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270 WSM. vs. 243 Win. for kid

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Unread 03-08-2012, 11:54 PM
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Re: 270 WSM. vs. 243 Win. for kid

The recoil rate is all still the same, more in both, but the difference is the same. Second, what do you think this rifle is going to weigh with ammo and a scope on it? Is there a youth model 270 wsm? I'm not aware of one.
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Unread 03-08-2012, 11:56 PM
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Re: 270 WSM. vs. 243 Win. for kid

Originally Posted by gillettehunter View Post
My son took his .243 to Africa last may. Killed 3 impala, 1 springbuck and a Bushbuck with 1 shot. He also killed 2 Lechwe in 1 shot with the .243. The guide said to shoot and he did just as a young Lechwe jumped in front the big bull. Complete pass through on both animals! Neck only on the younger one. Barnes 80 gr. TTSX. Depends on what what you like. Bruce
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Unread 03-09-2012, 12:22 AM
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Re: 270 WSM. vs. 243 Win. for kid

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You guys that think a 270wsm has too much kick are nuts. Do the math, a 130 gr bullet with an 8 pound rifle has 16 pounds of recoil, the 243 with a 90 gr bullet has 13 pounds. 3 pounds is nothing and you could load it down to 13 pounds. Yes, I understand that you could load the 243 down even further to probably 8 or 9 pounds but a girl that is 5'3'' and a 125 lbs can handle 13 pounds of recoil. Shoot, my sister that weighs 105 shoots my Allen Mag all the time. For the guy that got scoped by a 270 wsm, check your eye relief. Hold onto that rifle a little bit because with a rifle that has less than 20 lbs of recoil you should not have a problem getting scoped. Not trying to be rude but that's just how it is.
IDK but I have figured the recoil on mine at over 24#. A 243 has much less recoil compared to a 270WSM. Close to one third the recoil. I calculated it at less than 8# with a 85g at 3300fps. I shoot a 165g at 3000+fps(24# recoil) out of the WSM and an 85g at 3300fps(7.5# recoil) out of the 243. 130's come out over 3300fps(21# recoil). A 243 will push a 100g at 3000fps(8# recoil).I have 2 270 WSM's and 2 243's. There is NO comparison for recoil. A regular 270 has twice as much recoil as a 243.

My Kimber weighs less than an honest 8# scoped(6# 10oz bare). Most 243's are heavier.

I don't know where you got your numbers but obviously you have not shot a light 270wsm. I have a M70 300WSM featherweight that kicks less with 165's.

BTW most times when I get hit is from out of position shots while not holding the forearm in free recoil., None of my loads have less than 20# of recoil.I also have a bad shoulder with a permanently broken collar bone that is not attached that has something to do with it. It doesn't leave a scope cut above my eye it hits the bridge of my nose.My buddy's 300rum doesn't get me but it weighs 9.5+# and doesn't jump as much(over 30# recoil)

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Unread 03-09-2012, 05:36 AM
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Re: 270 WSM. vs. 243 Win. for kid

for what it's worth here is a recoil chart . Jim

Rifle Recoil Table
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Unread 03-09-2012, 06:47 AM
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Re: 270 WSM. vs. 243 Win. for kid

It all depends on her recoil sensitivity. If she can handle it, I'd recommend the .270 WSM and start with lighter loads as BNG suggested. Flinching is bad "juju" on any caliber esp. for a new shooter/hunter.

With proper introduction, training, and equipment, it is possible that she can handle the heavier caliber rifle or larger like this 9 year old girl taking a brute brown bear with a .375 H&H and 270gr Barnes triple-shock ...


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Unread 03-09-2012, 07:21 AM
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Re: 270 WSM. vs. 243 Win. for kid

I've been surrounded by gals my whole life, sisters, daughters, granddaughters. The only males in my household have been my gun dogs, and sometimes I wondered about them. My advice would be, if you haven't already, is to see how she does with your rifle before you buy her one. Temperament and desire are the primary factors. Last season had a young gal, 14 years old, 100 pounds soaking wet, take a Mulie out with her Rem 700, no brake, 7mmMag at 225 yards. She handled that rifle, her first, like she had been shooting it for years. Also, out shot her father at sight in. Years ago when youngsters, one of my daughters would have no part of shooting my 22Kit gun, had to shoot my 1911 45 ACP. A great shot too! My other daughter, no way. She preferred, the CO2 pistol. I would personally select a more manageable caliber like a 243, .260, 7mm08, in a well fitting rifle. BUT, of far greater importance is including her in the process of selection. She will take ownership of the decision. It may make a big difference in how she takes to the sport. Whoever said, men are from Mars, women are from Venus, was a pretty smart dude. IMHO.

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Unread 03-09-2012, 07:41 AM
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Re: 270 WSM. vs. 243 Win. for kid

For what it's worth my 130# 13 year old son shot my full tilt 270wsm loads in a Abolt stalker once. His response said it all when I asked if he was shooting another shot. WOW! no thanks. But it's a light rifle and near max loads w/140's. But you can load it down especially since your range is short and use 110 Sierra gk's.
Also if you buy the Browning you can get a voucher for full length stock when she grows out of the youth stock. It was listed on there home page. So, there are options you'll need to weigh.

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