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Could I handle a 30-06? I am 14 and weigh 135. I am 5'5". I can handle a 3" slug through a 12 gauge no problem.

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  • #16
    I shot a Moose when I was 16 With a .338 win mag, and I've never not once claimed to be tough. It's a fine caliber, and you'll do just fine behind it.

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    • #17
      If you do find that you are uncomfortable with the recoil, there is a 125-grain .30-06 "Managed-Recoil" loading available from Remington.
      It has 50% of the normal recoil, but retains 35% more energy than the .30-30.
      Good luck.

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      • #18
        if you can handle a 3" 12 ga slug you can handle a .375 H&H .. Abiout the same recoil per foot pounds of energy felt. The little 20 ga mag is equal to the .300 win mag. It's more in the head then it is in reality. Like the .44mag handgun.Everybody, some excluded parties,lol.. Think it is more then a handful.My 10 yr old grandson shoots it pretty well what does that say about preceaved recoil?

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        • #19
          You should have no difficulty with the .30-'06 if you handle the 12 gauge comfortably, but be aware there are other cartridge choices that may suit your requirements.

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