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    Budget Pronghorn / Deer Rifle for my wife?

    Hello all! My wife has been seriously bitten by the hunting bug after getting a nice 10pt buck in Nebraska last year. At the time I only had one rifle, a 7mm mag, which I use for elk hunting. It did the job but it is a bit overkill in smaller animal circumstances. This year we will be hunting Pronghorn and I would like to get her a rifle of her own that she could use for both deer and pronghorn.

    I don't have a lot of requirements:

    1.) Money is a concern. We just got married and we're paying off the honeymoon.
    2.) I don't know how you feel about single shot rifles, but she only loads one at a time anyway.

    Help me out in choosing an action / caliber / brand?
    DIY til I DIE

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    Vanish.......The 270 would probably be a good fit for your wife. It is a good all around cartridge without a whole lot of recoil, something to consider when outfitting a woman. As far as single shot vs magazine fed goes, i would probably explain to her the possible need for a quick follow up shot and that becomes more difficult in the heat of the moment with a single shot rifle.

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    I can't think of a better option in your shoes than a Marlin XS7 in 7mm-08.

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    The two Options above are great! Throw in .243 win and 25.06.
    All will do the job well!
    Keep in mind, a bolt action, you can load a single round if you want, but a single shot, you can't load multiple rounds.

    I see cabelas and Sportsmans put the rem 700 series on sale ALL the time for a reasonable price and usually with a scope.

    Buying a 700 also leaves room for improvement, they are like a small block chevy, you can get pretty much anything you want aftermarket for them.

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    25.06 is great all around calibre for antelope and deer. A Ruger #1 will fit the bill for a single shot, but the good ones that shoot usually are a little pricey. If it had a break it would be a good fit for a woman.

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    CVA Scout compact in .243

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bitterroot Bulls View Post
    I can't think of a better option in your shoes than a Marlin XS7 in 7mm-08.
    Agreed, I have used the 7mm-08 on a lot of animals and even killed a Kudu bull with it, My 270 kick like a mule but it is a short mag.
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    Lots of choices.

    From Tikka I'd get a 6.5x55, 270 (hate 270s), 243, 7mm-08 or 308 (shoot light recoil ammo out of it).

    From Howa I'd get a 243

    From Thompson Center I'd get a Icon or Encore 2nd hand in any of those calibers above.

    A 2nd hand custom rifle might be available too. 243, 6mm Rem, 257 Roberts, 250-3000 Savage, 300 Savage, 6.5x55, 6.5x57, 6.5x47 Lapua, 270, 260 Rem, 280 Rem (with light recoil ammo), 300 Whisper, 7x57.

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    Walmart sold 700 packages for $430. t&a last xmas. I bought one in 243, wish it could have been 7-08. My wife has a Browing 243wssm. Howa has some package deals too.
    Check a recoil chart before you purchase

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    I am actually fond of the weatherby vanguards. You can get it in just any caliber you want. 25-06 or 257 weatherby mag.

 

 

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