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Old 09-22-2002, 08:01 AM
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A cartridge such as the 25-06 or 7mm-08 would be very good for a 12 year old as recoil is mild and they perform very well on deer sized animals.
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Old 09-22-2002, 08:46 AM
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a 308 would be good also
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Old 09-22-2002, 09:49 AM
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Default RE: Whitetail Deer Rifle

i would go with the 243win or maybe the 260rem.

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Old 09-22-2002, 02:09 PM
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Default RE: Whitetail Deer Rifle

Whitetail deer are not particularly hard animals to kill. Any caliber that you can handle and shoot well from .243 on up, with good bullets will do a good job on deer.
That said, the 7MM-08 could just be the best "all around" deer caliber! Light recoil, flat trajectory, and more than enough power at any range that deer should be shot at!
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Default RE: Whitetail Deer Rifle

if your hunting open area,then the 243 is great.
if not 7mm08
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Old 09-22-2002, 09:42 PM
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Default RE: Whitetail Deer Rifle

a 30-30 is mild in recoil and perfect for missouri deer.

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Old 09-22-2002, 10:14 PM
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Default RE: Whitetail Deer Rifle

A Savage 99 (lever action) in .250 Savage is a perfect starter rifle. The only problem is they're no longer made, so you have to look around the used gun racks to find one.

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Old 09-23-2002, 07:46 AM
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3030win, not trying to bust your chops but the 30-30 Win is not perfect for anything, even though most rifles chambered in 30-30 make fine door props. Ballistically, factory loads the 30-30 Win are anemic at best and handloading can't improve performance much because of the 30-30's thin case walls. Winchester 94's and Marlin 336's are not beginner guns, nor is any other firearm that has a hammer. Yes, I know that the newer models have hammer-block safeties but young excited thumbs continue to slip without the safety being on. Lastly, those type of guns chambered in 30-30 Win are strictly one trick ponies; short range.

muzzy 125 "if your hunting open area,then the 243 is great.
if not 7mm08". Huh? What exacly are you saying here? Are you saying that the 243 Win is flatter shooting? Not really since the 7mm-08 can shoot 140 grain bullets at the same velocity that the 243 can shoot 100 grains.

A bolt action rifle in 243 Win, 260 Rem, or 7mm-08 would do nicely. Why did I leave out the 308 Win? Well in short, light rifles the recoil of a 308 can be enough to discourage a young shooter. I would stick with short actions just because a small shooter would probably be able to handle it better.
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