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    12 year girls first year hunting

    This is going to be my daughters first year hunting and was thinking about starting her out with a 270 any thoughts good or bad. Going to probably hunt deer and elk close to home and maybe an antelope if we can get a tag drawn.

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    Main thing is to get her out there and have an enjoyable experience..secondary to that is making sure she's prepared for shooting, weather extremes, ups and downs of big game hunting, etc. I'm in the same boat with my boy. Don't want to put too much pressure on them when they're starting out. Lots of fun and snacks and hopefully some good experience with the animals you're hunting.

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    What has she been shooting? Is she big or small for her age? I shoot a 270 and its a great caliber and it is pretty mild mannered to me but it may not be to her. At her age I think the most important thing is for her to enjoy shooting and hunting. If the gun beats her up she wont enjoy it. If you think the 270 is tomuch for her I would start her out with a 243. She will be much happier and more successful with a smaller gun she shoots well.

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    I agree with the 243. That's what I stayed with and put my first several deer down with. Not sure I'd take it for Elk though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Musket Man View Post
    What has she been shooting? Is she big or small for her age? I shoot a 270 and its a great caliber and it is pretty mild mannered to me but it may not be to her. At her age I think the most important thing is for her to enjoy shooting and hunting. If the gun beats her up she wont enjoy it. If you think the 270 is tomuch for her I would start her out with a 243. She will be much happier and more successful with a smaller gun she shoots well.
    I agree. 243 is a great starter. Maybe a 6mm
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    My first gun was a 243. It served me well before i got a 270. I still have it and am thinking about going back to it on some hunts, mostly because it is lighter then my 270. 243 will do fine for elk at modest ranges with a good bullet. I would rather see a well placed 243 bullet then a poorly placed 270.
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    243 is a great deer and antelope. My daughter shot her first buck this year with one. That being said if she was going to be hunting elk I would have her use a 7mm-08. Almost the same recoil as a 243 but you can shoot 140 grain bullets. I agree with others a 270 might be a little much.

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    I am in the middle on this one. My niece started with a .270, but she has always been pretty bad ass. We have also put down plenty of elk with .243. Easy enough to put a deer down with the 243 and then take the 270 for elk. She will be so jacked up after deer season, she won't notice the difference.

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    For what it's worth, I started my oldest with a 25-06, the same rifle I started with. My middle girl started with a .280, the youngest the .243 The middle girl is a BAzz, she's gunned down three bucks in the last three years with the .280

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    I second the 25-06. Good little gun, same with the 243.
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