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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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  • Edward J. Palumbo
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    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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  • deerhunterrick
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    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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  • 99explorer
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    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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  • Pray- hunt-work
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    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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  • small game sportsman
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    You'll be fine.

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  • AAM
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    Yes you can handle it , 30-06 really does not recoil that bad,I shoot a ruger American in 30-06 and the recoil is not that bad.

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  • cb bob
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    You can certainly handle a 30-06, if you shoot 12 ga. slugs with no problem, and it's a great choice for a "do-all" rifle. Every company makes one, and you can find ammo for it everywhere.

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  • DakotaMan
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    Most 30-06 loads have lighter recoil than the 3 inch 12 gauge slug. There are many cartridges to choose from for your intended game though and you sure don't need that much power for the game you mentioned.

    For hunting applications (rather than target shooting), I recommend the 30-06 over the .308. You can get reduced loads with the same performance as the .308 but you can also shoot larger bullets or higher velocities when you need to. The accuracy difference will only be noticable in world cup match competition and will be mearsured by a few thousands of an inch at 1000 yards.

    I have shot a 25-06 most of my life and prefer that because it shoots little varmints with 75g bullets out of the same case as the 30-06. It is plenty of power for your intended game and has very light recoil making it pleasant to shoot hundreds of rounds at a time on varmints or targets to improve your long range accuracy. The 7mm/08 is another top notch rifle for your intended use. You won't be able to blame your rifle for an empty freezer with any of these highly effective cartridges.

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  • 357
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    shoot one and find out.

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  • Treestand
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    Panfry101, I Love my Rem M/7~7mm/08 and never had a Problem finding Ammo in the State of Fla. Its one of the best sellers next to the 243Win in this state.

    NOTE..Never Go Hunting With your AMMO.

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  • Panfry101
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    The 7mm/08 has the same case size as the .308 winchester-its just necked down for a 7mm bullet. It makes it shoot a lot flatter at higher speeds. Great caliber, but not as common on the shelves as you may hope. That's the only reason I didn't recommend it. I have a Sako 85 in 7mm/08, it's my best friend. We go everywhere together, Haha!

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  • Treestand
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    If its needs killing the 7mm/08 will do the job with less recoil from Black Bear to Hogs its a .270 in short pants, Check the Ballistics on line. and Check out the Remington Mod/7..light and fast pointing rifle.

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  • Panfry101
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    You should have no problem with recoil, but as far as caliber choice, (I know I'll take some heat for this) I think you can't go wrong with a .308 winchester. You'll be able to hit ground you just mentioned just fine, and you'll have a more accurate, more versatile, firearm. Especially if you get into reloading, you'll have a wider range of options. The .308 would be a perfect choice for a first rifle for that reason. The 30'06 would do you just fine, but for my money, I'd get a .308 win. I've owned both in multiple rifles and that's just my preference....Just my two cents. Good luck!

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  • bryce wood
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    Yes. I am 16 I am 5'11 and weigh 115 and I shoot a 30-06. It doesn't bother me at all.

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  • smallgamehunter25
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    You're set. I've been shooting a .270 since I weighed 100 lbs. I weigh just over 120 now and I haven't had a problem with any firearm I've shot to date.

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