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    New rifle for the wife

    Looking at a new gun for my wife. Looking at either a .243 or 25-06. What do you guys think?

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    what does she plan to hunt?

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    I have a .25-06 Love it. Shot everything from coyotes to elk withe no problems. My Mom has also taken a moose with a 25. Reloading is fun with the .25 lots of different options in bullets and powders.

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    I might sound like a broken record on these threads, but I think the 7-08 is the best all-around low-recoil cartridge. My seven year old can shoot it.

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    I've been a 25-06 fan sice I built my first one as a wildcat in the 60's. Shot a Ruger M77 since 1975 and it is my deer & antelope rifle. Nuff said!!
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    I agree with Colorado, I own three Ruger M77's and I can't wait to get another. I personally love the 25-06, I plan to begin construction on one in a year or two.

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    Hard to beat a 7mm/08 for deer and elk under 250yd. If just a deer gun, you can't go wrong with a 257 Roberts. If you handload you can get close to 25/06 vel with a lot less recoil and powder burned and they make one in the Ruger hawkeye.
    I shoot a 257, 6.5x55 and a 7x57 which I handload for. I never felt I was underguned with any of them. I've shot bear, deer, antelope, one Mt goat, 8 caribou and 10 african antelope with them. I have a 338/08 for elk and moose, if only I could get draw here in WA.

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    I agree with Fish... I absolutely love my .257.. It is by far the best gun I have ever owned.. Enough punch to kill whatever but not too much recoil to where you dont want to shoot! You cant go wrong

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    Look at the Savage Lady Hunter in 7-08. Can start with reduced loads from Hornady with 120 grn at 2600 fps then go up to a full power 140 or 150 grain load.

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    I bought my wife a 25-06 a couple of years ago and we both love it. It is now my favorite rifle to shoot.

 

 

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