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Taking the wifey hunting this year and need suggestions of a good, low priced, rifle and calber. Of course nothing to big. I was thinking somewhere along the lines of a .223. I know thats plenty gun for her and a whitetail doe.

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I would go with a 243,a more proficient deer caliber in my personal opinion,I took deer,antelope and bear with a 243 and never felt undergunned.

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We had discussed the same topic back in June.

http://www.biggamehunt.net/node/14436

I feel the same way about the 243. A good caliber for a woman or child and still have good knock down power.

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.243 would be my top pick...others:
30/30 - a classic beginner rifle regardless of gender
.270 - more versatile, could be used for larger game
7mm08 - see above

If possible let her try a few different calibres loaned from friends - she may suprise you with what she likes and how much recoil she can handle.

Another factor is the physical size of the rifle. Assuming that she's got shorter arms than mopst men, it probably wouldn't be a good idea to get some big long barrelled, heavy rifle. Actual rifle choice is probably almost as important as caliber selection for smaller people.

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I'm not sure about ammo choices in your area but the 6mm Rem is another option to consider. Saskie has put together a good list as well. The .243 is probably a good starting point. The .223 may be pushing it for all but the closer shots.

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ChesterGolf wrote:
The .223 may be pushing it for all but the closer shots.

Not to mention that it would be below the minimum caliber restrictions in many states/provinces - I'm assuming that yours does not have such a limit.

Also you may intend it for close range shots at a doe however....
1 - There's some big does running around
2 - What happens if Mr Big shows up chasing the doe?

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my first 243 was a Rem model 7 they are made shorter for kids and women,very nice rifle. Thumbs up

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Depends, of course, on the wife. Many women are just as capable of handling big recoil as any man, making it a mistake to immediately assume that a woman needs a smaller caliber. On the other hand, if this is her first rifle and she hasn't done a lot of shooting then something that doesn't kick too hard is probably a good idea (just as it would be for a man in the same circumstance).

I'd say, .243, .25-06, or even a .270. None have much kick and all are available with stocks cut for women and/or smaller folks.

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Assuming of course it is legal in AR, I think a 223 on a whitetail doe is fine.

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Finally someone else who thinks the 223 is sufficient for deer. I have used the 223 for about every kind of game I hunt, from jackrabbits to elk. The 223 is a very easy to shoot caliber, it has non-noticeable recoil, and most people that can shoot at all can place the bullets where they need to go. Now, I said I have used the caliber on elk, I didn't recommend it. I spent alot of time developing a a handload that I felt would work on larger game, I used a barnes x bullet pushed by BL-C2 powder and the bullet expanded to the advertised x shape that barnes is famous for, and the bullet was on the far side under the skin of the elk, what more could you ask for. My sister in law took my 223 loaded with 55 grain triple shock x bullets to Texas on a private ranch and took 13 whitetail deer with the gun. Four bucks, and nine does, with 13 shots. I really like my Remington 700 ADL synthetic it was cheap and shoots excellent.
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If you take a 223 elk hunting you have a very serious lack of hunting intergrity,under no circumstances would I ever consider the 223 for elk,butchering deer in front of a feeder at a game ranch is one thing,elk hunting is a different story.I dont care what handload you come up with its not an elk rifle,in many states its not even legal for deer,sufficient for deer?Yes,for elk?NEVER Talk to the Hand

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