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    First Deer Hunting Rifle for Baby Girl

    This year or next Baby Girl is going to go on her first real hunting trip (hopefully long road trip to see her Uncle Joe in UP Michigan) with Daddy. Baby Girl is 9 and currently shoots a CZ 452 Scout (22LR with Pink Synth Stock) and a Walther P22. She loves her CZ scout and we are so glad that we got that instead of the Cricket youth. I am considering a 7mm or .243 for her first hunting rifle and was wondering what others have gotten their sons or daughters for their first hunting rifle. Thanks and I am looking forward to hearing what ya'll have to say!

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    I built an AR15 in 6.8 SPC for my daughter, but a .243 is a lot cheaper .
    .243, 7mm-08, 7.62x39, 6.5x55, 6.8SPC all have light recoil to some extent. Choice depends upon if your kid is sensitive to recoil and what range is your max.
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    First Deer Hunting Rifle for Baby Girl

    My first deer rifle was a savage .243.

    Still have it and still use it. The recoil is very manageable and it's what I get out for new shooters wanting to try bolt guns.
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    My girls are still too young.

    However, either 243 or 7mm-08 would be my choice also. I'd pick the 7mm if I had another 7mm in the house. Otherwise, 243. I have shot and have witnessed get shot, whitetail. LOL...made a rug with a 243 hole in it. 243 was one of the more popular deer hunting rounds in the area i grew up in central Texas.

    243, small entry. Maybe, and exit hole you can cover with a 50cent coin. (If you were gonna take shoulder shots, 243 is a good choice.)

    On the inside of the carcass. Organs are blown inside out. Lungs, heart...liver. 243 does more damage on the inside then out. Typical shot was less then 150yards.

    My father in law at the time. Bought raffle tickets for a fire department. He won a Browning A-bolt in 243. Forgot the make of scope. $30 in tickets, btw.

    It's also a good round if no deer show up, but turkey do.

    Check it out:

    .243 Win + .243 AI Cartridge Guide

    I'd put any of my girls behind a 243.
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    I have a runt that loves to hunt with me. She shot her first deer, a doe, with a target AR. 190 yd shot, didn't take a step. Not comfortable shooting bucks with that, so I bought her a Remington 770 in 243, a youth model. She took her first buck with it in December. Great shot, good deer.

    I got the 243 at Cabela's off the clearance rack for under $300, with the scope. She loves it.
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    I am leaning .243....

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    I think its a good choice. She can shoot it the rest of her life.
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    .243 is adequate for Texas whitetail, used one for years. I have a 12 year old and twin 11 years old girls who for open sight shooting are fine with a 30/30. I mean, they arent target shooting with it, a shot or two while hunting they can handle. One likes the bolt action .243 but another prefers the lever. Get input from junior on certain aspects of the firearm. Happy Hunting!
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    She thought she was going to hunt with her CZ 452 Scout and I had explain that the Scout was her plinkin' gun and she would get her own deer rifle. I might even let her try my 30/30 while we are firing a couple of different options to let her get a feel for the different rifles and rounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deemus View Post
    I have a runt that loves to hunt with me. She shot her first deer, a doe, with a target AR. 190 yd shot, didn't take a step. Not comfortable shooting bucks with that, so I bought her a Remington 770 in 243, a youth model. She took her first buck with it in December. Great shot, good deer.

    I got the 243 at Cabela's off the clearance rack for under $300, with the scope. She loves it.
    Perfect youth rifle is the Remington or Savage in .243. Plenty of knock down power for any Texas game.

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