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Old 11-29-2009, 10:27 PM
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Default 7mm-08 or 243

I was wondering what would be a better starter center fire caliber for my 12 year old daughter. We shoot at the range once a month. And she does great with her 10-22. Thanks
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Old 11-29-2009, 10:31 PM
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I would get a 7mm-08 and find her some managed recoil rounds to use for now.

When she grows some more you can switch up to the standard loads, or continue to use the MR loads- you get to choose.
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Old 11-30-2009, 05:43 AM
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Ive used a .243 exclusively for the past 25 years, awsome caliber.
My most recent one was a Rem VLS bull barrel. I used it for about four years and couldnt get use to the weight, so I sold it. I went with a 7-08 just this year just because I wanted change, (not the Obama type ) and have made 3 kills with it, a hog a deer and a yote. So what I have seen so far the .243 seems to have left more damage. I shot a doe yesterday with the 7-08 using 139 gr Hornady btsp, it penciled in and out through the shoulder, granted the deer went 15 yds and piled up, I wasnt all that impressed. I am going to try 120 gr Bt's and see if it leaves a bigger exit. I know my .243 with 100 gr Hornady's and sierra game kings left some nasty holes.
Personaly I would get a .243 specially for a kid, my 7-08 doesnt kick much but it does kick more than the .243.

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Old 11-30-2009, 07:14 AM
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As much as I like the 7-08 in the case of a 12yr old girl I'll have to say go with the .243.
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Old 11-30-2009, 12:20 PM
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Thanks guys I have friends who have both. Although they are not compact or youth models . They have agreed to let me try both. So next time we go to the range I am going to let her try both.
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Old 11-30-2009, 01:45 PM
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You can't go wrong with either cartridge for a deer gun. However, the 243 is less recoil and usually less weight. Since you have the options to let her try both let her decide which is to her likeing. My fiance' shoots a Rem 700 ADL in 243 that I give her several years back she took two nice does 2 wks ago in KY one at 140yds and one a 75 yds. Both heart shots. Well place shots require a gun that fits the shooter and one that doesn't make them recoil shy to pull off the POA.
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Old 11-30-2009, 02:04 PM
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Couple proven rounds. I'd opt for a 7mm-08 myself, but the 243 will have no troubles.
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Old 11-30-2009, 02:55 PM
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12 year old = .243 and will last a lifetime and very servicable on both varmint and deer size animals.
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Old 11-30-2009, 03:05 PM
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I have used a browning 7mm-08 since i was 12 and absolutely love it, flat shooting, great handling, mild recoil...filled the freezer many years

my step brother is now using his own and loves it, he is 16
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Old 11-30-2009, 04:04 PM
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That is a tough one. I would say take them to look at guns and find the one that fits them best and go from there. You can always find a load to fit the situation. Maybe even just jump up to .308, you can then shoot from 100gr on up to 200gr bullets and reduced recoil loads that have very little recoil.
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