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Hello all. New member here, I've been "lurking in the shadows" the past week or so, looks like I've found a great forum and a great group of guys and gals.

I'm new to hunting, mid 40's owned a couple of rifles back in my 20's then met a wonderful ( well almost) wonderful woman who didn't care for either hunting or guns so I sold them off :( Some of the dumb things we do.... anyway, my situation has changed ( divorced) and I'm ready to realize a life long dream, my 13 year old daughter is also interested in hunting. I bought a couple of rifles, a X-Bolt in 270 short mag and a new model 70 super grade in 30-06. Just took del for the X-Bolt today. Plan on spending the next year, practicing and learning all I can, then apply for tags next year. I hope to pick you guys brains from time to time and I also work with a several guys who hunt. Any info I get from you is appreciated.

My Daughter has fired 22 L.R for some time now and it a pretty darn good shot, what caliber for deer would you suggest? .243? 7mm08? 25-06? I am open to suggestions.

Thanks for reading..

Steve

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Welcome to BGH!

I'm gonna encourage you to get onto handloading. Then get that girl a 260 Rem. I understand that 270 short mags are not all that cheap so there is to candidates to reload. 260's probably aren't that expensive but may get fairly hard to find so handloading is the way to go. If you don't want to do that I'd consider a 243 if she is small framed and might find recoil objectional. But I have heard from a lot of guys with 7-08's that say reciol is really mile.

The 243, 260 and 7-08 are all on the 308 case and should be fine for her.

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Location: Boise ID
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my first choice vote is for 25-06 second choice is 243. i grew up hunting with a 243. i now have a 25-06 for deer / antelope / coyotes and i absolutely love it. plus ammo isnt too bad either.

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All are good choices, i personally wont recommend below 25 cal and would recommend taking a look at a .257 Roberts for recoil control and displacment

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Romey wrote:
All are good choices, i personally wont recommend below 25 cal and would recommend taking a look at a .257 Roberts for recoil control and displacment

It's not often I suggest a 243 either. But if you could find a 250-3000 or a 257 Robert's and reload, that would be great. I'd bet 250-3000 and 257 Robert's ammo would be harder to find than 260 Rem. This is America and we seem to have a way of making some good things disappear, that being the 25's mentioned!

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Yes 257 Roberts ammo is not as common, though what is common anymore? I have seen places with la lot of 257 roberts and 250 3000(concidering), I suppose it hangs on shelves longer then most as its not common cal to have.
Finding any ammo can be uncommon. I actually think your 7-08 would be a outstanding choice for a new shooter to have after a couple years of a 257 or simuliar.

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Location: Washington's Back Country
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Welcome to the Stie,

Id go with a .243, .257, 7mm-08, or the 25/06 all are excellent choices for a begginer. I started with an ole Savage M 99 in .300 Sav...kicked like a mule. Want to avoid that at all costs.

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If you do try to go the .250-3000 route, there are some old rifles with this chambering that have long twist rates making certain brands of ammo above a certain weight....hmmm.........'wild'. It is a good cartridge, just try to match to a rifle that can do what you want.

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Location: Portland Oregon
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Thanks to everyone for their advice. I am tending to lean towards the .243 or 7mm-08 due to availability of ammo. Of course even 30-06 can be hard to find now....

What do you think of the H&R Handi Rifle single shot for a beginner?
My daughter is tall for her age and has pretty good upper body strength.

Thanks for all your suggestions.

Steve

Location: Sunriver Oregon
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hi everyone....am also new to the site...was led here by http://:HuntWolves.com live in central oregon and love the opportunity to share my hunting experiences

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mathews_shooter4life wrote:
hi everyone....am also new to the site...was led here by http://:HuntWolves.com live in central oregon and love the opportunity to share my hunting experiences

Welcome to BGH!

Your a bow hunter obviously. Should get you with my son in Bend. He just stared this year but practices year round.