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Old 02-03-2016, 10:35 AM   #1
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Default 243 v/s 7mm-08 v/s 25-06

Want to purchase a deer gun for my future teenage daughters. They are a decade from teenage right now. Planning ahead and but really want an excuse to buy another gun. Looking at a Tikka T3 in stainless. Leaning toward the 243 for recoil reasons.

I'm sure there will be plenty of replies. Looking especially for people with kids to opine.

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Old 02-03-2016, 10:45 AM   #2
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Get one that has easy to get ammo. I have a 25-06 and it's great but ammo is not as easy to find and more expensive than a 270. I'd stick to 270 or 308. My opinion is 243 is a little on the light side. For a kid 308 has less kick.
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7-08 or 25.06 hands down. Or you could be cool and get a .260, great flat shooting low recoil round.
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Go with the 243, you'll never have problems finding ammo for it
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Consider overall gun weight and length of stock for a youth fit.
Perhaps a Model 7.
Also consider a higher caliber, but one that offers reduced recoil ammo.
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Old 02-03-2016, 11:18 AM   #6
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If you reload, 7-08 offers the most flexibility. If you don't reload, start.
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The 25-05 is a longer cartridge and requires a long bolt. The .243 and 7-08 can use a short bolt model. My kids started with a Ruger lady's model in .243 with an extra 4" cut of the barrel and 2" off the stock and were deadly with it. More deer are missed by flinching than anything else. I put the cut off back on the stock and painted it camo. It is used as a truck and lady's gun still. My son's 5', 90# wife has killed a couple of 8 points with it.

.243 and don't look back.

Edit: They didn't make a youth model back then.

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I got my son a Remington Model 7 youth model in 7mm/08 when he was about 8 or 9. It worked really well for him.
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If you look at it from ammunition stand point, then the .243 is the way to go. Never have any trouble finding enough ammo at a good price, many other calibers are some what hard to find if not down right expensive. I grew up shooting a .243, good enough to take down Mississippi bucks...
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.260 would be saweeet!! think of how impressed people will be when your daughters say they shoot something most people dont even know about!
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