Re: Kinda sorta building a special rifle for the wife.... Thoughts?
You might want to look at not cutting the barrel down. Once she starts shooting she might like it enough, and be good enough, to want to go farther than 300 yds. With the longer barrel she will get a higher velocity (and reduced recoil because of the extra weight) and have to dope the wind as accurately. Also, don't over look the 162 gr A-max. I have shot deer sixed game with them, and they are awesome. I completely agree with setting her up with her own rifle. That way it's set up to fit her, she will be much more comfortable, enjoy shooting more, and be much more accurate than if she just tried to use your rifle. Good shooting.
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