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    If you could only have one and only hunting rifle for the household (son-17, daughter 12, and wife?), what would you choose? I need a gun that will deliver when placed on the right spot and will not rattle your teeth.

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    The .243 Win. has long been a favorite for recoil-sensitive shooters, and is suitable for shooting everything from varmints to whitetail deer.

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    • #3
      You didn't mention what you were hunting? But even without that knowledge I would very highly recommend a 7mm-08. Should work for most anything in the lower 48, from coyotes to Elk. Also for a platform might I suggest a Remington model 7? Should be a decent compromise/tradeoff for everyone.

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      • #4
        .308 Win. Mild recoil, every manufacturer makes one, wide selection of factory ammunition, reasonably priced ammo and will take all non-dangerous North American game within reasonable ranges.

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        • #5
          My .308. I loaded 125 grain Sierra Pro Hunter managed recoil loads for my 11 year old grandson and they would do for my wife. I load full size loads for myself and for my now 12 year old grandson. The bullet selection for 30 caliber is vast. I can think of no better gun to have if I have to go with only one.

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          • #6
            I would go with the .30-06, lots of factory cartridges available in every possibility plus what you can handload. Also so many rifles out there too, new and used, many at very reasonable prices.

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            • #7
              .308

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              • #8
                With all due respect, unless JerryM1212 handloads; I would not recommend a 30-06 for 12 year old girl. I developed a flinch as a youngster from shooting a light 30-06 with a butt plate.

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                • #9
                  7mm-08 or .308 Winchester would be one of few modern cartridges that fit all your criteria for hte folks listed. Neither in a light rifle.

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                  • #10
                    243W or 7mm/08 Rem both are the softest recoiling calibers in a Rem M-7 Compac.

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                    • #11
                      .243 bolt action Combo . Its very accurate and suitable for what you describe. It works very well for deer sized game.

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                      • #12
                        Another vote for the .243 or 7mm-08. If your daughter has never shot before the .308 might be a little much but is a great caliber/cartridge. If at all possible beg or borrow examples and have the family try them out. Like lots of other folks I am assuming you are after deer.

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                        • #13
                          I'm sure everyone is expecting me to say 30-06, but for that diverse spread of potential users I'll agree with .308 instead.

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                          • #14
                            There is no way I'd give my daughter a 30-06. I've even seen 15 year old boys stop hunting because of its recoil.

                            I suggest a 25-06 for a rifle that is fun to shoot and delivers the goods. There is something for everybody from light 75g bullets that have hardly any recoil to 120g bullets that will plant an elk (yes, its light for elk but works fine out to 300 yards... the largest elk taken in South Dakota a few years ago was a young lady with a 25-06). They are about 1000 fps faster than the average .308 and at least 500 fps faster than the fastest 110g bullet in the .308. Recoil of the 100g bullet is similar to the same weight bullet in the .243 but it really plants deer and antelope. Recoil is less than a .308 or a 7mm/08. I wouldn't trade my 25-06 for any of those mentioned in a pinch, especially if I had a 12 year old girl shooting. For varmints and target I'd give her the 75g bullets. For deer, I'd give her the 90g Barnes... deadly out to 400 yards at 3600 fps and scant recoil. Dad and son can shoot the 100gs and 120g for anything they want to hunt. I shoot about 5000 75g bullets for every 100g or 120g I shoot. I shoot a lot of 90g bullets too. Lower recoil than .308 or 7mm/08 but much harder hitting.

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                            • #15
                              308 good all around choice

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