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Location: Perch lake, Sakatchewan, Canada
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My dad is looking to buy a new rifle for my 13 year oldsister too use for whitetail and maybe even Black Bear and She is pretty recoil sensisitive. What caliber and rifle do you guys reccomend?

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Location: Misouri
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Rem Model 7 take your pick of calibers.

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Location: Plymouth, Indiana
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Several manufacturers make youth model rifles. The nice thing is, when she grows up she can change the stock to an adult version. Unless you're talking big black bears, i would lean towards the 243.

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Location: pennsylvania
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a nice rem model 7 in 7mm-08 and have a muzzle break put on it for her.

Location: Perch lake, Sakatchewan, Canada
Joined: 12/05/2006
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How much recoil does the .264 win mag have compared to the 25-06 and 7mm-08?

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Location: Missouri/Arkansas
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A 264 Mag would be uncomfortably close to a 7mm Remington Magnum in terms of recoil. Very excessive for a recoil- sensitive 13 year-old girl.

A 243 or 6mm Remington are the wisest choices.

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Location: Idaho
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Ruger and Remmington both make good youth models. I would stick to the .243. Rounds are very available and recoil is as light as a deer gun gets.
Hank

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Location: WI/MT
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Take her to a good gunsmith and cut the butt to match her and then you can shorten the barrel to keep the balance in the center unlike most model 7's You are not going to lose much in velocity or maybe put weight in the butt. . I use an 18 inch barrel for elk in 308. I rolled out the red carpet for my very short wife and told her it was like getting fitted for a new jacket or dress. I can not stess how much more enjoyable it is to shoot a well balanced rifle that fits well. The guys rolled out different types of wood explained all the dif types of actions asked many questions and she had a ball. I allmost feel over when one guy tried to explain how rifles were like womens shoes. Life is too short to wear ugly shoes or own ugly guns he stated. Gun fits great but she had lots of fun and is very proud about her custom rifle. We ended up with a 400$ Rem 600 in 308 nothing fancy..... but it is to her. Just make sure it is her choice!!!!

If you reload you may want to look at 308. You can load it down to docile 30-30 recoil and still be very accurate, but if she realy likes hunting then you can slowly bump up the speed/weight/recoil and maybe everyone goes to Montana for that great elk hunt. If it is just deer real hard to beat the 243.

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Location: ontario
Joined: 07/07/2006
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I would strongly suggest that, no matter what caliber your dad settles on, have him buy a set of good ear muffs at the same time. Have your sister wear these for her first shooting/sighting in sessions. That way, with reduced muzzle blast the recoil won't seem that intimidating even in some 30 calibers like the .308

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Location: Palmer Ak
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might consider aT C Encore in 260 rem or 308 like mentioned light load,the single shot with hammer makes a very safe weapon,youth stocks avaliable And can be upped later ,pretty much without limits

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Welcome to the site alaska.

I agree that the 260 would be about perfect as I could imagine. I just wonder if it's gonna hang on? Of course if you reload, it doesn't matter.

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