8 replies [Last post]
Offline
Location: Deer Woods
Joined: 06/13/2005
Posts: 155
What cailber for the Wifey

My Wife has finaly said yes to going hunting with me. Now I have to take her to the range to get her familiar with shooting, and to not flinch. What would be a good caliber for her. I want a new .243 that she could use, but im thinking it may be too much for her. I thought about a .223 but im afraid it might not be enought gun for Whitetail. Any suggestions from the hunting gods lol

Offline
Joined: 02/01/2005
Posts: 25
What cailber for the Wifey

I’m strong believer in good fundamentals. Teach her how to shoot and shoot correctly and not to be afraid of the gun. For that I would use a 22 cal that has zero to no recoil.

Once she is comfortable with the shooting and the gun then I would introduce her to larger caliber.

My 2cents.
Big smile

Offline
Location: Missouri/Arkansas
Joined: 08/21/2003
Posts: 891
What cailber for the Wifey

It does seem sensible to begin with an introduction to basic marksmanship and small-game hunting first. Deer hunting can be a rough game for a newcomer. Heck, its even rough for me sometimes! lol

Offline
Location: Sierra Nevadas
Joined: 04/11/2005
Posts: 14
Caliber for wifey

AlphaMan.....you can't go wrong with a .257 Roberts.....an excellent white tail rifle as well as an excellent rifle for lighter weight and smaller frame people, especially just starting out. Just MHO!

cowgal's picture
Offline
Moderator
Location: Colorado
Joined: 03/10/2002
Posts: 1787
What cailber for the Wifey

I shoot a 243 Featherweight and find its an ideal rifle for a woman. I'm 5'4" and it fits me well and is easy to shoot. This rifle does the job for mule deer and antelope, so should work well on whitetail too.

Mine is an older model, not sure what year. My husband bought it for me over 20 years ago and he himself has used it on deer. Its been a good rifle.

Offline
Moderator
Location: Wa.
Joined: 03/31/2004
Posts: 1300
What cailber for the Wifey

For deer. My vote goes to the 243 win or 260 rem.

Cowgal
What load works best for you in your rifle?

Offline
Location: Missouri/Arkansas
Joined: 08/21/2003
Posts: 891
What cailber for the Wifey

I have a Remington 700 ADL Synthetic in 243, it's a good gun, doesn't kick much at all, but the thing about it is it still might startle someone who isn't used to shooting guns and isn't expecting it to happen the way it happens. She'd more than likely get used to it and become more comfortable, but that first couple of shots are probably going to be a bit of a surprise.

cowgal's picture
Offline
Moderator
Location: Colorado
Joined: 03/10/2002
Posts: 1787
What cailber for the Wifey

Fuzzybear, my husband does all the reloading, so I reviewed his notes. He keeps meticulous notes on all his reloads, then makes comments on how they worked.

The 90 grain speer spitzer bullet worked well, but only if you did not use the max powder. Max is 42.6, but that did NOT work well, lowering the powder to about 40.5 worked much better and gave 1" groupings. The max load would throw about a 3" grouping. This one was good for antelope, but a bit light for mule deer.

For mule deer I like a 100 grain boattail, with 42 grains powder. This load has taken several mule deer.

Another one I liked is a 70 grain HP boattail with 39.5 to 39.7 grains of powder. That gave a 1/2 to 3/4" grouping.

The powder we used was 4350.

Offline
Moderator
Location: Wa.
Joined: 03/31/2004
Posts: 1300
What cailber for the Wifey

Cowgal
Thanks
After 20 yrs of using a 243 I figured you would have a few favorite loads.
The 70 gr Hollow point is interesting.

I've been considering the Speer 90gr spitzer. The Speer 80gr spitzers and 85gr SPBT are favorites of mine with H4350.

It was just a curiosity. Thanks again.

Related Forum Threads You Might Like

ThreadThread StarterRepliesLast Updated
Gun For the WifeyAlphaMan1209/15/2005 10:15 am
New Whitetail rifle search.Sureshot94562009/26/2011 07:14 am
.308 vs. 7mm-08AlphaMan1307/17/2011 17:03 pm