Re: What small caliber for a lady?
The 260 is the same cartridge case as the 243 (which would mean about the same powder charge and recoil) but allows a little heavier bullet selection if desired. This is a big plus to me.
The 308 cartridge case is parent of 243, 260 and 7-08.
260 is available in the following but may be hard to find in stock in some stores:
Rem CDL with 20" barrel at 6.5 lbs. with wood stock
Ruger Hawkeye with 16.5" at 6.25 with laminate stock
Sako85 with 22 7/16" at 7 with a wood stock
Savage does not offer a 260
I have not shot any of the above but the Rem at 6.5 lbs with a 20" barrel would likely yield better handling qualities and would appeal to me. I think the 243, 260 and 7-08 would all be very suitable for your desired use. I favor the 260 or 7-08 because you can get a better spread of bullet weights. I have had a 243 and a 6mm. I shot a 105 gr speer handload but always wanted a little heavier bullet. A 120 BT or 130 AB in the 260 for deer is very nice. The 260 or 7-08 would be more effective out beyond your 300 yd range. You may want to check ammo availability in your area for the calibers of interest. I think the feel and handling of the rifle to her is more important than which of the calibers you get out of this group.
Last edited by Alfred Crouch; 05-25-2010 at 06:47 AM.