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Old 05-18-2010, 01:18 AM
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What small caliber for a lady?

Hi all, new to the forum's.

I have a question pertaining to what small caliber is a good choice for my wife?

Here are a few question's and criteria's I have:

1. What small caliber choice would you recomend for a 5'2" 125lb lady?
2. Has to be big enough to take a whitetail no more than 300yds.
3. She would like something that is fun to shoot at the range as well as the field. ( not a lot of recoil).
4. I would like the caliber to be readily available and somewhat cheep to shoot as we go to the range almost every weekend.
5. Has to be able to pop varmints about 500yds or less.

I hope I have covered the basic's any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-18-2010, 05:13 AM
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Re: What small caliber for a lady?

Buy her a nice little .243 win and never look back.
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Old 05-18-2010, 05:56 AM
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Re: What small caliber for a lady?

any of the mild 6mms , .243 win /6mm ppc would suit fine , very easy to shoot well and both will work for your applications with good bullet placement?
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Old 05-18-2010, 07:16 AM
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Re: What small caliber for a lady?

Any of the 308 case cartridges such as 308, 7-08, 260, 243. Recoil is mostly affected by bullet weight and rifle weight.. A 175 grain bullet in the 308 will be about the most I would recommend in any caliber without a Limbsaver recoil pad and some shoulder pad. So probably the choice narrows down to the 260 and the 243 and you can throw in a couple of 25 calibers such as the 25-06. There really should be no problem with the 243 killing deer to 300 yards so there is no need to shy away from it. So the 260, 25-06 and 243 would top the list and then I would just see what rifle she likes and get it in one of those calibers.
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Old 05-18-2010, 07:26 AM
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Re: What small caliber for a lady?

+1 for 243win, my second choice but not as practical would be the 6BR, super fun accurate cartridge.
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Old 05-18-2010, 07:30 AM
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Re: What small caliber for a lady?

Welcome to LRH.

Has your wife had the opportunity to shoot before? If so what calibers and what did she think of the recoil? I agree with what the others have suggested as far as caliber. What will be most important is that the gun fits her. Make sure the length of pull is right along with it being of a weight that she can easily manage.
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Old 05-18-2010, 04:12 PM
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Re: What small caliber for a lady?

+1 with B.B.
.308 Win. I plan on getting one for my daughter, and one for my wife someday. They dont have ''jack'' for recoil, yet shoot a big enough bullet to kill an elk at reasonable distance, under the right circumstances. Exelent lady's caliber IMO.
If varmints and deer are the only things on the menue a 243 will suffice.
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