recoil question


November 22, 2008, 05:52 AM
my wife currently deer hunts with an sks. it fits her well and has low recoil and is fine fore the ranges that we see shots at. however id like to get her something a little nicer so i was wondering this. if they are on the same platform which has the least amount of recoil .25-06, .270, 7mm-08?

i dont have any real experiance with any of them. and before somebody says hey get her a thurty thurty she doesnt like lever guns that much. whatever i do buy ill have her with me to be sure it fits her well.

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November 22, 2008, 06:15 AM
The 25-06 and 7mm-08 are going to be pretty comparable with the diference being negligible. The 270 is going to have more recoil than either of those 2 all other things equal.

November 22, 2008, 06:18 AM
thx we rarely see a shot of even 100yrds so performance isnt an issue at all. i normally hunt with an old .35pump thats been passed down or a 12ga with slugs if weather is nasty (baby that .35) so the deciding factor is getting something that she is comfortable shooting.

November 22, 2008, 07:41 AM
She would be even more comfortable with a .243 or 6mm or .250 Savage or .257 Roberts.
The recoil of those calibers is significantly less than the three you mentoned in your OP.

Good luck !

Art Eatman
November 22, 2008, 08:05 AM
For all that I really do like the 7mm08, I've killed a bunch of deer DRT with my .243. (Little Sako Forester carbine; 19" barrel. Seven pounds, ready for Bambi.) Negligible recoil with the Sierra 85-grain HPBT; that load is now available from Federal, and it's as accurate as my handloads. However, if angling shots are to be used, the 100-grain loads likely give better penetration.

November 22, 2008, 09:50 AM
Of the calibers you listed, 7mm-08 would be the best. Given a gun of the same weight, recoil is a function of both bullet weight and weight of the powder charge. A larger case holds more powder and contributes to felt recoil.

A couple of excellent cartridges are the 7x75 and 6.5x55 Mauser cartridges as well as the .243 Winchester. I have a nice little Ruger 1a in 7x57 and it is one of the lightest recoiling rifles I have, as well as looking good.

1911 guy
November 22, 2008, 10:20 AM
First, why the 7mm-08 is the best of your three picks.

1) It's a short action, the inch or two makes a difference to some, especially people of smaller stature such as women and kids.

2) Recoil is also a function of powder charge weight, the .25-06 and .270 are both much larger capacity cases than the 7mm-08. .30-06 vs. .308 capacity, in fact.

3) You're more likely to find a 7mm-08 in a youth model, should you need to use a shorter stock for your wife. I know my wife does. Her shotgun and both rifles are youth models.

Having said all that, do look at the .243, 6.5X55 Swede and .250 Savage. All have significantly less recoil than anything else mentioned.

November 22, 2008, 01:41 PM
I'm confused. When you say "the ranges we see shots at" it makes me wonder what is nicer about a .270 class? I understand nicer rifle, but have you considered staying with the x39 in say, a CZ carbine which is a wonderful rifle? Or a classic 336 in .30-30 or .35 Rem? If you don't need a long distance rifle, get her one for the dense woods with the recoil level she is used to.

November 22, 2008, 02:46 PM
Don't overlook the .260 Remington.

It's a real honey for the recoil sensitive and will kill anything in the lower 48 just fine!


November 22, 2008, 03:01 PM
+1 to the 243 or 30-30

November 22, 2008, 03:06 PM
6.5 x 55 Sweed - great round with lots of options and no recopl to speak of.

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