinion that the majority of posts is the guy looking for a lower recoil rifle for himself and doesn't want to admit it on the web that he can't handle the recoil of "X" magnum. It typically is a person with little or no knowledge of firearms and has bought the "wrong" caliber for himself and needs feedback from people to steer him in the right direction.

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The best rifle for the wife better be the rifle she wants. That means picking out of half dozen or so WITH HER THERE , let her pick them up, feel the stock and the way it fits, admire the type of stock material, pretend to be sighting down on the next world record critter, etc. Basically the same things the men do. Pick out and buy a rifle that she didn't approve of first & I guarantee cold nights and short conversations for awhile (been there, done that, won't repeat it).

The short action bolts make sense as does a lower power variable or fixed scope. I'm thinking weight and handling here. A heavy gun means she'll have you carrying it on those long hikes. A big scope on a lighter weight rifle just feels unbalanced and awkward. She'll probably have a better grip on her capabilities than hubbie meaning that she will recognize that 300+ yard shots are too far. A 4X12, 50mm 2 lb scope just isn't needed. Don't be afraid to look at a fixed 4 or 6X scope. No dials to turn, no worrying about what power setting to have it set on. They are lighter and probably stronger than comparable variables too.

Bought my oldest daughter a Model 7, laminate stock in .260 - after she approved of the pretty stock and the feel of it. Put a 4X Leupold on it. So far it's accounted for 2 antelope. The first was at a lasered 297 yards that my wife shot. The second was at 135 yards which was my daughters first big game animal. Both went about 20 inches after the shot - about the distance from belly to dirt. Asked the wife if she needed more power on the scope. She said she never even thought about it - just held a little high on hair and squeezed the trigger. She's thinking of stealing the rifle from her daughter to replace her old .270. To be honest, if I didn't like my '06 A-Bolt so much and if it had a left hand bolt, I'd think about stealing it myself.

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Welcome to BGH Hal!

I think the 260 is one of the best things to happen in years but I'm not so sure it's gonna be around in the long run. I use a 6.5x55 and that's a good one that's been around a long time and will still be here when I'm gone. No great love afair with Americans but the rest of the world love's it!

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Thanks for the welcome. This kinda new to me but am having fun with it. Been welcomed by and talked to a couple of "locals" - much appreciated. Nice to see a site that's populated with what seems like a lot of common sense with enough left of center ranting to make things amusing.

Have to agree about the .260 & the 6.5X55 (peas in a pod). Alot of hunters, new or seasoned, are missing a really good thing with either of them. Prefer the .260 only because, when the product deserves it I prefer to "buy American". That & I've alway respected Carmichael & know he had a lot to do with it's development or at least commercialization. Nothing wrong with the latest & greatest overstuffed Wonder Whackers, would love to have a .50 Barrett if for no other reason that I can (God Bless America!!), but it just ain't needed. Your 6.5 has been effeciently killing moose in N. Europe for a century.

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