Deer rifle for wife.
11/18/14 @ 1:35 PM
well my wife decided at the last minute she wants to hunt this weekend. Only thing is all I have at the moment is my 270wsm and ar15 in 223. Not sure she can handle the recoil of the 270wsm and I'm a little skeptical about using the ar15. Would like a little feedback on this. thanks pike101. ps. shes 5'4 and 120 lbs.
11/20/14 @ 3:14 AM
11/20/14 @ 1:16 AM
11/19/14 @ 6:20 AM
If you use the .223 please, please be sure to use legit hunting rounds and not the FMJ stuff. If your wife likes the AR-Platform the 6.8 SPC packs a lot more wallop down range and almost nothing in recoil. My, albeit slightly beyond stock, 6.8 SPC II can shoot 1/2" groups at 100 Yds (less if I am on my game). Also am able to push a 120 grain SST at 2550 which makes it a DRT choice to 300 yds. Not bad for a gun that kicks like a .22.
The 7-08 sure gets some rave reviews as well...could be a perfect choice too.
Either way you/your wife are a bit behind the curve. Hope you can get whatever you get sighted in!
11/19/14 @ 4:46 AM
11/18/14 @ 4:22 PM
Ideally you would want something like a .243 or 7mm-08 for a small statured person, but I personally don't think a .270 wsm would be too bad. I can hardly feel any recoil on my .270 and the .270wsm is only slightly more powerful. After all, she should only need to fire one shot to kill a deer. It's not like she will be shooting all day. In my opinion a .223 is a little on the light side.
11/18/14 @ 2:42 PM
Something in 243, 30-30, 270 or 308 would be good. 7mm-08 is an excellent caliber, but ammo can be hard to find right now. Can you borrow something from a friend? My sister shoots a Marlin 336 in 30-30 and that has done well for her. My daughter shoots a Remington 700 youth model in 243 and also has had good success. The key is getting a good fit- 5'4" means a youth model stock may be best.