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Deer hunting rifle for 16 year old girl

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by sharps59, Nov 21, 2019.

  1. jamesjames

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    I just picked up another Winchester 94 in 30-30. It’s a handy, well balanced and light weight rifle for all purpose hunting. The ergonomics of the rifle and balance point make it easy to carry in the field.

    depending on her LOP and growth potential, consider a 1/2 or 1 inch butt pad. Make this rifle fit well and comfortable to shoot so she will target shoot for fun in the summer with it. This goes for any chambering or action you ultimately decide on.
     
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    7MM-08
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  3. mustanger98

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    For a '94, I'd recommend a good aperture rear sight... either a Williams 5-D (set and forget) with a Twighlight aperture, or a Marbles tang sight. I killed my first deer with a Lyman #2, which works, but the Marbles version has click-adjust windage/elevation, plus a spring/cam that holds the sight in the upright position while in use.
     
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  4. 94045

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    Mossberg Patriot .243 in Walnut
    Local dealer had them for $350 a few months back. Can't seem to find them that cheap now.

    Ruger American .243 in Synthetic
    Local Dealer has them for $280.

    Those seem like the best option in each category to me. But my buddy's 11 yo has busted 3 deer this year with a Remington 583 in .243. The rifle and cartridge has its detractors but they both have performed well with Rem 100 gr Core-Lokt. A difficult rear neck shot from 125 yards basically decapitated the deer and the broadside shots expanded and exited on both shots. One deer ran 40 yards and the other two dropped at the shot. He has a discontinued 2-7x33 Leupold VX2 he picked up for $119 on it.

    If you are not taking Texas Heart Shots I think the .243 is plenty for whitetails.
     
  5. kwg020

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    Go to Walmart and get a .243 Remington ADL. $400. It's deer hunting and not brown bear hunting.

    kwg
     
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  6. stillquietvoice

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    I will likely have to follow my own advice and get a 243 win for my 16 yo granddaughter who just today expressed interest in hunting after seeing the pictures of my buck.
     
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    Upstate NY I would likely run with the 7mm-08 in any of several light bolt guns. I like the 7mm-08 and being of small frame never found recoil to be an issue. In hunting applications I normally don't place much emphasis on recoil since after some sighting in you are not shooting all that much.

    Ron
     
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  8. stillquietvoice

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    I have a 7mm08. I don't want to push her to big to fast. Like many shooters first exposure to guns. 10 yo kid shooting full power 12 ga slugs.
    Progressively higher recoil levels just makes sense to me and it's what got me back into hunting and target shooting.
     
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  9. mshootnit

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    No, not walmart, support a local business or gunbroker.
     
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  10. mshootnit

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    I had a Rem 700 classic with rubber pad, 7-08 gouged the heck out of my shoulder on bench, its gone now. 243, 257 Roberts 6mm Rem. much better for kids, women
     
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  11. Gojo03

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    I picked up a Mossberg patriot bantam 7mm-08 for my 9 YO this year. Took the spacers out and loaded it up with the Hornady lite 120g SST ammo. Dropped her first buck with it at the beginning of the season with ease. That thing barely has any recoil at all and is a blast to shoot, plus she'll be able to use ammo with more pop when she gets bigger
    My two oldest daughters started with a 243. The 17 YO shoots a 270 now and I just picked up a 7mm-08 for my oldest.
     
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  12. wombat13

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    Deleted. Someone else already made this point.
     
  13. Masboy

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    Check out the Henry single shots ,just got the grand daughter one in a youth model 243. Fine quality,safe little gun .
     
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