.243 for Whitetail
I went dormant on this forum for a while, but I have certainly been active out there in the real world.
Last December I finally got out and did some deer hunting. Call it beginner's luck, but I dropped a 180 pound buck and a doe on my first attempt at hunting. While processing the meat with me, my wife indicated she would like to join me next year.
After a lot of research, trial and error, we determined the .243 was the right gun for her. The recoil was just too much for her liking on both the .270 and .308. I figure if she is comfortable shooting the gun, she is more likely going to be able to become a proficient shooter with it. She has gone from novice to solid shooter with her S&W Model 60 in a pretty short time, so she understands fundamentals. I'm confident I can give her enough sound coaching to where she'll be able to use the gun effectively for its intended purpose.
Today I ordered the Savage 110 Trophy Hunter chambered in .243. I'm looking forward to getting her out on the range to get her intimately familiar with this gun. Even more I am looking forward to seeing her in action this fall. I has a huge moment for me last December to drop my first buck. I think the next best thing will be watching my wife drop hers!