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Any suggestions for a light-kicking rifle?

 
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Old 06-26-2004, 05:37 PM
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Re: Any suggestions for a light-kicking rifle?

Thanks for everyone's input. I'm leaning towards either a .243 Winchester, .25/06, or .25 WSSM.
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Old 06-27-2004, 12:10 AM
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Re: Any suggestions for a light-kicking rifle?

I bought my 12 yr old daughter a nice, light Savage in a 7mm-08. I had the stock shortened to fit her, Pachmeyer Decellerator pad and a muzzle brake installed, and she shoots mild 140 gr handloads loads. She usually shoots as good as the rifle does, 1.5 moa, and has killed 3 elk and 2 deer with it so far. It doesn't hurt or scare her to shoot it, so she can shoot it well.
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Old 06-27-2004, 01:43 PM
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Re: Any suggestions for a light-kicking rifle?

Tikka T3 Lite .243

Very soft but deadly !

The action is very very smooth.
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Old 06-28-2004, 12:19 PM
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Re: Any suggestions for a light-kicking rifle?

243 or 6br if you want to shoot them in the eye [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]

100gn bullet at 3000fps does just fine [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]

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Old 06-28-2004, 11:51 PM
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Re: Any suggestions for a light-kicking rifle?

The .25 WSSM is an interesting idea, sort of want one myself, but I'm not sure it's right for what you're doing. I've shot a lot of deer with various .25s and I think they're a little marginal. I lost one I'd shot square through the ribs with a 120 grain partition from a .25-'06. I found the rib cage a couple days later stripped by varmints and birds, I could see a rib nicked on the entry side and reconstruct the exit based on some missing pieces on the other side. The hole was where I wanted it.

The idea of using a light recoiling gun for women and kids is ok but not if you have to give up terminal effectiveness to do it. I think you'd be way better off looking at a 7mm-08 or 7x57 in a standard sporter weight rifle. I've thumped a handful of deer with the 7mm-08 and it does so with authority. Not a lot of muzzle blast, not a lot of recoil, but serious effectiveness. My last one was a stainless model seven. It was just light enough to tap me a little.

Anyways, think you'd be better off looking at anything from .260 to .308 with 7mm-08 being the best of the bunch.
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