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    Caliber Recommendations for my Wife

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    I want to hear your opinions on a caliber for my wife. My wife, Amy & I are in the early stages of planning a South Africa hunt. She shoots a 25-06, but would like to get her something with a little more knockdown. Amy is not a real big girl, she is 5' 5" & 120 lbs. I'd like something big enough to kill a Kudu & Gemsbok at 400 yards or less. But, I need to keep the recoil down. I was thinking about a .308? What do you guys think?
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    My wife killed her antelope with my 7mm with a muzzle break. Umm now she loves HER 7mm! I got her a 270 and she hated it. I got my kid a 7mm-08 and I have shot it to get it sighted in and I have to say I like it a lot. I think a break would make this gun perfect for my kid but not sure how it would perform for an African hunt. Look into it tho. Might be a good option.
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    I have never shot anything with a true muzzle break but I have shot a 7mm mag with the barrel ported and I was surprised how little it kicked. The 308 would probably be a good choice or one of the WSM's as they seem to kick less then others with the comparable performance.

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    I agree with MM the 7mm is a WSM as well and it had surprisingly low recoil. The break help a bunch more.
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    How much does a break cost? Im not looking to get one just curious. If I didnt have my trusty old .270 Win I think I would get a .270 or .300 WSM. The .325 WSM has always interested me too and I have been thinking about getting one since they came out I just havent been able to justify the cost of a new gun when the .270 Win does everything I want.

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    I don't like brakes myself. My recommendation is to run a 7-08 with 140 gr. Bullets and call it good.

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    My wife shoots my Christensen Arms 300 WSM. It's very light and weights 6 pounds 140 ounces scoped. It has a muzzle break and the recoil is very mild, I would say less kick than my .270. It is all my wife shoots. She doesn't even want her own rifle. My son shot his buck and elk with it this year. I'd highly recommend a muzzle break but it is a good idea to carry a pair of foam ear plugs when shooting a muzzle break.
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    About $200 for a break.
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    The 308 or 270, can't go wrong with either one. You get up into the WSM's, you're talking quite a bit more recoil. Which is fine if you want to go with a brake, like others have suggested. But then you almost have to wear ear protection, even when you're hunting. That's why I'd rather just go with a low recoil cartridge and skip the brake.

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    I'm with Bitterroot Bulls on this one. I do not care for muzzle breaks at all. His caliber selection is a very good one as well. The 7mm-08, 7x57, or 280 Remington loaded with a good 140 gr. bullet would serve her well and would be something I imagine she would be very comfortable shooting. If she shoots a 25-06 and the recoil does not bother her, she will be able to handle any of the cartridges i have mentioned, and she won't have to have a muzzle break on the rifle.
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