I started my kid early. He shot a BB gun at about 3 yrs old and had very little interest so I put him in a 22 at 3 yrs old with reactive targets which took his mind off the bang. Late summer after he settled in I got him behind a 22-250 varminter with a muzzle break at 3 years old shooting at woodchucks. He loved it. So he shot it several more times as he settled with the big boom and little push. By the age of 7 I built a dasher with a muzzle break and he shot it very well with no thoughts of recoil or big boom. At the age of 7 he killed his first doe. By the age of 10 he was shooting benchrest competitively. By the age of 12 he was shooting a 300 wsm and was a very little fella and had no issues as he learned to manage recoil. Today he is 17 and weighs maybe 130 and is building a 338 edge back country hunting rifle. Recoil or big boom does bother him at all. Keep things positive don’t shoot nothing big until she relaxes and gets the fundamentals well and let her decide if she wants to try something bigger.Looking for some thoughts on a custom build for a teenage daughter. My daughter is almost 18 yrs old, 5'4", 85lbs and isn't going to get any bigger. Has anyone else built a rifle for a smaller person? What do you recommend for stock length?
I bought a 243 Vanguard and installed a Howa/Hogue youth stock purchased from LSI, the Howa importer. Hogue won't sell you one.I’ve had mixed luck with this. I tried a Wby Vanguard youth model for my daughter in 7mm-08 and it kicks like a demon. Seriously I hate shooting it and everyone else does too. Now it sits in the safe. My daughter does incredibly well now with a Tikka in .243 but her favorite is my custom .300 Win with a McMillan stock and suppressor.
This isn't necessarily true, when measuring my wife, hers is almost the same as mine, I'm 5'11" and she is 5'4". She has longer forearms in relation to her body.Measure the length from the crook of her elbow ( inside of arm) to her first knuckle on her bent trigger finger- firing position .....you will be incredibly close to what's required!
I used that technique as a ball-parking to get me close, and then fine tuned from there. It worked that time, but given the range of differences in gender physiques it wouldn't surprise me if it were less successful overall with women.This isn't necessarily true, when measuring my wife, hers is almost the same as mine, I'm 5'11" and she is 5'4". She has longer forearms in relation to her body.
Women in general are mysterious, sometimes confusing, and often misunderstood beings, that we, as simple minded men, may never fully understand. Still, the journey to understanding must go on, it is in human nature to seek understanding!! Ha haI used that technique as a ball-parking to get me close, and then fine tuned from there. It worked that time, but given the range of differences in gender physiques it wouldn't surprise me if it were less successful overall with women.