Originally Posted by timmymic
Looking for a light recoiling deer rifle for my wife... As far as recoil how do the 243 and 6.5 creedmoor compare?
In reference to the question you actually asked.
The .243 is a pussy cat, always has been & always will be. For a first time and/or small framed shooter, the .243 is always atop my list.
In comparison, (similar weight rifles) the Creed will always recoil more, heavier bullet similar case capacity= more boot. Would I have difficulty with introducing a new shooter to the 'Creed? No. There isn't THAT much difference. The 'Creed will also have more knock down power.... it's always a compromise.
You mentioned deer & light recoil. I'm going to go out on a llimb & assume that the ranges will be moderate? At moderate ranges, there is nothing the 'Creed (or 7mm-08 for that matter) can/will do to a deer or for the shooter that the .243 cannot. If/when the range increases, I would opt for the heavier bullet & more punch of the larger calibers.
I own several 6mm bores & just ordered my second 6.5. I've killed more critters with 6mm bore rifles than my 6.5's, 30's & .338's put together & have never felt undergunned. Shooter confidence is the key to the game, if dropping down to the .243 makes your wife more confident & gets her out shooting more often, the decision is very easy to make.