Filling the empty nest, need her a rifle

Filling the empty nest, need her a rifle

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    Filling the empty nest, need her a rifle

    So, empty nesting and my wife decides she is going to learn to hunt. She has a Marlin 60 and a 783 and loves both and has listened and followed directions well out to 100 yards, we are going to try a different range soon for further and varied distances. All is great on that front. She has also gotten better at the Remington 870 Magnum Express 20 Gauge. But, all 3 are smaller rifles, compact, youth models. I find them all too short.

    She has tried my Lever 30-30, 6.5CM Bolt, Pump 12 Gauge, as well as Breech loading 410 and 20 Gauge, the 30-30 and 12 Guage she doesn't like. She likes the 6.5 though, and it is a full length rifle that my 6'2" frame enjoys.

    This fall we have a new place to hunt, *distances will range from 35 yards to 384 yards. Now, I personally try and stay under 300, but I have taken game further. Her, time will tell how confident she feels. So, deer rifles…..

    Oh, and the important part, she has set her budget around $500 for everything. Originally she wanted $250 and I had her go to Bass Pro with me (higher prices to lessen the final sticker shock) and she doubled it.

    What would you recommend? She like "older looking" wood and blued metal. But she also has a turquoise and stainless 9mm that she calls pretty. So, what caliber and package?


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    .243win as far as makes and models there are a lot of good ones out there for the money and on a budget

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    .308 has better bullet choice. To me the .243 is more of a varmint gun.
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    A .243 has taken lots of deer. It’s my primary deer cartridge now. I think bullet selection makes the difference in how effective it performs on deer sized game.
    If you don’t reload, I’d stay with a more popular caliber for ammo availability.
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    416 Rigby?

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    Quote Originally Posted by murphranch View Post
    416 Rigby?

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    My Savage Smokeless MZ shoots a bullet the same weight and same velocity as the 416 Rigby. It's not pleasant to shoot.
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    .308 is a nice choice. My kids love it. I was hitting steel at 560y with factory Rem ammo this past week with it. On the other hand I hit steel at 1,007y with my 7mm and factory Rem ammo. I too would limit my shots to 300y. Still fun to long range plink.
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    Have a 30-06 and love it. It is very reliable.
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    How about another 6.5 CM in a stock that fits her? That way the logistics of ammo is simplified, 1 box for the both of ya. Maybe a 6.5 CM in an AR platform with adjustable stock?
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    I sold my 6.5 creedmoor going to get another .243 but I’ll be deer hunting with my .270
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